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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 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 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 4, 2009 1:33 pm
 

Does 18 points on the Heat Elevate the Nuggets?

As I prepared to watch the Denver Nuggets take on the Miami Heat at home, I looked at the facts and decided that it would be a tough game. There couldn't have been a starker contrast to what actually played out?

Aaron Afflalo and J.R. Smith did an outstanding job guarding Dwayne Wade and the rest of the Nuggets helped by double-teaming and trapping. I haven't seen such effective tactics used outside of high school basketball.

The Miami Herald said that the trap has been effective in lowering Wade's shooting percentage, which it has from 57% to 53%. Wade has earned a points per game average of roughly 26, and the Nugs held him to 25.

The only other Heat player in double digits was Michael Beasley with 27.

Furthermore, the Nuggets have established an effective switch on the low post. Kenyon Martin switching to cover forwards, and Carmelo Anthony switching to cover guards.

I expected a lot more out of Quentin Richardson who was in charge of shutting down Carmelo. A couple days earlier Richardson had forced Brandon Roy into 9 of 25 shooting while scoring 20 and grabbing 9 rebounds against the Trail Blazers. Richardson had 3 points last night? Huh?

Why do good wins often lead to stiffling losses? The Nuggets won over the Heat 114-96? Hmm? Does that elevate the Nuggets status? I don't think so.

I think the Nuggets have learned a lot from last season and have grown leaps and bounds (Ty Lawson dunking on 7 footers), but Denver lost to the Timber Wolves last Tuesday. Until bad teams are taken seriously, I personally can't believe that Denver is fully committed to winning a championship.

Chauncey Billups needs to take a look at Dirk Nowitzki during the 2008 NBA playoffs against the Nuggets. Dirk was the only hope for last year's Mavericks and he was renting out entire gymnasiums to work on his jump shot between games?!!

Billups' shot has been bad and it showed that it needed practice last night going 2 for 8 from the field. Come on big shot.

Afflalo, on the other hand, went 10 for 12 from the field and made all his three 3-point attempts. There's a guy who's trying to prove something. Chris Andersen had 10 rebounds, 9 points, showing everyone that the Warriors game wasn't a fluke.

All in all, the Denver team had six players in double digits and K. Mart's jump hook is making him look 5 years younger.

So, the Nuggets are on the cusp, but Denver fans have seen a lot of very good teams under Coach George Karl. This might be the best team Denver has had in ten years.

No resting on laurels, the Nuggets must continue to win every night. The Heat are an example of what the Nuggets do NOT want to be: A very good team playing very mediocre.

Go Nuggets.

Posted on: December 2, 2009 2:05 am
 

Birdman Blockin' Shots, Nuggets scoring lots...

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Chris Andersen scored  14 points, rebounded 8, and blocked 5 shots. This is a congratulations to Birdman who has been struggling to stay healthy this season.

My wife saw an eagle circling above the ten-mile range today and I told her that was a blessing. Then, out of the sky Birdman blocked 5 Warriors feeble attempts to score? Nice.

Chauncey Billups scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points in the Nuggets win of 135-107. Season high point total. Wow, impressive bounce-back from a disappointing loss to the Timber Wolves the other night.

Monta Ellis was not the hero tonight after a career high 45 points against the Pacers last night. Instead Anthony Morrow scored 27 points. Vladimir Radmanovic had a good game too, scoring 17 points and posterizing Nene on a nasty dunk.

In Nene's defense, he racked up a double-double scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Very good Nuggets. Made George Karl happy.

Go Nuggets.
 
 
 
 
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