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Chiefs vs. Ravens booked to open 2024 NFL season; Nuggets, Pacers battle back; Hawks win NBA Draft Lottery

Chiefs vs. Ravens booked to open 2024 NFL season; Nuggets, Pacers battle back; Hawks win NBA Draft Lottery


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Breaking news to start the morning: The Ravens will visit the Chiefs to open the season. Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes? I’m even more excited for the season than I was previously.

🏀 Good morning to everyone, but especially …

THE DENVER NUGGETS

For two games, the Nuggets had no answer for the Timberwolves‘ swarming defense, skilled offense and overall athleticism.

Two games later, it’s the Timberwolves who have no answer for Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Denver’s elite offense is humming, once again, and the Nuggets’ 115-107 win has effectively turned this into a best-of-three series.

  • Jokic shouldered the load offensively, scoring 35 points and taking 26 shots — both personal highs this postseason. Murray, who added 19 points, is finally back after a tough start to the series.
  • Aaron Gordon was magnificent with 27 points on 11-for-12 shooting, scoring on dunks aplenty, two 3-pointers and even tough midrange shots.
  • Denver’s much-improved defense stymied everyone not named Anthony Edwards (44 points). Minnesota’s four other starters shot a combined 17 for 43 (40%).
  • It also helped that Denver had one of the craziest sequences we’ve ever seen, featuring eight points in 20 seconds and highlighted by Murray’s 55-foot heave to close the first half.

The reigning champs, after looking bamboozled and overmatched, have turned the tables. What a series this is becoming.

👍 Honorable mentions

😬 And not such a good morning for …


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