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Jazz vs. Nuggets score, takeaways: Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic help Denver avoid elimination with Game 5 win

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Jazz vs. Nuggets score, takeaways: Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic help Denver avoid elimination with Game 5 win

With their backs against the wall trailing the Utah Jazz 3-1 in their first-round matchup, the Denver Nuggets leaned on Jamal Murray to get them back into this series, and boy, he did not disappoint. He finished the game with 42 points, eight rebounds and eight assists en route to a 117-107 victory over the Jazz to keep the Nuggets alive.

The Jazz remain firmly in control of the series, though, as they lead Denver 3-2, and while Murray’s outburst will get the headlines, Donovan Mitchell dropped 30 points of his own in helping the Jazz lead for most of the first three quarters. He can’t score 50 every night, but he’s proven consistently able to find the matchups that he wants through switches in this series. If that keeps up, we should expect two more duels between him and Murray before this series concludes. Here are the most important takeaways from Denver’s win. 

1. An all-time duel

Donovan Mitchell is averaging 37.6 points per game in this series. Murray is averaging 30.8. They’ve combined for three 50-point games and a fourth-40 pointer. Yes, the bubble has inflated offense and yes, these are two awful perimeter defensive teams right now, but this remains one of the greatest duels in playoff history. Two opposing players combining to average 68.4 points per game in a seven-game series is nearly unprecedented. For context, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley combined for 68.3 in the 1993 NBA Finals. 

It’s a first-round series, and we’re in the bubble. This series probably isn’t going to be remembered as fondly as it should be, but it deserves better than “that weird bubble series with no defense.” This is legendary shot-making by Mitchell and Murray and given their ages, it likely won’t be the last time they do something like this. 

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2. Who wants to be here?

Weak links tend not to stand out like sore thumbs in matchups like this. Denver’s poor perimeter defenders were the culprit early on. In Game 5? Royce O’Neale’s aversion to taking the open 3-pointers Mitchell and Mike Conley created for him was jarring. He had four turnovers in the game, but none bigger than the travel that came about specifically because of his hesitance. 

It’s cliche to suggest certain players want the ball in big moments more than others, but there’s truth in it. Defenses commit to superstars in big moments. If a role player is going to last in that context, he has to be able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by those stars. O’Neale didn’t, and it suffocated Utah’s offense in the fourth. 

3. Michael Porter Jr. is finally surviving defensively

Note the word choice here. Porter survived Game 5. He didn’t thrive. There were still a few utterly confounding mistakes, but Denver outscored Utah by 18 points during Porter’s minutes, and they allowed only 107 points in total in the game. They’re happy with both of those outcomes, especially given his struggles earlier in the series. 

There’s a degree of common sense to this. Porter is a rookie, and rookies are rarely good on defense. It takes playing time for most players to understand the intricacies of doing so at the NBA level. Porter hardly played during the regular season because Mike Malone was afraid of his defensive deficiencies, but that in turn made it harder for Porter to improve. Now that he’s playing quite a bit, especially against the same opponent, he’s learning on the fly. He won’t ever be good in this series, but he doesn’t have to be. He just has to be competent enough to justify keeping his offense on the floor. 

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″Of course I miss FC Porto″

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″Of course I miss FC Porto″

Sayings from Brazilian defender Danilo, who played for Porto from 2’11 until 2015 when he moved to Real Madrid. Play now for Juventus

Winning and reaching the quarter-finals: “Very satisfied, it’s a great happiness. I had time to recover and be on the field and help. Playing left back is not a problem, I played many times [nessa posição] throughout my career.”

How did you manage to recover so quickly?: “It took a lot of willpower and stamina. This is the hallmark of my career, but I also have to say thank you to all the medical staff of the national team. They have worked tirelessly so that Neymar and I can play today.”

He was afraid of not recovering in time: “Of course, these are things that come to my mind. I also did not participate in the last World Championships due to an injury, and in the first days I had severe pain in my leg. But I don’t make it easy. said I would improve by one percent every hour of the day, and so it was. I followed the plan and trusted my body and the work of the doctors. Thank God I’m fine.”

Do you miss FC Porto?: “Of course I miss Porto.

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The authorities demolished the house of the family of an athlete who competed without a hijab

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The authorities demolished the house of the family of an athlete who competed without a hijab

Elnaz Rekabi made a splash around the world when he competed at the Asian Climbing Championships in Seoul in October, climbing without a hijab (Islamic veil). The action, interpreted by many as a gesture of solidarity with the protests of women in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini, cost the Iranian authorities to take revenge on the Elnaz family. Now it turned out that the athlete’s family home was completely destroyed.

Footage posted on social media shows Elnaz’s brother, Davud, crying in front of the rubbish pile that will become the family’s home. The video also shows the medals recovered from the rubble, which will belong to Elnaz and his brother, who is also a rock climber.

According to BBC Persia, a month ago, police ransacked the house and then demolished the house, which was supposed to belong to Dawood Rekabi, the brother of the Iranian athlete.

The Tasnim news agency, controlled by the Iranian government, reports that the house was demolished, but it was not an act of retaliation. According to Iranian authorities, Dawood did not properly obtain one of the building permits for the house, so it had to be demolished.

After the competition without an Islamic veil, Elnaz posted a video on social media in which he says that he forgot to wear a “hijab”. Again, upon her arrival in Iran, the athlete again stressed to reporters that “it was not intentional” that she did not wear a veil, saying she forgot to put it on when she got dressed.

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Shortly after returning to their homeland, Elnaz and his brother were detained and interrogated by the Iranian authorities.

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“He’s very lucky I didn’t catch him in front of me.” Deschamps is outraged that Kunde spent 42 minutes with a gold necklace – Observer

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"He's very lucky I didn't catch him in front of me."  Deschamps is outraged that Kunde spent 42 minutes with a gold necklace - Observer

The clock was 42 minutes into the game between France and Poland when a violation of one of the rules of the game was recorded – in this case the 4th – by the French defender Jules Kundet. The Barcelona player entered the field with a gold chain around his neck. and was forced to seek the help of one of the members of the technical team to remove him after one of the members of the refereeing team drew attention to him.

The thread has already appeared in television footage, but apparently its presence escaped the attention of everyone, including the French coach Didier Deschamps, who spared no criticism of his player. “Kunde couldn’t start playing with the string stretched. I don’t know what he has on the necklace, I know he’s a bit superstitious and wears it in training. I don’t know what the thread means to him but I told him that he was very lucky that I did not catch him in front of me at that moment.— admitted the coach after the game.

BUT law 4 rules of the game aims to “equip the players”. Article 1 on safety specifies that they “may not use” the equipment or any items that present a hazard. 🇧🇷Use of any kind of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather or plastic bands, etc.), and must be removed before the game starts. The use of adhesive tape to cover them is not allowed. Players must be inspected before the start of the game and replaced before entering the game.

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The same law clarifies that players must be screened before the start of the game – it is not known how the golden thread escaped screening – and substitutes before entering the playing field. “If a player is wearing unauthorized/dangerous clothing or jewelry, the referee shall order the player” either “to remove the object in question or to leave the field of play at the next interruption” of the same “if he is unable or unwilling to remove it”.🇧🇷 If the athlete refuses, he must be warned. Kunde avoided the yellow card by quickly removing his collar.

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