2008-09 Game 56: Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks Game Thread

Only one more game before the Nuggets get to return home, but they may be playing without Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin.   Martin’s back is still bothering him and Melo has been trying to work through a knee bruise suffered in Philadelphia.

I bet Martin sits out and Melo plays, but that is pure guesswork on my part.

The Bucks will not feel bad for the Nuggets as they have lost Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd for the season.  The Nuggets did dodge a bullet as Luke Ridinour has returned from injury and that relegates Ramon Sessions, a far superior player to a lesser role.  Milwaukee can still put the ball in the hoop though with Charlie Villanueva and Richard Jefferson both able to score from inside and out. 

Regardless of whether or not Melo and Martin play, the Nuggets can win tonight if they get back to playing the swarming and aggressive style of defense that they used to beat Miami, Orlando and Philly.

Denver Nuggets Game Notes (lists both Melo and Martin as starters)

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  • BeefySwats

    Balkman getting the start for KMart! Woop!

    Let’s go Nuggets!

  • BeefySwats

    Looks like Sessions is starting for Ridnour, Jeremy. Hmm…

    Interesting fact at the beginning – the Nuggets 17 road wins this season are as many as they’ve had all last year.

  • BeefySwats

    Early turnovers for Denver, 2 by Nene…

  • BeefySwats

    Fast pace. 35 points in the first quarter.

    And a god damn circus shot by Villanueva, fuck.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Holy Crap! I thought this game started at 7pm tonight because I looked at Altitude and that’s when they’re replaying it.

    Anyway, I think this is a must win for the Nugs with the schedule next week.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Is Melo playing tonight?

  • BeefySwats

    Mermaid: Yes, KMart is not. Balkman played okay in the start.

    The story so far is that Villanueva has as many points as the rest of the Bucks COMBINED.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Hastings and Marlowe are talking about even more random stuff than usual today. “Kind of like eating cheese out of a can”.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    What the hell is up with all the Denver turnovers in the past couple of games?

  • BeefySwats

    CARTER, what the fuck are you doing?!!?

    Also, goddamn Chris Andersen has stone hands. He’s missed about 8 or 9 easy, easy shots under the basket this road trip.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Carter is a fucking toobag!

  • BeefySwats

    Good work, Carter. Way to blow a 4 on 1 fast break.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    I think we’d be better off playing with four guys on the court than playing with Carter in there.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Missed free throws, turnovers, settling for jump shots, bad defense = Nuggets after the All Star break.

  • BeefySwats

    Denver needs to enter the ball to Nene for the rest of the game. Nobody on the Bucks can stop him, and our outside shooting is just not there.

    We’re a tired team after this road trip and we need to play for easy shots and stop turning the ball over (CARTER).

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Kleiza? wtf?

  • BeefySwats

    Turnover, turnover, turnover, turnover, turnover, turnover

  • UnarmingMermaid

    What the hell is up with the refs today and Friday?

  • UnarmingMermaid

    That ref looks like a turtle.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Dahntay!!! That was AWESOME!!!

  • BeefySwats

    Take that, Charlie.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    DAHNTAY JONES! What a pimptastic shot and loved the handshake with JR and all the clapping afterward!

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    I love Renaldo Balkman!

  • BeefySwats

    Cmon Dahntay, YOU CANT SLIP SCREENS ON PERIMETER SHOOTERS!

  • BeefySwats

    22 turnovers. Awful.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Karl please put RENALDO BALKMAN back in so we can win! Please and TVM!

  • BeefySwats

    Fuck you, Carter.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    NBA needs to improve it’s ref’ing. It’s by far the worst of all the major pro sports.

  • BeefySwats

    Kleiza *facepalm*

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Nene down…Oh shit!

    I hate to be Chicken Little; however, I’m starting to sense an epic collapse by the Nugs in the next couple of weeks.

  • BeefySwats

    Welp, looks like this game is pretty much done. Even if we go 5-3, I gotta say that we’ve played tough on this Road Trip. We’re just too tired as a team to really play at 100%.

  • NuggetsandRockiesGirl

    Carl is so dumb. Had Balkman (3 steals) and Bird (4 blocks) sitting on the bench with AC and Kleiza in and in turn we lose the game and quite possibly Nene.

  • BeefySwats

    I seriously do not understand Karl’s hardon for Kleiza. He’s a terrible defender, average at best in perimeter shooting, and cannot pass at all.

    Why would you not play Balkman, who is in all respects a more athletic, taller, and better defender than Kleiza? You don’t lose any presence on the offensive end since Balkman will hustle down the shots that aren’t made and is always cutting.

    Kleiza needs to go.

  • Josh Hopp

    Disaster time in Denver. If we lose Nene we not only say goodbye to the division but also homecourt and possibly even a playoff birth. The overall roadtrip record is tolerable but not what you expect out of a truly great team and I am terrified about the future; i.e. without Nene and just generally based on the fact that we lose to 2 essentially poor East conference teams. Boston will eat us.

  • BeefySwats

    Dude, panicking a little bit? He crunched knees with RJ, but wait until you start predicting doom and gloom. Nene has come back from testicular cancer, a blown achilles tendon, and a popped knee. I think he’ll be fine. This home stretch will do them good.

  • Josh Hopp

    God damn I hope you are right. I’m stressing big time, honestly. Just when I get super high on my Nugs I come down big time, methamphetamine style.

  • BeefySwats

    From the Rocky Mountain News:

    “Nene, enjoying the most productive season of his career, injured his right knee when he banged into Richard Jefferson in the final minute of the Nuggets’ 120-117 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

    The initial diagnosis is a contusion, and Nene will be evaluated today by team doctor Steve Traina.

    “It is hurt a lot,” Nene said. “It’s a hard bump. It’s nothing crazy. No big thing.”

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/22/nuggets-fall-bucks/

    He might not play tonight, but Kenyon will definitely be back for guarding Paul Pierce or Ray Allen. At least we don’t have to worry about KG.

  • BeefySwats

    Oh and haha at this gem:

    “Balkman, who got the start in place of Martin, scored 10 points in only 17 minutes.

    “Renaldo was very good in the second half,” Karl said. “I should have had the courage to play him a little bit more.”

    GEE KARL I WONDER IF THAT’S SOMETHING PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL YEAR

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/22/nuggets-report-martin-plans-return-tonight/