Nuggets Notes: Gordon, Defense, Braun, Wolves Series

Nuggets power forward Aaron Gordon believes Denver has everything it needs to mount a long postseason run this year, writes Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

Specifically, Gordon credited the returns of small forward Michael Porter Jr. and point guard Jamal Murray, as well as the team’s offseason trade for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, its free agency signing of reserve guard Bruce Brown, and its retention of Jeff Green.

“I mean, it means a lot to have those guys back, Mike and Jamal, and then with the additions of KCP and Brucey, having Jeff with us like he was last year, too,” Gordon said. “Just having that continuity and that camaraderie is huge. It’s on us now and we’re going to step up to that. We really are appreciating that and knowing that it’s on us. I can’t say that enough.”

There’s more out of Denver:

  • The Nuggets’ defense during the 2022/23 regular season was fairly middle-of-the-road, but the team appears to have wholly revamped its approach to that side of the ball in the playoffs, writes Zach Lowe of ESPN (Insider link).
  • Head coach Michael Malone showed his trust in rookie reserve wing Christian Braun by keeping him on the floor during the fourth quarter of the team’s Game 3 win over the Timberwolves, per Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports. Braun helped spark a 9-2 Denver run early in the frame to create some separate between the Nuggets and Minnesota.
  • There are three key reasons the Nuggets are off to a 3-0 start in their first-round series against the Timberwolves, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic. Jones credits a shortened eight-man playoff rotation featuring a versatile trio of bench players, Porter’s improvement as a scorer, and a clear focus on trying to advance quickly.
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