Denver faces another must win game against a team with a losing record. The Los Angeles Clippers are basically healthy for practically the first time all season. However, scoring machine Zach Randolph will miss the game tonight while he is attending his funeral of his father back in Indiana.
The Nuggets have traditionally had a hard time handling Chris Kaman. Nene is the only Nugget who has the girth to keep him from getting great post up position and off the boards. Eric Gordon is already an offensive force. I do not recommend leaving him to help, but if they have to they better rotate back quickly. Baron Davis has the talent to dominate games, but he is either to banged up or not interested enough to do so lately. The other Clipper who likes to play against the Nuggets is Al Thornton. He posted one of his three 30 point games of the season and his only double digit rebounding game against Denver in the second game of the season. The last time Thornton played in Denver he threw down a 33 and 12 on the Nuggets.
Kenyon Martin has been listed as 50/50 to play tonight, but I sure wish they would list him as 0/100 until they know his back is 100%. The silver lining is we have another game to enjoy the contributions of Renaldo Balkman.
The biggest plotline though is Marcus Camby’s return to Denver. To his credit he has continued his charitable work here. As far as his play on the court he is still putting up similar numbers to what he earned as a Nugget. In the handful of Clipper games I have watched this season where Camby has played he seems to be working harder on defending the pick and roll. I have ragged on Camby’s post defense for a long, long time so Nene had better take it to him in the post.