Tag:George Karl
Posted on: December 15, 2009 4:15 pm
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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 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 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: November 25, 2009 12:21 am
 

The Nuggets get through the Nets.

The Denver Nuggets beat the New Jersey Nets tonight 101-87. The Nets have not won a game yet this season so where's Allen Iverson? Isn't anybody wondering what a duo of "Skip To My Lou" Rafer Alston and Iverson might do together? Chris Douglas-Roberts had everyone asking how he has averaged 27.3 over the previous three games? Not tonight, and now that opponents are game planning against him he shouldn't score more than tonight's 4 points. So, there's room for a point guard! Enter A.I. Look across the river and forget about the New York Knicks.

The Nugs looked great tonight despite their goofy opponents. For example, Nene scored 17 points but was defended by corny corn rowed Josh Boone and rookie Brook Lopez. Nene has been dunking with more power than ever but his ambidextrous hook shot is getting scary.

J.R. Smith looks excited every time he touches the basketball and dropped 13 points without relying heavily on his three point shot having only attempted two.

Carmelo Anthony is excellent and proves to be climbing into new echelons every night. As the point per game leader in the NBA you'd expect to see him driving the lane or making full court triple team lay-ups against teams where he doesn't have to utilize his jump shot. He scored 27 points.

As for Aaron Afflalo, George Karl obviously has acquired a major improvement to Dahtay Jones. Wow, Afflalo scored 15 points and has been averaging a little over eight ppg. His defense has been solid and his three pointer has been as reliable as Linus Kleiza's ever was.

To recap, this Nets team is terrible but put on a clinic tough enough to highlight the Nuggets strengths.

Props to Chris "Birdman" Andersen and Joey Graham and Kenyon Martin for good games without major mentionable stats.

Go Nuggets.
 
 
 
 
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