Denver Nuggets’ aggressive type results in a dominating win over the Path Blazers to even playoff sequence

Nikola Jokic quickly embodied the Denver Nuggets mindset in Game 2.

The Nuggets Star Center was sprawled out on the pitch early in the first quarter, battling for a loose ball wearing the Jusuf Nurkic blazer. Jokic won possession and the sequence eventually resulted in a 3-point shot by security guard Facundo Campazzo.

Denver manager Michael Malone wanted his team to play a more aggressive, scratchy, and physical style of play against Portland on Monday night. The Nuggets came out peppy and maintained their aggressive style throughout the game in their 128-109 win over the Blazers at the Ball Center in Denver.

“It was chippy and that’s how it should be,” said Denver coach Michael Malone after the game. “We’re both fighting for something.”

The nuggets made up the best-of-seven series 1: 1. The series moves to Portland with Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday at the Moda Center.

The nuggets and blazers got caught in a series of minor scratches and trash-talking back and forth movements during the game. Faced with a 2-0 deficit in the series, the Nuggets had no choice but to hold their own.

“I’m not backing down,” said forward Aaron Gordon after the game. “I don’t know what you did or what you are trying to do on your side.”

Campazzo and fellow guard Austin Rivers made sure the Nuggets weren’t satisfied with jumping shots in the first quarter of Game 2. The two each made a concerted effort to drive to the basket, and Jokic spent more time in the painting area – eight of which His baskets got in the paint – finishing the game with 38 points after firing a total of 15 shots out of 20.

The nuggets made 13 out of 22 shots (59.2 percent), taking a lead of 31-25 after the opening quarter. The nuggets, which spent more time attacking the basket and less time shooting out of the perimeter, shot overall 52.9 percent in the game.

The aggressiveness and physicality of the nuggets extended into their defense.

“We dictated how physically the game should be played. We let the referees know we played like this tonight. That made it easier for us to physically play the game, ”said Denver security guard Monte Morris after the game. “We just knew our sense of urgency had to be better.”

One key to Denver’s win was slowing down blazer guard Damian Lillard, who traumatized the nuggets by taking 6 out of 8 3-point shots and scoring 22 points in the second quarter and 32 points in the first half for the blazers to keep within striking distance.

Malone hired Gordon to defend Lillard to start the third quarter and Gordon – along with Campazzo and Rivers – kept Lillard on 10 points and only made a 3-pointer while making a total of 2 of 9 strokes in the second half.

“He at least took (Lillard) a hard shot or made a hard shot,” said Jokic after the game. “I think he did a really good job.”

Lillard and CJ McCollum together scored 63 points, but Nuggets didn’t let go of anyone. They kept bankers in the game to a total of 21 points, which resulted in a 38-21 advantage in the bank standings.

– Geoffrey C. Arnold | @geoffreyCarnold

Navy blazers a staple, button type colours ensemble

Q I have been reading your column regularly for over 10 years. Now I have a question. Although I have a couple of navy blazers, I recently bought another one that has brown leather buttons instead of the traditional brass buttons. Are the brown buttons acceptable and / or stylish, or should I swap them out for the traditional brass buttons?

A Your new purchase of a blue blazer with no brass buttons is a good style decision. Don’t lose your nerve and feel like you need to go back to the traditional preppy / navy blue look everyone is used to.

I always believe that a navy blazer is a must in every man’s wardrobe. It is a versatile item of clothing that you can take with you on many occasions and help you feel safe. Because it is so useful, many men have more than one. Each can have a slightly different purpose. And in recent years it has become even more of a mainstay; it also added some new variations. The well-dressed man of today may wear it for semi-dressed occasions, for business casual, or for blue jean casual. It’s a staple that can go in many directions depending on the fabric, cut, shirt, and buttons – up or down.

The fabrics and textures range from cashmere and fine worsted wool to nubby hopsacking and smooth cotton. The cut can be single-row or double-row with a single back vent or double British vents. The lapels can either be notched or tapered for the more fashionable dresser. Closing is mostly done with two buttons or maybe one button

The buttons are the most obvious and noticeable elements. They can deliver a touch of stroke and style.

• Brass is the traditional standard.

• Real horn and plastic buttons are available in navy, black or brown.

• Leather is usually brown, like the jacket you bought.

• Unique enamel buttons (often with crests or monograms) or silver-colored pewter can add a distinctive custom touch.

• Dark buttons add a touch of elegance to your blazer: navy or black are the most elegant; Brown is more casual and unusual.

In terms of what you pair your blazer with, the basic navy blazer with brass buttons – the most conservative choice – goes with gray flannel pants or khaki (and occasionally white) cotton pants. Historically, it’s a somewhat casual result of the original design worn by sailors. A dark blue blazer with brown buttons goes well with suit pants in khaki or taupe (especially shoes from the brown family). And for a nice Palm Beach or Newport look, I often recommend using a tailor that replaces white pearl buttons after Memorial Day and through Labor Day. Of course, not every man wants this look or grooming enough to go to the trouble of getting it back to the tailor for the end of summer.

Your choice of shirt under the blazer offers unlimited possibilities: elegant woolen scarves with French cuffs, monochrome Oxford fabric buttons, subtle or bold stripes, short-sleeved polos and turtlenecks. A contrasting v-neck vest is another option for layering.

The best way to ensure that your navy blazer doesn’t look like it was a blue suit jacket is to wear it with pants other than navy, such as a pair of pants. B. with gray, khaki, olive, cream-colored wool and white cotton. “Duck” and either white or blue jeans.

With prices across the board (from $ 100 to $ 4,000), another navy blazer is a smart investment, and the buttons are a personal choice … based on the advice above, of course.

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