It’s a hard task in predicting how the Denver Nuggets are currently performing. They’re a team that perpetually skates under the radar, having performed incredibly well throughout the season, but never seem to capture the imagination and enthusiasm of the NBA fans.
In the Western Conference, all eyes are focused on both the LA teams, but not far behind in the third spot, the Nuggets stand with a 45-23 win-loss ratio. That’s a feat in itself who have been continuously hit with injury after injury, this year. Even in the bubble and after four months rest, the Nuggets are still playing short-handed with Jamal Murray (left handspring), Will Barton (left knee soreness), and Gary Harris (strained right hip) all out.
However, the driving force for their success has come from Nikola Jokic and rookie Michael Porter Jr.. The now skinny Jokic is looking better than ever (who got compared to Larry Bird from Gregg Popovich), and with the new MPJ pairing, they’re looking pretty damn good. The team moves so fluidly and communicates beautifully with each other. I would say that Denver’s’ the most united team in the restart, and it shows with their recent wins against the Thunder and the Spurs.
A little surprise has come from Porter’s consistent performances, who’s now scored 67 points and grabbed 26 rebounds over the past two games. Still, coach Michael Malone said even with a Playoff spot already secure; he wanted to see his team build good habits over its final games before the real race begins.
“There’s no magic wand that I have, where I can just come into a meeting and say, `OK, playoffs are here. Let’s start playing at a high level. That’s something that you have to build on every single day, creating those habits. The last two games you’ve seen that.”Michael Malone – Denver Nuggets Head Coach
Catch you Monday.