Tell me you weren’t freaked out when the Kings were up 34-24 early in the second quarter. Denver was coming off of a very frustrating loss the day before and they looked flat and disinterested. I kept thinking to myself that they could not let Houston beat them twice. I wish I could say all of a sudden they cranked up the defensive intensity and just blew the Sacramento Kings out of the building, but I cannot. While they did blow the Kings away finishing the second quarter on a 33-13 run, but it was not because of their defense.
The Nuggets chose to switch almost every perimeter screen all night long and the result was mismatches and a fast start for the Kings. I realize there may be some readers who are new to my blogging after the introduction of the ESPN/TrueHoop Network so I will make sure everyone understands from the get go that I hate switching screens for the sake of switching screens. Why a team would ever intentionally create two defensive mismatches for themselves makes no sense to me. It makes even less sense than my wife buying a bunch of clothes for my daughter and then getting upset that we do not have any money. It also fosters a lazy attitude and I think it was a big reason why the Nuggets came out lacking energy.
Getting back to our 34-24 conundrum the key to the Nuggets rally was that the Kings flat out went ice cold from the floor. After earning their ten point lead the Kings missed eight of their next nine shots. Almost all of those nine shots were open jumpers. I cannot credit the defense with that change in events, but the flurry of misses by the Kings was all it took to get the running game going. As the offense began to put the pressure on Sacramento the defense slowly came to life. Denver began playing with more enthusiasm on defense and by the end of the quarter they began clicking on both ends of the floor.
The key to Denver’s ability to switch screens and overcome the self imposed mismatches was the guards did a great job of fronting the Kings big men and the Nuggets’ weak side big was always ready to help on the lob pass. On the rare occasions when Sacramento did get the ball inside the Birdman was ready to swoop in and challenge the shot. A dominant shot blocker will always alter many more shots than he actually blocks and that was true tonight for Andersen. He was credited with three blocks, but continually forced the Kings into taking shots at awkward angles and having to release the ball when they were not comfortable (either too quickly or too late when they were on the way back down to the floor).
As nice as it was to finally see a game where the Nuggets pretty much clinched a win well before the end of the third quarter I am afraid that all they did was what they were supposed to do. However, Denver once again took care of business against a non-playoff team and hopefully built some confidence up for their showdown with the Hated Utah Jazz on Sunday.
Holy crap, what am I going to blog about until Sunday?
Additional Game 43 Nuggets
Mindboggling Game Stats
Pace Factor: 99.8 – Pretty fast even for a Denver home game.
Defensive Efficiency: Wait for it…here is comes…99.2! – That is right it is the first time the Nuggets have posted a single game defensive efficiency of below 100 since 1846. Just kidding, it only seems like it has been that long. They actually did it last at Dallas on December 15th. Keep in mind it would have been even better if not for the buzzer beating four point play to end the first quarter and Sacramento scored 11 points in the last minute and a half of the game.
Offensive Efficiency: 118.2 – Very good, even considering the competition.
Featured Blog: Sactown Royalty
After six straight games against playoff caliber teams Denver gets to face a team that will definitely not be in the playoffs. However, do not be fooled. Teams like Oklahoma City, Minnesota and Sacramento are really showing some spunk and Denver cannot afford to come into tonight’s matchup against the Kings with the expectation that they can get a win just by having five guys on the floor at the opening tip.
While the Nuggets demolished the Kings in the first meeting 118-85 do not expect another such blowout tonight. Sacramento has won a game in Denver each of the last three seasons and they will not be intimidated coming into the Pepsi Center.
Kevin Martin is back and raining points down upon the opposition like Mark Cuban rains childish behavior upon the NBA. Since his return ten games ago he has averaged 27.6 points and the Kings have been much more competitive. Sacramento has lost at Detroit by six, at Indiana by five, against Miami by four in overtime and they beat Dallas by seven. The only blowout they were subjected to was a 32 point drubbing at the hands of the Orlando Magic, which is completely understandable the way the Magic are rolling along right now.
The other player that frightens me is John Salmons. He is a playmaker and has had some big games against Denver in the past. He can get in the lane, has good size and is strong enough to finish at the rim. I think of him as a poor man’s Brandon Roy and in close games between Salmons and Martin Sacramento is dangerous.
Also, Sacramento has been playing Jason Thompson quite a bit and he had a lot of success against the Nuggets in their first meeting. Thompson put up a 22 and 11 in their previous game against Milwaukee (on only five shots).
While I expect the game to be close, Denver should definitely end up victorious. I fully expect Denver to dominate in the paint as the Kings have no answer for Nene or Kenyon. The Kings have only won three of their 20 road games this season and had a 12 game road losing streak before squeaking out a triple overtime victory against the Warriors last Wednesday. However, if the Nuggets play lackadaisical defense for the first half or longer as they have been lately the fourth quarter will be much tighter than it should be.
Featured Blog: Sactown Royalty
Previous Matchup: Game 21 – Den 118 Sac 85
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Things in my home that nearly met their demise over the last couple of minutes of the game between the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets:
I am very upset at the refs for the way that game was called, especially the fourth quarter, and George Karl wanted to hang the loss on their heads, but Denver just did not make the plays down the stretch.
Consider these factors:
The Nuggets lost the game on defense in the first half and offense in the second. Really I thought the defense started to improve a little in the second quarter, but realistically the biggest reason for the Nuggets defensive improvement was the Rockets stopped hitting threes. The Nuggets second half offense once again pretty much folded in the face of increased defensive intensity by the opposition. Had J.R. Smith not exploded in the fourth quarter Denver might have lost this game by 15. Even with J.R. catching fire the Nuggets second half offensive efficiency was a lowly 94.6.
Keep this in mind. During a game where Yao was in foul trouble and Nene was having a field day in the post Nene did not shoot the ball from the 5:01 mark of the third quarter until there was only 1:55 left in the game. I know Nene did not stop posting up.
Chauncey has to make sure that Nene keeps getting the ball. Instead Billups was busy making poor decisions. In the second half Chauncey was 1-7 from the floor, with four assists and four turnovers. The four assists sounds fine until you put it into the context of the game. He notched his eleventh assist with 4:37 left in the third quarter. He was on pace to finish the game with 16 or 17 assists, but he only tacked on one more in the last 16:37.
Two things I will throw out in Chauncey’s defense are that there were three times I can remember that Chauncey went up for a jumper and was fouled where there was no call. Twice the defender had a hand on his arm after he swung through and took the shoot (the first two times this season I have not seen that call made) and on another he elevated for a jumper and the defender ran into his legs from behind forcing him off balance in the air. The contact was minimal, but it was clearly a foul because like a touch on the elbow, no matter how slight, it affects the shot a great deal. The other thing I will say in his defense was he made a great pass to Kenyon on the last possession of the game that resulted in Martin’s chance at a game tying layup. I am not sure if the play was designed for Chauncey to take the shot or if he was a decoy in an attempt to get Kenyon open, but it was a great design and was run nearly to perfection although we are left with the realization that no matter how crafty or pretty a play may be if the ball does not go in all is for naught.
The Nuggets let this one get away and I hope that they focus on the plays that they failed to make instead of the plays they believe the refs took away from them.
Additional Game 42 Nuggets
Mindboggling Game Stats
Pace Factor: 96.9
Defensive Efficiency: 118.6 – Not good, but the 105.1 in the second half was not atrocious. It is clear as long as Denver continues to go through the motions on defense for at least one half every game they are going to struggle.
Offensive Efficiency: 116.6 – That would be great if it were not for the previously mentioned pathetically inept 94.6 rating in the second half.
Featured Blog: The Dream Shake
The Nuggets have a chance to put the somewhat embarrassing loss against the Orlando Magic behind them as they have a special MLK Day matinee in Houston.
The Rockets are more banged up than the Nuggets are as they will be playing without both Ron Artest and Tracy McGrady and according to the Rockets’ game notes Shane Battier is battling inflammation in his left foot. The Nuggets cannot take Houston lightly as they still have some jitterbug guards in Rafer Alston and Aaron Brooks who can play the drive and kick game that has frustrated the Nuggets in the past. They still have good spot up shooters in Shane Battier and former Nugget Von Wafer.
Wafer has been playing very well since being moved into the rotation on January 2nd. He scored 18 points in only 12 minutes that night and has been averaging 16.3 points per game since then. Today he will start his eighth straight game which will also be his eighth career start.
The Nuggets are going to have to close off the driving lanes and the big men will have to work on pushing Yao Ming as far away from the basket as they can. The Rockets have done a good job of slowing the Nuggets running game as Denver has put up only 13 fast break points in each of the first two games against Houston this season. Obviously, Denver will also have to work to earn good shots and not settle for the easy jumpers.
Look for Nene to bounce back from his disappointing night against Dwight Howard. The last time he was held to single digit scoring he put up huge numbers for two straight weeks.
This is the second time this season Denver is playing in an early game. The first time in New York they did not seem to be bothered by the morning start time although they did not really hit their stride until the second quarter.
This is a very winnable game for the Nuggets and hopefully they can put forth a good effort.
Featured Blog: The Dream Shake
There were a lot of people who were discounting Orlando earlier in the season because they believed the Magic’s incredible record was based solely on an easy early schedule. There is no way you can make that case anymore. Having watched most of their victory in Los Angeles Friday and their relatively easy dismissal of the Nugget last night I believe these guys are contenders.
They receive a great deal of credit for their three point shooting and offensive explosiveness, but it is their defense that really amazed me. It is easy to say that Denver played a lazy offensive game and did not try hard enough to get into the lane. From what I saw the Nuggets were trying to get to the rim, but Orlando just would not let them. Whether it was J.R. or Chauncey they always ran into a wall of defenders as soon as they hit the free throw line.
The Nuggets inside presence was completely negated thanks to Dwight Howard, foul trouble and poor shooting. When Nene was in the game he had a very difficult time scoring over Howard. You could tell he was not comfortable shooting over someone with such incredible physical gifts. Nene also suffered from foul trouble, but I think all of the fouls that were called on him were fouls. I did like seeing Nene get in Howard’s face a couple of times, but his game did not back up his bravado.
I remember wondering to myself how the Nuggets were managing to score at all even as early in the game as three minutes into the second quarter when they were ahead 31-29. When Orlando built up a nine point lead with a buzzer beating heave at the end of the third quarter by Hedo Turkoglu it seemed that it was an insurmountable lead.
I can handle the Nuggets’ lack of offense by the Nuggets because Orlando simply played stellar defense. What was frustrating was the way they completely dissolved in the second half defensively. The collapse was highlighted by Denver’s complete lack of understanding and/or desire to defend the pick and roll. The guards seemed disinterested in fighting through the screen and the bigs were more worried about not giving up a dunk to Howard than they were about stopping the ball. Nene was especially guilty as on most instances he never even went near the ball handler.
The other issue was simply Jameer Nelson’s ability to blow past whoever was guarding him at will. I have never thought of Nelson as a fast player and expected Billups or Anthony Carter to be able to keep him out of the lane, but he blew by them even without the benefit of a screen.
There was some discussion in the game thread as to whether or not the Nuggets were on the Magic’s level. Some thought with Melo we were better, but I have to disagree. I think you have to put Orlando in the same class as the Cavs, Celtics and Lakers. They are a very formidable squad.
Even with the loss last night you have to consider this to have been a successful homestand. To finish 5-2 against mostly playoff caliber teams was impressive, especially considering that they lost Melo for the final five games. As I wrote earlier the Phoenix win was what made the homestand for me. That was a good win against a very hot team. And the fact that Denver was able to hang with Orlando for the first 35 minutes last night was even somewhat impressive.
Tomorrow Denver faces another tough game, this time on the road against the Rockets. Houston is even more banged up than Denver as I do not believe Tracy McGrady or Ron Artest are going to play. Make note of the special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day start time of noon Mountain time.
Other Game 41 Nuggets
Mindboggling Game Stats
Pace Factor – 95.0
Defensive Efficiency – 111.6 – Not atrocious, but not good.
Offensive Efficiency – 92.6 – Yep, the lowest single game rating of the season surpassing the 93.2 they vomited up in the game against Cleveland in Denver.
Featured Blog: Third Quarter Collapse
I am not sure if I will have time to put up a preview so here is the post for the game thread. I will say that Olrando is playing so well right now that you just have to hope they have an off night from behind the arc in order to beat them.
After beating the Lakers last night in LA hopefully Orlando will roll into town a little full of themselves and take the Melo-less Nugets lightly.
Featured Blog: Third Quarter Collapse
For me the Denver Nuggets’ victory last night against the Phoenix Suns made the entire homestand. The Loss to the Pistons still irks me like a tiny pointy rock in my shoe, but I honestly went into the game against the Suns expecting a loss. It was not only the fact that Denver pulled out another close win against a quality team, but the fact that they did it with their defense in the second half.
After a first half that saw the Nuggets lacking in intensity and suffering from some self inflicted mismatches they really worked their tails off in the second. For the first time in a long time it appeared everyone was on the same wavelength defensively. They were scrambling, rotating, covering for one another and they really locked down on a very good offensive team.
There was some bad news though as after starting out the third quarter working for good shots, Denver returned to the perimeter dominated offense that was their downfall against Detroit, and almost their downfall against the Mavs. The two worst instances included J.R. taking a step back jumper with his feet on the three point line with only 39 seconds left and the score tied at 103. After he had gotten in front of Leandro Barbosa with a shot fake and had nothing ahead of him but unfettered hardwood. The second shockingly bad shot was a 30 foot three pointer in overtime with the Nuggets up five. What made it so bad was that there were still ten seconds on the shot clock. The shot was bad, but what really bothered me was the fact he did not burn more time.
In Chauncey’s defense, he was not only sick having left shoot around early in the day, but he played a season high 45 minutes. Mr. Big Shot certainly tried to live up to his name as he hoisted ten threes during the 45 minutes he was on the floor, but he came up a bit short as he only made one. The sad thing is Billups was 5-8 on two point shots and it looked to me like anytime he had his balance and was not fading he shot very well (from inside the arc that is).
Orlando comes to town Saturday night and with them comes the chance for a 6-1 homestand and a 4-1 record without Carmelo Anthony.
Additional Game 40 Nuggets
Mind Boggling Game Stats
Pace Factor – 100.4
Defensive Efficiency – 101.9 – I did not calculate their second half and overtime defensive efficiency, but at halftime they were over 116. Phoenix only scored two points from 1:49 of the fourth quarter to 1:23 of overtime. That is more than five minutes.
Offensive Efficiency – 107.3
Featured Blog: Bright Side of the Sun
Tonight the Nuggets continue their seven game homestand against the Phoenix Suns. To preview the game Phoenix Stan over at Bright Side of the Sun invited me to do a little podcast. (By the way, it was recorded on Tuesday afternoon before the Mavs game so that is why there is no mention of that collapse.)
Update: George Karl has been informed by the Nuggets front office that J.R. Smith has not been suspended for his elbow jab at Antoine Wright and he will be in the starting lineup tonight. Also, the same article says Chauncey went home sick from shoot around, but is expected to play tonight.
Previous Matchup: Game 27 – Den 101 PHX 98
I did not really want to post this and make too big of a deal out of it, but thanks to Mark Cuban’s histrionics after the game last night Cuban’s crusade to get J.R. in trouble with the league has been well documented. Just so everyone knows what Cuban is talking about here is the clip.
As I said during the video, I am not sure J.R. intended to actually hit Wright. They were close enough that I would think J.R. could have made contact if he intended to. Of course, he had a horrible shooting night and maybe his poor shooting spread to the point where he was inaccurate with his elbow too.
January 13, 2009 is not going to go down as one of J.R. Smith’s favorite days. He had a hearing scheduled in New Jersey yesterday for a traffic accident. We wondered if that would interfere with his availability to play in last night’s game against the Mavericks. Yesterday afternoon word broke that he did not go to New Jersey. No explanation, just that J.R. was going to play.
Today news came out that he was required to show up and now has a contempt of court charge staring him in the face. According to the reports his lawyer is taking the fall. There is good news here though. The hearing was rescheduled for February 17 the last day of the All-Star break. Even if J.R. has to spend the night in jail, which I believe would be the maximum sentence from the contempt of court charge, he can easily be in Philly for the Nuggets game against the 76ers on the 18th.
J.R. may have fought the law and came out on top in that situation even if he pays a fine or faces a night in the slammer for the additional contempt of court charge.
After sundown his night only got worse. He shot 1-14 from the floor and apparently has made a new enemy in Mark Cuban. Cuban was upset about an elbow that J.R. threw at Antoine Wright at the end of the half. I did not notice it during the game, but I went back and looked at it and here is what I saw. Chauncey took a shot as the clock wound down and J.R. dove into the lane in case there was a rebound. As he ran towards the paint Wright put both hands under his right arm on his ribs and shoved him. J.R. then did indeed throw an elbow in the direction of Wright’s head. The question in my mind is did he intend to actually make contact with Wright’s face?
The two were in pretty close proximity and I believe if J.R. wanted to pop Wright in the face with an elbow, he could have. I think the act of the short thrust with his elbow was more of a warning shot than an attempt to inflict harm.
What will come of it? I can see J.R. getting fined for the gesture, but I do not think he should be suspended for what he did. Heck, I make motions like that towards my wife all the time and no one has fined or suspended me.
Fun With Cuban
Cuban has promised to go to the league and have J.R. fined or suspended for thrusting his elbow towards Wright. There apparently was some back and forth between Cuban and Smith both before during and after the game. Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop has the concise breakdown of the gamesmanship between Cuban and J.R. from the Chris Tomasson blog post in the Rocky.
Karl was very outspoken about the inappropriateness of Cuban speaking directly with J.R. after the first half and I agree it is a slippery slope. Making conversation is one thing, but it is my understanding that the rule of thumb is coaches and other team officials/employees are not to speak directly with opposing players. I remember the night of the fracas in the Garden Karl was upset that Isiah Thomas spoke directly to Carmelo warning/threatening him not to go in the lane after he ordered the code red that triggered the brawl.
As far as Cuban going on the court to menace the referees after the game, obviously he is going to make a large contribution to the league coffers for that. My problem is not with him being on the court after the game. He is not a fan, he is an owner and the rules for fans leaving their seats do not apply to him in my opinion. To me the problem arose when he lost his mind and acted like a child (or like I was acting in my home when the Nuggets were down four).
Move Over Horse
Before last night Dan Issel owned the record for most points in a game by a Kentucky player. In fact, he was second on that list as well. Today instead of being first and second, his name is now second and third. Jodie Meeks poured in 54 points at Tennessee to break Issel’s previous mark of 53.
It is too bad that Issel was passed up for that record, but at least it gets the Horse in the news and people are reminded of what a great player he was.
I bet you guys thought I forgot what may have turned out to be the biggest shot of the game on a night the Nuggets won by two.
You can talk all you want about ugly wins, but it almost makes me sick that the Nuggets were rewarded in the win column for tonight’s performance.
Before I start railing on them though I have to give a tip of my cap to Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Dahntay Jones. In the absence of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Linas Kleiza both Birdman and Jones played with energy and most importantly sought out the rim. If either one of those two do not bring that level of intensity and effort Denver hands that game to their opponent.
Now, on to the skewering. I swear cheering for this team is like cheering for a dimwitted criminal trying to talk his way out of his web of lies in an interrogation room. He just keeps digging himself a bigger and bigger hole. He knows he needs to stop talking and demand a lawyer, but he just can’t stop his mouth from running.
I was worried at halftime because even though Denver put up 60 points in the first half, their movement and activity on offense was not nearly as strong as it was in the first half against Miami and Detroit. It was clear if they continued their stretch of second half offensive meltdowns that this one was going to be the Chernobyl to Saturday night’s Three Mile Island.
It seems like Denver gives it all they have, mentally and physically, from the opening tip and then do not have another gear to shift into when their opponent raises their game in the second half. Look, I understand that the Mavs really focused on choking off the lane in the second half. That does not mean you stand around and chuck up jumper after jumper.
(Read this as if Lewis Black was saying it, his voice slowly rising to a slobbering crescendo.) This is important so try to follow along. If the ball is stationary and the other players are stationary the defense does not have to do anything to stop you. When the only action is a weak screen on the wing that the screener slips time after time it is easy to jump the ball handler, stop his progress and then recover. That is only slightly more difficult to defend than the stationary play.
When defenses dig in the only thing that can dislodge them is movement, both by the ball and the players. Every time there is movement every player on the defense must react. Even just swinging the ball from side to side can create cracks in the defense. It is not rocket science. It is not even pre-algebra.
Yes, the Nuggets need players to step up with Melo out of action, but what the Nuggets do not seem to understand is stepping up is not an individual act. Chris Andersen did not force anything all night long, but when the opportunity for him to make a play, arose he made the play. The same goes for Dahntay Jones. Stepping up is not “possessing the fortitude” to shoot a long jumper when the other team is on a 9-0 scoring run. It is just another bad shot.
Until the Nuggets bump their IQ up into at least the Forrest Gump my-mom-humped- the-principal-to-get-me-into-regular-school level they are going to struggle. This is not just a Denver is missing Melo issue either. They make the same mistake when he is on the floor, but they just do a better job of getting back on track with him in the mix.
Now I may be demanding, but I am not heartless. Even I am impressed (or maybe shocked is the better term to use) that after putting forth the giant stink bomb that was the second half and falling behind by four Denver ended up winning that game. The best part is once they fell behind 95-91 they did not attempt a shot outside the paint the rest of the game. Maybe there is something to be learned by that, eh?
Additional Game 39 Nuggets
Mind Boggling Game Stats
Pace Factor: 95.3 – Average for a game in Denver
Defensive Efficiency: 101.7 – Best since the last time they played Dallas on December 15th
Offensive Efficiency: 103.8 – Thank God for the first half
Featured Blog: Mavs Moneyball
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.
Featured Blog: Mavs Moneyball
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.
With Carmelo Anthony out for three to four weeks the Denver Nuggets are going to have to pay a little more attention to detail on offense in order to earn good shots. So far they have done a very good job in the first halves of their two games they have played without Melo. However, in the second half of those two games they have stopped moving without the ball and attacking the rim. They begin settling for outside jumpers and as a result their production really falls off. They got away with it against the Miami Heat, but the Nuggets basically handed the Detroit Pistons a win due to their poor second half execution.
For my very first Film Room segment at RMC I have compiled some clips from both halves of the Detroit game to show the stark contrast between how the Nuggets have played offense in the first half compared to the second half.