When I sat down tonight to watch the Denver Nuggets take on the Charlotte Bobcats, I certainly did not expect to see the Nuggets pull off the fifth biggest margin of victory in franchise history. But… THAT JUST HAPPENED!What I just saw, I don’t even know what to call it. ESPN labeled the Knicks win over the Hornets tonight by 19 a “rip” then tagged the Celtics 12-point victory over the Suns a “rout.” What exactly does that leave the Nuggets? Total annihilation? Complete ownage? Wait, wait, I got it. The Nuggets victory tonight over the Bobcats is non other than “Bi-winning!” Seems appropriate doesn’t it? If winning by 20 is really winning with some swagger, then winning by double that has got to be something only a genius like Charlie Sheen could coin.
Bi-winning kicks ass if I must say. And I know we’re trying to move past the whole Carmelo Era, but it’s hard not to at least contemplate the difference between the style of basketball we’re playing tonight, and the style of basketball that occupied the Pepsi Center for nearly eight years during his tenure. It’s is night and day. Yin and Yang. Dumb, as apposed to smart. (OK, that was a jab, I admit it.) But I think I speak for everyone when I say: I’m glad Melo’s gone. It’s time to move on, and this current Nuggets squad is embracing the opportunity with open arms.
Pretty much everyone had a great game tonight. Looking at the box-score the Nuggets plus/minus for the starters is as follows: Martin, +18; Chandler, +25; Nene, +25; Afflalo, +23; and Ty, +20. On top of all this, the Nuggets were moving the ball at the best pace I’ve seen since I became a Nuggets fan somewhere in the early part of the last decade. At one point during the game Hastings and Marlowe could do nothing but mutter sound effects like “Whoooo” and “Ohhhhhh” while the Nuggets orchestrated an opera of teamwork. All this great play led to 34 team assists on 61 percent shooting from the field.
- The “Youth Movement” graphic shown on Altitude really put things into perspective regarding the bright future of this team. I counted close to 10 players who were 26 or younger. Did I mention how great our future looks?
- Bird and Al played with a renewed sense of urgency tonight. Maybe the competition for playing time is creeping into their conscience?
- Afflalo just rolled his ankle, and it reminded me how I can’t believe the dude still wears Superstars. Those were the shoes I was wearing in middle school, to school, as casual footwear. I love Afflalo, but I just can’t figure this one out.
- The defensive pressure tonight completely suffocated the Bobcats offense, which shot 37 percent from the field and 25 percent from downtown.
- Gerald Henderson’s hard-foul on Afflalo was cheap, just like the one he had against Tyler Hansbrough a few years back. I’m glad AAA took offense to that.
- Classic moment in the third-quarter. It’s a jump ball and Birdman falls for the pump-fake… from the referee!!!
- Towards the end of the game when JR was getting hot Marlowe states, “Gotta be careful, play team ball.” Where the hell was that when Melo was here? I witnessed eight years of that crap, and not one word! Ugh.
- Even the reserves played fantastic tonight. It was so good to see Koufos and MOZ gets some time. Both made the best of their minutes with MOZ proving he deserves more in the future.
Nugget of the Night: JR Smith. — Jr. – as Marlowe likes to call him – scored his 6,000th career point this evening. I’m a strong JR supporter and tonight proved why. When this mans hot, nothing can extinguish his fire. I sat back in awe as he effortlessly dropped on three-pointer after another into the hoop with not the slightest contact of rim. He’s really stepped his game up on both ends of the floor this year and is playing some of the better defense of anybody on the Nuggets. His offense on the other hand, though not as potent as we’ve seen in the past, comes much more in the flow of the game, and rarely do we see the patented “Bad JR” jump-shot that Karl despised. JR really is maturing right before our eyes and should be a key part of the Nuggets future going forward.