September 4, 2020, 12:00 amPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap had one of his better games of the playoffs on Thursday, turning 24 minutes into 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
It had been thought that the Nuggets were limiting Millsap's regular-season run to keep him fresh for the playoffs, but so far he's below his average of 24.5 mpg. The Sapper has now played 29, 18, 17, 35, 19, 19, 14 and 24 minutes over his eight playoff contests and simply hasn't looked all that effective. He's supposed to be the Nuggets' defensive anchor but they got shredded again tonight with the Clippers basically scoring at will. Millsap started alongside Jerami Grant as the Nuggets went big but they're going to need to be better than they were tonight to stand a chance. Grant had 12 points, three assists and three triples in 26 minutes.
August 30, 2020, 11:43 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant went off for 18 points (6-of-9 FG), four 3-pointers, one rebound and two blocks on Sunday against the Jazz.
When Grant is shooting this well it will be hard to take down the Nuggets. He received nearly 35 minutes and his versatility on defense combined with his ability to stretch the floor on the offensive end adds another level to the Nuggets' lineups. He'll receive a similar opportunity to contribute on Tuesday as the Nuggets seek to complete the comeback against the Jazz in Game 7. Grant is clearly winning the position battle vs. Paul Millsap, who put up five points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.
August 25, 2020, 10:10 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant played 40 minutes in Game 5 on Tuesday, his second highest in Orlando, finishing with 13 points (4-for-12 FG), six boards and a steal.
Grant was an integral part of the Nuggets' win, knocking down a three and playing important minutes down the stretch. The Nuggets' offense was centered around Jamal Murray (42 points) in this one, but he got lots of contributions from the team's supporting cast, Grant included. They are going to need performances of this kind if they hope to push the Jazz to seven games. Game 6 will be played on Thursday.
August 24, 2020, 12:15 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant started over Michael Porter Jr. in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Jazz and put up 12 points in 36 minutes before fouling out.
Grant started the second half of Game 3 over Porter Jr., so it is no surprise that Malone turned to him for Game 4. MPJ had nine points with four rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Grant has the edge defensively over Porter Jr., which is why he has been inserted into the starting lineup. He will likely remain the starter for Game 5 as the Nuggets fight to stay alive.
August 21, 2020, 6:52 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant, like the rest of his teammates, struggled mightily on Friday en route to six points, five rebounds, two blocks and two threes.
The Nuggets were completely lifeless outside of three or four minutes before halftime when they were already getting doubled up on the scoreboard. Grant started the second half in place of Michael Porter Jr., who was cosplaying as a traffic cone, and might take his starting gig full time with the way Utah has abused the rookie defensively. Regardless, Mike Malone needs as many positive defenders as he can get right now, which should mean more minutes for Grant.
August 21, 2020, 5:40 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant started over Michael Porter Jr. in the second half of Friday's Game 3.
Porter was simply atrocious in the first half and Utah got whatever they wanted offensively by involving the rookie as a defender. Grant at least gives the Nuggets a fighting chance there and we'll see if this is a change that sticks for the rest of the series.
August 19, 2020, 7:02 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant and Monte Morris scored eight and 10 points respectively in Wednesday's Game 2 loss vs. the Nuggets.
Grant and Morris have to be better off the bench in order for the Nuggets to have a chance to beat the Jazz. Grant added three rebounds, two assists, two blocks, two treys and one turnover in 28 minutes. Morris dished out four assists to go with one rebound, two triples and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the free throw line in 24 minutes. PJ Dozier and Mason Plumlee were the only other bench players to see the floor prior to garbage time. The Nuggets didn't have enough scoring punch to compete with the Jazz on Wednesday and will need their bench to be more effective moving forward.
August 17, 2020, 4:49 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant played the entire overtime period for the Nuggets in their 135-125 victory on Monday, totaling 19 points including 7-of-8 from the line to go with three rebounds, one steal and one block in 40 minutes.
Despite coming off the bench, Grant featured prominently for the Nuggets as one of only three players to top 40 minutes. He was a top-55 player during the seeding games, scoring in double-digits in five of his seven games. He is unlikely to unseat Paul Millsap as the starter but should continue to be a key piece moving forward, regardless of his role.
August 14, 2020, 3:57 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant was quiet on Friday, going 1-for-6 from the field to score two points with two rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes of action.
Grant started in place of Michael Porter Jr. (rest) but didn't do much of anything. There's nothing to read into for fantasy purposes here, as both the Nuggets and the Raptors took it easy on their regulars. Hopefully you didn't plug Grant into DFS lineups today.
August 14, 2020, 1:09 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant will take the place of Michael Porter Jr. (rest) in Friday's starting lineup.
This isn't a shocking move, though DFS players will want to be cautious here given the likelihood that the Nuggets sit their starters in the second half of today's meaningless game.
Source: Katy Winge on Twitter
August 13, 2020, 12:01 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant (sore right knee) was amazing off the bench for the Nuggets in Wednesday's tilt vs. the Clippers, putting up a team-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting with six rebounds, four treys, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes.
Grant showed no signs of being hampered by his sore right knee, which had him originally listed as questionable before being cleared to play in this game. While Grant is more known for his defensive abilities, he's also able to heat up and load up some big points on the board when his shot falls like it did tonight. Grant's fantasy outlook remains capped while Paul Millsap (five points, five rebounds, two assists, 25 minutes) is playing ahead of him.
August 12, 2020, 8:33 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant (sore right knee) has been upgraded to available ahead of Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.
Grant will be a useful addition to the Nuggets' lineup as they face the Clippers. His defense will be a big boost on that end of the floor so feel free to slot him into your active lineups.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
August 11, 2020, 4:39 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant (sore right knee) is deemed questionable heading into Wednesday's game against the Clippers.
After missing Monday's game against the Lakers, Grant is in danger of missing his second straight game with the knee ailment. Given the questionable tag for both games, there is reason to think the injury is not too serious. With that being said, it does make him a hard player to hold onto in competitive formats.
August 10, 2020, 8:31 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant will sit out Monday's game vs. the Lakers with right knee soreness.
Expect Torrey Craig to put in extra work guarding guys on the perimeter this evening. Grant was questionable leading up to this update, so it's not too surprising. Don't be shocked to see guys like Mason Plumlee get some extra run in the frontcourt rotation tonight as well.
Source: Nuggets on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 4:06 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant (sore right knee) is being listed as questionable on Monday vs. the Lakers.
Coming off a 21-point outing on Saturday, Grant will need to prove his fitness prior to being given the all-clear. This is the first we are hearing of an injury for Grant, and so the severity remains unclear at this stage. If he were to miss the game, there could be more minutes on offer for Mason Plumlee and we may get a Bol Bol sighting.
Source: NBA Injury Report