2008-09 Game 39: Denver Nuggets vs Dallas Mavericks Game Thread

The Nuggets home stand carries on as the Dallas Mavericks come to the Pepsi Center for the second time this season.  The Nuggets are 2-0 against the Mavs for the first time since the 1995-96 season.  They have not won the first three games of the season series against the Mavs since the 1993-1994 season.

The first matchup between the two teams was a close battle thanks to the 13 threes the Mavs dropped in.  A big key in that game was the way Melo passed out of the Mavericks’ double teams.  Obviously the Nuggets will not have that advantage this evening.

In the second game in Dallas Denver rode a great defensive performance to a solid ten point win.  Unfortunately I have argued that was the last game the Nuggets have played solid defense for most of the night.

The Nuggets will have to play stout defense once again tonight (how’s that for some deep mystical insight?).  Offensively just because Melo is not drawing double teams does not mean the Nuggets are incapable of moving without the ball and getting easy points in the paint.

Dallas, as you would expect from a jump shooting team, runs very hot and cold.  Right now, they are cold having lost the first two games of their three game road trip at Phoenix and Sacramento.  Jason Kidd has been bad so far in 2009.  In six January games he is shooting 32.7% (28.1% from three point range) while averaging only 6.7 assists per game.  After watching him in the Olympics I expected him to really drop off this season.  He had a solid start to the year, but perhaps he is already wearing down.

George Karl has announced that J.R. Smith will start, but at small forward instead of shooting guard and Linas Kleiza will have to provide the offense off the bench.  We can all only hope that he brings more than his 0-6 one point performance from Friday night to the table.  Karl believes that he can get away with J.R. at small forward due to the fact that Josh Howard will sit out his second consecutive game after aggravating his wrist injury again.  Dallas is starting Antoine Wright in Howard’s place and J.R. should be able to handle that assignment and Dahntay Jones will have to chase Jason Terry all over the floor.

The Nuggets folded up like a Monopoly board in the second half against the Detroit Pistons and hopefully with that loss in the back of their minds they will play a complete game.  They have had three full days off to regroup and I think we can expect a strong effort from them tonight.

Denver Nuggets Game Notes

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Previous Matchups:  Game 5 – DEN 108 DAL 105 | Game 24 – DEN 98 DAL 88

Update:  J.R. was supposed to go to New Jersey today to take part in a court hearing ragarding an auto accident he was involved in in the summer of 2007.  There was no explanation given, but I guessfor one reason or another he did not need to be there.  I do not know if it was postponed or if he was not required to appear after all.  Of coures, this opens up the potential that he will be hauled out in handcuffs during the game for missing the hearing, which would be entertaining.

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  • Josh Hopp

    Thank goodness JR will be present. It would be Sonny’s night for sure if he had to be in NJ.

  • CCH

    Nice start, Chauncey’s on fireeeeeee

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Hey guys…

    Does this thread update automatically?

    We need to win tonight. Portland is hot on our tail.

  • Josh Hopp

    Very hot start offensively, particularly by Chauncey although some of his (made) shots were suspect choices.

    Defensively Nene needs to stop getting sucked out of the paint to help on penetration. This starts with perimeter D.

  • CCH

    Mermaid- the thread does not automatically update you have to refresh.

  • BeefySwats

    Chauncey, what are you DOING?

    This is some horrible decisionmaking with the ball to close out the first. Turnaround fadeaway 3, clank, dunk for Dallas, 12 seconds on the shot clock. Contested drive to the lane, no passing, shot, clank, Dallas 3 point play.

    I almost like it better when Chauncey’s shot is NOT on, because it forces him to distribute when at times he has seemed very reluctant to.

  • CCH

    kaw kaw!

  • BeefySwats

    Kenyon is really frustrating Nowitzki in the post.

    Beautiful pass by carter to close out the quarter.

  • BeefySwats

    Oops, Chauncey.

  • BeefySwats

    Kleiza: Hurrrrrrrrrrrr how I close out shot clock when I’m wide open from 3

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Did GK just squeek?

  • CCH

    Kleiza is horrible tonight put balk in for him please.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    why is Dallas strugglin’ this year?

  • Josh Hopp

    Jason kidd.

  • BeefySwats

    @ CCH – wait, Balk-man? To whom are you referring?

    He’s a player on our team?

    I thought he was just a mythical beast, told of around campfires lit in the deepest wood of the earth, resigned to a legendary status.

  • Josh Hopp

    Really great stuff on both ends there.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Birdman!!! Ballin’

  • UnarmingMermaid

    WOW!!! Kleiza is really sucking donkey balls tonight!

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Why on earth did LK take the defensive 3 second free throw?

  • UnarmingMermaid

    How come the Nugs never where some throwbacks?

  • Josh Hopp

    Yeah that is flat out ridiculous! What, did Karl think we didn’t really want that point???

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Thank you for a great first half Birdman. He is the reason Denver is ahead.

  • Josh Hopp

    Dirk is just a born scorer. He never ceases to amaze me.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    That is a good question Mermaid. I would love to see the Nuggets wear the old rainbow skyline unis.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Dear Nuggets,

    Please quit flopping on defense.

    Thank you,
    A concerned fan

  • Josh Hopp

    Why the heck wasn’t Diop fouled just then

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    I think the reason that was not a foul on Diop was because Dahntay did not have the ball. He lost it before the contact.

  • Josh Hopp

    13 points going into the half

    If I supported any other team I’d be encouraged

    We played pretty well on both ends though despite bad outside shooting

  • Josh Hopp

    jeremy – Ah. Didn’t see that.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Halftime stats

    Pace Factor: 105.2

    Defensive Efficiency: 89.4

    Offensive Efficiency: 114.1

    Bonus interesting stat

    Dallas is 3-4 from the line, Denver is 18-25. Do not expect the Nuggets to get a lot of calls in the second half.

    Hopefully the Nuggets break the string of playing sloppier offense in the second half than in the first. If they do not the second half might be unwatchable.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Who needs Ron Artest or Tracy McGrady? Former Nugget and current Rocket Von Wafer is 10-13 for 23 points against the Lakers early in the fourth quarter.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Looking forward to the start of the 2nd half. Nene and Birdman looked good, but the rest of the guys need to step it up. I did like the emotion from Karl and Jones on the earlier play though.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Alright Chauncey to shoot 2 to start the half!

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Nene does it again!

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    We’ve got to stop Nowitzki jeez.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Denver better hope no one other than Dirk gets it going for Dallas.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Alright Nugs…let’s see if you can actually put a team away early for once.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Gosh dang it Denver, get your crap together.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Thank you Chauncey.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    J.R. has to make a shot sometime.

  • Josh Hopp

    NuggetsandRockiesGirl – that sounds like a wager

  • Josh Hopp

    Dahntay really should have finished that

  • UnarmingMermaid

    wtf nugs?

  • CCH

    I wish I could meet a nuggets girl thats rad lol.
    Also is it just me or does birdman look like he’s on meth tonight?

  • UnarmingMermaid

    wow…this is some of the sloppiest ball i’ve seen in awhile.

  • Josh Hopp

    CCH – what do you mean “tonight” :)

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Josh Hopp, I love J.R. like a fat kid loves cake, but I suppose he’s gotta have his off-nights sometimes. I’m betting he will at least get a few good shots off tonite.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    I have reached the point where I want everyone who takes a jumper benched.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Nowitzki can go away anytime now. Enough with the turnovers Nuggs, get it together!

  • Josh Hopp

    Our offense is now going the way of jeremy’s video

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Why are we trying to hard to force the ball into Birdman on the block?

  • CCH

    lol @ josh, seriously he was licking his teeth and lips and looked all ancy.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Bring Back Balkman please!

  • Josh Hopp

    Ah man. I really can not stand this team. It is totally uncanny how we refuse to capatalise on leads. Couple of morons standing around the 3 point arc jacking up dumb shots

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Timeout maybe?

  • CCH

    No Jeremy, we have to wait until we blow a 10+ pt lead before we can take a timeout you should know better.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    I concur, timeout much needed.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    No kidding CCH.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Nice dunk Dahntay!

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Mavs in a 2-3 zone the result is a dunk. Why would they switch defenses?

  • CCH

    bench kleizas trigger happy ass please.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Does Kleiza know he is ice cold and probably should stop shooting threes? I guess not.

  • Josh Hopp

    LK and JR = a couple of incredibly expensive paperweights this game

  • UnarmingMermaid

    and the Detroit game?

  • CCH

    please replace kleiza with the mythical creature as beefy says, pleeeaaasse

  • CCH

    lol wow airball a free throw

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Dahntay again nice!

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Birdman OMG! WOW! It needs to count!

  • Josh Hopp

    OH!

    OH!

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    That is going on Youtube.

  • CCH

    wow bird you need to shoot up more often.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    That is one perimeter shot I can handle.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Carter!

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    That was a nice possession capped by AC’s runner.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Dahntay Dahntay!

  • CCH

    now were movin again.

  • CCH

    Carter has a good runner , wish he’d use it more

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    The Nuggets offense turned around when Dallas switched to the zone. Thanks Carlisle!

  • Josh Hopp

    our cheapest guys are carrying us

  • UnarmingMermaid

    dude…are we really tied?

  • UnarmingMermaid

    what the hell do the Nugs do at halftime? Smoke themselves?

  • Josh Hopp

    Huh???

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Look out, Mavs back in man to man.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    oh wow…somehow my DVR had gotten me on a couple minute delay. I was wondering what the hell you guys were talking about.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    J.R. is in the book.

  • CCH

    I like that shot by JR , creative

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Finally J.R.!!! *sigh of relief*

  • CCH

    Is it just me or does our offense look way better with AC running it tonight?

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Birdman at 15 pts!

  • Josh Hopp

    theres your JR heat check shot jeremy

    guess JR thinks of his first bucket in 10 attempts as “heating up”

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Wait? Are WE getting offensive rebounds? Do we do that?

  • Josh Hopp

    JR SMITH YOU STINK STOP TRYING TO TAKE OVER

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Ugh the outside shooting and no more jumpers please!

  • CCH

    LOL all those boards and were back up 4.

  • CCH

    im fricking amazed karl is letting JR play through all this.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Apple,cherry etc. we like turnovers I guess.

  • Josh Hopp

    What a bunch of losers

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Chauncey thank goodness!

  • CCH

    uh oh gap band is playing we gonna win I can feel it.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Go away Dirk no one likes you.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    A.C. Baby!

  • CCH

    Atleast ac, dahntay, and Bird came to play tonight.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Alright…time to put this thing away.

  • CCH

    JR is playin like Kidd tonight, 2 pts, 5 reb, 7 assists

  • UnarmingMermaid

    omg…somebody slipped that dude something.

  • CCH

    LMAO did you see that clown dancing?

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    LOL at dancing guy in the crowd!

  • UnarmingMermaid

    we’re going to lose.

  • CCH

    WOW really JR

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Why are Kleiza and JR still in?!?!!?!

  • Josh Hopp

    This is one of the most atrocious performances by my team I have ever seen .

  • CCH

    another blown 2nd half ridiculous

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Kleiza and Smith combined 2 for 20.

    Incredible. Seriously…that’s amazing.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    NENE!!!!

  • CCH

    It seems Nene is always a monster in the first half of games and then non existant in 2nd halfs?

  • UnarmingMermaid

    holy poop

  • CCH

    WOW thank you AC

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    AC BABY!!!!!

  • UnarmingMermaid

    got a little lucky on the no call on nene.

  • Josh Hopp

    Please let us close this out.

  • CCH

    I CANT BELIEVE DIRK PASSED THAT with AC on him. IDIOT

  • UnarmingMermaid

    wtf?

  • Josh Hopp

    ok JR, what we need from you is to run straight up the floor and take a shot from the pickaxe sticker, then foul the rebounder

  • CCH

    wow we got lucky on that call.

  • Josh Hopp

    Wow

    lucky lucky call

    Horrible way to get a win

  • UnarmingMermaid

    that was a nice jump kick. A little MMA action.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Chauncey Chauncey!

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Shut the hell up Mark Cuban.

  • CCH

    lol @ cuban

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Nuggets Win!!!

  • Josh Hopp

    What the… was Cuban going to deck the ref?

  • CCH

    that guy dancin was awesome.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    What is that? 2-1 without Melo? Not too bad (although the DET game still pisses me off).

  • CCH

    Dahntay with 5 steals

  • BeefySwats

    Wow, I was posting in blog section :[

    I’m an idiot! Jeremy, any way you can post those comments here?

    Ugh, ugly, UGLY win for Denver. Once again, 0 minutes for Balkman and JR and Kleiza have another atrocious night, but they gut out a win.

  • Josh Hopp

    hate to win a game on a suspect decision like that

    we played like absolute…freaking…. trash in the 2nd half. I hope we can attribute a lot of that to Melo’s absense.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    I’m just glad no one from the Mavs really got going other than Dirk…or we would have really been in trouble.

  • BeefySwats

    JR Smith has 2 pts. on 1-14 shooting with 3 turnovers, 30+ min
    KMart fouled out with 5 minutes left; 5 pts and 1 TO, 30 min
    Kleiza has 5 pts on 1-6 shooting, 4 TOs, 4 fouls, 21 min

  • BeefySwats

    play balkman

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    Great conversation tonight everyone! Thanks for reading and commenting.