Basketball Intelligence For 6/2/23


DEN 104, MIA 93

Jokic’s beautiful game at heart of Nuggets’ Game 1 win
Mike Singer, Denver Post

Nuggets swat away Heat to end Miami’s Game 1 dominance
Jake Fischer, Yahoo Sports

The Nuggets are three wins away from being champions. Why? Because of their consistency
Tony Jones, The Athletic

The Heat’s Worst-Case Scenario Played Out in Game 1
Michael Pina, The Ringer

How Nikola Jokić exerts force shows just how much he cares
Vincent Goodwill, Yahoo Sports

Aaron Gordon’s bullying Game 1 a portrait of the winner he resurrected
Marcus Thompson II, The Athletic

Why the Nuggets’ size advantage could be too much for Heat to overcome
Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports

Jamal Murray’s fingerprints were all over Denver’s emphatic Game 1 win
Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports

Once a risky pick, Michael Porter Jr. turns in big rewards for Nuggets
Pat Graham, Associated Press

3 Observations
Kevin O’ Connor, The Ringer

Jokic presents a classic pick-your-poison dilemma, and both of them kill you
Brad Botkin, CBS Sports

Nuggets cruise to Game 1 win
Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald

5 Takeaways
Shaun Powell, NBA.com

5 Takeaways
Barry Jackson, Miami Herald

5 Takeaways
Ira Winderman, SunSentinel

Nuggets Cool Off Heat
Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops

Heat left with few options against Nuggets’ big frontcourt size advantage
William Guillory, The Athletic

The Nuggets Hit the Heat With a Team-Wide “Too Small”
Zach Kram, The Ringer

3 Observations
Bennett Durando, Denver Post

Despite the loss, there are a few silver linings for Miami heading into Game 2
Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports

Even the Heat’s Cinderella Run Can’t Overcome the Nuggets’ Staggering Depth
Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated

24 thoughts on Game 1
Brian Martin, NBA.com

5 stats to know from Game 1
John Schuhmann, NBA.com

Aaron Gordon sets the tone in with effort on both sides of the floor
Tyler King, Denver Gazette

The Nuggets and Heat show that not being reactionary to postseason heartbreak can pay off
David Aldridge, The Athletic

How Calvin Booth helped the Nuggets reach their first NBA Finals
Marc J. Spears, Andscape

Nuggets have blended star power, depth and chemistry to become an NBA title contender
Mark Medina, Sportsnaut

NOTE: Several of today’s stories say that Jokic “didn’t even attempt a shot” until there were 3.3 seconds left in the 1st quarter. That is technically true re his 1st OFFICIAL attempt BUT he was fouled on an earlier try that, of course, rendered it non-existent as a FGA.

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BOS: Stevens confirms Mazzulla will return as Celtics coach
Jay King/Jared Weiss/More, The Athletic

BOS: Stevens Gives Assessment of 2022-23 Season and Beyond
Taylor Snow, Celtics.com

ORL: 5 Orlando Magic storylines to watch in the 2023 NBA Finals
Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily

Adam Silver on NBA’s parity: ‘Competition is great for the league’
Alex Kennedy, Basketball News

Mock Draft: Updated Full 2-Round Predictions
Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report

Mock Draft: Projected Picks Following the Withdrawal Deadline
Matt Babcock, Sports Illustrated

Big Board 8.0: Final prospect rankings
Christopher Kline, The Step Back

Draft Lottery Team Preview: New Orleans Pelicans
Maxwell Baumbach/Nathan Grubel, No Ceilings

Amen Thompson wants to pave new ground
Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily

Scouting Report: Nikola Durisic
Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops

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