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    Denver Nuggets Game thread: New York Knicks @ Denver Nuggets 8:00 12/15/2019 [Game #27]





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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Denver Nuggets
    Wayne Ellington - Sore left Achilles (OUT) Jamal Murray - Thoracolumbar soreness (PROB)
    Reggie Bullock - Cervical disc herniation (OUT) Paul Millsap - Right quadricep strain (QUEST)
    Allonzo Trier - Concussion like symptoms (OUT) -


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    The Denver Nuggets are on a tour facing teams that their former star, Carmelo Anthony, has played for over the years. They beat Portland, Anthony's current team, on Thursday, then the Oklahoma Thunder on Saturday, and Sunday they play the team where they sent the forward nearly nine years ago.

    More importantly for Denver, it has been a path back to winning after a rough stretch.

    The Nuggets, winners of two in a row after the 110-102 victory over Oklahoma City, go for the trifecta when they host the New York Knicks on Sunday night.

    They might have to face the Knicks without power forward Paul Millsap, who sat out Saturday's game with a right quadriceps strain.

    New York has had more drama than wins in the first quarter of the season and fired head coach David Fizdale last week in the midst of a 10-game losing streak. That preceded a daunting road trip, starting in Golden State on Wednesday and Sacramento on Friday.

    Instead of wilting, the Knicks have their first winning streak of the season under interim head coach Mike Miller. New York is 2-2 under Miller after rallying from 16 down to beat the Kings 103-101.

    "We're making the right plays, we're making the right passes and we're not taking tough shots, and the ball is going in," guard Elfrid Payton said after scoring 13 of his 16 points in Friday's second half. "We're getting the train in the right direction, but we can't afford to take a step back. We have to correct mistakes."

    The Knicks are facing Denver for the second time in 11 days, and it was the Nuggets' 37-point win at Madison Square Garden that precipitated Fizdale's firing. That was Denver's only win on a four-game Eastern Conference swing, and it came after a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and defeat at Sacramento.

    The five losses in six games pushed the Nuggets to fifth in the Western Conference, but they have a chance to rebound on this five-game homestand against teams with losing records. They've captured the first two and now go for the season sweep of the Knicks.

    Denver has a deep team -- head coach Michael Malone has gone as many as 10 deep in his rotation -- but the most intriguing reserve is rookie Michael Porter Jr. The team's first-round pick (14th overall) in 2018 sat out all of last season to recover from back surgery but came into this season fully healthy. He was used sporadically for the first 20 games, but Malone has started to give him regular playing time.

    The hope is Porter will adjust to the NBA game as he sees more court time.

    "The more he plays -- and I'm going to continue to play him -- and the more he gets those first- and second-quarter minutes where it's not just the end of the game ... the game is going to slow down for him," Malone said this week.

    "When the game does slow down for him, I think he's got scary potential."

    (Field Level Media / cbssports.com)

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    My bad for the previous game thread, i got wasted and completely forgot about it

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... Tonight game will be our big road test to see how well the rotation come together at playing above .500 teams. We been doing quite well under coach Miller's rotation & substitution in the last 4 games. Win or loss .. Lets Knicks go out N play Team-Ball !!!

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    Have to go with Payton for 30 mins at PG tonight, Nits for the rest. DNP DSJ. Attack the rim and play man to man D, those things got us 2 wins. Nugs are a good team but not elite, they can be had. Let's go Knicks, 3 in a row.

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    WOW .. back to normal !!!
    28 - 48 .. Nuggets .. having 7 min remaining in the 2nd quarter !!!
    I guess we were out parting the 2 game sweep instead of staying on course SMH

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    Frank wid a slashing DUNK!
    Uh Oh Tiger .. I think ur comments on Frank may bring the beast-energy out of Frank in this game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Frank wid a slashing DUNK!
    Uh Oh Tiger .. I think ur comments on Frank may bring the beast-energy out of Frank in this game
    Nits is due, he makes buckets 1 out of 3 games. Still waiting for him to score 20 ppg though.

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    51 - 67 Nuggets .. Half-Time
    We need a strong run-run 2nd half to get it going tonight .. we had way to much Randle and RJ on the court in the first half

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    Continue to like what I see from the Miller era. We just look like we are playing more logical basketball on both ends of the court (run the pick and roll instead of iso Randle from 25 feet out for example). Tonight were hanging around a much more talented team on their home court.

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    Knicks got it down to 8 on Payton layup. We can do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Continue to like what I see from the Miller era. We just look like we are playing more logical basketball on both ends of the court (run the pick and roll instead of iso Randle from 25 feet out for example). Tonight we’re hanging around a much more talented team on their home court.
    We still get plenty of iso Randle, takes too many 3s for a 25% shooter for me.

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    Portis corner 3 cuts the Nugs lead to 4. Got to play defense.

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    The Knicks are becoming a 2nd half come from behind team .. 80 -84 Nuggets .. 2 min in 3rd qtr.

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    MM has 14 pts in the qtr Nugs as a team only 17.

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    Payton 10 pts 10 dimes, his layup gets us to within 1 pt. Denver scores the last bucket in the 3rd to make it 87-84 end of 3.

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