The Denver Nuggets kicked off a five-game road stretch in Dallas on Saturday night against the Mavericks, their second game since the All-Star break. The Nuggets were outscored in the second and third periods losing 116-103 to the Mavericks.
The previous night in Denver the Nuggets hosted the Memphis Grizzlies which proved to be good nights for both Michael J. Porter and Will Barton, both scored 21 points coupled with Nikola Jokic’s 28 put the Nuggets over Memphis 103-102.
This week the Nuggets resume their road stretch in Charlotte, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando and Toronto to face the Hornets, Bulls, Pelicans, Magic and Raptors.
Currently the Nuggets sit at #5 in the Western Conference two games behind the #4 L.A. Clippers, three games behind the L.A. Lakers, three-and-a-half games behind the Phoenix Suns and 5.5 games behind the conference-leading Utah Jazz. The #6 Portland Trailblazers are a half game behind the Nuggets.
In other sports, the Colorado Avalanche have won three straight after defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 last Wednesday, the LA. Kings 2-0 on Friday and 3-1 on Sunday. This week the Avs continue their home stretch with games against the Minnesota Wild and the Phoenix Coyotes (The Avs have a single game with the Anaheim Ducks which had not been played at the time of this writing).
The Colorado Rockies Spring Training hasn’t been a great one but it also hasn’t been a bust thus far, losing 7 of 15 with seven wins and one tie. The Rockies have played the L.A. Dodgers twice in Spring Training and both times gave up 10 or more runs with a loss yesterday to L.A. 12-5. The Rockies are scheduled to play the San Francisco Giants, the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals this week.
With just under two weeks away from Opening Day fans are wary about the 2021 season after losing Nolan Arenado in the off-season and with the Dodgers having their way with the Rockies in Spring Training, fans are buckled up for a long and grueling season.
Free agency is here, and the Denver Broncos have already signed key players to their roster heading into the 2021 season. On Monday the Broncos signed Philadelphia Eagles free agent (cornerback, CB) Ronald Darby to a three-year $30 million deal. Shortly after that signing the Broncos declined a $1.5 million contract option for Kareem Jackson creating $7 million in cap space. The Broncos also decided to pick up Von Miller’s $7 million contract option keeping the 2015 Super Bowl champ in Denver another year.
Other positional needs must still be addressed and none more glaring than competition at Quarterback, with tons of rumors about the direction Denver will head, still on the table. The Broncos have also placed the Colorado Kid, Philip Lindsay as an unrestricted free agent, which gives other teams the option of offering Lindsay a contract but also allowing the Broncos to counter-offer.
The Broncos also decided to bring back probably the best hands in the league (aside from players at the receiving position), Shelby Harris. Harris has been the Broncos anchor on the Defensive line, batting balls out of play in all of his seasons with the Broncos.