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Jerami Grant has interesting reaction on return to Denver

Jerami Grant, Nuggets, Pistons

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant had a bittersweet return to Mile High City on Tuesday when they faced the Denver Nuggets. Despite falling to his former team 134-119, Grant was all love and a little nostalgic after the game. 

But while he was happy to see his former teammates, he said there’s no time for chumminess when the game started.

Grant, a strong candidate for Most Improved Player this year, said the Nuggets were giving him unique looks, so he had to play aggressively all game long to give the Pistons a fighter’s chance of winning. His efforts, however, fell short. The 27-year-old Grant finished the game with 29 points, five rebounds, and four assists. 

Grant was a vital piece for the Nuggets last season, helping them to a deep run in the NBA Playoffs. He was instrumental in their memorable comeback from a 3-1 deficit to upset the Los Angeles Clippers in seven pulsating games. Despite falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, Grant had a stellar series, doing relatively well guarding LeBron James while providing extra offense for the Nuggets. 

Last year’s NBA Playoffs became Grant’s coming-out party of sorts, drawing heavy interests from multiple teams in the offseason. While the Nuggets wanted him to return, the former Syracuse star had other plans. He signed with the Pistons because he wanted a bigger role in society by playing in a predominantly African-American city.

It has been a sound decision for Jerami Grant, who has spread his wings and is enjoying the most productive campaign of his career with 22.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.