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Five days after a midnight phone call summoned Torrey Craig from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where his G League team was playing the following day, to Denver for a Friday night matchup against the Pelicans, the 27-year-old rookie stood at his locker following a 112-104 loss to the Timberwolves and spoke with the media with the demeanor of a 15-year pro.
Craig’s whirlwind week that included three games and his first three NBA starts was finally complete. Last Friday against New Orleans, Craig played 18 minutes and was inserted on the game’s final possession of regulation to guard Jrue Holiday. He blocked Holiday's potential game-winning jumper and Denver went on to win in overtime.
Craig shadowed reigning Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook two days later for 30 minutes. Even though Westbrook dropped 38 on Denver, Craig played him well.
In Wednesday’s loss, Craig checked Jimmy Butler, his third All-Star assignment in five days. Quite the crash-course for someone who was playing in Australia and New Zealand 10 months ago.
“It’s been a pretty busy week I would say,” Craig told BSN Denver late that night from his locker.