Nuggets pull off cheating game in Chicago

Denver suffers the effects of the coronavirus again and is also in the picture because of the injuries that it drags. Extra effort from Nikola Jokic.


New deal for Denver. For now, saved as you can. The coronavirus hits and does not look at whom. The Nuggets have had a partially injured squad, leaving them in the box. The one who was a finalist in the West of the qualifying rounds for the title in the Florida bubble is struggling to reach a great level at the crucial part of the regular phase, with a Nikola Jokic at another level but without the others being able to help him as they should.

Facu Campazzo is one of those who, in the moment of greater regularity and bearing the weight of the rival stars in the end of the game, sees the rhythm cut off. The Argentine player was one of those absent due to COVID in the Chicago game despite having undergone PCR and has tested negative twice. It will be three games, at least, out. Close contact protocols are rigorous and therefore Facu was unable to help his team. Markus Howard, also out without testing positive. The other rookie point guard, RJ Hampton, is the one who has set off alarms. The Colorado team already has Gary Harris, Paul Millsap and JaMychal Green, three starters, out with various injuries. A torture.

For the Bulls it was not enough to make a tasty dish with those available ingredients. Zach LaVine, portentous this season, failed in a game they could have simply tied up. He missed the triple with which he would have tightened the contest the most with three seconds left. The Nuggets had already done a good job against the tide: all of Jokic, a triple by Murray and two free throws by Barton after reaching the final three minutes tied on the electronic.

Lots of minutes for Nnaji and Cancar, who tend to be far behind in the rotation. What was valid on one side did not work on the other. What Jokic absorbed left the youth of the Bulls painting, Patrick Williams and especially a missing Wendell Carter without space. The Serbian was the one who decided the game with 39 points, 14 points, 9 assists and the endurance of the game's pulse for almost every minute.

Malones knew they had to make the effort from the start and then ride out the storm. Plan followed to the letter. The first minutes, with overexertion in the passing lanes to go out into the race, they were ten ahead. The torrija with which the locals came out to play was worth the game even if they later recovered. The twelve points of the first act scored a lot.

The Bulls, with Coby White pulling the car and Zach LaVine much better on the outside than on the inside, were eating away the Nuggets, who had only eight players in 10 minutes or more. Thaddeus Young put Chicago ahead early in the fourth quarter. Jokic took control and scored 17 points, with a basket action and a foul that was key, to drive away the reaction. LaVine, first with a few steps, then with a foul and finally with the triple wrong, did not have the day.

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