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Posted on: December 17, 2009 1:55 pm
 

Nuggets Blast Off the Rockets

The Nuggets improved to 19-7 after defeating the Rockets 111-101 Wednesday night. Carmelo Anthony scored 38 and posted his fifth straight game with 30+ points. Chauncey Billups had some impressive three pointers and left the game with a hurt groin after scoring 15. J.R. Smith had his most dominating performance of the last five games, scoring 21 and had the sweetest crossover on Shane Battier I've seen since Allen Iverson embarrassed Michael Jordan in the late '90s.

Aaron Brooks continued to improve and scored 23 points including 3 for 6 from three point range. Trevor Ariza scored 18 but looks like a guy who would thrive off of Tracy McGrady's continued presence on the court. McGrady did not score but played 7 minutes. This game was not as close as the score would indicate. Luis Scola was more or less a none factor as Nene shut him down.

Chris Andersen and Kenyon Martin had a dominating stance in the paint and seemed to have a couple of coordinated plays. One play involved a Birdman rebound and slam dunk. The other play looked like sycronized shot blocking. Andersen went up for a block on Carl Landry who pump faked, went up for a dunk and was rejected from behind by K-Mart. Nasty.

The Nuggets play the New Orleans Hornets on Friday and Billups is questionable as a precautionary MRI exam showed a groin strain. The Hornets beat a rising Detroit Pistons. David West had 32 points and 12 rebounds. West and Chris Paul should give the Nuggets a good challenge especially if Billups doesn't play.
Posted on: December 15, 2009 4:15 pm
 

Nuggets Win. Carmelo Wins.

In a post game interview Chris Andersen shrugged off the rivalry between to great players Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant as the Nuggets beat the Thunder last night 102-93. Carmelo scored 31 points, 5 rebounds, and Durant scored 32 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double. Birdman said, "But we won. Melo wins."

The game was pretty one sided in favor of the Nuggets. Aaron Afflalo did a lot of undocumented work on defense guarding Durant even though the stats only show his measely 3 points. The rest of the Denver bench all chipped in big much to the enjoyment of Scott Hastings and Chris Marlowe who were pleased to reach 100 points and 4 tacos for a buck.

Kenyon Martin had 11 rebounds, Nene scored 13 points and 9 rebounds, Birdman had a double-double, and J.R. Smith scored 19. Chauncey Billups had a good game too but it was obvious that the Nuggets felt comfortable dominating the Thunder.

Oklahoma City did keep it close enough to spur Coach George Karl's starters back into the last 2 minutes of the game. Nick Collison did a good job of drawing fouls and scored 14 points. Russell Westbrook provided an allusion of competition scoring 14 points, and James Harden had some good dunks, but it was plain to see that the Thunder need some reenforcements for Kevin Durant. I was surprised that Shaun Livingston didn't play more.  Nenad Krstic was way off last night and Jeff Green seemed clumsy.

Some people believe that Kevin Durant is worthy of MVP consideration, but it was apparent that just about any Joe Shmoe could have put up good numbers with as sloppy as the OKC Thunder did last night. With the Knicks planning on swallowing up all the good free agents next year, it might be difficult to build without going through the NBA draft.
Posted on: December 13, 2009 7:48 pm
 

Broncos Define True Grit.. Lose to Colts

Kyle Orton got his mojo started a little bit too late but he and the Broncos' offense can say that they left it ALL on the field Sunday. Brandon Marshall caught 21 passes for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns setting an NFL record and a team record. Knowshon Moreno had some big plays at crucial points amassing 23 carries, 63 yards and 3 catches for 13 yards. Orton looked like he had improved his game tremendously EXCEPT for the interception he threw at the goalline.

D.J. Williams had an phenomenal day dishing out punishment all over the field. Brian Dawkins had a decent game including an inception of Peyton Manning but was beat badly by Dallas Clark on a pivotal 4th down. Elvis Dumervil had a difficult time avoiding the constant double teams. Vonnie Holliday and Kenny Peterson did a good job of applying pressure but Jeff Saturday and the rest of the Colts offensive line held when it counted.

Jacob Lacey and Kelvin Hayden had a terrible time trying to stop Brandon Marshall. Clint Session doled out his own form of punishment and was seemingly unimpressed by Denver's efforts in postgame interviews, "they lost," he said. Hopefully, the Broncos will take what they learned today, especially Orton, and apply it to the Eagles, Raiders and Chiefs to ensure a playoff birth.

I was personally impressed by the Broncos defense who gave Orton a few extra chances to make a comeback. Champ Bailey covered Reggie Wayne very well but ultimately slipped Bailey's coverage on Indy's last drive of the game. Andre Goodman played very well covering Pierre Garcon and getting an interception on the day. Our offense looks like a ferocious monster as soon as they get warmed up. We'll see if the Broncos can get fired up early for the rest of the season and keep up their intensity.

GO BRONCOS
Posted on: December 13, 2009 1:59 am
 

Nuggets Finally Wake Up to the Suns!


Steve Nash came out of the gate scoring and ended the night with 28 points, but the Nuggets finally woke up and beat the Suns, 105-99. Out with a bad ankle, Phoenix could've used a spark from Leandro Barbosa towards the end of the game. At one point Phoenix was up 17 points, but Chauncey Billups seemed to be inspired by Nash and stroked three 3-pointers to start Denver's comeback. Kenyon Martin played his first game since dislocating his finger and scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 1 NASTY block on Nash with two minutes left in the game. Amare Stoudemire seemed to be overcoming an identity crisis shooting and missing jumpers. Maybe he thinks he is Kevin Garnett? Or maybe, the Suns players need to pass him the ball more often especially when Stoudemire is being guarded by Ty Lawson? Ha. Meanwhile, Chris Andersen was camping in the paint, drawing fouls and counting 10 rebounds. Props to Louis Amundson who had a double-double, scoring 12 and gathering 11 rebounds.

Denver fans can get 4 tacos for a buck thanks to Carmelo Anthony's 32 points and 8 rebounds. Apparently, the best way to get past the Western Conference Finals is to keep our starters HEALTHY. Is that too much to ask? We'll see. Great to have K-Mart back.

Go Nuggets.
Posted on: December 11, 2009 3:41 pm
 

Pistons Shrug Off Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets lost to the Detroit Pistons last night 99-101, and even after Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, the Nuggets were unable to get a win in Detroit in 15 years. If there is one thing Joe Dumars has done right since trading Chauncey Billups two seasons ago is the signing of Charlie Villanueva who had 27 points of the bench. Villanueva seemed to be making plays at the right time all game long and Denver had no answer for his size. Billups had 21 points.

Kenyon Martin's absence was felt after Ben Wallace posted 16 rebounds, 10 of which hurt Denver on the Detroit's defensive side. Aaron Afflalo and Ty Lawson both had their worst games of the season on offense and Lawson didn't score.

Nene continued to falter on offense and Joey Graham not only was a let down with points, but he failed to post a single rebound. After barely beating the 76ers, losing to the Bobcats and Pistons, you have to wonder if Denver plays down to their competition or if the lesser opponents rise to the challenge?

I personally think that it is a combination of both with a lopsided handicap on the Nuggets' part. Denver seems mentally exhausted. With Martin as their only injured player, it would seem that Denver was in pretty good physical shape? However, the Nuggets have been noticably faint in their intensity and have been relying on jumpshots instead of posting up in the paint or driving to the hoop.

Anthony scored 40 points last night but took a lot of shots from the perimeter and Nene all of a sudden this season thinks he is a shooting guard. What happened to Coach George Karl? Are you emphasizing Nene's need to stick with a formidable hook shot? Maybe Coach Karl needs to do more fundamental workouts during practices because the Nuggets have missed an abismal number of layups over the last three games.

On the other side, Dumars had to have been pleased with Rodney Stuckey(25 pts) and Jonas Jerebko(12 pts, 8 rbs) who showed a dominating presence last night in Detroit.
Posted on: December 9, 2009 1:48 am
 

The Nuggets Starters Are Sluggets-Lose to Bobcats

I don't know what sort of grey gloomy cloud has descended on the Nuggets starters but they could barely make a lay-up tonight in an impressive win for the Charlotte Bobcats, 107-95.

Carmelo Anthony's 34 points and 7 rebounds are deceiving because his game looks sloppy. Melo was 12 for 22 and only had one drive in the paint for a dunk that is noteworthy. The Nuggets have been banking on jump shots for two games now and were lucky that Eddie Jordan bailed Denver out of Monday's game in Philadelphia. The 76ers starters had a dominating momentum throughout the 1st half.

Chauncey Billups had 14 and J.R. Smith had 16 points, but this game was terrible. All but three of the Nuggets' players +/- ratings were in the negative Tuesday night. Our point guards were being swallowed up by double-teams and traps which seems to have spread across the league in popularity lately. Congratulations to a superior coaching job by Larry Brown.

This game was all about the Charlotte Bobcats. I don't think the Nuggets played down to their competition, the Bobcats played up to Denvers' elitist indifference. It was frustrating to watch the 18 turnovers Denver provided for Charlotte to easily convert to points.

Gerald Wallace had a HUGE game with 25 points and 16 rebounds for the double-double. Stephen Jackson also had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It really didn't seem like a commitment to guard these two excellent players by Denver's defense who mostly resorted to fouling.

It is a given that when Kenyon Martin doesn't play the Nuggets suffer on defense, but Joey Graham clearly was out of his element even playing against his own brother Stephen Graham.

Nazr Mohammed looked great tonight with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nazr seemed to be the better option than fellow center Tyson Chandler who had 1 point and 2 rebounds and only played nearly 14 minutes.

The Nuggets are going to rebound from this BAD loss just like they did after losing to the Timberwolves, but this easily could have been Denver's 17th win, instead the Nuggets are 16-6. Bummer for a severe lack of effort. I don't like to hear excuses about the "emotional" nature of Monday's game against Philly being a reason for indifference.
Posted on: December 7, 2009 10:07 pm
 

Nuggets Defense Puts a Stop To the 76ers Offense.

Allen Iverson's return wasn't bad: 11 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, but the 76ers lost to the Nuggets 93 -83. The first half was definitely stifling for the Denver offense. Carmelo Anthony held to 14 points, ending his 20 game, 20+ streak. Bummer.

HOWEVER! Chauncey Billups  scored huge for the Nugs, 31 points, and Ty Lawson had 12 very, very important 4th quarter buckets in which he took on the big men, scored, and did NOT get the foul. Lawson also put a nice block down on Allen Iverson, who had 11 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds.

Despite a dislocated finger, Kenyon Martin came back into the game and provided some big 4th quarter rebounds and paint presence.

The Philadelphia squad looked good but you've got to blame Eddie Jordan for NOT playing Thaddeus Young more (21 points), heck, leave him in the entire game if you wanted to win. Samuel Dalembert had an awesome game with 8 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 blocks, and Andre Iguodala scored 31 points. Why didn't Jordan leave them in, even if it risked fouling out, you're on a 9 game skid. Well, make it 10.

One more thing, Willie Green, Dalembert, Thaddeus, Iguodala and Brand make a scary starting unit. Let Iverson start but then put him on the bench. He's a great exclamation point to the team but shouldn't start.

The Nuggets have beaten the Spurs and the 76ers on the road, so the haters need to quiet down about their abilities on the road.

Denver's defense came through huge in the second half. Props to Chris Andersen, Nene, Lawson and Billups for their huge defensive rebounds which accounted for 30 out of 41 on the night.
Posted on: December 7, 2009 12:13 am
 

Allen Iverson Returns to Philly... Nuggets Win.

Monday marks the return of the Answer, Allen Iverson to not only the NBA but also Philadelphia! It's where Iverson thrived and will thrive.
The 76ers should make a good matchup for the Nuggets even though there will undoubtedly be adjustment issues to Iverson.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Ty Lawson guard AI simply because of the matchup in speed. Maybe Chauncey Billups depending on whether or not AI COMES OFF THE BENCH?

Philly's loss to the Bobcats is their 9th in a row including one to the Nets?!! Yikes, however, Willie Green played a great offensive game tonight with 26 points, Andre Iguodala had a double-double as did the promising Thaddeus Young. Elton Brand is obviously worth a mention too.

So, Carmelo Anthony will likely be guarded by Thaddeus, which will be an exciting matchup, but Kenyon Martin should be a perfect stop for Thaddeus. Samuel Dalembert shouldn't be too tough for Nene to score upon although, Dalembert has been averaging almost 2 blocks per game.

Can the 76ers beat the Nuggets? No. Denver has had a day off to recoup while Philly plays back-to-back against the strongest 20 start team the Nuggets have ever been(15-5). Props to a young Philadelphian team that will play a tough game and lose.

I'm not sure anybody has figured out how to guard against the depth of J.R. Smith's 3-pointer or Gilbert Arenas for that matter.

Carmelo scored 34 on the Spurs in San Antonio after being named Player of the Month. This honor hasn't been bestowed on a Denver player since Fat Lever in 1988. Chris Andersen has reestablished his health and presence in the paint. Nene has the prettiest jump hook and softest hands since entering the NBA.

Nuggets 117 - 76ers 110
 
 
 
 
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