The Los Angeles Clippers (21-18) play against the Denver Nuggets (13-13) at Ball Arena
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Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Thursday January 5, 2023
Los Angeles Clippers 5, Denver Nuggets 10 (Q1 07:53)
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
Not enough people are talking about how good Aaron Gordon has been for the Nuggets this season, esp. with Murray and MPJ dealing with injuries. – 10:07 PM
One game doesn’t determine anything, but Aaron Gordon and Paul George are both vying for the same All-Star real estate. There’s a limited amount of West spots available, and both have legitimate claims. – 10:06 PM
Buckets from Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon (x2) have the Nuggets out to a 6-0 lead over the Clippers. You would know this if you’re watching TNT. – 10:05 PM
That is four-straight stops for the Nuggets to begin against the Clippers and Jokic is already diming up everyone. Feels like one of the nights Denver shows up to play their best tonight.
Denver up 6-0 early. – 10:05 PM
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both playing for the Clippers tonight. All their regulars are active except Nicolas Batum. Should be a good test for Denver. – 9:53 PM
Nuggets have their regular starters together:
Michael Porter Jr.
With Denver on the first night of a B2B and the Cavs resting tomorrow night, I’d bet Murray rests tomorrow night. – 9:37 PM
Nuggets going with their regular starters – Murray, Caldwell-Pope, Porter, Gordon, Jokic – tonight against the Clippers. Michael Malone said pregame that Jamal Murray is still not playing back-to-backs, so he looks doubtful to play tomorrow against the Cavaliers. – 9:34 PM
Michael Porter Jr.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 9:33 PM
Jeff Green, currently out with a fractured left hand, is making progress. He’s shooting around pregame with a protective glove over his hand. Scheduled to be reevaluated in around two weeks. – 9:26 PM
Jeff Green, currently out with a fractured left hand, is making progress. He’s shooting around pregame with a protective glove over his left hand. Scheduled to be reevaluated in around two weeks. – 9:24 PM
Asked Michael Malone how the Nuggets decide which game of the back-to-back Jamal Murray plays: “That’s a conversation I have with out training staff,” Malone said. He says the staff makes a suggestion, then Malone will go to Murray and they’ll make a decision. – 8:39 PM
Asked T Lue if it is set in stone that Kawhi and Wall would play no games on zero days rest this season.
T Lue left open possibility that they could. Full reax momentarily. – 8:38 PM
Just landed in Denver. #Cavs injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Nuggets:
Darius Garland (thumb sprain) – questionable
Donovan Mitchell (rest) – OUT
Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade, Dylan Windler also all remain out. – 8:38 PM
Ty Lue was asked about whether he foresees Kawhi Leonard and John Wall being able to play both ends of a back to back this season, at some point. Lue said he hopes so. – 8:35 PM
Michael Malone prays on Jamal Murray staggering and playing with the bench: “Be assertive, be vocal, that’s your unit. You run it.” – 8:32 PM
Asked Michael Malone how Jamal Murray can help himself. He said he can be more vocal, more assertive. Specifically, he said when he’s staggering with the second unit, he needs to run that lineup. “That’s your unit.” Malone is empowering him to do so. – 8:20 PM
Malone said the challenge for both him and Jamal Murray as he fights back to his former self is not getting caught up in the moment. It was always going to be a long process and that’s been the toughest challenge. – 8:18 PM
will be without Donovan Mitchell (rest) tomorrow night here in Denver. Darius Garland, who missed the last three games with a thumb injury, is listed as questionable.
Cavs will also be without Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade, Dylan Windler, and Isaiah Mobley tomorrow. – 7:44 PM
Donovan Mitchell (rest) is listed OUT tomorrow night against Denver, along with Ricky Rubio, Dean Wade and Dylan Windler. Darius Garland (thumb) is QUESTIONABLE. – 7:33 PM
Almost on a jury this week. Lawyer quizzes me: “Sports columnist?” “True.” “What do you write about?” “Everything.” “How long?” “August.” “Before that?” “Covered the Clippers.”
Another prospective juror: “You cover the Clippers?! They’re so frustrating!” Dude a fan since Blake. – 7:10 PM
So, it’s assumed that Kawhi Leonard will play tonight against the Nuggets. That’s a big deal. He’s not on the injury report (Paul George is questionable with a hammy).
This will be a good test for the Nuggets. A serious opponent. That they should take seriously. Big if true. – 5:34 PM
five nba players are shooting >= 55% on drives with a >= 12 ast%:
—nikola jokic (69.2 fg%/14.6 ast%)
—luka doncic (64.9 fg%/12.4 ast%)
—lebron james (59.8 fg%/12.5 ast%)
—malik monk (57 fg%/17.1 ast%)
—deni avdija (55.6 fg%/13.9 ast%) – 5:09 PM
Peyton Watson will be sidelined for a couple of weeks with a left adductor strain, I’m told. He left the Grand Rapids Gold’s Jan. 2 loss after playing 15 minutes and is currently in Denver. Nuggets have been really encouraged by his play in the G League this season. – 4:52 PM
And on the topic of Scal, Abby and me, it seemed trivial given what happened in Cincinnati Monday, but a belated but heartfelt thanks not just for these but to all who reached out after our NBA “rain delay” Sunday in Denver.
Do this long enough, you’ll see everything. pic.twitter.com/zNq4sFLPSt – 4:31 PM