Jokic again justifies the MVP chants with 35-point winning performance vs. Thunder

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 26, 2022 at the Ball Arena in Denver,...

On another evening decided by slim margins, reigning MVP Nikola Jokic produced a masterful showing and played through an intricate eye injury late on to help a depleted Denver overcome the tenacious Thunder without their two best players. With seven regular season games left, it makes you wonder: how will they manage in the playoffs? Continue reading

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone confirms key duo Jamal Murray, Porter Jr won’t return soon

Michael Porter Jr. #1 and Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets look on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 24, 2022 at Golden 1...

While reigning MVP Nikola Jokic continues reeling off matchwinning efforts to help the Denver Nuggets defy everyone’s expectations, his head coach Mike Malone has tempered expectations after an injury update: shooting guard Jamal Murray (ACL) and small forward Michael Porter Jr (back) won’t return yet – despite reports suggesting the contrary with the postseason close by. Continue reading

NBA Q&A: Big questions answered, predictions made as 21-22 season into business months

Nikola Jokic of Team LeBron and Joel Embiid of Team Durant talk during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 20, 2022...

A few weeks removed from the All-Star break and now into the home straight for another eventful NBA season, I spoke to LA Clippers fan and NBA expert Jack Brown earlier this month – discussing multiple topics including: under-the-radar players, intriguing offseason storylines, the MVP race as well as why he has a surprise team emerging from the West come playoff time. Continue reading

Nuggets to extend DeMarcus Cousins’ contract, 76ers sign Cauley-Stein to 10-day deal

Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings faces off against DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans on October 26, 2017 at Golden 1 Center in...

DeMarcus Cousins, who has split time with Milwaukee and Denver this term, is poised to have his contract fully guaranteed for the rest of the campaign. Meanwhile free agent center Willie Cauley-Stein, a former teammate of Cousins in Sacramento, has a golden opportunity to settle himself into a big man role with a championship-contending team out East in Philadelphia. Continue reading

Bam Adebayo’s surgery-requiring thumb injury an untimely blow for hectic Heat

Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat fights for control of the ball against Facundo Campazzo and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets during the second half...

Miami suffered their third loss in a six-game stretch overnight against Nikola Jokic and the undermanned Denver Nuggets, without an injured Jimmy Butler and a rough night for sharpshooter Duncan Robinson. However, it has since emerged they have bigger problems to deal with after news broke earlier this evening about Bam Adebayo’s year-ending thumb injury. Continue reading

Orlando Magic’s rebuild begins here, armed with a motivated first-year head coach

Head Coach Jamahl Mosley of the Orland Magic talks to the Orlando Magic during a preseason game against the Boston Celtics on October 13, 2021 at...

After seven years as an assistant for the Mavericks, overseeing the development of franchise star Luka Doncic and others, first-year head coach Jamahl Mosley is among contrasting surroundings in Orlando this term. Having traded away their best players, there are seemingly no expectations but that doesn’t concern him with an ambitious group at his disposal. Continue reading

Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic deadline day trade a necessary gamble

Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls attempts a shot over Nikola Vucevic and Dwayne Bacon of the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on February 6, 2021 in...

Aaron Gordon’s trade request this week incentivised an ambitious Orlando side to embrace rebuild mode with key duo Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac both sidelined with ACL tears. Chicago are 1.5 games behind the eighth seed out East and now boast having two true All-Stars for the first time since 2014-15 – when they were eliminated by LeBron James in the postseason. Continue reading

Preview: Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks – Can Doncic & co snap Jazz’s nine-game streak?

Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson of the Dallas Mavericks hi-five during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 25, 2021 at the American Airlines...

Two Western Conference sides clash in the early hours on Thursday, as the Dallas Mavericks (8-9) travel to Salt Lake City against an in-form Utah Jazz (13-4) team next.  In what will be billed as the battle of the duos: Mitchell-Gobert vs. Doncic-Porzingis, the hosts put their nine-game winning streak on the line once more – no-one else leaguewide boasts a similar run of late. Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets – Comeback kings in familiar spot

Lakers treating Game 5 against the Nuggets 'like a Game 7' - Los Angeles  Times

The Lakers were given a run for their money in the fourth quarter, but ultimately restored their two-game series advantage vs. the Denver Nuggets. Now, the season’s comeback kings must respond as they have done regularly in Orlando – it’s win or go home time again for Michael Malone’s men. Will Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and co step up in another elimination game here? Or will the Lakers secure their first NBA Finals trip since 2010?  Continue reading