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.