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Nuggets’ Paul Millsap Hoping Team will Be Top 5 Defensively

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Denver Nuggets veteran forward Paul Millsap has defense on his mind as the team gears up for the 2018-2019 regular season and is hoping that the team can finish among the best in the NBA in defense.

“I’ve always aimed high,” Millsap said, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. “I’m looking to crack the top five in defense. I want to say it’s hard to do, but it’s really not. You get guys locked in on the same page and staying disciplined throughout the course of the game, you can be a top-five defensive team.”

It would be a giant leap for a Denver team that has finished near the bottom of the league defensively that past few seasons, making them one of the worst defensive teams in the league.

“I believe, with the team that we have, we can scramble and get guys off the (3-point) line, rebound and run,” Millsap said. “Everything is based on practice. If we drill those habits and drill guys not stopping on one or two possessions, continue to make the necessary plays and get a rebound, you can drill that. It can be a habit you create going into the season.”

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Nuggets’ President Tim Connelly Remaining with Franchise

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Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly will remain with the Nuggets following an interview with the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Connelly met with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis on Friday to talk about the President gig with the team following the dismissal of longtime president Ernie Grunfeld, who had a 16 year tenure with the cluib.

Leonsis apparently made a strong offer to Connelly, but the Nuggets convinced him to stay.

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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Discusses Frustration with Referees

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Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic has been frustrated all season with officiating and was even ejected during the Nuggets’ win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

Jokic has been met with physicality from defenders, and is trying to match that same physicality, but seems to be drawing the whistle.

Jokic spoke about the contact he receives, as well as his view of how the refs are calling it.

“Sometimes it’s really hard because the ball is in my hands a lot and there is a lot of contact there,” Jokic said, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. “I know I’m not going to get every call, but the obvious ones, at least.”

Jokic has a supported in his teammate, forward Paul Millsap.

“It’s a tough situation,” Millsap said. “On that particular play (that led to Jokic’s ejection), he got hit pretty hard. He’s just got to take a deep breath, I guess, and let it go. That’s about all I’ve got.”

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Nuggets’ Paul Millsap Praises Nikola Jokic’s Development

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Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic continues to impress with his play and his continuing development, and it has not been lost on the league and his teammates.

Nuggets veteran forward Paul Millsap has seen the improvement in Jokic’s game, notably when the game is winding down to it’s final minutes.

“He’s a completely different player than he was last year especially in the fourth quarter with two minutes to go,” Millsap said of Jokic, according to Christian Clark of BSN Denver.

“He wants the ball. He wants to make the play.”

Jokic is again showing improvement this season, averaging 20.7 points (career high), 10.7 (ties career high) rebounds, and 7.7 assists (career high) per game for Denver.

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