2008-09 Game 67: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers Game Thread

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.  

Denver Nuggets Game Notes

Previous Matchups:  Game 2 – Den 113 LAC 103 OT | Game 15 - Den 106 LAC 105

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  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    I do not like this alternating Dahntay and J.R. as starters game after game.

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com jeremy

    I love the way Balkman moves without the ball.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Jeremy,

    Are they simply alternating starts or basing it off of who GK thinks would provide the most favorable matchups?

    Agreed on Balkman.

  • Josh Hopp

    Anyone have a stream of this one anywhere? Can’t find one.

  • BeefySwats

    Karl quite clearly plays the matchup game, as who gets starts seems entirely dependent upon the opponent and his mood.

    Good work JR. I do not like the way Melo has been playing lately. He is forcing his shots and not passing to the open man. Balkman continues to impress.

  • BeefySwats

    Kleiza: 2/6 FG and 1 missed free throw already.

    *sigh*

  • Josh Hopp

    Looks like EG could be trouble

  • BeefySwats

    I am happy with the way we are playing, but cmon, we should be up 15 or 20 instead of 11.

    Karl, think it’s time to put Balkman back in? Sheesh.

  • Josh Hopp

    Man that was a poorly defended screen and pop by Nene.

  • Josh Hopp

    note to baron davis: best not try to shoot jumpers in Balkman’s face

  • BeefySwats

    No defense, sloppy play. What’s going on, Denver?

  • Josh Hopp

    God…. damn. Balkman is usually so good in those situations

  • BeefySwats

    God damnit, Carmelo. You don’t have to stare down the goddamn ref every time you’re on the floor.

  • Josh Hopp

    Melo just played superb D on Thorton

  • Josh Hopp

    SHIIIT!

  • BeefySwats

    Know why Balkman is the most consistent scorer on the Nuggets right now?

    Because he’s the only one moving on offense.

  • Josh Hopp

    that’s how you open a quarter against a losing team

  • Josh Hopp

    Just heard our boy Najera is out for the season for hernia surgery.

  • BeefySwats

    What a dodge that was, huh Josh Hopp? And we ended up getting Balkman out of that trade anyway. (Najera -> NJ :Bobby Jones & Taurean Green: -> trade for Balkman)

  • Josh Hopp

    Far out our offense is emabrresing to look at sometimes

  • Josh Hopp

    Yeah I’d have to agree with you Beefy, as much as we loved Eduardo. Ditto for the Camby situation.

  • BeefySwats

    Fucking lazy defense on Melo.

  • Josh Hopp

    haha what a ridiculous fast break

  • UnarmingMermaid

    that was awesome!

  • Josh Hopp

    great stop by CB!

  • Josh Hopp

    Yeah Nuggets!

  • BeefySwats

    Rockets lose, Utah loses, Hornets lose, Suns losing, Portland plays @ Atlanta and Utah plays @ Orlando tomorrow.

    Keep it up and we’ll be back in the 3 seed again before we know it.

  • Josh Hopp

    Don’t toy with us like that Beefy.

  • BeefySwats

    As soon as Balkman comes out of the game, our lead starts going down.

  • Josh Hopp

    If we don’t leave Novak or EG wide open from 3 for the rest of the game we should be sweet

  • BeefySwats

    Balkman is leading the Nuggets in scoring tonight and needs one more rebound for a double double.

  • Josh Hopp

    ugh

  • BeefySwats

    Career high, 20 and 10 for Balkman

  • BeefySwats

    Novak is god damn ridiculous.

  • Josh Hopp

    Novak is nice, but he’s a lot better when his defender (LK) plays him like he can’t shoot the 3

  • Josh Hopp

    Chris Kaman looks old and tired. He picked the wrong year to get drafted…

  • BeefySwats

    LK was playing defense?

  • Josh Hopp

    I’ll be honest, I was never completely sold on Balkman until the last few games. I thought the whole Isiah Thomas thing meant he couldn’t possibly be good, and whenever he had those 10-10 showings in limited minutes I thought he was just getting lucky. But I think he is fast becoming one of the most startlingly efficient players in the league. His free throw % is brutal though, and needs to be adressed if he is to become a starter (easier said than done).

  • BeefySwats

    Well, look at KMart’s FT%. What are we losing by starting Balkman?

  • BeefySwats

    GO NUGGETS! 2 game streak. We really need to beat the Nets on Monday.

  • BeefySwats

    Also, I really like the game Chauncey has given tonight and last night. Only ten points, but 5 rebounds and 9 assists. That is solid and exactly what we need from our point guard.

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