Posted on: December 13, 2009 1:59 am
Steve Nash came out of the gate scoring and ended the night with 28 points, but the Nuggets finally woke up and beat the Suns, 105-99. Out with a bad ankle, Phoenix could've used a spark from Leandro Barbosa towards the end of the game. At one point Phoenix was up 17 points, but Chauncey Billups seemed to be inspired by Nash and stroked three 3-pointers to start Denver's comeback. Kenyon Martin played his first game since dislocating his finger and scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 1 NASTY block on Nash with two minutes left in the game. Amare Stoudemire seemed to be overcoming an identity crisis shooting and missing jumpers. Maybe he thinks he is Kevin Garnett? Or maybe, the Suns players need to pass him the ball more often especially when Stoudemire is being guarded by Ty Lawson? Ha. Meanwhile, Chris Andersen was camping in the paint, drawing fouls and counting 10 rebounds. Props to Louis Amundson who had a double-double, scoring 12 and gathering 11 rebounds.
Denver fans can get 4 tacos for a buck thanks to Carmelo Anthony's 32 points and 8 rebounds. Apparently, the best way to get past the Western Conference Finals is to keep our starters HEALTHY. Is that too much to ask? We'll see. Great to have K-Mart back.
Posted on: December 7, 2009 10:07 pm
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 7, 2009 12:13 am
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