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Weekly compilation of Nuggets related news, power rankings, articles and podcasts

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Game Results

Sacramento Kings 116, Denver Nuggets 100

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Denver Nuggets 129, Brooklyn Nets 109

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Memphis Grizzlies 105, Denver Nuggets 98

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ESPN (Marc Stein)

Current: 17
Last week: 14

Not gonna lie. Sunday night's loss for the Nuggets to visiting Memphis was a crusher for the Committee as much as anyone. Reason being: Had Denver pulled out the W, Nuggets rising star Nikola Jokic was all lined up to join us on our annual Better Than The Oscars edition of the "NBA Insiders" on ESPN Radio. But the stubborn Grizz wouldn't let it happen, taking advantage of Denver's 30th-ranked defense to drop the hosts to an unsightly 8-20 against teams with .500-or-better records. Jokic's development has certainly been one of the stories of the season, but it's impossible to miss the fall of Emmanuel Mudiay that's also underway. Jameer Nelson and Jamal Murray are getting all the PG minutes in Denver's playoff push.

NBA (John Schuhmann)

Current: 18
Last week: 16

Nikola Jokic has been the brightest star of the Nuggets' six guys under the age of 23, but the other guy they got in the 2014 Draft has been a big plus of late. While Jokic came out of the break slowly, Gary Harris picked up where he left off and has averaged 19.6 points on 52 percent shooting (making 25 of his 49 3-point attempts) over his last seven games. The Nuggets have scored 122 points per 100 possessions with Harris and Jokic on the floor together in that stretch, but their bench was pretty terrible as they lost to the Kings and Grizzlies last week. With Emmanuel Mudiay out of the rotation, they've been using Jamal Murray as their back-up point guard.

Sport’s Illustrated (Jeremy Woo)

Current: 17
Last week: 16

Was holding onto all their chips the right move? The Nuggets kept Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried (again!) even with Gallo headed for free agency, Chandler itching to get out of Denver and Faried relegated to a bit role behind surprise star Nikola Jokic. If they hang onto the eighth seed, cool. But it’s gonna suck if they lose a guy like Gallinari for nothing.

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Current: 18
Last week: 20

It's been a month since the nuggets have won two games in a row. They've had ample opportunities to build a stable lead for the 8th seed, but squandered too many easy games without being able to steal any either. Their hold on the last playoff spot in the West feels more like a temporary holding pattern.

Podcasts

Locked on Nuggets: What Boogie in New Orleans means for Denver’s playoff hopes

Locked on Nuggets: Around the team in 30 minutes

Locked on Nuggets: The 11th hour

Locked on Nuggets: Trade deadline post-mortem

Locked on Nuggets: Anticlimactic

Locked on Nuggets: Weekend Summit with Jeff Morton, Harrison Wind and Christian Clark

Locked on Nuggets: A slump, fatigue and a missed opportunity

Colorado Sports Guys: Paul George, Jimmy Butler the crown jewels of NBA trade deadline

Colorado Sports Guys: Nuggets add Roy Hibbert at NBA trade deadline

Pickaxe Podcast: Evan and Ryan join the show

Articles

Veteran players - not Nikola Jokic - must lead Nuggets to playoffs
Paul Klee, Colorado Springs Gazette

Nikola Jokic is suddenly one of the best young NBA players of all time
Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight

The evolution of Nikola Jokic
Mike Schmitz, DraftExpress

Which NBA team should want the eighth seed out West?
Chris Almeida, The Ringer

The next 10 games will define the Denver Nuggets’ entire season
Ronnie Kohrt, Mile High Sports

In Jokic, Nuggets ends run of Euro draft busts
Mark Knudson, Coloradoan

The Trade Deadline Mailbag
Bill Simmons, The Ringer

Nuggets steadily strengthening home-court advantage at Pepsi Center as key stretch looms
Nick Kosmider, Denver Post

Born of a new Eastern Europe, Nikola Jokic leads a generation to NBA stardom
Leo Sepkowitz, Bleacher Report

Nikola Jokic: A true Denver ‘Nugget’
Eric Spyropolous, 16 Wins A Ring