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April 2nd, 2012

Denver 104, Orlando 101

Location -   Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Officials -   #25 Tony Brothers, #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #63 Derek Richardson
Attendance -    18846
Sunday, April 1, 2012 6:00 PM

NUGGETS 104, MAGIC 101: Ty Lawson had 25 points and nine assists as visiting Denver took advantage of the absence of All-Star Dwight Howard to hand Orlando its third straight loss.

Howard was a late scratch because of back spasms. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Glen Davis, who responded with 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Aaron Afflalo scored 22 points and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Al Harrington added 18 for Denver, which improved to 3-3 on its season-long seven-game trip.

Jameer Nelson scored 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter and Ryan Anderson recorded 20 points and nine rebounds for Orlando.

Rookie Kenneth Faried made two straight blocks and added an alley-oop dunk in a 1:36 span to put Denver ahead 99-90 with 1:47 to go.

Orlando closed to 99-97 on J.J. Redick’s three-point play with 45.2 seconds remaining before Lawson’s jumper with 23.9 seconds left made it 101-97.

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GAME NOTEBOOK: Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said Howard was punched in the lower back by Dallas’ Brendan Haywood on Friday. … Anderson, who leads the NBA by a wide margin in 3-point field goals (150) and attempts (363), was 3 for 10 and Orlando was 8 for 32. … Howard had played in all 52 previous games this season and has missed only six in his career. … Denver improved to 4-20 all-time in Orlando. … The Magic enjoyed an 18-7 offensive rebound advantage.

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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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Recap Denver 113, Indiana 109

February 14th, 2012

Ty Lawson tied a season high with 27 points and the Denver Nuggets snapped a five-game losing streak by outlasting the host Indiana Pacers 113-109 on Saturday night.

Arron Afflalo scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with eight seconds to play, to help Denver stave off a comeback by Indiana.

Danny Granger scored 26 points and David West added 22 for the Pacers, who endured their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Corey Brewer, who missed the last three games due to the death of his father, added 19 points for shorthanded Denver, which fought back from a 13-point second-quarter deficit despite the absence of starters Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov.

Lawson’s layup with 5:11 to play gave the Nuggets a 104-92 lead, but Paul George hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 13-2 run to pull the Pacers within 106-105.

Afflalo’s 3-pointer restored the lead to six points and his two free throws iced it for Denver, which won for only the second time in nine games.

After Granger poured in 18 points to carry the Pacers to a 34-26 first-quarter lead, reserve guard A.J. Price scored eight of his 13 second-quarter points to extend Indiana’s lead to 46-33.

The Nuggets stormed back with a 15-2 spurt, including 10 straight points, to take the lead before the teams went into halftime tied at 60-60.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 7:00 PM

Location – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Officials – #56 Mark Ayotte, #63 Derek Richardson, #49 Tom Washington
Attendance – 15313
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Recap: Nuggets at Pacers

February 13th, 2012

 Recap: Nuggets at Pacers

After what seemed to be an eternity, the Denver Nuggets finally break their five game losing streak by defeating the Indiana Pacers tonight 113-109. Led by a fantastic effort by Corey Brewer, Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo the Nuggets are back on the winning track.

There was a moment during the end of the first quarter where I thought the Nuggets run of futility would never end. The Nuggets called a time out and, upset about several non-calls on fouls and out of bounds plays, Guard Andre Miller slammed down the basketball in frustration. Garnering a technical. What happened, however, was the Nuggets proceeded from that moment on to re-ignite their will, their drive and their toughness and find that extra level of fortitude that they haven’t possessed since they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers at the beginning of February. Going from 13 down to tied the game at 60 going in to the second half.

Second and third stars of the game go to Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo. AAA is continuing his good play from the Golden State Warriors game. He ended the game with 23 points and 5 rebounds. More than that though, he hit a big shot in the closing minutes to expand the Nuggets lead to 4 which effectively ended the game right there. Also, he played respectable defense on Paul George and helped out on Granger. Keep this up AAA and people will start regaining their faith in you. Ty had himself a nice game and … GASP … drove the ball to the hoop against a stacked defensive interior. This proves it CAN be done folks!! Eureka! Ty finished the game with 27 points and 2 assists (the poor assist numbers show that Denver was shooting a high percentage on their jumpers tonight). Good for Ty. Keep doing that son, and the Nuggets will be just fine.

A couple sour notes. Nene Hilario left with a calf strain and seems to be out for a week. You get sick and tired of these injuries, and it makes it even more remarkable that the Nuggets managed to pull this one out with three starters injured and not playing. Al Harrington was stone cold for most of the night, and quite frankly looks like he could use a very long rest. He had 10 points (on 4-18 shooting). While he did do respectable work on defense (6 rebounds), at the end David West could get any shot he wanted (22 points on 10 of 11 shooting).

Aside from all that, Kosta Koufos again did good, competent center work and kept his rep up by steppin’ up against Roy Hibbert in tough duty with Nene out. K2 had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Hibbert finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds and was virtually a non-factor in this game.

Overall, it is such a relief to be rid of that god awful stench of losing. The Nuggets needed this, and quite frankly a panicky fan base needed this. Now the Nuggets can proceed to the next game, against the Phoenix Suns, with a little bit more swag yo. While it will again be tough with Nene out of the lineup, they key to remember is winning begets winning. The Nuggets needed to “remember” how to win games. Now that they have been reminded, the test is to keep the momentum up with a brutal stretch of basketball games coming up.

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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.

 

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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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.

Prediction
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



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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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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