Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Denver Nuggets (9-8) play against the Portland Trail Blazers (8-8) at Moda Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Tuesday November 23, 2021

Denver Nuggets 49, Portland Trail Blazers 51 (Q2 02:53)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
J3FF GR33N pic.twitter.com/9fTy7PpHBv10:59 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Jeff Green is having himself a game. He’s up to 15 points and also has two blocks to go along with it.
He’s gone 3-4 from beyond the arc and has Denver with a 49-48 lead with 3:35 left in the half. – 10:57 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Blazers may have Damian Lillard but the Nuggets have Jeff Green and Facu Campazzo. – 10:56 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Playing in Portland, so no surprise that it’s raining ☔️ – 10:56 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jeff Green with 15 points. He’s been really good on O in Jokic’s absence. – 10:56 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets now 7-of-14 from 3-point range so far tonight. And despite, well, everything, they’ve got a 46-45 lead. – 10:54 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🐜 🐜 🐜 🐜 🐜 🐜 🐜 pic.twitter.com/nACucsnIiQ10:50 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
pic.twitter.com/RmdAicHk4u10:47 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
PJ Dozier (left knee injury) is questionable to return to tonight’s game. – 10:42 PM

Portland Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR
First Quarter Box Score: Trail Blazers 33, Nuggets 27
statsdmz.nba.com/pdfs/20211123/…10:41 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Close after one pic.twitter.com/yuvadXQMcM10:38 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
12 minutes into this one.
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/o6GVRmupTh10:37 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
The Nuggets are an injury away from starting Lance Stephenson – 10:37 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 33, Nuggets 27: end of first quarter. 13 points for @CJ McCollum. 6 points, 1 rebound/assist for @Damian Lillard. POR shooting 52 percent, DEN 50 percent. – 10:37 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
PJ Dozier just got carried to the locker room in Portland and wasn’t putting any pressure on his left knee/leg. Didn’t look good. – 10:35 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
RISE UP @Jeff Green 😤 pic.twitter.com/KOBmnKjXlp10:34 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
P.J. Dozier is down and holding his knee. Did not look good on replay.
Injury bug has plagued this team as of late and that is what the Nuggets DO NOT need. – 10:33 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Man I really hope this isn’t serious for PJ Dozier. He deserves better – 10:33 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Reeeeaaallly awkward landing for PJ Dozier. He’s still down, grabbing his left knee and appears to be in real pain. – 10:33 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
PJ Dozier looks like he hurt his knee very badly. Been down for a while. – 10:33 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
PJ Dozier down on the court in quite a bit of pain. – 10:33 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Gotta love the hustle plays pic.twitter.com/MvA7qyRug110:27 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
A block on one end, a three on the other
@Robert Covington | #RipCity pic.twitter.com/jFjvZ01sUI10:25 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Outside of three early turnovers, decent start from the #Nuggets. Jeff Green with 7 points in 5 minutes — Jokic-level production.
Keys to this game are keeping Dame from going Dame, playing connected defense and winning inside, where they’re undersized. – 10:18 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
I love how aggressive Aaron Gordon is attacking the rim over the last few games. Almost never settles. – 10:17 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
🐭 in the 🏠 pic.twitter.com/S4sfj1EVaY10:14 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Dame picking up where he left off pic.twitter.com/5CWZRwOwBU10:14 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
You get the feeling AG *loves* when he’s got a deep post-up against Norman Powell. – 10:11 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Aaron Gordon scores a minute in to open the scoring in Portland. – 10:10 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
GAME TIME!
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/VZXzNjMyu710:03 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
AG’s been on a tear lately 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jWuzU3tq6H9:55 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Same starters in PDX
0️⃣ @Damian Lillard
3️⃣ @CJ McCollum
2️⃣4️⃣ @Norman Powell
3️⃣3️⃣ @Robert Covington
2️⃣7️⃣ @Jusuf Nurkic pic.twitter.com/iztMWW5Xms9:54 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Another gut check game tonight for the Nuggets. Keeping the same lineup instead of going smaller is surprising to me. Morris and Barton are going to have to really guard, and Gordon will be on Lillard. – 9:43 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Cody Zeller’s warmup music choice: “Good Company” by Jake Owen. – 9:43 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets starters: Morris, Barton, Gordon, The Greens. – 9:41 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Same 🖐️ to start tonight
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/Yfbf7wjBjY9:40 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
FINAL: Heat 100, Pistons 92. That was a pretty abysmal 4Q.
Grant: 21p, 7r
Bey: 15p, 5r
Jackson: 13p
Diallo: 10p
DET starts a 5-game road trip tomorrow in Milwaukee before it heads out West for Clippers, Lakers, Blazers and Suns.
It never gets easier. – 9:25 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Officially: Nikola Jokic is out tonight in Portland. – 9:08 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic is OUT tonight against the Portland Trailblazers tonight. – 9:08 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokić (right wrist sprain) is out again tonight in Portland. – 9:08 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
The Nuggets announce Nikola Jokic is out tonight’s game with a right wrist sprain. Zeke Nnaji is available. – 9:07 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic (wrist) is out tonight. Zeke Nnaji (ankle) is active, team announces. – 9:07 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Nikola Jokić (right wrist sprain) is OUT for tonight’s game.
Zeke Nnaji will be active tonight. – 9:06 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Study time 💻 pic.twitter.com/kfDyKbsafr8:59 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
🤩📸 pic.twitter.com/U6As4PTVFt8:55 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Denver coach Michael Malone says Nikola Jokic (sprained right wrist) is still “questionable” for tonight’s game here at Moda Center. Will wait until closer to tipoff before making a decision on his playing status. – 8:36 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Malone says Nikola Jokic is still questionable. Said he was able to go through parts of shootaround. – 8:36 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Nikola Jokic remains questionable for tonight’s game vs. Portland. – 8:35 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone: “On behalf of the entire Nuggets’ staff and players, congrats to the Rapids on a historical season. No. 1 seed in the West in the playoffs. Robin Fraser, an amazing coach, has done a great job.”
“We wish them the best of luck. We’ll be supporting them.” pic.twitter.com/t9A2vb8yQr8:34 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Nuggets coach Michael Malone is sporting the Rapids’ burgundy shirt during his pregame media availability tonight. He shouts out Robin Fraser’s club for earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and plugs the club’s playoff game on Thanksgiving. #companyman8:33 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Almost time to hoop
#ULTRADrip x #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/t7jLiyyGC58:33 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups calls Nikola Jokic “the toughest cover in the league, except for maybe KD.” – 8:18 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Chauncey Billups on Nikola Jokic: “I think he’s the toughest cover in the game other than KD.” – 8:18 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Nikola Jokic is still listed as questionable but he’s warming up like somebody who’s going to play. We will see… pic.twitter.com/OYfYgRelel8:07 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
You heard the man!
#MileHighBasketball x #Rapids96 pic.twitter.com/J6lrtH3JBh8:04 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
If Jokić, Vlatko, and Nnaji don’t play tonight, the Nuggets will have draft picks from 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021 OUT.
I know that doesn’t sound like such a big deal to some, but it’s one of the reasons why the season has been such a slog. – 7:15 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Tonight’s Gameday Poster vs Denver.
🎨 by @JonahNHenderson pic.twitter.com/hTcc1RywXi7:00 PM

John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Random observation…
Through Monday, all 30 teams have shot worse from 3-point range than they did last season. (Charlotte is closest at 36.8% vs. 36.9%.)
4 teams have seen a jump in opponent 3P%: Memphis (+3.5%), Detroit (+3.2%), Portland (+1.4%) & New York (+1.4%). – 6:47 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
From the practice court to national TV.
@Xfinity | Powerful Connections pic.twitter.com/vGu5pSoxyj6:30 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 17 points for AG tonight?
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#MileHighBasketball6:09 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
AG is ready for Thursday!
👀 @ColoradoRapids pic.twitter.com/EzGK7yjlz75:12 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: I spoke to NBC analyst and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees today about Tua; here’s what he said. PLUS are scripted plays helping Tua’s early game success? Some perspective on that. And Fins nuggets: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…5:01 PM

Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
Also, eager to see this ⬇️, the #Rapids96 starting their playoffs at home on Thursday vs. Portland. Their season, finishing first in the Western Conference, just didn’t get enough praise IMO. Allll the good luck to Robin Fraser – who better win Coach of the Year – and the team. pic.twitter.com/i2nTSiJW4h4:56 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘷𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘴 pic.twitter.com/I8rmbza8qm4:52 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets have upgraded Zeke Nnaji (ankle) to questionable for tonight’s game in Portland. Nikola Jokic is also questionable as of now. Bones Hyland and MPJ are out. – 4:07 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Looking back at the 2016 NBA lottery (5 years ago):
– Only players still with their original teams are Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray (only Brown has played this season)
– 5 players (Bender, Dunn, Chriss, Maker, Papagiannis) are not under NBA contracts currently – 4:04 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Given out at tonight’s game….our team posters! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/yagmwAY27G4:04 PM