Denver Suffers Heavy Defeat Against Minnesota Without Nikola Jokic



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Denver Suffers Heavy Defeat Against Minnesota Without Nikola Jokic

Denver's basketball players suffered a 128:98 away defeat against Minnesota in a match they played without four first-team players, just 22 hours after beating Atlanta at home. Denver's coaching staff decided not to take Jokic, Murray, Gordon and Caldwell-Pope to this match at all, and in this regard, they didn't even have much of a chance to deal with the playful Minnesota and in the end they suffered a convincing defeat.

"The one thing that is really perplexing in this individual scenario is it's the second night of a back-to-back we're playing 22 hours after tip-off last night," Malone said before the game via ESPN. "When I told our players that, a veteran like Jeff Green looked at me like I was crazy.

He said, 'That's not allowed. That's not legal.' And, obviously, it is." Already in the second quarter, the home team had a 20-point advantage, after which they routinely kept the lead and controlled the match, and in the end achieved a sure victory.

“We were very business-like,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “Took advantage of the opportunity that was there for us. I think we only had like three or four turnovers in the first half. That’s kind of been important to our focus.

And I thought we made a lot of really good plays”. “Without four starters, you have to almost play perfect to give yourself a chance,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. “Turnovers fueled their break, 24 fast-break points.

Just too many breakdowns on both ends of the floor for us to even have a chance to be competitive tonight”. “We’re just playing free and easy but, obviously, a little bit too free and a little bit too easy, at times,” Malone said.

New Orleans beat Sacramento 136:104, while New York beat Philadelphia 108:97. Toronto beat Memphis away 106:103, while in previous matches, Orlando beat Charlotte away 119:113, and Cleveland beat Indiana 122:103.

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