Tag:Joey Graham
Posted on: December 11, 2009 3:41 pm
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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.
 
 
 
 
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