Note: Due to your usual staff missing in action for tonight’s game, please enjoy the guest recap and first RMC contribution from GoldenNugget!
Tonight seemed like nothing more than a glorified street-ball game, in which the goal was simply to embarrass the opponent with the most blocked shots or amazing dunks that you could; defense was certainly an afterthought – which of course, is not a typical characteristic of a championship caliber team.
I don’t normally like to include personal information into recaps, but in this situation I feel it’s appropriate given the context, so here it goes…
Being that I just moved into a new apartment, TV has been an afterthought for a while now. Every time I call the cable company they ask for some kind of credit score, but since I have none, I try to entertain the operator by singing one of the many catchy “Free Credit Score” jingles that occupied the commercials airwaves for so long. (Why I do this, I have no idea.) Usually this results in the phone operators declaring that I’m crazy and suggesting that I call a new phone company, but in typical procrastinator fashion, instead of addressing the issue head-on (apply directly to the forehead!) I took off to the nearest bar where not only could I see the game for free, but could also grab a couple drinks along the way – you know, just in case this Nuggets team fulfilled it’s year-long aspirations of matching the Wizards worst road-record in one season.
But, surprisingly enough, the Nuggets chose to go against George Karl’s usual recommendation that nothing other than a playoff game is important, and chose to capitalize on a young, inexperienced Wizards squad. Tonight resembled nothing of the Nuggets squad we are normally used to seeing. We passed the ball with more efficiency than a Carmelo Anthony-centered offense, we played half-assed defense, we dunked the ball with authority (*cough* Nene *cough*) and because of this we managed to, finally, take advantage of a weaker team on the road.
There’s no getting around tonight’s game: it was a fairly descent effort by our team. I guess at this point in time it begs the question, “Does the Melo Drama affect the Nuggets so much so to where easy games like tonight, have actually become difficult?” I would venture to say “yes,” but more than anything this game solidified the fact that the 2010/2011 Denver Nuggets are a bi-polar team at best. How else do you explain killing the Washington Bullets, errr… Wizards at home, where they have a winning record, yet only a few weeks earlier getting absolutely abused by the Kings on national TV? I think it’s fair to say, that the Nuggets this year are a team on the cusp of mentally-damaged, until the Carmelo Anthony situation is resolved.
Now, that we have some bigger-picture things out of the way, it’s time for me to tackle some of the more intricate endeavors of my night-time journey: Notes from the bar!
- “I was thinking about getting TV, but after the bartender so graciously gave me three, free shots within one hour, I might just have to re-consider.”
- “Someone please remind my again how the hell Washington has a plus .500 record at home. They look more like the local motley crew I play with, rather than an NBA caliber team.”
- “The lack of talent on the Wizards squad is atrocious. I thought Andre Blatche, Nick Young and Javall McGee were nice, until I remembered I was being optimistic.”
- “Speaking of Nick Young, that was a nice 360-degree lay-up. Too bad he couldn’t incorporate that into a do a dunk… like J.R. did last year against Minnesota. Oh, J.R., you are to athleticism what Rocky Balboa is to boxing movies.”
- “The shot to close out the second quarter was ridiculous. I guess scrubs have to earn their salary someway, and making a nearly impossible shot every once in a while probably does the trick.”
- “OK, at this point, the free shots are kicking in…
Me: Hey bartender! 68 points in the first half means I get a free shot right?!
Bartender: No, that means if you keep incorporating the score into your tab I’m going to charge you $68 more dollars for your bill.
Me [shaking]: Hey, hey, hey, take it easy, I’m a college student, remember?
- “Nene with 15 first half points! Wait… how many times have I seen this before? I’m not getting my hopes up for a career high.”
- “Blatche with 17 first half points? Wait… he’s already broken the 30-point threshold. Damnit Nene!”
- “OK, what the hell happened to Rashard Lewis? Wasn’t this the same guy that only a few years ago played the sidekick role to Dwight Howard all the way to the Finals?”
- “Another ‘Wtf happend to’ question: What the hell happened to Flip Saunders coaching style? Wasn’t this the same guy who took the Pistons to multiple playoff births on the basis of good, hard-nosed defense?”
“Why do I love Al Harrington? Someone please explain this to me. The dude gets a ridiculous contract, making way more money than he ever should of whilst the rest of our team sits in contractual limbo, yet I stand enamored with his child-like enthusiasm and perfect companionship with his fellow teammates. Maybe the Melo Drams is making me realize things like loyalty and locality are much more important than money and publicity, I don’t know. If Al Harrington’s effort made me realize this, then I again question what types of drinks they were feeding me at the bar. Oh well, we won.”
Additional Game 44 Nuggets (by Charlie)