- Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print.
Let’s roll with this week’s 10 things, including the Denver Nuggets reaching legitimate contender status, a Utah Jazz dilemma and one rookie flashing a little bravado.
1. The simple devastation of the Jamal Murray-Nikola Jokic two-man game
The Nuggets have obliterated everything in their path since acquiring Aaron Gordon, whose seamless fit I discussed on the Lowe Post podcast this week. The Nuggets are a legit contender. They could also lose in the first round — almost anyone in the West could — but they have graduated from “puncher’s chance” to “actual chance.”
Gordon has changed their team, but the main reason for Denver’s ascent is their two best players reaching new levels — both individually, and in amplifying each other.
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