Well it happened. You’ve got to hand it to him. Jusuf Nurkic dominated the Denver Nuggets and handed the team their biggest loss of the year, helping the Portland Trail Blazers all but eliminate the Denver Nuggets from the playoffs. It’s not official. The Nuggets still have a puncher’s chance of falling backwards into the 8th seed but at the moment that doesn’t sound likely.
This episode of the Locked On Nuggets podcast reviews the game, Nurkic’s performance, Danilo Gallinari’s strange night, Jamal Murray’s limited minutes, Michael Malone’s weird rotation, and much more. I am joined by Harrison Wind of BSN Nuggets and Dev Johnson of Mile High Sports to chew on this loss and all of the interesting questions that spiral from it. We kept things surprisingly upbeat but there was no doubt that this game was a turning point for the franchise. Even the players had some pretty intense quotes after the game that possibly signaled things haven’t been so rosy behind the scenes.