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.