Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Washington Wizards (15-12) play against the Denver Nuggets (13-13) at Ball Arena

Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Monday December 13, 2021

Washington Wizards 0, Denver Nuggets 0 (9:00 pm ET)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
MVP is ready to go 🏃‍♂ pic.twitter.com/AS3LQOJ7zd9:00 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
As Wes Unseld Jr. returns to Denver with the Wizards, it’s good to remember that the Nuggets asked Nikola Jokic to help him secure a head coaching job. “Why would I want to do that?” Coach Michael Malone said Jokic asked him. “I don’t want Wes to leave.” washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/07…8:48 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
First player off the bench tonight: PJ Washington. – 8:44 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
(1/2) Wes Unseld Jr. said he’s hopeful Kyle Kuzma can join the team on its road trip. For that to happen so soon, as outlined in the league’s health and safety protocols, if a fully vaccinated player tests positive, he may return to basketball activities if … – 8:43 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Ready to roll in the Rocky Mountains.
#DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/zChMrChIs58:40 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jamal Murray is out warming up before tip off as usual. He looks strong and seems like he is right on schedule — if not ahead of schedule — at this time for his return from his ACL tear. – 8:39 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
In the analyst seat tonight!
Keys to the game
Nuggets vs Wizards
🔑 Defend the Paint – Wizards are 4th in NBA in PITP
🔑 Attack Mindset – Wash is 28th in Opponent FT’s made
🔑 Minutes without Jokić – bench has to produce. Hold on!
pic.twitter.com/m6AIyKeNNC8:35 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Aaron Gordon is active and in the starting lineup tonight alongside Monte Morris, Davon Reed, Jeff Green and Nikola Jokic. – 8:34 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Here’s your Jamal Murray update for tonight. pic.twitter.com/glZSJXMncl8:34 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Aaron Gordon appears to be active. Interested to see how he matches up with Bradley Beal. – 8:31 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
First 5⃣ on the floor!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/R4BsdncSI28:30 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Pregame lounge is live. Come join.
✅ Isaiah Thomas joins the Gold
✅ Wes Unseld back in Denver
✅ Jokic SNUBBED for POTW
youtube.com/watch?v=i7PXND…8:30 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Coach Malone said if the Nuggets don’t know the play calls tonight, going up against Wes Unseld Jr, they’ll be in trouble.
“Literally the play calls are the exact same.”
Said there hasn’t been any spicing it up.
Unseld said “hopefully they can tell us where to go at times.” – 8:23 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Aaron Gordon has been warming up for over 20 minutes and hasn’t shown any sign of stopping. Based on his workout so far, I’d venture to guess that he plays tonight.
There is no official word yet. – 8:21 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
PJ Washington is available to play.
LaMelo Ball (Health and Safety Protocols) is out.
Ish Smith (Health and Safety Protocols) is out.
Jalen McDaniels (Not With Team) is out.
Mason Plumlee (Not With Team) is out.
#AllFly | @NovantHealth pic.twitter.com/mUSng0fOmX8:18 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Nobody in Denver was as excited to see Coach Unseld as Nikola Jokić was😂😂😂
All love from The Joker! pic.twitter.com/NZmcvH2IyZ8:15 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
With Barton and JaMychal Green out in addition to Dozier, Porter, Murray and Rivers — and possibly no Aaron Gordon either — things are going to get weird for the Nuggets.
If Gordon can’t play, Denver will only have Morris and Jokic as regular starters. – 8:08 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Aaron Gordon just came out for his regular warmup. pic.twitter.com/Vv8FIfe7Eu8:06 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone
#Hornets starters:
Terry Rozier
Cody Martin
Gordon Hayward
Miles Bridges
Nick Richards
PJ Washington is available. – 8:05 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Will Barton (non-COVID illness) is OUT for tonight’s game.
#MileHighBasketball8:04 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
INJURY UPDATE: @Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington (illness, non-COVID) has been upgraded from probable and will be available to play tonight against Dallas #AllFly8:03 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets fans, here’s some pregame reading on Nikola Jokić, who’s being asked to do more for his team than just about anybody in the NBA.
denverstiffs.com/2021/12/13/228…8:00 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Tip time in 6⃣0⃣ minutes!
📍 Denver
🎙 @Team980
📺 @NBCSWashington
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne8:00 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Back in familiar territory!
#DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/rNvprThkfN7:59 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Mile High Fits 🗻
#DCAboveAll | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/5nAPXiG8YT7:47 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
With Kuzma out in covid protocols, Wizards starters in Denver tonight:
Gafford – 7:46 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Wes Unseld Jr. says that in addition to Kyle Kuzma, a Wizards staffer tested positive for Covid. That deals with why they kept Rui Hachimura back in D.C.
Kuzma is feeling fine and Unseld Jr. is optimistic he can join the team on their road trip. – 7:44 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Rui Hachimura did not make the trip to Denver, because with Kyle Kuzma entering the health and safety protocols, the Wizards were not sure if they would be permitted under league rules to practice this week on the road. Rui needs the practice time, so he stayed in D.C. – 7:42 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Some covid updates for the Wizards: Wes Unseld Jr. said a staffer tested positive as well. Kyle Kuzma remains in the protocols. Rui Hachimura did NOT travel on this trip because, per Unseld, the team wasn’t sure if they’d be able to practice this week w/ protocols. – 7:41 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
With Kyle Kuzma out again (Covid protocol), the Wizards are rolling with the same starters as last game:
Dinwiddie, Beal, KCP, Avdija, Gafford – 7:40 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The heartwarming content you’re here for 🤗 pic.twitter.com/OWqe4ZD0qm7:37 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. says he still texts with Nikola Jokic: “Hopefully he has a terrible night tonight.” – 7:34 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Wizards starters tonight in Denver: Spencer Dinwiddie, Bradley Beal, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Deni Avdija and Daniel Gafford. – 7:32 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
JaMychal Green (ankle) is officially out tonight vs Washington.
Will Barton (non-covid related sickness) and Aaron Gordon (back soreness) are going through their warmups and will be game time decisions. – 7:30 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
JaMychal Green (ankle sprain) will not play tonight, Denver coach Michael Malone said. – 7:25 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Will Barton (non-COVID illness) is still questionable too. He did not go through shootaround this morning. – 7:24 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Michael Malone said that Will Barton is still not feeling well. Stated that he has a virus but reiterated that it is not covid.
Barton is questionable against the Wizards. – 7:23 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Michael Malone says JaMychal Green is out tonight after suffering an ankle injury in San Antonio. Aaron Gordon (back pain) and Will Barton III (non-COVID illness) are questionable for tonight vs. Washington. – 7:23 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
James Borrego said he isn’t ready to reveal his starting lineup yet. Said he has to check on a few things including how PJ Washington looks and feels pregame. – 7:21 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
JaMychal Green (right ankle sprain) is OUT for tonight’s game.
#MileHighBasketball7:21 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Aaron Gordon (back) is still questionable for tonight, per Malone. – 7:21 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
It’s a happy return to Denver for Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr., who spent the previous six years on the Nuggets coaching staff, most recently as the team’s associate head coach. pic.twitter.com/f4lx7NmlrD7:08 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Here’s a look at the Denver Nuggets’ arena on a beautiful late afternoon. Here tonight, the Wizards will begin the first of six consecutive road games, this one at 9 p.m. Eastern. pic.twitter.com/mern5LUMkm6:35 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
New Wind Chimes:
– My top Nuggets trade target
– Markus Howard’s path to Denver
– Jeff Green’s sneaky athleticism
– Austin Rivers’ return?
– Nikola Jokic Stat of the Week
thednvr.com/wind-chimes-my…6:30 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 8 assists for Nikola tonight?
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#MileHighBasketball6:17 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Give @kylefredrickson a follow. He’s got you on #Nuggets game coverage for tonight. pic.twitter.com/GF6SJyw0P36:16 PM
Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
In his homecoming to Denver, Wes Unseld Jr. probably knows the Nuggets as well as they do.
A big coaching game from Unseld (he has admitted he has gotten out coached some games) could go a long way for the 3.5 point favorite underdog starting the West Coast trip off right. – 5:55 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Coming up big in the fourth!
Our @Clorox Clutch Play of the Week ⬇ pic.twitter.com/PfKOP5fiQ55:53 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Isaiah Thomas is signing with @NBAGrandRapids because of his relationship with Jason Terry.
There’s a slim chance he’s ultimately going to get called up to the #Nuggets, league source tells @denverpost. – 5:34 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Isaiah Thomas has signed with the Denver Nuggets’ G League affiliate for the upcoming G League Showcase, per @Shams Charania. pic.twitter.com/na17AiIQje5:30 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We cherish our long-standing partnership with @SpecOlympicsCO and look forward to hosting SOCO night at @BallArenaDenver tonight!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/HdsZ7tl5uG5:10 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Isaiah Thomas is nearing a deal to join Denver’s @nbagleague affiliate (Grand Rapids Gold) for the upcoming G League Showcase in Las Vegas, league sources say, teaming the former All-Star guard with Coach Jason Terry and Lance Stephenson.
More from me: marcstein.substack.com5:02 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
28.3 PPG
13.3 RPG
11 APG
🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/Ml2XBgZWRC4:06 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Daniel Gafford’s 69.3 true shooting percentage ranks 7th in the NBA this season among players averaging over 20.0 minutes per game.
#DCAboveAll | @DXCTechnology pic.twitter.com/hQaROsoJp24:00 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jokic averaged 28/13/11/2/1 on 55% shooting last week and didn’t win Player of the Week.
That might sound crazy until you look up the numbers LeBron put up last week.
28/8/8/2/2 on 61/42/87% shooting. pic.twitter.com/dG4inyfszG3:56 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Update to Denver’s injury report: Aaron Gordon (low back pain) is questionable for tonight vs. Wizards. – 3:54 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
“Look at that follow by Gafford!”
An easy choice for the @NATCA Flight of the Week. pic.twitter.com/8ZKfnQUIes3:52 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
📓 𝐍𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 📓
This recurring series will analyze stats and film to discuss trends about the team, starting with a look at our new starting lineup, the Nikola and Bones pairing, and more 👀
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