2008-09 Game 72: Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Hornets Game Thread

In middle school science class I learned about fight or flight.  When an animal is confronted they will either step up and rumble or get out of dodge pronto.  With the announcement that Nene has been suspended for two games we will see firsthand which option the Nuggets will choose, fight or flight. 

The bad news is the New Orleans Hornets do two things pretty well that the Nuggets have been failing to defend and if you have spent any time here over the past week or two you probably know what I am about to say.  The Nuggets do not defend the pick and roll or the three point line very well.

The Hornets do rank in the middle of the pack in three point percentage, right alongside the Nuggets at 37%, but Rasual Butler almost always shoots lights out against the Nuggets, James Posey has already hit a couple of big threes against Denver in his first season in New Orleans and Peja Stojakovic is a game time decision after missing ten games with a bad back. 

The Hornets may also be without Tyson Chandler although after missing three games his ankle has improved enough to be a game time decision as well as is Hilton Armstrong (you will find a here is a complete rundown of the Hornets’ injury situation).

There are worse teams for the Nuggets to face without Nene than the Hornets.  Even if Chandler plays New Orleans does not have much of a low post game.  And if you are looking for a silver lining is we know we will see more Renaldo Balkman and more Chris Andersen.

I do not know that playing without Nene drastically reduces the Nuggets chance of winning, but I did not think their chance of winning was very high to start with.  The Nuggets have lost three of their last four games on the road against the Hornets with an average margin of 11.3 points.  All three losses have been by double digits.  Chris Paul is simply the best player on the floor whenever these two teams meet and he almost always gets enough from his supporting cast to overcome the Nuggets superior overall talent level.

Fight or flight Denver.  Show us what is in your heart.

Denver Nuggets Game Notes

Previous Matchups:  Game 16 – Den 101 NOH 105 | Game 35 – Den 105 NOH 100 | Game 46 – Den 81 NOH 94

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  • Josh Hopp

    Nuggets, show us what is in your heart.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    I do not have a good feeling about this game. Hope I’m wrong.

  • BeefySwats

    24-19 with 2:15 to go.

    No Nene tonight or tomorrow night.

    Time to show it or blow it Denver

  • BeefySwats

    Kleiza already a -5 lol

  • BeefySwats

    Kenyon is just awful. 1-7 now. STOP SHOOTING.

  • CCH

    melos going for 40 tonight, its gonna take 35 shots though.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    “Kenyon Martin flushes it from behind”

    lol…Marlowe cracks me up.

  • sdchlr

    Kenyon looks really uncomfortable trying to score in the paint.Seems like he’s afraid to drive and content to throw up a bunch of weak head fakes or that disgusting line drive “hook shot”

  • CCH

    Marlowes the king of corny.

  • CCH

    JR taking over!

  • UnarmingMermaid

    2:00 left in the 3Q…this is where the Nugs like to f’it up.

    (going for the reverse jinx here) ;-)

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Did you see JR sprint to help Chauncey up?

    I like to see that.

    (ps. my reverse jinx worked brilliantly).

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Seems like Posey has had about 17 PFs in this game.

  • CCH

    Thats what im talking about. amazing that run came with ac, chauncey and jr in the game.

  • Josh Hopp

    THIS IS UNREAL!

    HOLD ON NUGGETS!

  • Josh Hopp

    we are 20 for 20 from the FT line and have 6 fewer turnovers than NO

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Oh crap.

    We’ve gone cold and their heating up.

    C’mon Nugs.

  • Josh Hopp

    Haha Bird chucks up a 3. that would have been too perfect.

  • CCH

    Id rather bird shoot it than kmart :P

  • UnarmingMermaid

    I’m not sure we’re out of the woods yet.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    BIRDZILLA!!!

  • UnarmingMermaid

    WOW!!! Nicely done Nugs! This one wasn’t even close.

  • Josh Hopp

    man, this team can play such good basketball when it wants to. and WITHOUT nene, on the road against a big time playoff contender. great win Nugs, way to shove everyone’s expectations right down their gullets.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    Ol’GK looks giddy as a schoolgirl.

  • sleepydog

    NUGGETS WIN! i thought we were ready to get handled pretty easily tonight, but we won. awesome. we played very well on both offense and defense. everyone stepped it up tonight. this just made my night

  • UnarmingMermaid

    That was definitely the best all around performance that I’ve seen from the Nugs in a long time.

  • UnarmingMermaid

    GO PHOENIX!!! (don’t say that very often).

  • Josh Hopp

    yeah man go phoenix!! they are currently up 6

  • Josh Hopp

    suns win! good day for my nugs