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Ryan Blackburn discusses the news that the Minnesota Timberwolves are attempting to hire Tim Connelly, Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations, away from Denver. Then, Ryan discusses the loss of Jordi Fernandez, Nuggets assistant coach, to the Sacramento Kings. Finally, Bones Hyland made the All-Rookie team! A fun thing to discuss in the …
 
Ryan Blackburn breaks down the NBA Draft Lottery results as the Orlando Magic win the lottery and will select first overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. Ryan talks about the top teams and the top prospects before pivoting to the Nuggets and the initial players profiled at Denver Stiffs. Finally, Ryan discusses how important it is for the Nuggets to see t…
 
Ryan Blackburn discusses the Game 7 (and 6) losses by the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, and Philadelphia 76ers. MVP narratives are up in flames as Giannis, Embiid, and Booker have all been eliminated from playoff contention just one round after the Denver Nuggets. Ryan shares his thoughts on where those teams were lacking, the traits and styles th…
 
Ryan Blackburn and Jake Coyne (@BroncoSquatch on Twitter) discuss the Denver Nuggets off-season goals and limitations heading into the draft and free agency. Then, they go through an extensive list of trade and free agency targets to revamp the starting lineup and/or improve the bench rotation. Names like Lu Dort and De'Anthony Melton are discussed…
 
Ryan Blackburn breaks down big man rotation in the final 'Season in Review' episode of the 2021-22 season, discussing Nikola Jokić, JaMychal Green, and DeMarcus Cousins in depth. Jokić clearly held up his end of the bargain this season, but the Nuggets still fell short. They also struggled to fill the backup center position until Cousins was signed…
 
Ryan Blackburn discusses the news from Monday morning that Nikola Jokić will be the MVP of the 2021-22 NBA season, laughing at those that think he isn't deserving. Ryan then discusses where Jokić can still improve as a player and leader for the Nuggets in their quest for a title going forward. Finally, where does Jokić rank among the NBA greats now…
 
Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets forward rotation and how they performed during the 2021-22 season. Michael Porter Jr. missed the vast majority of the season, so Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green assumed larger roles, while Zeke Nnaji and Vlatko Cancar had opportunities to show what they can do. Were the forwards successful this y…
 
Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the end-of-season press conferences of Michael Malone and Calvin Booth setting a tone of immediate pressure on the Denver Nuggets to do everything they can to win a title. Then, Ryan spends some time reacting to fake trades proposed by Nuggets fans by mostly saying that the trade ideas aren't realistic. Althoug…
 
Ryan Blackburn breaks down the Denver Nuggets wing rotation from the 2021-22 season. From Will Barton and Austin Rivers to Bryn Forbes and Davon Reed, where did the Nuggets wings excel? Where do they need to improve? Do the Nuggets need a wing upgrade this off-season? Yes, yes they do, especially on the defensive end. Ryan breaks down the seasons o…
 
Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the end-of-season pressers for Michael Porter Jr., Jamal Murray, and Tim Connelly before breaking down the seasons of Denver's guard rotation. Separated into guards, wings, forwards, and bigs, Ryan evaluates the guards first, based on the roles they had and how successful they were. From Monte Morris and Facu C…
 
Ryan Blackburn and Gage Bridgford, lead writer at Denver Stiffs, break down the Denver Nuggets 2021-22 season through the lens of end-of-season takeaways. What were the most definitive moments of Denver's season? What did the Nuggets learn in an injury-riddled season? Ryan and Gage discuss several season and roster takeaways and how they will help …
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 102-98 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 as the Nuggets were eliminated from the playoffs. Nikola Jokić and the Nuggets put in a great effort and were locked in, but they just didn't have enough at the end to outpace the Warriors. Ryan discusses the game, learning from the playoff series, and takea…
 
Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors, including the adjustments both teams are set to make as the series moves back to San Francisco. Then, Ryan discusses the mentality shift Nuggets fans (and NBA fans) had as soon as Denver won Game 4 to avoid the sweep. Finally, he talks about the teams that are actua…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 126-121 Game 4 win over the Golden State Warriors as the Nuggets avoid the sweep on their home court. Nikola Jokić was fantastic today. Monte Morris hit five three-pointers in a quarter. Austin Rivers had five steals. Bones hit some shots from the Hylands, and Will Barton hit the biggest shot of the game. Ry…
 
Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets as they are down 3-0 in their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. Will they play with pride and intensity in Game 4 amid a likely exit? Was this season always about playing with pride? Then, Ryan shares his thoughts on the playoff landscape and which teams can win a title this y…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 118-113 Game 3 loss to the Golden State Warriors as the Nuggets battle incredibly hard for 45 minutes only to watch the lead slip away in the final three. Nikola Jokić was unbelievable, and Aaron Gordon showed up in a big way. Unfortunately, the Nuggets couldn't get enough stops to earn the victory and go do…
 
Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets and their approach to Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors. Will they change up the starting lineup? Can they match up with the Warriors' small ball lineup in a better way? Which players are in line for more playing time? Then, Ryan discusses the angst among the team and the parallels bet…
 
Ryan Blackburn takes the Denver Nuggets off day to discuss the narratives surrounding Michael Malone, Tim Connelly, and Denver Nuggets management. They don't deserve to shoulder as much of the blame as Nuggets fans seem to believe they do. Ryan discusses why, as well as the concept of competitive advantage and how the Nuggets ownership has to be be…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps Game 2 as the Denver Nuggets lose 126-106 to the Golden State Warriors, dropping to 0-2 in the series. Nikola Jokić lost his battle with Draymond Green once again and was ejected in the fourth quarter after multiple frustration technicals. No other Nugget scored more than 12 points, and the Nuggets simply didn't have the firep…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 123-107 loss to the Golden State Warriors to fall to 0-1 in the first round series. Nikola Jokić wasn't at his best on either end of the floor, and the Nuggets perimeter defense left him out to dry on just as many occasions. DeMarcus Cousins was ejected in the fourth quarter as well. Ryan discusses what went…
 
Ryan Blackburn discusses the final injury report for the Denver Nuggets as they prepare for Saturday's Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Ryan breaks down the projected rotation, key decisions for Steve Kerr and Michael Malone, and laments the optionality of the Warriors. Then, Ryan asks the existential questions facing the N…
 
Ryan Blackburn brings on Brady Klopfer of Golden State of Mind to break down the Golden State Warriors. What the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the Warriors are, how they will handle the Nikola Jokić matchup, the actual health of Stephen Curry, and much more. They also discuss the Nuggets and their rotation before making bold predictions on th…
 
Ryan Blackburn brings on Gordon Gross, senior writer at Denver Stiffs, to discuss a variety of Denver Nuggets topics. First, they cover Nikola Jokić and what appears to be an impending MVP on the way. Next, they cover Bones Hyland and the joy he has brought to the Nuggets in favor of a perimeter defense option. Finally, they discuss Nuggets vs Gold…
 
Ryan Blackburn breaks down the impending playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors by the numbers, discussing a variety of factors from the regular season that impact the outcome of this matchup. Draymond Green didn't play in any of the games, but the Nuggets won three out of four. From clutch ratings, to shooting data, to…
 
Ryan Blackburn briefly recaps the Denver Nuggets 146-141 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the final game of the regular season as Denver sat their starters, Austin Reaves and Malik Monk went off, and Facu Campazzo got ejected. Then, Ryan reflects on the regular season's ups and downs before asking initial questions about the Golden State …
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 122-109 win as Nikola Jokić makes history, becoming the first player to ever accumulate 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season. Jokić was unbelievable, playing in a headband after bleeding profusely from the head in the first quarter. Ryan shares his experience in Ball Arena, what t…
 
Ryan Blackburn discusses the injury report today that saw no major changes for any of the Denver Nuggets stars, from the nuances of injury reporting to the idea that better things are still ahead for the Nuggets. Then, Ryan talks about how several fan bases around the NBA would trade their situations for Denver's in a heartbeat, including the Loss …
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 116-97 loss to the San Antonio Spurs as the Nuggets miss an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. Nikola Jokić was going hard offensively but struggled despite scoring 41 points. Not enough players showed up around him, and the Nuggets once again proved incapable of playing defense on their home court. Ryan …
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 129-118 win over the Los Angeles Lakers as Nikola Jokić once again has a monster game with 38 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 assists while out-dueling Anthony Davis down the stretch. Aaron Gordon stepped up in the first half, and Will Barton stepped up in the second half, hitting some massive threes to seal the …
 
Ryan Blackburn reacts to the Denver Nuggets 136-130 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves as Denver simply couldn't match Minnesota's level of execution for 48 minutes. Nikola Jokić tried his best, but several players simply didn't show up or were active negatives when Denver needed them most. Ryan discusses the starters, the bench, and what this loss…
 
Ryan Blackburn and Kyle Theige, site manager of Canis Hoopus, discuss the growth of the Minnesota Timberwolves to become a playoff caliber team in the Western Conference. From Karl-Anthony Towns, to Anthony Edwards, to head coach Chris Finch, these T'Wolves are not the T'Wolves of years past. Ryan and Kyle breaking down the T'Wolves and the Denver …
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 125-118 win over the Indiana Pacers with a special emphasis on blowing another big first half lead. Nikola Jokić saved the day with his dominance, and Bones Hyland gave him a major assist down the stretch, but the entire team still has major work to do. Ryan discusses what went wrong with both the starting a…
 
Ryan Blackburn and Jena Garcia, social media director of Denver Stiffs, break down the Denver Nuggets 113-109 win over the Charlotte Hornets. They discuss Nikola Jokić's big game, Aaron Gordon's aggressive start, Will Barton's up and down play, and a bad performance from the bench. Then, they discuss what's next for the Nuggets, including Friday's …
 
Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets seeding and playoff scenarios as the playoff race begins to take shape. With the Golden State Warriors in free fall and the Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves battling to stay out of the play-in, the middle of the West playoff field as a chance to get really weird. Ryan details all of the scenarios, what …
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 113-107 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder as Nikola Jokić puts together a masterful performance with 35 points on 13-of-15 from the field. Will Barton and Aaron Gordon put their own stamps on the game, while Monte Morris had the key sequence to close the deal. Ryan discusses the starters, an uninspiring ben…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 140-130 loss to the Phoenix Suns as Devin Booker goes off for 49 points and 10 assists, leading the Suns across the finish line in Denver. Nikola Jokić shot the ball efficiently but had eight turnovers, and the Nuggets, while they played well, had several key mishaps that allowed the game to slip away. Ryan …
 
Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets extending head coach Michael Malone through the 2024-25 season. Malone has earned the opportunity to coach the healthy Nuggets, and the organization gave him a two-year extension to reinforce that. Then, Ryan reacts to games around the NBA on Wednesday night before discussing Denver's biggest…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 127-115 win over the Los Angeles Clippers as Nikola Jokić makes an MVP statement on national TV, leading both teams in every statistical category. The starters stepped up around Jokić and hit big shots down the stretch, and Bones Hyland once again showed that he's a big game player. Ryan discusses the starte…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets obliteration at the hands of the Boston Celtics that saw the entire starting unit benched at halftime. Nikola Jokić had a poor shooting game and was in bad positions defensively all night. Aaron Gordon and Will Barton had opportunities to step up and couldn't. The bench was bad, just not as bad as the starte…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 119-116 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Nuggets let a game they led late in both regulation and overtime slip away with mistakes and poor execution. Nikola Jokić was great, and Bones Hyland had another strong performance, but it wasn't enough. Ryan discusses the bench unit, the appalling star…
 
Ryan Blackburn discusses the impending returns of Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray and forward Michael Porter Jr., focusing on their returns to the court and the different scenarios the Nuggets will have to prepare for. When will they be back? Do their roles change based on when they return? How do their returns impact the Nuggets rotation? Ryan d…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 127-109 win over the Washington Wizards as Nikola Jokić scores his 10,000th point while leading the Nuggets in every statistical category. He dominated Kristaps Porzingis tonight in just 26 minutes of play. The rest of the starters surrounded him with versatility and quality defense, while the bench was once…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 114-110 win over the Philadelphia 76ers as Bones Hyland puts on an absolute show in front of the Wilmington faithful with 21 points and four massive three-pointers. Nikola Jokić and Joel Embiid went toe-toe-toe, but the Nuggets team came to play. Ryan discusses the supporting cast, including major minutes fr…
 
Ryan Blackburn brings on Bryan Toporek, who covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Forbes and host The NBA Pod, to discuss all things Nikola Jokić and Joel Embiid. The two frontrunners in the MVP race this year have been fantastic, and both Ryan and Bryan celebrate their accomplishments before discussing their MVP cases. Then, they preview Nuggets vs Si…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 127-115 loss to the Toronto Raptors as the Raptors grab 23 offensive rebounds and outwork the Nuggets at every opportunity. The Nuggets had some key players missing, but the players in the lineup struggled mightily with Toronto's athleticism. Ryan discusses the starters failure to close another game, the big…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 113-102 loss to the Golden State Warriors as Stephen Curry goes off for 34 points in 38 minutes. Jordan Poole also hurt the Nuggets from the bench with 21 points and 7 assists of his own. Ryan discusses the fatigue the Nuggets were clearly struggling with in their fourth game in five nights, as well as the c…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 106-100 win as Nikola Jokić puts the team on his back once again with a stat line Wilt Chamberlain would be proud of: 38 points, 18 rebounds, and 7 assists on 15/24 shooting. He is simply on another level right now. Ryan talks about Jokić, Monte Morris stepping up, and the rest of the starters. He then discu…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 131-124 win over the Golden State Warriors as the Nuggets outscore the Warriors sans Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and others. Jokić had a second 30-point triple-double in two nights, and all four of Monte Morris, Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, and Davon Reed had strong scoring games too. Ryan di…
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 138-130 overtime win as Nikola Jokić puts on an absolute masterclass performance when the team needed it most with 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Aaron Gordon and Monte Morris also stepped up where needed with big time performances at different points of the game. Ryan discusses an epic Jokić …
 
Ryan Blackburn recaps the Denver Nuggets 116-101 win over the Houston Rockets as DeMarcus Cousins dominates in his first start in a Nuggets uniform with Nikola Jokić out due to illness. Will Barton also finally broke the franchise record for three-pointers in the third quarter. Ryan discusses strong performances from the starting and bench units be…
 
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