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Nuggets Mailbag: Who should Denver front office target at NBA trade deadline?



Nuggets searching for upgrades on the wing, backup center before trade deadline, sources say

Beat writer Mike Singer opens up the Nuggets Mailbag periodically during the season. Pose a Nuggets — or NBA — related question here.

What position (guard/wing/big) are the Nuggets most likely to trade for at the deadline? The Nuggets front office makes a move at most deadlines, but it seems like the bench has more needs than years past.
— @JokicWonMVP21 via Twitter

The Nuggets need help, and are looking, on the wing. If a player can shoot and defend and doesn’t cost an inordinate amount, the Nuggets have probably considered him. Given that they’ve cornered the market on smaller guards, any upgrade probably needs to be a bigger wing, too.

In terms of expected sellers, keep an eye on Orlando, Indiana, Portland and Sacramento. Within that, there are some names to monitor. Justin Holiday (wing with good size), Robert Covington (Blazers are going nowhere, fast, and he could help a contender) and Terrence Ross (appears on at least one trade wish-list every season). I also think Utah’s Joe Ingles might be available (though out of the Nuggets’ price range), or even Philadelphia’s Danny Green. Or, deep breath, what if Gary Harris became available in a buy-out situation? I think there’s a relatively deep pool of available reserve wings.

Mike, I got two questions. The first is do you see Matt Ryan getting a call-up from the Nuggets as he has shown that he can light it up from 3? And the second: Is Markus Howard’s return to the G-league a rehab assignment or has he fallen out of the rotation now that he’s playing in the G-league?
— Uday Chaudhary, Cypress Texas

First off, appreciate you asking about the G-Leaguers. Matt Ryan is a sniper. He’s shooting 40% from 3-point range on over 11 attempts a night. A few games ago, he set a career-high with 39 points. Is his production blossoming because other Gold players (Lance Stephenson, Nik Stauskas) haven’t been there? Perhaps, but his quick trigger looks like an NBA skill. The Nuggets might need outside shooting more than any other skill, hence the Bryn Forbes trade. I haven’t heard his name yet, but I’ll ask around.

Howard has already been recalled from Grand Rapids after returning from his leg injury. Michael Malone sees Howard as a valuable floor spacer, especially with how depleted their backcourt has become. That said, it’s hard to see Howard supplanting Forbes in the rotation.

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Any chance the Nuggets give Marc Gasol a ring if the Boogie experiment doesn’t pan out?
— @j_middles via Twitter

I don’t have a feel for their opinion of late-stage Marc Gasol, but I’m answering this one because of this: When you watch Nikola Jokic defend, think of Gasol. Neither are elite athletes but both process and anticipate the game at an elite level. I was once told the Nuggets envisioned turning Jokic into their own version of Gasol. With Jokic’s leaps defensively, it’s not that crazy.

With so many guys like Bones Hyland, Zeke Nnaji and Davon Reed getting meaningful minutes with all our injuries, how does coach Michael Malone get them minutes when we get healthy? They are too good to not be on the floor, but you can’t not play Murray, Porter, etc. either.
— Brad Bonesteel, Westminster

It’s a great question. While the above inquiry asked about trade targets, no one’s asked what it might cost. In my opinion, Nnaji might be a player to dangle in trade talks. He’s young, promising and needs time to develop. Once Porter returns, that development will be inhibited. I just wonder if he’s completely on the team’s timeline. I could be wrong, but there aren’t many obvious choices for trade bait.

I realize that’s not the question you asked. Of the three, I think Hyland stands the best chance of cementing a role in the team’s optimal version. He’s like a Will Barton-lite, capable of igniting and creating offense in the second unit. That’s a significant component. Reed, in my opinion, will turn into more of a Torrey Craig-type and likely play spot minutes in certain matchups. Assuming he’s not traded, it’s tough to know what Nnaji’s minutes look like when Porter and Jokic are the starting frontcourt, and JaMychal Green and Jeff Green make up the reserve frontcourt. He’s not going to get much better playing sparingly.

Given the disparity between starters and bench, why don’t the Nuggets try Monte Morris off the bench for the cohesiveness of that squad. He could still play 30 minutes, just a different rotation.
–Jim Clawson, Denver 

I like the idea, and I have a theory why it hasn’t happened. Have you seen what happens when Facu Campazzo or Austin Rivers play alongside Nikola Jokic? Teams aren’t honoring their outside shot and therefore devoting even more attention to Jokic.

Monte is a career 39% 3-point shooter. This season, he’s at 37%. The Nuggets are already asking Jokic to carry so much that taking away one of the team’s best 3-point shooters probably adds more work for Jokic in the long-term. Adding Morris to the second unit, no doubt, would help stabilize their wild swings. I just wonder about the cost.

Mike, I am sick and tired of these Nuggets second-half collapses. They blew a 25-point lead to the Clippers and lost (Jan. 11). The game before that they blew another big lead against OKC, but hung on to win. It’s become nearly a nightly occurrence from these Nuggets — no lead is safe. The reason this bothers me is because it smacks of 1 of 2 things: either poor coaching (being out-adjusted at halftime) or poor effort. Mike Malone certainly seems to think effort is a problem — he publicly blasts the team often enough. Why can’t he get more out of them?
— Sam, Seattle

The Nuggets are 29th in the NBA in second-half plus/minus at -3.1, sandwiched in between the Pistons and the Kings. That drops to last when you account strictly for fourth quarters. The Nuggets tend to build big leads and then get complacent. The ball stops moving, with their fluid offense deteriorating into isolation plays, and the turnovers start mounting. Couple that with their inconsistent 3-point shooting, and no lead is safe.

Some of this falls on the players. If you can’t take care of the ball, or start relying on early shot-clock 3-pointers, you’re doing the opponent a favor. The 3-point shooting is also something Malone can’t control. In general, they’ve been pleased with the looks that they’ve generated. In terms of motivation, though, he needs to impress on his team that double-digit leads mean less and less in today’s game. It’s about consistency and bringing the requisite respect to an opponent for four quarters. It’s also an indication of how tenuous a lead is for those hold-your-breath stretches when Jokic rests.

I was really glad to see Aaron Gordon speak about the lack of respect from refs that Jokic gets. I know you mentioned in a previous column that the team has been in communication with the league about this, but are there are plans for more public outreach either via TC or Malone?
via @saintmiles_

That was about as honest an answer from Aaron Gordon as you’ll ever hear on the topic. Michael Malone alluded to the free throw discrepancy but went nowhere near as far as Gordon did. The Nuggets, generally, keep their dirty laundry out of the public sphere. There’s no doubt they’ve reached out to the NBA regarding Jokic’s whistle but we’re unlikely to hear more about it. Malone has been wary in the past about it becoming a talking point. My guess is they don’t want it to come off as pandering or pleading, but when it comes from Gordon, in an organic, impassioned manner like that, I’m sure they didn’t mind.


Lynx center Sylvia Fowles isn’t getting the foul calls she deserves, and ‘I’m getting annoyed’



Lynx center Sylvia Fowles isn’t getting the foul calls she deserves, and ‘I’m getting annoyed’

Sylvia Fowles is as dominant a post presence as you’ll find in the WNBA. She’s a skilled post player who also serves as a terror on the offensive glass.

Through six games, Fowles is averaging 18.5 points and 10 rebounds a game. She is scoring 15.7 points a game in the paint, a number that trails only Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas and is five clear of the next closest player.

Her dominance over 6-foot-8 Sparks center Liz Cambage on Tuesday in Los Angeles provided another reminder that there really isn’t a matchup for the all-world center. Yet for all of her interior excellence, it’s surprising that Fowles simply can’t get to the free-throw line.

Fowles hasn’t attempted more than five free throws in any of the Lynx’s six games this season. Her 3.5 free-throw attempts per game are tied for 24th most in the league. Fowles is only drawing 3.5 fouls a game, which is tied for 22nd most. For reference, that’s the same number as Lynx wing Kayla McBride, who does most of her damage from the perimeter.

The math, frankly, doesn’t add up.

“Syl doesn’t get any respect in this league,” Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said.

Reeve noted the WNBA sends out all of the video to teams filled with clips of specific points of emphasis for officials.

“I guess that’s just to check a box that they send the videos to everybody, and it actually doesn’t happen in a game, which is unfortunate for Syl,” Reeve said.

Because she doesn’t feel they’re properly applied to Fowles.

“It’s gotta be darn frustrating,” Reeve said. “I don’t know how she keeps her composure.”

Fowles, frankly, rarely loses that composure.

“Because I know when I flip my wig, it kind of takes me out of my game,” Fowles said.

Still, she noted it does get frustrating when the calls don’t come. Fowles almost seems to suffer from Shaq Syndrome.

Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame center, didn’t shoot as many free throws during his NBA career as he should have. Defenders were allowed to hang all over him, simply because he was strong enough to play through it. At times, it looks as though Fowles is living a similar lifestyle.

“I guess because it’s not getting impacted, or I’m still getting shots up, they don’t consider it a foul,” Fowles said. “But I guess I need to start throwing my head and flailing and screaming, which is so out of my comfort zone. But if I have to do it, I have to do it, because a foul is a foul.”

Fowles warned that she’s going to have to be “an a-hole” at some point — something she hasn’t been throughout her career — simply to get her point across to officials.

“I feel it coming,” she said. “I’m getting a tad bit annoyed, yes.”

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The Baby Episode 5 On HBO: May 22 Release, Time And Plot Speculations



The Baby Episode 5 On HBO: May 22 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

We all have some conceptions about babies. They just can’t be ignored! Good or bad, most of the opinions assert that babies are indeed cute and utterly huggable. Corruption is at least a hundred miles away from their soul, but wait, hold on! Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. The Baby has come to trample upon our dreams and comically do it.

The new horror-comedy series on HBO has released 4 episodes, and they are jam-packed with stuff that surely one would get hooked up for another 4 episodes. It is no Baby’s Day Out, kid! The Baby is here to give people nightmares, albeit those that will make you giggle.

The Plot

One day a baby fell from the sky and fell upon the arms of a woman and forcefully bestowed her the honor of motherhood. The Baby, however, is no ordinary baby. Along with superpowers, the Baby has another secret, and he is a demon (or something very similar, the mystery is yet to be revealed).

The show is tinged with dark humor. The lead character Natasha is leaden with the horrors of motherhood. Her childless 38-years are suddenly turned upside down; from a leaf floating over the meadows, she becomes a twig rocking in the storm.

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You Can Run! You Can Hide! But You Can’t Escape Baby’s Love!

 In the very first episode, the mysterious Baby enters Natasha’s life. And no matter what she does, she can’t get away from the Baby. It gives Case 39vibes; however, the spirit/baby here doesn’t seem that harmful to the mother itself, or we will have to see ahead to confirm.

The horror elements in the series seem genuine and not the usual jump-scare stuff that cheap budget movies and series are usually plagued with. It, on the contrary, has a character of its own that wants to assert something more than a simple watch and forget the experience.

What Will Be In Episode 5?

The fifth episode will release on May 22nd. The premise presented by the HBO says, “As Natasha and Mrs. Eaves remain trapped in Barbara’s summer solstice ritual, the baby’s complicated origin, connection to Mrs. Eaves, and trauma-filled path to Natasha are revealed.”

In the preview, we see a flashback of two women in love, going by the seaside, affixed in embraces on the bed. And then some violent scenes come one after the other speedily, creating the sombreness around Baby’s past.

Horror Comedy Is An Evergreen Combo.

This genre is complex, and one has to deal with it sensitively, or it can soon turn into a grotesque or derogatory piece. This show, however, maturely explores the themes that it has introduced so far. There is a subtlety that binds the episodes together. But what is not subtle is the impatience that we have because of the lack of episodes that were not dropped on us like nukes so that we could get lost in our bingeing oblivion. Sigh!

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Mets’ series opener against Rockies in Denver postponed due to snow



Mets’ series opener against Rockies in Denver postponed due to snow

DENVER — In a flashback to last year’s trip to the Mile High City, the Mets were again hit with snowy and frosty weather that shelved their series opener against the Rockies.

The Mets’ game against the Rockies, scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET at Coors Field, was postponed due to heavy snow in the forecast, the home team announced on Friday afternoon. The matchup will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, with Game 1 starting at 3:10 p.m. ET and Game 2 beginning at 8:40 p.m. ET. It will be the Mets’ fifth doubleheader of the season.

The city of Denver issued a winter storm and freeze warning beginning Friday evening that would last all the way until Saturday morning/afternoon. Total snow accumulations were forecasted to be between 3 and 10 inches, with temperatures dropping to 26 degrees.

The Mets were snowed out in Colorado last year (April 16, 2021). Prior to that, the last time the Mets were snowed out was on April 2, 2018 vs. Philadelphia at Citi Field. Before last season, the Mets were last snowed out in Colorado on April 15 and April 17, 2013.

Of course, when the Mets begin a three-game road trip to sunny California against the Giants on Monday, the weather in Denver is expected to return to being warm and sunny.

Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73 ERA) was scheduled to face off against right-hander German Marquez (1-3, 6.16 ERA) in the series opener. The Mets did not announce their Saturday pitching plans as of Friday afternoon, but it is expected that Carrasco will take the mound on an extra day of rest for at least one of the two games.

The Mets (26-14) are in need of a spot starter on Saturday for whichever game Carrasco does not pitch. Trevor Williams (2-4, 4.20 ERA) just pitched Game 1 of the team’s doubleheader against the Cardinals on Tuesday, so he would be pitching on just three days’ rest if the Mets decided to go that route. Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.52 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Sunday.

But it gets trickier after that, with injuries deconstructing the top of the Mets rotation.

Max Scherzer is sidelined until at least the end of June with a moderate to high oblique strain, so the Mets will need a regular replacement for the ace beginning Monday at San Francisco, which was his scheduled start day. Tylor Megill, who has been dealing with right biceps tendinitis since at least last Sunday, is expected to begin playing catch sometime this weekend. But Megill doesn’t appear close to rejoining the rotation.

And, of course, Jacob deGrom is still on the 60-day injured list with a stress reaction on his scapula. DeGrom recently began increasing his distance and velocity while throwing on flat ground, but he has yet to throw off the mound.

David Peterson, who has not pitched since May 13 for Triple-A Syracuse, is the next best depth option to replace Scherzer. But, as of Friday afternoon, the Mets were still going through their options for Saturday’s spot starter and Monday’s outing. It’s possible, a team official said, that Peterson could jump into the rotation as early as Saturday and the Mets will push Williams back to Monday.

These next several weeks will feature a jigsaw puzzle of sorts for Buck Showalter’s Mets as they maneuver how best to proceed with their thin rotation.

Williams and Peterson, both of whom can be considered the team’s long-relief options, potentially sliding into the rotation on a regular basis will rely on their results. Williams has been solid for the Mets, hurling 7.2 scoreless innings combined in his last two outings (one long relief outing and one start against the Nationals and Cardinals, respectively). Peterson has a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings and four games (three starts) for the Amazin’s early this season, when he filled in for the injured Taijuan Walker.

Most alarmingly, the Mets bullpen is in danger of being overworked while Scherzer and Megill are on the IL as both of those right-handers were able to go deep into games. Without them, the relief corps may be called upon earlier, thus taxing a unit that is already one of the team’s weakest links.

The Mets are 6-2 in doubleheaders this year with two sweeps and two splits.


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