Tag:Kenyon Martin
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 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 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 28, 2009 1:30 am
 

Carmelo Anthony puts up 50 points against Knicks

Carmelo Anthony put up 50 points tonight against the New York Knicks as the Nuggets won 128-125. Wow, Happy Thanksgiving! Anthony said after the game, "About time, you've got to be thankful for something on Thanksgiving!"

Ha well said. For a team like the Knicks, who are now on a 4 game losing streak, there was a valiant effort against a very good Nuggets team. Al Harrington scored 41 points, Derek Lee had 23, and Larry Hughes had 16. Pretty good game for New York.

However, Anthony and Chauncey Billups played excellent basketball. Billups had 32. J.R. Smith had 17. These three Nugs were the only Denver players in double digit scoring of the total 128 points.

The Knicks are 3-13 and played much better than their record indicated. I'm sure that they are looking forward to a possible LeBron James in the next season to join their squad. Mike D'Antoni is a great coach.

Congratulations to Kenyon Martin and N. Nene for their 11 total rebounds, both with 9 on the defensive side. That's awesome. Good job George Karl.

The Nuggets play the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow.

Go Nuggets.
 
 
 
 
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