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Ryan Blackburn from MileHighSports.com brings you the latest news and analysis for the Denver Nuggets on every episode, including some of the best guests from around the NBA.
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Ryan Blackburn is joined by Matt Brooks of the Denver Nuggets digital team to break down Denver's impressive win over the Washington Wizards. Nikola Jokic notched an epic triple-double, his first against the Wizards. Jokic now has a triple-double against every team he's faced in the NBA. Ryan and Matt break down Jokic's MVP chances, Denver's first …
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Get your limited edition "Joker" tee here: https://denver-stiffs.square.site/product/mhs-joker-shirt/52 Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Post All-Star Break schedule the Denver Nuggets will face in what is a competitive race for the top seed in the Western Conference. Ryan breaks down the most pressing concerns and what the Nuggets have left to prove…
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Get your limited edition "Joker" tee here: https://denver-stiffs.square.site/product/mhs-joker-shirt/52 Ryan Blackburn returns from the All-Star Break to discuss the game and the festivities. He discusses Denver Nuggets practice on Tuesday before focusing on Nikola Jokic, who just turned 29 a couple days ago. Ryan goes back down memory lane and sha…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 102-98 loss to the Sacramento Kings to extend Denver's losing streak to three games. The Nuggets missed Jamal Murray and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when matching up with the Kings backcourt featuring De'Aaron Fox. Nikola Jokic didn't step up, nor was Michael Porter Jr. good enough when it matted. The Nugg…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa go over the Denver Nuggets losses to the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks to finish a 1-2 road trip. They discuss what went wrong, why the losses were so bad, and whether fans should be concerned. They talk about whether there are ramifications for these Nuggets performances heading into the playoffs, then discuss the E…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 8-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Mamba Night, honoring Kobe Bryant after his tragic passing. Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. put together special performances, while Jokic had 24 points himself. The Nuggets and Lakers fought hard, but the better team won, again. Ryan discusses the game, th…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the trades made around the NBA on Wednesday, including former Denver Nuggets point guard Monte Morris going from the Detroit Pistons to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ryan discusses Denver's stance on trades, whether the Nuggets have enough to win a championship without a move, and where the NBA playoff pecking order stands cu…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa discuss the Denver Nuggets latest 112-103 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Peyton Watson and Christian Braun shined off the bench for the Nuggets, and Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray each had strong performances to push Denver over the top. Ryan and Swipa discuss the latest iterations of the Nuggets bench, whether they're…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 120-108 win on Friday night vs the Portland Trail Blazers as Nikola Jokic returns to the floor and picks up a MONSTER triple-double. Jokic dominated the middle of the floor vs the Blazers, and that was enough for the Nuggets, even with Jamal Murray having such a poor shooting night. Ryan discusses the gam…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 105-100 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Yes, it was without Nikola Jokic, but the Thunder have now defeated the Nuggets three separate times. Are the Thunder a bigger threat to the Nuggets than we may have realized? Ryan goes over the game, what makes OKC a tough challenge for Denver…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 113-107 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in an impressive clutch performance for Denver. Jamal Murray got buckets, Nikola Jokic did everything else, and the Nuggets played great defense against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard. Peyton Watson was also spectacular off the bench. Ryan gives credit to the…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa react to yesterday's Denver Nuggets win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Joel Embiid was a late scratch on the injury report, and Nuggets fans were incredibly disappointed not to see the big man play despite being active 20 minutes before the game. Ryan and Swipa react to the Nuggets winning an ugly game, Embiid's ducking, have…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 122-84 loss to the New York Knicks to end a five-game road trip. The Knicks are a good team, but they aren't 38 points better, even if Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle, and OG Anunoby dominated. The Nuggets struggled mightily, including Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., though Nikola Jokic did his best to …
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to Denver Nuggets 114-109 win over the Indiana Pacers as Nikola Jokic hit a game-clinching dagger three-pointer in the closing seconds. Jokic and Jamal Murray were each excellent in this game, and the Nuggets were able to win despite a staunch effort from TJ McConnell, Andrew Nembhard, Pascal Siakam, and the Pacers. Ryan goes …
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 113-104 win over the Washington Wizards as Nikola Jokic goes for 42 points in a near triple-double effort. The Wizards chose to single cover Jokic, and the Nuggets obliged by having Jokic cook for the first three quarters, ultimately reaching 40 points by the end of the game. Ryan discusses Jokic's domi…
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On the latest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan and Swipa break down last night's epic matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics in which Denver handed Boston their first home loss of the season. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray were spectacular in a Finals Throwback performance, and the Nuggets had just enough around them to get the jo…
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Ryan Blackburn shares his final takes from the Denver Nuggets loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday before transitioning to Friday's matchup with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are undefeated at home, and the Nuggets are coming off a tough loss. Can anything the Nuggets do stop the Celtics from winning on Friday? Ryan goes over the matchup and…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 126-121 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the much anticipated battle of Nikola Jokic vs Joel Embiid. Jokic had a strong performance with 25 points and 19 rebounds, but Embiid ultimately got the better of the matchup while earning the win. Ryan discusses what happened, how the Sixers broke Denver's defens…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 117-109 win over the Indiana Pacers as Nikola Jokic shot 12-of-13 from the field and had himself a Sombor Double. Jamal Murray set the table well for himself and his teammates, including Michael Porter Jr., who had perhaps his best all-around game of the season. Ryan goes over the win, Bruce Brown returni…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to Denver Nuggets win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night as Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr. all contribute great games to get the job done. It's been a while since all three played great at the same time. Aaron Gordon and Peyton Watson each offered impressive contributions of their own helping lim…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 124-111 loss to the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets didn't play with a ton of effort on the defensive end, and the Jazz capitalized almost every single time. Nikola Jokic shot the ball well but struggled defensively, while everybody else on the roster struggled to do either. What should fans make of this defensive…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the 37-point outburst from Jamal Murray in the Denver Nuggets 131-114 win over the Detroit Pistons. Murray bounced back from a touch game against the Orlando Magic and cooked every Pistons player in front of him. Nikola Jokic had just four points, but he had 16 assists, including some to Peyton Watson, who continues to impr…
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In the latest Pickaxe and Roll Podcast, Ryan and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets 122-120 loss to the Orlando Magic. How concerning was the loss? Did Jamal Murray go too far with his shot selection? Ryan and Swipa share their thoughts on postgame comments made by Michael Porter Jr., as well as some numbers on Denver's offense in clutch situation…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 130-127 win over the Golden State Warriors as Nikola Jokic hits an epic buzzer beater just past halfcourt. The Nuggets were down by as many as 18 points heading into the fourth quarter, but Jokic and the Nuggets willed themselves back into this game, and Jokic made an incredible shot. Ryan discusses the w…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses Denver Nuggets practice today and does a quick preview of the Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. Then, he goes over Denver's goals as the NBA Trade Deadline inches closer. Will the Nuggets make a trade? Will they explore the buyout market? Ryan goes over some names that might interest Nuggets fans.…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 111-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets that saw a similar game flow to the matchup in Charlotte just over a week ago. The Nuggets used a 30-6 run to begin the third quarter to put the game away, with Nikola Jokic coming to life as a scorer and Denver locking in on both ends. Ryan discusses Jamal Murray and…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 142-105 blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Nikola Jokic put together a dominant performance with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists, shooting a perfect percentage from the field and the free throw line. Jamal Murray dominating in his minutes as well, showing mastery of the two-man game. Peyton …
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the injuries Aaron Gordon sustained from a dog bite injury over Christmas. Gordon will be out for at least a week, possibly longer. Ryan discusses Gordon's impact, how the Nuggets will handle his absence, and shares some stats on different lineup combos. Then, Ryan previews the Thursday/Friday back-to-back against Ja Morant…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets perfect 3-0 road trip, focusing on Denver's most recent win over the Charlotte Hornets and the Jamal Murray performance vs the Brooklyn Nets. They go over their Christmas Wish Lists for the Nuggets heading into a matchup against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. Fina…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets 113-104 win over the Toronto Raptors as Nikola Jokic goes off for 31 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists. Jokic and Jamal Murray dominated down the stretch, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made game-winning plays of his own. Ryan discusses the starters, the bench led by the quick developing Peyton Watson,…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets 130-104 win over Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Nikola Jokic didn't score a ton of points, but the rest of the Nuggets did, including Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, and Reggie Jackson. Ryan discusses the game, why the Nuggets are (hopefully) getting ready for a big run with a favorable schedule, and w…
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On the latest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan and Swipa discuss the Denver Nuggets loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander buzzer beater and whether it matters that the Nuggets lost another game at home. They go over statistical trends for the Nuggets season, ask when Denver will reach their next level, and go over the nex…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets 124-101 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, from Nikola Jokic visiting the free throw line regularly to Peyton Watson providing the extra gear on the second unit. Ryan discusses the starters competing hard defensively, the bench playing well (including a Christian Braun poster dunk) and why the …
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 129-122 win over the Atlanta Hawks as Julian Strawther breaks out with a strong 22 points and five steals on the road. Jamal Murray had 29 points and played great defense, while Nikola Jokic was back to his ever efficient self. Ryan discusses the win, the Trae Young ejection, Bogdan Bogdanovic's 40 poin…
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On the newest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan Blackburn and Swipa discuss the Denver Nuggets three-game losing streak, including the shooting slump of Nikola Jokic. They discuss Jamal Murray's return and why the Nuggets need his best now more than ever. Then, they discuss the In-Season Tournament championship winning Los Angeles Lakers before …
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets comeback attempt on Friday night, though ultimately losing to the Houston Rockets. Nikola Jokic struggled with his shooting, and Jamal Murray was ejected late in the game. The Nuggets are now on a three-game losing streak. What's gotten into the Nuggets? Should fans be concerned? Or is this just Denver's …
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 111-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Nikola Jokic had a triple-double but shot just 9-of-32 from the field, missing more shots in a game than he ever has in his NBA career. Ryan discusses what happened with Jokic, how concerned everyone should be, and what Denver's next steps shoul…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the first quarter of the Denver Nuggets season and hands out grades for all of the rotation players, Michael Malone, and Calvin Booth. Who outperformed expectations so far? Who's still getting into the flow of the season? Ryan grades Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, and other Nuggets. Then, Ryan discusses Murray's …
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In this episode, Ryan and Swipa go over the win vs the Phoenix Suns, the loss vs the Sacramento Kings, and why the Denver Nuggets are doing just fine at this stage of the season. They credit Peyton Watson and Michael Porter Jr., discuss Jamal Murray's injury status, and Ryan goes on a Nikola Jokic monologue to appeal to the people. Finally, they di…
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Ryan discusses the Denver Nuggets impressive 134-124 win over the Houston Rockets. Jamal Murray returned from his hamstring injury that sidelined him for 12 games only to roll his ankle two minutes into the game. Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. had strong games, and even though the Nuggets couldn't defend a chair, the offense was simply too dom…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 113-104 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers that happened without Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, AND Aaron Gordon. It was Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Jordan that put on a show, and the Nuggets found enough ways to win over a Clippers team that should frankly be embarrassed.…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets 132-120 win over the San Antonio Spurs, including the much anticipated matchup between Nikola Jokic and top overall draft pick Victor Wembanyama. Jokic vs Wemby was awesome, and Ryan discusses all of the layers of the matchup. Ryan also breaks down strong performances from Michael Porter Jr., Peyton Watso…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets 1-4 road trip all without Jamal Murray. They discuss why the Nuggets are so much better at home, what's going on with Aaron Gordon and others in the rotation, and what the Nuggets can/should do to get right.De către Mile High Sports
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets loss to the Orlando Magic, their fourth in six games. The Nuggets are now 1-3 on their road trip, and the only win has come against the Detroit Pistons. Should their be cause for concern? Ryan discusses the game and also shares some Thanksgiving thoughts.De către Mile High Sports
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets 107-103 win over the Detroit Pistons, including the ejections of Michael Malone and Nikola Jokic in the first half. Ryan gives credit to the starters and Christian Braun for continuing to fight. He also discusses the ejections and Jokic's feud with the referees. Finally, Ryan does STOCK WATCH on Denver's …
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 121-109 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers that wasn't as close as the score. Nikola Jokic was frustrated by the foul calls and committed some egregious fouls as a result. Are Nuggets fans right to be upset by Tony Brothers? Ryan discusses what happened, why the Nuggets are struggling, and whether it's fai…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, their first of the In-Season Tournament. They share what they've learned from the first 12 games of the season about the Nuggets bench. They also discuss what to expect from the Nuggets on the rest of their road trip, including games in Clevelan…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa discuss the great season Nikola Jokic is having thus far, from the numbers to the narratives. Can anyone challenge the Nuggets center for MVP with the way he's performing this year? Then, they discuss the In-Season Tournament so far and how NBA teams are taking it way more seriously than expected.…
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