Don’t be fooled by the lopsided nature of Saturday’s win. Baked inside of Nikola Jokic’s ho-hum triple-double and Jamal Murray’s game-high 26 points, were the seeds of a fledgling Big 3 with emerging force Michael Porter Jr. Denver’s budding trio combined for 65 points, 23 rebounds and 18 assists as the Nuggets pummeled an overwhelmed Thunder squad. “When we have a game like this, when everybody’s sharing the ball, it’s so easy to do whatever,” Jokic said when asked about his growing chemistry with Porter. “This game needs to show us how we can play.” Jokic either assisted or screened on five of Porter’s seven made shots Saturday. On another, he played hot potato with Murray, who eventually gave the ball back to Porter for a wide-open 3-point make. “It was just fun basketball,” Porter said. Asked whether those plays were an indication of the growing chemistry between the trio, Porter gave a quick retort. “It better, we better figure it out,” he said with a smile. “ … … [Read more...] about Why Michael Porter Jr., the last piece of Denver’s Big 3, has been leaving his “emotion at the gym”
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When Jamal Murray disclosed his feelings about the Nuggets’ interior defense in the aftermath of their chaotic loss to Washington on Thursday night, it was hard not to view it as a cry for help. “We lack a presence in the middle that can just deter layups,” he said. “I’m talking about drill layups. So that’s kind of frustrating.” Washington had 30 points in the paint in the second half alone, which was further evidence of an alarming trend. Inside of five feet, Nuggets opponents are converting nearly 67% of their shot attempts – the worst defensive mark in the league. Less than a month from the March 25 trade deadline, was Murray signaling to president of basketball operations Tim Connelly that he should be shopping for a bruiser? That, despite Nikola Jokic’s brilliance, he needed someone with more hops? In the immediate aftermath of their disastrous fourth-quarter breakdown, was Murray forgetting that both Paul Millsap (knee) and JaMychal Green (shoulder) were on the shelf … [Read more...] about Nuggets Journal: Five players Denver should target ahead of March trade deadline
Another week, another round of speculation as to who will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback in 2021. Houston’s DeShaun Watson is still getting plenty of love from oddsmakers, receiving +300 odds — meaning a $100 bet would win $300 — from sportsbetting.com. It’s tied the second-best odds on the site with the Jets and behind just the Dolphins (+250). Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is a less-likely candidate to be traded to Denver, coming in at +1,500, according to the site, well behind front-runner — and division rival — Las Vegas (+400). How about the Broncos’ incumbent starter Drew Lock? The odds are in favor of him keeping his job at -149. Here’s a look at some of the current odds in the world of sports. -149 The odds Drew Lock will take the Broncos’ first snap in Week 1 of the 2021 regular season, according to sportsbetting.com . The odds are +120 that he doesn’t. +1,500 The odds Russell Wilson’s next team will be the Broncos if he’s traded by Sept. 1, … [Read more...] about Pick 6: Odds Drew Lock is the Broncos’ starter in Week 1, Russell Wilson traded to Denver, Trevor Story leads majors in home runs
If you’re looking for a Colorado team to hoist a championship trophy this year, the choices are clear. With the Rockies expected to be in the cellar, and the Broncos wandering the desert, it’s the Avalanche, Nuggets or bust. The Avalanche (13-8) stand third in the West heading into their outdoor game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at Lake Tahoe. The Nuggets (15-13) are holding down the No. 8 slot in the Western Conference, with a trip to Cleveland on Friday coming up next. Both still have decent odds to win a title, although the Avalanche at +600 (bet $100 to win $600) have the best odds in the NHL, according to co.superbook.com . Only their Lake Tahoe opponent, the Golden Knights, can match the 6-to-1 odds. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins are both currently listed at +700. In this week’s edition of Pick 6, we needed to throw Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic into the mix as a potential MVP award winner. Will the oddsmakers hold being in Denver against him? Or … [Read more...] about Pick 6: Looking for championship odds? Here’s a look at where Colorado sports teams stand.
Aurora police followed departmental protocol after Elijah McClain died in their custody in August 2019. The chief promised transparency and called in the team of Denver and Aurora detectives normally used to investigate police shootings. The detectives conducted an investigation and turned it over to the district attorney. “There were more than just the Aurora Police Department’s eyes on this investigation,” Aurora police Chief Vanessa Wilson said last week. Yet the initial criminal investigation led by Aurora police detectives into how police officers treated McClain was deeply flawed and “stretched the record to exonerate the officers,” an external review of the case found . The report’s findings, released last week, have prompted questions about whether the system used by Colorado law enforcement to investigate police shootings and other killings by officers effectively prevents bias and corruption. Unlike many other agencies on the Front Range, Denver and Aurora police … [Read more...] about Agreement between Denver and Aurora allows departments to investigate their own police killings