DENVER – As the Trail Blazers get set to face the Denver Nuggets, who have now lost five of their last six games, it’s a time for Carmelo Anthony to reflect on the place that started it all.
It was in the 2003 NBA Draft when the Denver Nuggets selected Anthony as the third overall pick. The 10-time All-Star played for the Nuggets from 2003 to 2011.
“This means a lot,” Melo said of coming back to play in Denver.
This is where I spent my first seven and a half years here, right? So, I kind of grew up here in Denver with these people and this city. -- Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony
When Thursday morning’s shootaround wrapped up, Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) was seen running two sets of stairs with Trail Blazers Sports and Performance Specialist Todd Forcier.
From the looks of it, Nurk's rehab is coming along nicely. As of right now there is still no official timetable on his return. This is the first road trip Nurkic has been on with the Blazers since Portland's very first trip of the season in late October.
With the Trail Blazers looking to even the season series up at one apiece vs. the Nuggets, Damian Lillard discussed how they plan to defend point-center Nikola Jokic.
I think you try to make him a scorer. It’s kind of like – not comparing him to LeBron [James]- but with LeBron you want him to be a scorer you don’t want him to be picking you apart, then scoring, and doing everything that he wants to do. Jokic, he’s a point-center, like, he’s facilitating everything and making them go, making all the plays. -- Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard
“You don’t want to have him out here with 28 [points], 16 rebounds, and 14 assists because he’s capable of that. So I think just make him a scorer, try to take away the play-making,” Lillard added.
This season, Jokic is averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game.
Portland and Denver tip-off at 7:30p.m. PT on TNT.
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