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Denver Post: Kawhi Leonard scores 27, Raptors advance to first NBA Finals
TORONTO -- Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors, who used a 26-3 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn the game in their favor.
Fansided: Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap should've made the NBA All-Defensive second team
The NBA All-Defensive teams were released, and one notable omission was Paul Millsap. While he didn't put up the defensive counting stats of the other of the forwards selected, his overall defensive impact was certainly great enough to warrant a spot on the All-Defensive second team and even more so when durability is factored in.
The starting point for the case of Millsap being robbed of a spot on the NBA All-Defensive teams starts with the Nuggets taking an eight-win leap in the 2018-19 season. Obviously the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive teams are based off of this current season, but revisiting 2017-18 is needed for proper context.
Denver Post: Kickin' It with Kiz: How Nikola Jokic can surpass Alex English and Dan Issel as the greatest player in Nuggets history
Every one of the other four players on the All-NBA first team would rather play alongside Nuggets center Nikola Jokic than Joel Embiid of Philadelphia. It's not about points or blocks, but the chemistry established by making your teammates better. As a point center, Joker has rewritten the rules for his position.
Bill, chillin' in Costa Rica
Kiz: Being named the NBA's best center is Jokic's first step in a long, long journey to the Hall of Fame. Down the road, can he surpass Alex English or Dan Issel as the best player in Nuggets history?
Denver Stiffs: Monte Morris reacts to Steph Curry's obvious travel in the closing seconds of Game 4
With the game tied and less than 20 seconds on the clock in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Stephen Curry committed a pretty obvious travel while trying to get open for a game winning three-pointer. Instead of winning the game with that shot, Curry was rightfully called for the travel, ultimately sending the game to overtime. The Golden State Warriors went on to win the game and the series, 119-117.
Social media went crazy after this play. Not only did fans get a kick out of seeing the blatant travel, but Steph's brother, Seth Curry, had an amusing reaction as well.
RT @AltitudeTV: Congratulations, Joker!Another well deserved accolade. https://t.co/mvzN8ZOMnv
Denver Stiffs: Denver Nuggets Top 50 Moments of 2018-19: 30-26
We're counting down the 50 best moments of the Denver Nuggets' 2018-19 season. So many great things happened with the Nuggets over the last 365 days so the Stiffs wanted to go back and re-live some of the very best shots, games, quotes, and memorable events along the way. Catch up on all 50: 50-46 | 45-41 | 40-36 | 36-31
Fansided: Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets should sign Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood will be available this offseason, and the Denver Nuggets should heavily consider signing him to a long-term contract.
Hood's impressive performance in the Western Conference Semifinals arguably won Portland them the series. To coach Mike Malone, Hood was the "MVP" of the series.
The Nuggets' bench was their core weakness this season. He could be a valuable addition to Nuggets' bench for the 2019-20 season.
The Nuggets' bench only averaged 27 PPG in the playoffs and 37.7 PPG during the 2018-19 regular season. The Nuggets' bench also ranked 13th in the NBA in three-point attempts.
Official Site of the Nuggets: Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic to play for Serbia in 2019 FIBA World Cup
Nikola Jokiu0107 hopes to cap off his breakout fourth season with an international medal
The 24-year-old announced on Friday that he will be playing in the FIBA World Cup with his native Serbia.
"I am very pleased with everything I did in the NBA this season, I had a great year in which I performed at the All-Star Game and was selected in the NBA All-Star Five. For me, the cherry on top of this whole season would be a medal with the national team," Jokiu0107 told Serbian State News Agency. "I am fully prepared to do my best to achieve this goal.
Denver Post: Nuggets Mailbag: Should we expect an NBA title in Denver within the next 5 years?
Can we expect an NBA championship from this squad within the next 5 years? How high is Nikola Jokic's ceiling? Will Jamal Murray develop into just a role player or potential superstar?
-- Connor Nimmons, Louisville
I don't think that's an unrealistic goal. Barring something crazy (i.e. a blockbuster trade), Jokic and Murray are going to be in Denver for a long time. Those are the first two pieces and then you build out. If Michael Porter Jr. reaches his potential, they'd have an extremely enviable - and young - core.
Official Site of the Nuggets: Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic selected to All-NBA First Team
The NBA announced today that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokiu0107 has been named to the All-NBA First Team as voted on by members of the media.
Jokiu0107 becomes the second Nugget ever to be named to an All-NBA First Team, joining David Thompson who did so twice in both 1976-77 and 1977-78. He is the first Serbian to ever be named First Team All-NBA.
Jokiu0107 averaged career-highs in points (20.1), rebounds (10.8) and assists (7.3) in just 31.3 minutes per game in 2018-19. He became the first center since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967-68 to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a single season and is the first player in NBA history do so in less than 35 minutes per game.
Official Site of the Nuggets: Nikola Jokic joins exclusive All-NBA list for Denver Nuggets
Coming off a season in which he averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game while leading the Denver Nuggets to a 54-28 record, Nikola Jokiu0107 has been selected as a member of the All-NBA first team.
Jokiu0107, who also made his first All-Star team this past season, now joins a select group of players to make an All-NBA team while wearing a Nuggets jersey. The Serbian big man is the seventh player in Nuggets franchise history to make an All-NBA team and is the first player to do so since Carmelo Anthony in the 2009-10 campaign.
Fansided: Denver Nuggets: The Joker Named First All-Time NBA
Revolutionary Denver Nuggets Center Nikola Jokic was selected to the 2018-19 All-NBA First Team.
Joker finished just ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers Embiid. Last year, Anthony Davis was selected to the 2017-18 All-NBA First team.
Jokic is the first Serbian-American to ever be selected to the All-NBA first team. He is also the just second Nuggets player in history to ever be selected to the All-NBA first team. The only other Nugget to ever receive such an honor is the legendary David Thompson.
Jokic is also the first Nugget player in 41 years to be named to All-NBA firs team.
Official Site of the Nuggets: Nikola Jokic gets props on Twitter after All-NBA First Team honors
Nikola Jokiu0107's breakout fourth season was rightly recognized by the media as he was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday. With the 24-year-old being the first Nuggets player since David Thompson in 1978 to accomplish the feat, there was plenty of praise for the center on Twitter.
Here are the best reactions:
From the Mile High faithful
Best big in the league, my guy pic.twitter.com/wH0F61S4fu
It takes a special group.
It's going to be awesome when we have 2 AllNBA first teamers.
Denver Post: Nikola Jokic selected to 2018-19 All-NBA first team
Add another accolade to Nikola Jokic's resume.
The Nuggets' star center on Thursday was selected to the 2018-19 All-NBA first team. He is the second player in franchise history to earn first-team honors, joining David Thompson who was selected in the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons. It is Jokic's first All-NBA selection.
Jokic earned 59 out of a possible 100 first-team votes, 38 second-team votes and two third-team votes for a total of 411 points, beating out Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (375).
Jokic, 24, was named to his first all-star team this past season.
Official Site of the Nuggets: Denver Nuggets balancing optimism, caution with Michael Porter Jr.
There was a palpable amount of buzz after Michael Porter Jr. announced he was ready to play in the 2019 NBA Summer League. That excitement was especially felt by the Nuggets' ownership, front office and coaching staff, all of whom have been carefully preparing the 20-year-old for his return to action.
"Michael is as talented as a player as we've had come through our doors in a long time," Team President and Governor Josh Kroenke said in an interview with Altitude Radio Monday.
Porter Jr., Rivals No. 1 college basketball recruit in 2017, has endured a long journey back playing the sport he once dominated as an elite high school star.