Faried is Denver Nuggets game changer

February 22nd, 2012
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Kenneth Faried Denver Nuggets

Faried is Denver Nuggets game changerWhen the Nuggets used the No. 22 pick of the 2011 draft on 6’8” and 230 pound Kenneth Faried, it was an intriguing selection. The forward out of Morehead State set the NCAA Division I modern-day rebounding record and was on his way to a team sorely in need of interior toughness. And toughness is just one of Faried’s game-changing assets …

As a member of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, (San Anotnio Spurs) Tim Duncan collected 1,570 career rebounds in his four seasons at the school. The 1996-97 campaign marked Duncan’s senior season where he set the rebounding mark (that has been tracked since 1973) that stood until Faried shattered it during his senior season (2010-11).

Faried’s new record sits at 1,673 and with the rarity of players staying four seasons in college; his record could last longer than the 14-year stretch of Duncan’s.

The Nuggets knew they were getting a fierce rebounder when they selected Faried and with so many questions facing the team heading into the current season, his role could have been a lot different. But the Nuggets were able to re-sign Nene Hilario and the emergence of Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos coupled with Chris Andersen and Al Harrington left Denver with a very crowded front-court. Two positions, just 96 minutes to divvy up, and five NBA battle tested players sitting in front of you on the depth chart … not exactly green pastures for the rookie.

Blessed with off-the-charts athleticism and a nose for the ball, it wasn’t going to be the hustle columns where Faried was lacking. His offensive game needs development, but he has been better than advertised. Faried has shown some moves in the post that have impressed and shown some maturity as he’s shooting 50% from the field. Sure, he hasn’t taken a lot of shots outside of the paint, but that’s where he should be playing. His free throw shooting has been decent for a young big man at 70.5% (24-34) on the season (an improvement over the 57.7% he shot in his final season at Morehead).

It took awhile for Karl to find consistent minutes for Faried, and it’s no secret that injuries to Danilo Gallinari, Nene, and Mozgov forced the Coach’s hand. Will Karl be able to put Faried back on the shelf once his team is healthy again? Through the first 21 games of the 2011-12 season, Faried appeared in just three games. Through 26 games, Faried appeared three more times for a total of six appearances. And over the last seven games, Faried has played in them all as he’s averaging 19.3 minutes per game and a bit of an anomaly from the Feb. 20th overtime Timberwolves game that I didn’t include where he logged a season-high 36 minutes.

Nuggets Nation should hope that Karl continues to find minutes for the exciting rookie. As we saw last night (Feb. 20th) Faried is just getting better and better as the season is wearing on and his energy and nose for the ball are difference making aspects of the game that he is using to stand-out.

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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.



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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Preview Mavericks Vs Nuggets February 8th 2012

February 8th, 2012

Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets
NBA / Western Conference

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO @ 9:00 PM EST

Analysis of the Dallas Mavericks
The defending champions are getting off to a bit of a rough start this year, beginning 14-11 with a couple of tough three game loss streaks. However, their stellar defense and veteran leadership have still propelled them to 8th place in the Western Conference, and most of the losses they have suffered have come against good teams (the Heat, Thunder, Pacers, & Clippers to name a few). Not exactly the quick start that happened last season, but nothing that fans should be overly worried about.

Analysis of the Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets were defined last year by the trading of Carmelo Anthony to New York, receiving a couple great pieces and draft picks in return. The trade was thought to help make New York a powerhouse squad but has in fact made the Nuggets, 15-10 on the year, a more dangerous opponent. An extremely spread out team, 6 players currently average double figures in points per game on the highest scoring ball club in the NBA this year.

Key Players
Dallas Mavericks: Jason Terry
With PG Jason Kidd potentially out, the Mavericks will be relying on both Terry and Nowitski to carry their team through the much tougher Western Conference games. Nowitski isn’t a question though; he’ll put up 20-8 every night. The question is whether or not Terry will be able to step up in Kidd’s absence.

Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson
Though nursing a hurt ankle PG Ty Lawson should play, and he must if the Nuggets want to win this game. Leading scorer Danilo Gallinari is out for upwards of a month with a severe ankle sprain and Lawson must play well to try and make up for that loss. As well, the lack of Jason Kidd on the other side of the ball should allow for Lawson to have a much better matchup on the court. He has to take advantage.

Key Statistics
Points per game:
Denver scores the most in the league, averaging 104 points scored each time out. Dallas is one of the best defensive teams in the NBA though, only allowing about 90 points every night. This game will come down to the unstoppable force (Denver’s offense) versus an immoveable object (Dallas’s defense); whichever team lets up will lose.

The Nuggets have been a bit of a surprise this year and the Mavericks a bit of a disappointment. That said, it will still be a well-played game. Injuries are hurting both teams badly, but ultimately I think that Denver’s depth will be able to overcome their injury bug while Dallas will end up not being able to put it together defensively, decisively losing a tough road matchup.

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Prediction = Denver Nuggets: 98 – Dallas Mavericks: 78

Lakers hold off the Denver Nuggets 93-89

February 4th, 2012

Denver, CO – Andrew Bynum had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, helping the Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Denver Nuggets, 93-89.

Kobe Bryant added 20 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who have won three in a row. Bryant shot just 7-of-23 from the floor, including a 1-of-4 performance from beyond the arc.

“I didn’t shoot the ball particularly well but my teammates did. We are doing a great job of recognizing traps and double teams,” Bryant said.

Pau Gasol donated 13 points and 17 boards for Los Angeles, which improved to 3-7 on the road this season. Andrew Goudelock also had 13 points.

Al Harrington ended with 24 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who have lost three of four. Andre Miller and Ty Lawson chipped in with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

To make matters worse, Denver lost starting center Timofey Mozgov to a sprained left ankle. With about 10 minutes to go in the third quarter, Mozgov came down awkwardly on his left ankle after making a layup. He was not able to put pressure on his left foot, but X-rays came back negative.

The Nuggets play the Lakers again on April 13th at the Los Angeles Staples Center.

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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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