Apr 9th, Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trailblazers
The Denver Nuggets pull off their 6th straight win against the #1 team in the eastern conference. If the Nuggets win their next game playing the Timberwolves then they will be 8th in the western conference spot going to the playoffs. A former Nuggets player, Jusuf Nurkic from Bosnia put up 20 points and 19 rebounds against the Nuggets and gave Nikola Jokic a hard time in the paint. Jokic finished the game with his 10th triple-double of the season and racked up 15 points, 11 assists and 20 rebounds. The Thuggets head coach, Michael Malone told his team that this was their last chance and if they lose then the seasons over. Malone also decided to bring Gary Harris off the bench instead of start him because he hasn’t played in 9 games and Malone didn’t want to mess up the chemistry the team had. Gary Harris had 12 points and 1 rebound for his first game back in a 9 games.
April 11th, Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
April 11th was a sad day the Denver Nuggets and all the fans out there. Denver Came up short in overtime against the Trailblazers and lost their chance to make it the playoffs. After 14 long seasons the Trailblazers finally made it to the playoffs and cut the Nuggets out of the equation. Nikola Jokic finish with 35 points and 15 rebounds, but that couldn’t stop the big man, Karl Anthony-Towns. Big KAT had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists that helped the Timberwolves beat the Nuggets. Personally, I believe this was one of the worst officiated games I have ever watched. The refs didn’t seem to be on the Nuggets side all night. Will Barton had a brilliant 3-pointer that beat the shot lock to send the Nuggets to the lead of 104-103 late in overtime. Taj Gibson, a veteran for the Timberwolves played great defense against Jokic that forced him to air-ball a 3-pointer which then resulted in Jeff Teague draining a floater to put the Timberwolves back in the lead. Another great defensive play by Taj Gibson in the last 5 seconds of the game forced Jokic to lose the ball of of bounds, thus giving the Timberwolves the advantage with no time for the Nuggets to do anything about it. The Nuggets had 15 turnovers resulting in 24 points for Minnesota. Big KAT had 86 double-doubles this season, which was the most in the NBA. Wednesday, April 11th was a very rough day for the fans of Denver and especially for the Nuggets. Next time you read this say a few prayers for the Nuggets and hope they can get their mojo back for next season. Denver is going to need to make some adjustments to their roster and make a new game plan for next season. Thank you everyone who has tuned in and read my blogs about the Denver Thuggets this 2017-2018 season. I will have a podcast posted soon about the Nuggets players, future plans, and overall season. Thanks and GO NUGGETS!