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Nuggets complete historic comeback from 3-1 down vs. Jazz

In a game reminiscent of NBA playoff games from years ago the Nuggets held on to beat the Jazz 80-78 in a defensive battle to complete a historic comeback from down 3-1 in the first round series. Next up for Denver is the Western Conference semifinals against the L.A. Clippers starting Thursday night.

The Nuggets led by as many as 19 points in the game, but the Jazz battled back and the final outcome was determined thanks to Nikola Jokić’s offense and Gary Harris’ defense.

Jokić put the Nuggets ahead 80-78 with a turnaround shot over Utah’s Rudy Gobert with 27 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession Harris knocked the ball away from Donovan Mitchell, the Nuggets streaked up the court with it and then things really got crazy.

Denver simply needed to hold onto the ball and force Utah to foul. Instead Torrey Craig went up for a semi-contested layup and missed. Utah got the rebound, dashed back up the floor with the clock winding down and guard Mike Conley got a good look for three at the buzzer and the ball went half-way down before bouncing out as the Nuggets survived.

Jokić leads the way

While the past three games have been all about Jamal Murray’s exploits on offense, and rightfully so, Tuesday night Jokić led the way for Denver. Denver’s All-NBA center finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and four assists to go along with the game-winning basket.

“Before the series started, I felt it was going to be an interesting series, but after 3-1, I didn’t think it would be this interesting. … We made a historic night.”

Jokić said after the game.

Making history

With the win Denver became just the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and rally to win a best-of-seven series, and the first since Cleveland did so in the 2016 NBA Finals against Golden State.

“The locker room was very subdued, very calm. No, of course, it was excitement. We’re the 12th team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit, and our guys should be proud of that, they should be excited. We get to extend our stay.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone joked after his team’s thrilling win.

It also marks the first time the Nuggets have won a postseason season series in back-to-back seasons since the 1984-’86 seasons.

Complete Nuggets-Jazz Game 7 highlights

Tip-ins

Denver won despite scoring just 15 points in both the third and fourth quarters. Utah also was held to 15 points in the second quarter. For comparison in Sunday’s Game 6 Murray alone scored 25 points in both the first and second halves.

  • After scoring 50, 42 and 50 points in the previous three games Murray was held to 17 points on 7-for-21 shooting in Game 7. The only other Nuggets player to score in double figures was rookie Michael Porter Jr. who finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.
  • Murray did finish with the most points ever for a Nuggets player in a playoff series. His 221 easily bested Jokić’s 190 from last year’s seven-game series against Portland.
  • Mitchell led Utah with 22 points to go with 9 rebounds, but he also turned the ball over 9 times as well. Gobert had a big night too scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
  • The Denver Post’s Sean Keller wrote about Jokić’s brilliant performance, noting that the Joker is one of only four players this century to have at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in every Game 7 he’s played. The other players on the list are: Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan and LeBron James.
  • Mark Kiszla of The Post turned his attention to Denver’s next opponent the Clippers, noting that if the Nuggets thought Utah was tough, the Clippers are something else entirely.
  • At TheAthletic.com Joe Vardon wrote about how it was a Game 7 unlike any other, because it felt like it was OK to lose.
    While Nuggets reporter Kendra Andrews wrote about the Nuggets advancing while playing in their third straight seven game series.
    And Nick Kosmider said that by vanquishing the Game 7 demons from last year’s lost to the Trail Blazers, Denver now gets a valuable test against the Clippers.

Nuggets-Clippers series schedule

GameResult
Game 1Clippers 120, Nuggets 97Box score
Game 2Nuggets 110, Clippers 101Box score
Game 3Clippers 113, Nuggets 107Box score
Game 4Clippers 96, Nuggets 85Box score
Game 5Nuggets 111, Clippers 105Box score
Game 6Nuggets 111, Clippers 98Box score
Game 7Nuggets 104, Clippers 89Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series 4-3

Nuggets-Jazz series results

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Game 7Denver 80, Utah 78Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series tied 4-3

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Nuggets-Jazz Game 7 preview

Despite falling behind 3-1 in their best-of-seven series with the Jazz, the Nuggets have battled back to force Game 7 tonight at 6:30 p.m. on ABC. With that in mind here’s a roundup of the best stories to get you ready for tonight’s game.

Murray vs. Mitchell

TheAthletic.com’s John Hollinger wrote about the battle between Denver’s Jamal Murray and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, described as a “shootout for the ages.”

Both have had two 50-point games in the series, becoming just the third and fourth players in NBA history to have multiple 50-point games in the same series. For the Nuggets Murray has scored 142 points in the past three games with just five turnovers total.

Calipari on Murray

During Murray’s one season playing college basketball he played for legendary coach John Calipari, The Denver Post’s Mike Singer talked to the Kentucky coach on what it’s been like watching his former player shine on the biggest of stages.

Among other things he said this about Murray:

“How good can he be? We don’t know yet, because what he’s done is he’s beginning to master his craft. … There’s not one shot that he shoots that he thinks is a bad shot. If he gets it off, it was a good shot. That’s what Jamal is.”

Harris could be the X-factor

At TheDNVR.com Harrison Wind wrote about how Denver guard Gary Harris could be the X-factor in tonight’s elimination game.

Game 6 was the first NBA game Harris had played in since March, but he managed to play 21 points and held Utah’s Jordan Clarkson to just 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

“To welcome him back in an elimination game I think was reassuring to our players. Our guys trust Gary. I trust Gary. He went out there and defended at a high level.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said about Harris.

MPJ deserves praise too

TheAthletic’s Kendra Andrews took at a look at what Michael Porter Jr.’s rookie season has been like through the eyes of those who have taught him.

While The Post’s Sean Keller wrote that while Murray is clearly the Nuggets postseason MVP, both Porter and Harris deserve game balls too.

Chance to make some money

And lastly, on the sports betting side of things, DraftKings is offering fans a chance to bet on the Nuggets and profit based on how many points Murray scores tonight.

The Game 7 scoring special goes like this: Place at $27 or larger wager on the Nuggets moneyline tonight and you get $1 towards a free bet for every point Murray scores. So if Murray scores 40 points you’d get a $40 free bet.

As for the moneyline bet, if you bet $27 and the Nuggets win you’d get $51.84 back, plus however much money for the free bet based on Murray’s point total.

Whether the Nuggets win or lose you’ll get the free bet portion of the special.

Nuggets-Jazz series results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Game 7Denver 80, Utah 78Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series tied 4-3

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Murray scores 50 again as Nuggets win, force Game 7 vs. Jazz

For the second time in this postseason Jamal Murray scored 50 points and for the second game in a row it was Murray who keep the Nuggets season alive as Denver beat Utah 119-107 on Sunday night to force a Game 7 on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m., ABC).

Immediately after another historic performance Murray didn’t want to talk about himself though, instead he focused on the fight for social justice and change while speaking with TNT on the court.

“I play with a lot of heart, play with a lot of passion. And when you’re fighting for something, it means a whole lot more. And we’ve been fighting this fight for a long time, and we’re tired of being tired. It’s an emotional thing because it’s not just me. … It’s lives. It’s not … it’s your life. Imagine losing your life. I don’t know what else to say. Imagine a father losing their life while they have kids. Imagine a father, a son, a brother getting shot seven times in front of their kids. Imagine that.”

Murray said after Sunday night’s Game 6 vs. the Jazz

Murray has been wearing custom-made Adidas shoes with the likenesses of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor during the series and on Saturday he placed the shoes in front of the camera before his scheduled interview for two minutes before he came on and answered questions.

Historic performance

Murray took just 24 shots en route to his second 50-point game of the series, making 17 of them, including going 9-for-12 from three-point range. In the process here’s a list of some of the elite company he joined in various ways:

  • Only the third player to score 50 points in an elimination game joining Wilt Chamberlain and Sleepy Floyd.
  • Joined Michael Jordan as only players to have three straight 40-point, 5-rebound, 5-assists games in the playoffs.
  • First player since Jordan in 1993 to have 40 points in three straight playoff games.

His coach Michael Malone had this to say about him after the game:

“I’ve been blessed to have been around some great players in this game — LeBron (James), CP (Chris Paul), Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, but I’ve never seen a guy go 50, 42 and 50 — and two of those games being elimination games.

Jazz let one slip away

As for Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, who scored 44 points in the loss, he thinks the Jazz let Game 6 get away from them.

“We’re just pissed off because that was a winnable game. No one’s down at all. We got one more game. Jamal’s been playing out of his mind. (Nikola) Jokic has been playing great. We just need to find a way to execute. We’ve done it three times. We can do it a fourth.”

Mitchell said after the game.

Game 7 experience

The Nuggets should be used to Game 7s at this point, Tuesday will mark the third straight series the Nuggets have played that went the distance. In last year’s postseason Denver beat San Antonio in Game 7 in the first round before losing to Portland in Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals. Both games were at Pepsi Center.

Tip-ins

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote about Murray’s 50-point performance in the midst of him grieving for Black lives lost and how it helped to lift the spirit of our city that is need of a reason to smile right now.

Nuggets-Jazz series results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Best-of-seven series tied 3-3
DateTime (MT)Channels
Tue., Sept. 16:30 p.m.ABC
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando

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Nuggets-Jazz Game 6 set for Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Game 6 of the Nuggets-Jazz series, which was postponed on Thursday as the NBA and its players protested racial injustice, has been rescheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. MST. It will be televised on TNT and Altitude.

The Nuggets must win in order to force a Game 7, which as of yet has not be scheduled. Presumably it either would take place on Monday or more likely Tuesday.

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Along with resuming the NBA playoffs beginning Saturday, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following joint statement today:

“We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality.  Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando.  All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments:

1. The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.

2. In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID.  If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local elections officials to find another election-related use for the facility, including but not limited to voter registration and ballot receiving boards.

3. The league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.

“These commitments follow months of close collaboration around designing a safe and healthy environment to restart the NBA season, providing a platform to promote social justice, as well as creating an NBA Foundation focused on economic empowerment in the Black community.

“We look forward to the resumption of the playoffs and continuing to work together — in Orlando and in all NBA team markets — to push for meaningful and sustainable change.”

Nuggets-Jazz playoff results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Game 7Denver 80, Utah 78Box score
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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs at some point, although a schedule going forward has yet to be announced.

On Wednesday the Milwaukee Bucks led a protest that resulted in the three NBA games scheduled for Wednesday to be postponed.

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Nuggets-Jazz results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Jazz lead best-of-seven series 3-2
DateTime (MT)Channels
TBDTBDTBD, Altitude
*TBDTBDTBD, Altitude
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Murray’s sizzling second half rallies Nuggets over Jazz

The Nuggets time in the NBA’s Orlando bubble appeared to be nearing an end Tuesday evening with Denver trailing Utah by 15 points with nine minutes to play in the third quarter, then Jamal Murray happened. Murray scored 33 points on 14-for-18 shooting in the second half to rally the Nuggets to the come-from-behind 117-107 victory over the Jazz.

When all was said and done the 23-year-old Nuggets guard finished with 42 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Even more impressive he didn’t have a turnover for the second game in a row, giving him 92 points and zero turnover in the past two games.

The Nuggets now trail Utah 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. (ESPN, Altitude).

Murray’s 33-point second half is tied with Russell Westbrook (2018) and James Harden (2015) for the most second half points by a player when facing elimination in the past 20 years.

He also joined Harden, Westbrook and Allen Iverson as the only players to have multiple 30-point halves in the same postseason since 1996-1997. Murray scored 32 points in the second half Denver’s loss in Game 4.

“The young man is growing up and turning into a superstar on the biggest stage. And couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said of Murray after the game.

Not only did Murray save the Nuggets’ season, he also turned the focus to fighting for social justice and change after the game.

“We got a lot of young, talented guys (in the NBA). And we get to play on the biggest stage. We get a platform. And I wear those Breonna (Taylor) shoes and those George Floyd shoes. We’ve been fighting that (social injustice) battle for 400 years. The least I can do is go out on the court and fight my battle, and just play as hard as I can, and we’ll live with the result. We’ve got a lot of guys in this league that can take over and a lot of guys that aren’t in the playoffs that can take over, as well. As everybody says, the league’s in good hands with the amount of talent we have.”

Murray said after Tuesday’s game.

Jokic comes up big

Murray wasn’t the only Nuggets player to step up with Denver facing elimination, Nikola Jokić is another major reason the Nuggets still have at least one more game left to play this season.

While Murray dominated quarters three and four, Jokić was the star of the first frame. Not only did he score 21 of his 31 points in the opening quarter, he did so on 8-for-8 shooting, including knocking down five three pointers.

“He was scoring at such a high clip and making Rudy (Gobert) step out and guard him.”

Murray said of Jokic’s play on Tuesday.

Jokic was quick to praise the overall energy of the team, as well as single Murray out.

“I think the energy won the game for us. And Jamal.”

Jokic said after the win.

Tip-ins

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wondered whether the NBA could give Murray a lit bit of the love that’s currently being heaped on Luka Dońič.

Nuggets-Jazz results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Game 7Denver 80, Utah 78Box score
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Murray’s 50 not enough as Nuggets fall to Jazz

Jamal Murray and scored 50 points, but it wasn’t enough as Donovan Mitchell poured in 51 as Utah beat Denver 129-127 on Sunday night to take commanding 3-1 series lead.

It marked the first time in NBA playoff history that two opposing players each reached the 50-point plateau in the same game. In the process Mitchell also joined Michael Jordan (vs. Cleveland in 1988) and Allen Iverson (vs. Toronto in 2001) to have multiple 50-point games in the same playoff series.

For the Nuggets the result is all that matters at this point, as Denver must win the next three games against Utah or else its season is over.

“We’re not going to roll over, we’re going to fight. And I was really encouraged after the game, after a tough loss, down 3-1. There’s no quit in our team. Those guys are fired up. They’re ready to get back out there and play Game 5 and try to stretch and extend this series.”

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the loss.

Denver tweaked its starting lineup after getting blown out in Games 2 and 3. Malone benched Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig and inserted Jerami Grant and Monte Morris into starting five.

Denver had a one-point lead at halftime, but got outscored 33-24 in the third quarter and were unable to fully recover in the fourth quarter. There also was a massive free-throwing shooting difference in the game, with the Jazz attempting 36 free throws to the Nuggets 13.

“We’ve struggled to get to the line, but I’m not going to really comment on that. I’m not giving the league any of my money.”

Malone said after the game.

Murray had the same thoughts, as he had this to say:

“I’m not going to speak on it. I don’t want to get fined.”

Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. (TNT, Altitude).

  • Murray’s 50 points were the most in Nuggets playoff history. He also added 11 rebounds and seven assists in the loss.
  • Nikola Jokić had a solid game as he scored 29 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists. He struggled from three-point range though, going 3-for-10 from deep.
  • The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla wrote that the Nuggets to to wake up and stop dreaming they can win a championship with the way this team currently is constructed.
  • My thoughts: I tend to agree with what Kiszla has to say about this Nuggets team. They’re very similar to a lot of the Nuggets teams I grew up watching, great offense, but no defense. And when it comes to crunch time, especially in the playoffs, you can’t think you’re just going to outscore teams.
    Yes, it will work sometimes. You might even be able to win a playoff series here or there, but making it to and then winning a championship is nearly impossible that way.
    Tim Connelly and company have done a remarkable job drafting and developing talent. Malone appears to have fostered a great team environment. But if this organization ever hopes to win an NBA championship it needs to start doing it with defense.
    The Golden State Warriors championship teams of the past few years were great offensive powerhouses, but they also were Top 5 defenses and that’s what made them so good.
    Until the Nuggets either embrace playing defense on an nightly basis or bring in a few top defenders to get the job done they’ll remain part of the NBA’s second class.
  • Nuggets-Jazz results and schedule
GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Utah leads best-of-seven series 3-1
DateTime (MT)Channels
Tue., Aug. 254:30 p.m.TNT, Altitude
*Thur., Aug. 272 p.m.ESPN, Altitude
Sat., Aug. 29TBDTNT, Altitude
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando
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Nuggets searching for answers after Game 3 pounding

In arguably their worst performance of not only this season, but the past few seasons the Nuggets were completely outmatched by the Jazz 124-87 on Friday afternoon in Orlando. With the win Utah leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

After the game Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said “Our group has to be a lot more mentally tough.”

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla went so far as to say Nikola Jokić was a joke and and without him the Nuggets have no shot in this series.

When asked why Jokić seemed so disengaged during the game Malone responded, “That would be a great question for Nikola.”

My thoughts: As bad as Game 3 was, it still is just one game of a seven-game series. If the Nuggets can rebound and win Sunday to tie things up at 2-2 it won’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.

If however they continue to get obliterated for the rest of the series then serious questions will need to be asked. I tend to not read too much into things during this strange postseason.

The one thing I do wonder, is whether there possibly could be more going on with Will Barton than just a knee injury. He left the bubble this week and it feels like the team has fallen apart since he did so.

The two events could be unrelated, but it at least bears watching.

Nuggets-Jazz results and schedule

GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Utah leads best-of-seven series 2-1
DateTime (MT)Channels
Sun., Aug. 237 p.m.TNT, Altitude
Tue., Aug. 25TBDTBD, Altitude
*Thur., Aug. 27TBDTBD, Altitude
Sat., Aug. 29TBDTBD, Altitude
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando
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Nuggets look to right the ship in Game 3 vs. Jazz

The Nuggets take on the Jazz this afternoon at 2 p.m. (TNT, Altitude) in what could prove to be a pivotal Game 3 in the teams’ first-round series.

Utah likely will have starting point guard Mike Conley back for today’s game. Conley missed the first two games of the series after he left the NBA bubble in Orlando for the birth of his son.

Gary Harris remains out for Denver, but head coach Michael Malone is hopeful the shooting guard could return at some point during the opening-round series.

“I think he’s getting in a really good place mentally and physically and it would be great to get him back at some point in this series if that’s possible.

Malone said about Harris ahead of Game 3.
  • Nuggets guard Monte Morris talked about how some of the screens that Utah center Rudy Gobert sets are illegal.
    “He does a good job at setting screens,” Morris said. “I don’t think all of them are legal, so I mean, the ref can’t call all of them, but we gotta get into the ball and fight through them and not wait on what the ref’s going to do.”
  • TheAthletic’s Kendra Andrews wrote that the Nuggets defense has been an issue so far in the series and what Malone is doing to adjust going forward.
  • TheDNVR.com’s Adam Mares took a different approach, breaking down whether Denver can turn the series into an offense battle going forward.
  • Nuggets-Jazz first-round results and schedule
GameResult
Game 1Denver 135, Utah 125, OTBox Score
Game 2Utah 124, Denver 105Box score
Game 3Utah 124, Denver 87Box score
Game 4Utah 129, Denver 127Box score
Game 5Denver 117, Utah 107Box score
Game 6Denver 1197, Utah 107Box score
Game 7Denver 80, Utah 78Box score
Nuggets win best-of-seven series tied 4-3

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Avs looking to take 2-0 series lead

Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche will look to take a 2-0 series lead today against Arizona in the teams’ first-round playoff series. The Avs won Game 1 3-0 after scoring three goals in a span of 1:23 in the third period.

It’s a quick turnaround then as Game 3 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Avs head coach Jared Bednar has yet to reveal who will be starting in goal for any of the remaining games of the series, but with a back-to-back there’s a chance that Pavel Francouz could get one of the starts, most likely in Game 3.

Avs-Coyotes schedule and results

GameResult
Game 1Colorado 3, Arizona 0Box score
Game 2Colorado 3, Arizona 2Box score
Game 3Arizona 4, Colorado 2Box score
Game 4Colorado 7, Arizona 1Box score
Game 5Colorado 7, Arizona 1Box score
Colorado wins best-of-seven series 4-1

Nuggets

The Nuggets play their final seeding game today against Toronto (11:30 a.m., Altitude), but it basically will be an exhibition as all the playoff seeds have been set. The Nuggets finished as the third seed and will face No. 6 Utah in the first round starting Monday.

The rest of the first-round schedule was set and will see division rivals Denver and Utah square off with one day off between each game, the complete schedule is listed below.

DateTime (MT)Channels
Mon., Aug. 1711:30 a.m.ESPN, Altitude
Wed., Aug. 192 p.m.TNT, Altitude
Fri., Aug. 212 p.m.TNT, Altitude
Sun., Aug. 237 p.m.TNT, Altitude
*Tue., Aug. 25TBDTBD, Altitude
*Thur., Aug. 27TBDTBD, Altitude
Sat., Aug. 29TBDTBD, Altitude
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando

Rockies

The Rockies will look to end their two-game losing streak as they welcome in the Rangers for a three-game series starting tonight (6:40 p.m., AT&T Sports Net, 850 AM) at Coors Field.

Rookie Ryan Castellani (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be making his second career start and first at home for Colorado, while Lance Lynn (2-0, 1.16 ERA) gets the start for Texas.

The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman wrote about how two years spent in Double-A working and refining his craft paved the way for Castellani to reach the majors.

  • MLB.com took at look at trade deadline questions for the five National League West teams. For the Rockies the question was whether Jairo Díaz can handle the closer role? If not Colorado might need to acquire someone via trade. And the fact is with the bullpen’s struggles of late the Rockies might want to do so regardless of how Díaz pitches going forward.

Broncos

The Broncos have their first training camp practice today, just a day before the team was originally scheduled to open the preseason before COVID-19 changed everything around.

Now, with the preseason scrapped entirely, the focus is 100% on Denver’s first game Monday, Sept. 14 against Tennessee at Empower Field.

With that in mind The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran, Kyle Newman and Mark Kiszla weighed in on six of the most pressing questions facing the Broncos.

  • With training camp closed to fans this season DenverBroncos.com still is giving fans the chance to watch training camp online. The site will have a daily, one-hour show hosted by Steve Atwater. You’ll be able to tune in every day at 9:15 a.m. via DenverBroncos.com, the Broncos365 app, as well as on Facebook and YouTube.
  • TheDNVR.com’s Andrew Mason looked at what to expect as training camp 2020 opens.
  • And lastly, TheAthletic.com ranked all NFL teams based on continuity. They looked at coaches and quarterbacks returning as well as all expected snaps from the previous year coming back. Where did that leave the Broncos? No. 18, that’s ahead of the Chargers (25th), but behind both the Chiefs (1st) and Raiders (9th).