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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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On the latest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan Blackburn and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets 114-103 Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, giving the Nuggets a 1-0 lead in the first round series. Nikola Jokic was incredible. Jamal Murray was a playmaker. Michael Porter Jr. made an impact, and the team did enough to combat great games from…
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Anthony Irwin of Lakers Lounge joins Ryan Blackburn to preview the Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers first round playoff series from the enemy perspective. Do the Nuggets really have a mental advantage over the Lakers? What can the Lakers do to counter Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray? What are the most important keys for both sides? Anthony and Ry…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the New Orleans Pelicans in the Play-In Tournament on Tuesday night, earning the seventh seed. They will face the second seed Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Ryan reacts to the game, initial thoughts on the Nuggets and Lakers and how they match up, and discusses the We…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa react to the Denver Nuggets 126-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in the final game of the regular season. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray were great. The Nuggets secured the 2-seed after the Minnesota Timberwolves lost their final game, meaning Denver will face the winner of the Play-In Game between the New Orleans Pelicans…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets horrible, no-good, very bad loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the buzzer. The Nuggets were up 23 points but lost 121-120 after Devonte' Graham hit a floater over Jamal Murray in transition. Ryan discusses the game, who to blame for the collapse, and what a loss means for Denver. The Nuggets were all set to…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 116-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves to reclaim the top seed in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic was spectacular, scoring 41 points and dominating his individual matchup with Rudy Gobert. Jamal Murray played well and gave the Nuggets a boost. It was Christian Braun and Peyton Watson that sealed…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 111-95 win vs the Utah Jazz. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic were dynamic, and the Nuggets got some help from Christian Braun and Peyton Watson. The win sets up a big matchup tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves for first place in the Western Conference. Both teams are on a back-to-back. Which team …
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On the latest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan Blackburn and Swipa pick every individual NBA award for the 2023-24 NBA Season. From Nikola Jokic for Most Valuable Player, to Victor Wembanyama for Defensive Player of the Year, to All-NBA teams, they go over their official awards ballots of the 2023-24 season.…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets dominating 142-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Jamal Murray's return to the floor. Murray had a solid performance, while the entire Nuggets rotation made 23 three-pointers, the most of the season. Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, and the bench played very well. The Nuggets are in control of their…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 102-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. The Nuggets had plenty of chances to win but didn't execute well enough down the stretch. The bench woes didn't help, and despite a masterclass performance from Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets couldn't get it done. Ryan goes over the game, the All-De…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 110-105 win over the San Antonio Spurs, a matchup between the best player in the league in Nikola Jokic and the future of the league in Victor Wembanyama. The Nuggets survived an off shooting night with the help of a clutch Michael Porter Jr. three-pointer, Aaron Gordon's impact, and Christian Braun's p…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa go over the Denver Nuggets dominant blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Easter Sunday, focusing on Nikola Jokic making an MVP statement. The Nuggets shot the ball well from three-point range, and the offense was humming. Ryan and Swipa discuss Michael Porter Jr. and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shooting well, Reggie Jac…
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Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets 111-98 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in which the T'Wolves were prepared and the Nuggets were not. Denver didn't play well, and without Jamal Murray, weaknesses in Denver's offense are beginning to emerge. Are the T'Wolves a problem for the Nuggets in a playoff series? Ryan discusses, while also disc…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 104-97 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Denver's second home loss to Phoenix in just under three weeks. Nikola Jokic was comfortable making the passes out to shooters, but the Nuggets didn't hit enough shots around him. This is the second game vs the Suns with a similar script, so should the Nuggets be concerned…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets dominant 128-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Nikola Jokic was in control, the young guys like Christian Braun and Peyton Watson stepped up. It was an impressive performance without Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon. Ryan reacts to the win, credits the unsung heroes, and credits the team for doing what he'…
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On the latest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan Blackburn and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets 114-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Without Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, the Nuggets still found a way to win, with Christian Braun standing out in all of the right ways. The Nuggets won their 50th game, and Ryan and Swipa go over whether…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 113-100 win over the New York Knicks in one of the most entertaining games of the year. The Nuggets made spectacular plays, led by Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. who were absolutely sensational for much of the night. The Nuggets are 49-21 through 70 games, and Ryan discusses Jokic's MVP bid, Porter t…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 115-112 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves to wrap up a strong road trip. Nikola Jokic scored 35 points, and Michael Porter Jr. had 26 himself, including a clutch fourth quarter performance. Ryan goes over the details of the game, matching up with Anthony Edwards, Denver's offensive weak points, and De…
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On the latest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan Blackburn and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets 107-105 loss to the Dallas Mavericks as Kyrie Irving makes an epic running left-handed hook shot over Jokic from 20 feet out to win at the buzzer. The Nuggets were down by double-digits in the fourth quarter but worked their way back. Unfortunately,…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 117-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Nikola Jokic matched up with rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama and showed the rookie some impressive moves. Jamal Murray and the Nuggets bench found their stride in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets did a great job staying locked in throughout the game and reclaime…
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Recorded on Wednesday night from Number Thirty Eight, Ryan Blackburn and Shawn Drotar break down the Denver Nuggets 100-88 win over the Miami Heat as the Nuggets take sole possession of the first seed in the Western Conference. Michael Porter Jr. led the way with 25 points, Reggie Jackson played a pivotal fourth quarter role, and the Nuggets defens…
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Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets 125-119 comeback win over the Toronto Raptors, who were injured beyond belief but still put up a fight. Nikola Jokic put up another absurd triple-double with six steals to match, and Jamal Murray helped close the door in the fourth quarter with dynamic playmaking. Ryan discusses the game, the individual…
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Ryan Blackburn and Swipa discuss the last week of Denver Nuggets basketball, including a big win over the Boston Celtics and a mostly great performance vs the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets are now 44-20 and are playing great basketball, though they were clearly bored and weren't precise at times. Can the Nuggets earn the top seed in the West down the stre…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to Thursday night's Denver Nuggets win over the Boston Celtics as the Nuggets make a championship statement over the team with the best record in the NBA. Nikola Jokic was incredible. Jamal Murray was good enough. Aaron Gordon caught a million lobs. Peyton Watson was impactful off the bench. The Nuggets know they can beat the …
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 117-107 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. The Nuggets had plenty of opportunities to win in the fourth quarter but couldn't capitalize. Ryan discusses Denver going down early, working their way back, and how Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, and the team nearly won the game but ultimately went…
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Ryan Blackburn shares hangover takes from the Denver Nuggets matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers over the weekend, discussing LeBron James setting his record and what comes after LeBron retires? Could Nikola Jokic become the face of the NBA? Then, Ryan discusses Justin Holiday's role in Denver and why he's become so helpful for Michael Malone. Fina…
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Ryan Blackburn is joined by Vinny Benedetto of the Denver Gazette to break down the Denver Nuggets 103-97 win over the Miami Heat in a hard fought victory that was very reminiscent of the NBA Finals last June. Michael Porter Jr. went off for 30 points and 11 rebounds, picking up the slack when Jamal Murray rolled his ankle in the second quarter. Ry…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to last night's blowout win over the Sacramento Kings as Jamal Murray goes off for 32 points and six assists, missing just two shots on the evening. The Nuggets took awhile to get into the game, but once they did, they showcased a championship gear. Ryan breaks down the slow start, the quick turnaround, and more.…
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Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 119-103 win over the Golden State Warriors as Nikola Jokic makes history with 32 points, 16 rebounds, 16 assists, and 4 steals in a big time matchup vs Draymond Green. Jamal Murray returned to the floor and outplayed Stephen Curry in his minutes, and the Nuggets got what they needed from their rotation to…
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On the latest episode of Weekends with Swipa, Ryan Blackburn and Swipa breaks down the Denver Nuggets 127-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Michael Porter Jr. led the way with 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Nikola Jokic added another monster triple-double. The Nuggets are rolling after the All-Star Break, so Ryan and Swipa discuss the most…
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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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