Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers

February 11th, 2012

Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA / Interconference
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, February 11th, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

 

Analysis of the Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have gotten out to a great start to the season, putting up a record of 15-12 (7th in the Western Conference) with a young and extremely talented squad. This team loves to score, putting up the most points each game (about 103) while also tallying the most assists (about 24). Keeping these statistics going is vital for the Nuggets to keep their surprising start going.

 

Analysis of the Indiana Pacers

The Pacers were expected to be a better team this season (even more so after the trade for David West from the Hornets), but few foresaw a 17-8 start to the 2012 season. Behind a stingy defense, bigger-than-expected numbers from SF Danny Granger, and the emergence of first-time All-Star Roy Hibbert, the Pacers are looking like a much stronger team this year capable of going deep into the Eastern Conference playoffs.

 

Key Players

Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson

With leading scorer Danilo Gallinari sidelined due to injury, Lawson will have to increase his points scored as well as his assists to make up what the Denver Nuggets are losing. He’ll have to do this against PG Darren Collinson of the Pacers, one of the rising young stars of the league. If he can, the Nuggets may get a well-earned road victory.

 

Indiana Pacers: Roy Hibbert

The newly crowned All-Star has burst onto the scene in 2012, averaging a double-double in points and rebounds each game. He gets Nene in Saturday night’s matchup, and Nene might not even play due to an injury to his heel. Either way, Hibbert will be expected to outperform whoever he’s put up against and, if he does, will give the Pacers a big advantage down low.

 

Key Statistic

Points scored and Opponent points scored:

The Nuggets, as mentioned, are the highest scoring team in the league putting up around 103 points every night. The Pacers are the opposite, only allowing opponents to score 91 points each night (5th place in the NBA). Something will have to give on Saturday; either the Nuggets offense will shut down due to the Pacers’ overpowering D or the opposite will occur.

 

Prediction:

This is one of the more intriguing matchups of the weekend as it matches two teams that aren’t generally thought of as powerhouses, but are both performing like it this year. The Nuggets have dropped al but one game in the month of February however, and that matched with the Pacers having home court should give Indiana enough to win on Saturday night.

Prediction = Indiana Pacers: 110 – Denver Nuggets: 99

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The Rise of Danilo Gallinari

February 4th, 2012

The Rise of Danilo Gallinari

In July of 2007, the Orlando Magic changed the landscape of not only their team but of the NBA as a whole by signing Rashard Lewis to an absurd contract.  While Lewis was always a decent 2nd option on some mediocre Seattle teams in the early part of the decade, his excellent shooting skills and ability to rebound a bit and create his own shot did not make up for his so-called matador defense.  The Magic apparently loved this about Rashard and gave him a six year max contract worth $113 million.  Today, the Washington Wizards bear that contract and it may take both the Magic and the Wizards a full decade to get over the Lewis contract, much like the Isaiah Thomas-led New York Knicks of the early 2000s.  A player that may one day find himself in a similar situation is current 1st option the Denver Nuggets, Danilo Gallinari.  Presently, Gallinari is in a contract year making around $4.2 million a year, which is a fantastic steal for the Nuggets.  However, after this season, Danilo becomes a free agent without a team option.

Gallinari is one of the best pure shooters in the NBA and has a tall, lanky frame not too unlike Rashard Lewis.  He has gradually become better at acquiring his own shot in traffic, just like Rashard, and is also a decent rebounder.  Also like Lewis, he does not play very much defense.  Growing up in Italy, Gallinari is very much a product of the European style of basketball.  Current Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni recruited Gallinari and hoped to mold him into his prototypical SF/PF hybrid who is deadly spotting up from beyond the arc.  When the Knicks had the chance to acquire Carmelo Anthony, who is arguably one of the most talented players in the league, for Gallinari and fillers, the Knicks could not resist the opportunity to begin creating their own “Big 3″ to rival Miami, Boston, the Lakers, and the Spurs.  Gallinari plus fillers was a great deal for them, or so they thought.  So far this year, though, it is the Denver Nuggets who have reaped the most benefits of the trade and the Knicks are reeling out of playoff contention.

Gallinari’s stats look nearly identical to previous seasons with one major difference:  he is getting to the free throw line more easily.  This means Gallinari’s aggression is gradually maturing and he actively wants to handle the scoring burden–a great sign.  Gallinari is still just 23 years old, and at 6’10, he can guard–or at least pretend to guard–Small Forwards and some stretch Power Forwards.  In the past two seasons, Gallinari’s PER (Player Efficiency Rating) has increased dramatically, despite having a similar Usage Percentage and similar number of shot attempts.  In the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, Gallinari’s PER was 14.8 and 15.7 respectively.  This year he is at 20.1, right in the mix for one of the top 25 PERs in the league.  Part of the reason is that his assist percentage has nearly doubled and he is turning the ball over less than before.  He is also playing better defense statistically, lowering his defensive rating from 111 last year to 102 this year (for this number, lower is better!).  If Gallinari continues to develop a little each season, by the time he is 27 or 28 and entering his prime he should surely be an All Star caliber player.  However, much depends on the contract he gets.  Will the Nuggets pay him what he deserves, which is probably anywhere between $9 million and $11 million, or will some team like New Orleans Hornets or Sacramento Kings attempt to poach him away with an enormous contract a la Rashard Lewis?

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Pepsi Center Denver Nuggets Home Court

February 4th, 2012

Pepsi Center is named for its chief corporate sponsor, PepsiCo. The building is home to the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association, the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League. The arena also serves as a concert venue.

Ground breaking for the arena took place on November 20, 1997, at the 4.6-acre (19,000 m2) site. Its completion in October 1999 was marked by a Celine Dion concert.

This was constructed as part of a large six-year sporting venue upgrade in Denver along with Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, and Sports Authority Field (formerly Invesco Field), home of the Denver Broncos.

The arena hosted the NCAA Men’s ice hockey Frozen Four tournament on April 10 and April 12, 2008. It also hosted games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2004, 2008 and 2011. Including 2001 NHL All-Star Game, the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals, and the 2005 NBA All-Star Game. From 2004–2006, the center hosted the Mountain West Conference men’s basketball tournament.

“My husband took me to a Nuggets Vs Thunder game here and absolutely love the stadium!  It’s very spacious, clean, and the seats are comfortable  Ideal location.” -Sandra F.

“NHL – Avs vs Bruins (1/22/2011)

NLL – Colorado Mammoth vs Philly Wings (1/22/2011)

This games were awesome and the venue was great like always! I cannot believe that they changed from an ice rink to a turfed arena in 3 hours. WOW!!!” -Greg H.



Nuggets beat Clippers 112-91 behind Gallinaris 21

February 3rd, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including all five of his 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Clippers 112-91 Thursday night, ending Los Angeles’ season-high four-game winning streak that included a victory over the Nuggets last weekend.

Ty Lawson added 18 points, Arron Afflalo 15 and Timofey Mozgov 11 for the Nuggets, who had lost two straight overall and three in a row to the Clippers, their longest active losing streak against any team.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 18 points, Chris Paul added 15 points and nine assists, and Caron Butler had 11 after missing Wednesday night’s win at Utah with a sore lower back. Earlier Thursday, Griffin and Paul were voted to the starting lineup for the All-Star game, giving the Clippers two players on the team for the first time since 1976.

The Nuggets pulled away with a dominant third quarter in which they outscored the Clippers 32-16 while shooting 65 percent. Gallinari hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the quarter, and Al Harrington closed it with two straight 3-pointers. In between, Mozgov had nine points while Los Angeles slumped to 7 of 19 from the floor. Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Clippers closed within 10 points midway through the period before getting outscored 14-5 going into the fourth.

All five of the Clippers’ starters began the fourth on the bench, although Paul checked in 2:10 into the period with his team trailing by 21. He was the only starter to return and he sat down for good a couple minutes later, leaving Mo Williams to run a second unit that never posed a threat. Williams finished with 13 and Randy Foye 17.

Chauncey Billups, who had 32 points in the Clippers’ 109-105 win at Denver on Sunday, had eight points and three assists against his old team.

The Clippers led most of the first half before Denver outscored them 9-4 to lead 54-51 at the break.

NOTES: Nuggets reserve G-F Corey Brewer wasn’t with the team for personal reasons. Coach George Karl said he thought Brewer could be out the rest of the week. … Billups played in his 1,000th career NBA game as did former Clipper Andre Miller. … Rihanna, Billy Crystal and Don Cheadle were among the sellout crowd that included retired Nuggets coach Dan Issel

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