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Tag:The Denver Nuggets
Posted on: December 7, 2009 12:13 am
 

Allen Iverson Returns to Philly... Nuggets Win.

Monday marks the return of the Answer, Allen Iverson to not only the NBA but also Philadelphia! It's where Iverson thrived and will thrive.
The 76ers should make a good matchup for the Nuggets even though there will undoubtedly be adjustment issues to Iverson.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Ty Lawson guard AI simply because of the matchup in speed. Maybe Chauncey Billups depending on whether or not AI COMES OFF THE BENCH?

Philly's loss to the Bobcats is their 9th in a row including one to the Nets?!! Yikes, however, Willie Green played a great offensive game tonight with 26 points, Andre Iguodala had a double-double as did the promising Thaddeus Young. Elton Brand is obviously worth a mention too.

So, Carmelo Anthony will likely be guarded by Thaddeus, which will be an exciting matchup, but Kenyon Martin should be a perfect stop for Thaddeus. Samuel Dalembert shouldn't be too tough for Nene to score upon although, Dalembert has been averaging almost 2 blocks per game.

Can the 76ers beat the Nuggets? No. Denver has had a day off to recoup while Philly plays back-to-back against the strongest 20 start team the Nuggets have ever been(15-5). Props to a young Philadelphian team that will play a tough game and lose.

I'm not sure anybody has figured out how to guard against the depth of J.R. Smith's 3-pointer or Gilbert Arenas for that matter.

Carmelo scored 34 on the Spurs in San Antonio after being named Player of the Month. This honor hasn't been bestowed on a Denver player since Fat Lever in 1988. Chris Andersen has reestablished his health and presence in the paint. Nene has the prettiest jump hook and softest hands since entering the NBA.

Nuggets 117 - 76ers 110
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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