Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 99 San Antonio Spurs 94

Denver Nuggets 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 San Antonio Spurs
Corey Brewer, SF 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +2
Take away the three 3-pointers he missed and Brewer shot a much more respectable, and efficient, 4-8 from the field. While there’s nothing wrong with him taking a few open threes, keep in mind Brewer has never been a strong outside shooter and is much more effective when cutting to the basket.
Kenneth Faried, F 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-6 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -2
Faried had a relatively quiet night from a statistical standpoint. In 29 minutes you’d expect him to be well above a double-double; however, what can’t be ignored is Faried’s effervescent attitude and unrivaled enthusiasm that overflow into the rest of his teammates. His willingness to do the type of dirty work many NBA primma donnas won’t even consider is the epitome of the phrase, “a breath of fresh air.” Is it a coincidence that at the same time George Karl is showing confidence in Faried by prescribing him a heavy dose of minutes, the team is suddenly playing with a renewed sense of passion, heart and energy? I think not.
Timofey Mozgov, C 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +4
Prior to Mozgov exiting the game for the second time in as many nights, he was having yet another solid performance. While it’s frustrating watching him fumble more often than Brett Favre, it’s also encourage to watch him grow in other aspects of the game. His defensive effort is still there while his confidence continues to expand. Hopefully his injury was nothing serious as Mozgov needs as much playing time as he can get in order to keep evolving as a player.
Arron Afflalo, SG 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | 0
Yes, his stat line isn’t gaudy but Afflalo gave the Nuggets nothing but positive output, and when you’re facing the Spurs, that’s EXACTLY what you need to do in order to win. Limiting mistakes must be No. 1 on your gameplan list when going up against San Antonion and no other player embodied this philosophy as much as Afflalo.
Ty Lawson, PG 39 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 11 AST | 22 PTS | +6
Ty Lawson. Just let it simmer. Again, words aren’t going to do justice for just how big of a role he played in a huge road win for the Nuggets. He was one rebound shy of his first triple-double yet hit the first game winner of his career. This is the second night in a row where Ty Lawson has virtually won an important road game for the Nuggets by being unconsciously aggressive and taking control of his team’s offense as a whole, all while flirting with a triple-double. If this Ty Lawson keeps showing up the rest of the season, the Nuggets will be a totally different team than is currently constructed.
Al Harrington, PF 33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +3
Harrington hit some huge shots when the Nuggets were on life support and for that alone, he gets high marks. Not only were these shots important, but many of them were difficult as well. Making difficult shots in tight games is not an easy task. You really can’t say enough bout “Big Al” in this regard. He also played pretty decent defense on Tim Duncan most of the evening.
Andre Miller, PG 25 MIN | 5-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +4
Fans have struggled with Andre Miller all season long and while his “defense” has always been the topic of discussion, it’s now his selfishness that’s really driving people bananas. Against the Spurs, this culminated with a stretch — late in the game, mind you — where Miller missed 10 straight shot attempts, three of which didn’t even come close to going in. It was as if Miller totally disregarded the fact that (A) he even had teammates and (B) was in a close game that his team was in position to win. Almost every instance where he received the ball Miller immediately tuned out everyone else but himself and decided then and there that it was he who would attempt to score the basketball. Had Miller not been so self-centered the Nuggets probably would have won in a more comfortable fashion.
Chris Andersen, C 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-3 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +3
It’s tough grading “Birdman” in this scenario. He was more efficient and productive than Faried on a minute-per-minute basis, but also committed several frustrating mistakes that the Nuggets couldn’t really afford. For example, his two unnecessary fouls on Tim Duncan within 10 seconds of each other in the fourth quarter could have easily come back to bite the Nuggets in the ass. Thankfully however, Denver didn’t commit many more ill-advised fouls after that and kept the Spurs off the free-throw line to close out the game. Additionally, Birdman just looked tired out there. Perhaps all the trade rumors are wearing him down. Either way, he gave it his all and that’s enough for one night.
Julyan Stone, G 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0
Stone was again inserted to play defense on one possession and did his job. Now if he could just share a few of Andre Miller’s minutes and actually make an impact on the defensive side of the ball like he’s capable of doing, we’d actually be able to give him a real grade.
Jordan Hamilton, G 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +5
Hamilton hit one huge 3-pointer but was otherwise somewhat invisible. It’s hard to do much in 11 minutes and at this point, it’s unclear as to where Hamilton stands in George Karl’s pecking order. You’d like to see him log more time but as has been mentioned above, mistakes must be limited against the Spurs. In this sense, Karl deserves some credit for recognizing this was probably not the best game for Hamilton to experiment in.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Cowboy Up: The Nuggets have had a few monster wins this season. Beating Miami and New York were awesome in their own right, but there’s really nothing like conquering the Spurs (short handed nonetheless) on the road, in their home arena down in Texas. Led by Greg Popovich, San Antonio is near basketball perfection and like a finely-tuned machine, it takes essentially the perfect equation in order to make them malfunction. This is a win fans should not only enjoy, but most of all, be proud of. The Nuggets out-played and out-hustled the Spurs all while holding San Antonio to only 94 points on the night. As the Twitter mob might say, #blueandyellow.
  2. Something in the Air: Since the All-Star break the Nuggets have looked like a totally different team. The only thing that’s confusing is the fact that Denver is even more injury plagued than before the break when the team was playing like a despondent band of lost souls. Clearly the break was much needed, but this recent three-game winning streak certainly does nothing to resolve any lingering confusion regarding the mysterious losing streak the team went on prior to All-Star weekend. Say what you want, but to me, there has been a clear change in the Nuggets’ state of mind since the second half of the season got underway. The last three games the Nuggets have played with verve instead of anguish and are showing resolve in the face of adversity. These were things the team just was NOT displaying on a consistent basis prior to the All-Star break. It’s unclear as to what’s changed — maybe more rest, focus or an overall attitude adjustment — but either way, it’s refreshing to see. Fans understand the elevated level of fatigued this year considering the condensed schedule but a resolute state of mind is something that can always remain constant no matter what the circumstance.
  3. Nature of the Beast: There’s been a lot made in Nuggets Nation of this seemingly realistic distinction between those who are “negative” and those who are “positive.” Quickly, I’d like to say that I believe this notion is a crock of you know what. Stating you’re opinion does not mean it MUST be considered negative or positive, right or wrong. It’s simply one person’s point of view on a current event. Worse of all, what goes totally unnoticed in this categorization of fans from the same team, mind you, is the element of human nature. For those who can remain calm in times of crisis, I salute you. That’s an excellent characteristic to posses. However, most of us are not quite as composed you and tend to display our emotions to reflect the current state of our favorite sports team. As fans, we’re really nothing more than chameleons with our colors hinging on the fragile amount of wins and losses our team complies throughout the season. This same sentiment can be applied towards our feelings about people, specifically head coaches. The old saying about giving coaches all the blame when the team loses and none of the glory when it wins is somewhat true, although we’d like to avoid that as much as possible here. Right now, judging by the last three games, George Karl has done something that’s worked. The team is just plain different. I don’t what it is, I can’t put my finger on it, but I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna give him credit for winning three tough games against (at the time) plus-.500 basketball teams, two of which came on the road. If Karl continues winning while implementing the type of basketball we’ve seen from the Nuggets the last several days, we will continue to give credit where it’s do. Don’t get it twisted. But as always, this team cannot and will not be judged until the Playoffs. That is the test. Until then we’ll try and be as fair as possible, but let it be known that the tolerance for first-round playoff exits is still just as thin as it was two weeks ago when the Nuggets were in the midst of its worst losing streak in four years. That my friends, is the nature of the beast.
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Charlie Yao

Managing Editor at Roundball Mining Company and writer since 2010. Unhealthily obsessed with Nuggets basketball since 2002. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at the links on the left.
  • Sam Adhikari

    Seriously, what a win on national TV. Against one of the best teams in the NBA, ON THE ROAD, key players injured and we still find a way to hang on. The lack of interior offense really hurt San Antonio. We played Harrington at the 5 & Faried at 4 in the fourth quarter & the Spurs were still taking jumpshots. Duncan is obviously not the same guy anymore..

    I can’t wait till this team gets fully healthy. I’m feeling really good about our chances going into the playoffs. Just gotta avoid OKC & Lakers somehow!

    • Charlie

      You’re absolutely correct. However with all of these injuries you have to play Faried and Harrington down the stretch. Those are the two best players regardless of position and there is really no reason for Faried to riding the pine in the fourth quarter any longer. This game reminded me of what might have happened in the LA Clippers game where the Nuggets squandered their advantage late.

      I was talking to Kalen about this earlier, but I have not seen such composed basketball this season, even when the team was fully healthy. They played with confidence and a belief they were going to finish the game, even with Miller going Hero mode and literally throwing away possessions down the stretch.

      I also agree this was a game where the Spurs needed 25-30 out of Duncan. The Nuggets didn’t have an answer for him and it seems he’s a 3rd option and Pop is trying to lean on their shooters instead of wearing him out.

  • Daniel

    Ill help get you started.

    Andre Miller: F

    • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com Jeremy

      The Nuggets posted an fantastic win, possibly the best one all season. Very impressed with the composure. The Spurs surged several times and were rebuffed on all of them.

      As with other commenters, I was shocked at the abysmal play of Miller in the fourth quarter. For the “veteran leader” he is supposed to be he did all the wrong things. On a night when he was missing relatively easy shots, he attempted two three pointers (one with 14 seconds on the shot clock, the other with 11). While he did grab a couple of important rebounds and did contest the second to last shot that would have tied the game I was dumbfounded by his actions on the final shot of the game. With Denver up 4 and only a couple of seconds left the only way the Nuggets lose is if the shooter is fouled. Miller actually slapped at the ball as Neal rose to shoot! I could not believe it.

      Karl will remove other players from the game if they are hurting the team in the fourth quarter, but Andre is above reproach for some reason.

      • Daniel

        Exactly. What is with this love affair between GK and Dre’? No other guy out there would even have a chance to miss that many shots in a row before he was on the bench. It’s not like they were good shots either.
        There is some sort of double-standard and I don’t get it. This team is far too deep and our bench guys relish an opportunity to get in there and prove they belong.
        I didn’t notice that last play you mentioned, Jeremy. Totally unacceptable, especially for a veteran. I was too busy hoping Ty would pull down that last board for a triple-double.

      • DH

        When Lawson came in the game for the last time, I (foolishly) thought he was coming in for Andre and I was ecstatic because ‘dre obviously just didn’t have it last night. But nooooo… not only did he stay in the game, he proceeded to take even more bad shots – one of which (at a crucial time in the game) even appeared to be a play drawn up to have him go one-on-one with Manu. I can’t decide if I’m more upset with Karl for not recognizing what’s going on or with Andre for being a seasoned point guard who doesn’t recognize what’s going on. Either way, it could have easily cost us the game.

        • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com Jeremy

          You are right DH, I have no problem with Miller posting up other point guards, but not shooting guards. Plus if he does so, the purpose should be to pass to a teammate cutting through the lane, not to jack up a 16 foot turnaround over a taller and more athletic player.

          That possession, along with the two three pointers were just stupefying.

  • MTnugfan

    Miller is so awful to watch. I cannot see one reason why he is on the floor late in the game on a defensive possession. It’s ludacris. I can’t believe Karl leaves him in there to take 18 shots, most of which were terrible decisions.
    Atleast he is on a 1-year contract. Please, someone in the front office have the good sense to trade him for anything you can get.

    • Charlie

      I tweeted it during the game, it’s really difficult to watch him play. The Nuggets are trying to preach unselfishness, energy and a team-focused approached to all areas of the game, so it’s just impossible for me to buy this theory that Andre Miller buys into the Denver Nuggets.

      He actually played one of his better games. On the final possession, he did his job defensively and contested the game-tying attempt from Neal. From a standpoint of good basketball and coming together as a team, it’s just physically painful to try to accept the decisions he makes on the floor.

  • http://www.verticallystripedsocks.com Craig Dodge

    I don’t know what was more frustrating, seeing Andre Miller with NO legs vainly struggling and line-driving those shot put shots of his and seeing them “KLANG” repeatedly, or seeing George Karl seeing that happen and NOT pulling him. Thank God for Faried and Ty tonight, they saved us from Dre.

    • chris

      yeah, Miller looks absolutely dead on his feet out there. If the Nuggets had a better 3rd PG I’d be all for shutting him down for a week to get his “conditioning” back a la Dirk. Also let him think about shot selection a little bit.

      • Daniel

        Julyan Stone will more than suffice in my opinion. He plays really well on the defensive side of the ball and is definitely looks to get his teammates involved first. Also, he’s 6’6″. So when GK has to have the 2 pg line-up, Julyan can cover the other teams SG without a problem.

        Andre definitely needs a week off to “reflect”. He really doesn’t seem happy and if he is going to continue putting out performances like he did last night, we need to get rid of him. Is there anyway to package Dre’ and Bird for someone useful? Hopefully Masai can figure something out.

  • Brett

    It’s time for Stone to be our #2 PG.

  • Bobby

    Its amazing how awesome Law-sanity is. Completely different team with him running the show. We really need trade Andre. Julian or a gimpy Fernandez is so much better than him. He just doesn’t fit this team. If he could spot shoot or run up and down that would be different. And even with Manimal being mediocre tonight, I love his game. We could trade Nene and I would be completely okay with that. His bad games are still amazing to watch.

    • Hawkeye-X

      I disagree about trading J. Stone. He’ll be a decent backup, just need more minutes.

      Trade baits:
      Andre Miller
      Chris Anderson
      Rudy Fernandez

      I’m sure we CAN get a semi-decent PG to feed rocks to everyone and not being an selfish a-hole.

      • http://espn Gary

        Don’t think Bobby wants to trade J Stone. Think he was saying trade Miller cos Stone and Rudy can run the show at least better than the old hog.

  • Steve

    If we lost the game, it would have been on Karl. STOP playing SMALL BALL ! Having Miller out there stopping the ball is killing the Nuggets.

    Play Manimal, Bird, Ty, AA, and Harrington.

    Great game by TY…

  • evan

    during out losing streak Lawson was out much of it. Now he is back. He is the main difference between then and now, to answer your implied question charlie(with my opinion of course, but surely you’d agree).

  • evan

    Also, I had to write a paper refuting an article for my
    English class and I chose your “too much depth” post.

    haha. XD

    • Charlie

      Kalen actually wrote this one, I just posted the placeholder. Appreciate the consideration on your paper though! Hah that’s awesome

  • Aaron

    Woww Manimal is So Good His Worst Game Of The Year Was Still Fantastic! We REALLY Need To Trade Miller..Same With Harrington There Old, Slow, Ballhogs, Don’t Run, No Energy And NEVER PLAY DEFENSE! Its Obvious Karl Picks Favorites And Keeps it That Way Even if His Favorites Are Doing HORRIBLE. Great Win Tonight. Thought Every1 Had A Well Rounded Game Tonight Besides Miller Which it Feels Like I Say ThatEvery Game! Go Nuggetz!!!

  • G4553N

    This just in… Birdman is Beowulf

  • FinazzAus

    I don’t think the front office is going to trade miller. His expiring contract is important to the team re-signing Ty year after next. The only way I see him getting traded is for a draft pick + trade exp and his not worth letting go for a second round pick so the most realistic would be a late first rounder.
    The only team which comes to mind is the lakers and if they weren’t willing to part with there first round pick for beasley I really doubt thru would for miller.

  • al68

    Partido serio y equipo concentrado. Muy grande Lawson.

    Lo mejor, el equipo esta sólido en defensa como nunca había estado este año, el ataque no ha sido tan malo como dicen las estadísticas muchos open shots se han fallado, Miller ha fallado muchos tiros que si no fueran por su aparente falta de interes hubieran sido canasta.

    Dificil situacion para GK con Miller quitarle toda la confianza que le quede sacando a Stone un jugador muy limitado o esperar a que reaccione.

    Espero que la vuelta de Gallo y Nene no rompan la quimica defensiva que parece hemos alcanzado por primera vez en el año.

    Ahora no descentrarse contra Sacramento y repetir el partido que hicimos contra N.O.

    Sabeis si hay algún equipo interesado en Andersen?.

  • rfinenu

    I totally agree, it is time for Andre Miller to go or for GK to at least recognize that he’s more of a detriment to the team’s cohesiveness than a help. Why GK leaves Miller in when he’s obviously struggling on both ends of the floor at the end of the game is an enigma. I would much rather have seen Brewer in there for defensive purposes and if nothing else, energy.

  • Ernie

    Great, unexpected win. I just kept waiting for the Spurs to take the lead and never give it up, especially after the 16 point lead disappeared. And Duncan had a +/- of -17.

    Note on Altitude TV: Anyone else get annoyed that on the road the station has the scoreboard in the middle of the action?! You can’t see the ball on jump shots! How have they not fixed this?

  • Ricardo

    What a great win for the nuggets, beating one of the best teams in the Western Conference on the road. Everyone is playing with a lot of energy. Lawson is playing out of his mind in the last three games after the break. He hit his first game-winner of his carrer. The nuggets have apparently found their closer at the end of games, in Lawson.

    About Miller, we may have to wait till the off-season for him to be out of the team. And I think Anderson may be amnestied during the off-season rather than traded because the nuggets may have to take-in another bad contract in return and that would take away the flexibility the nuggets would have for the future. But I do have optimism that Stone and Faried may be playing in the second-unit for the nuggets next season.

    • Thomas

      Optimism that Faried will be in the second unit?

      George Karl, is that you?

      Faried is a starter and should be a starter regardless of injuries to Galinari and Nene.

      Lawson, AAA/Brewer, Galinari, Faried and Nene.
      Then Stone, Hamilton, Koufos/Moz and 10 minutes of Hamburger Al.

      Out with Miller and Fernandez. Nothing good will come from those 2. Better yet, get rid of Karl – the worst coach in this league.

  • Ricardo

    What a great win for the nuggets, beating one of the best teams in the Western Conference on the road. Everyone is playing with a lot of energy. Lawson is playing out of his mind in the last three games after the break. He hit his first game-winner of his carrer. The nuggets have apparently found their closer at the end of games, in Lawson.

    About Miller, we may have to wait till the off-season for him to be out of the team. And I think Anderson may be amnestied during the off-season rather than traded because the nuggets may have to take in another bad contract in return and that would take away the flexibility the nuggets would have for the future. But I do have optimism that Stone and Faried may be playing in the second-unit for the nuggets next season.

  • Irritated Fan

    Lawson, AAA, Gallo, Faried, Nene

    Stone, Hamilton/fernandez, brewer, Harrington, Koufax/mozzy

    Looks nice to me.
    Andre miller is terrible. He kills our momentum, and shoots 3’s even he knows he can’t make. Send him to a slow older team that can deal with this, because the nuggets need a pg to compliment our team like Ty does perfectly. He could have easily lost us that game.
    Side note
    Am I the only one who was praying for Ty to get that last board?

    • Irritated Fan

      ^^Best part being nene could slide to PF when faried needs rest, which would keep open a lot of playing time to our deserving bigs in koufos and mozzy.

  • jim

    great, great win going into the long homestand.

    as great as ty has been since the all star break, and he has been awesome, to me the difference has been the rebounding — and aaa plying ruthless and efficient. playing the bigs early and late in games has been a huge difference. we can fcuk people up when we go big. i know we can fcuk people up going small, too, but we get hurt that way more.

    i love dre, but it is really hard seeing him out there lately. to me, he is a half court player and our half court game sux. i put that on gk, but the season is not done yet. if they can get that turned around, i’d rather be peaking in a couple of months.

  • http://espn Gary

    Gallo & Nene had a better shot at making a bucket sitting from their bench than Miller in the second half. Think someone said it before, but if even half the shots he took were taken by anyone else (preferably Lawson) including GK himself, we would have won this one comfortably. Every time Law-ggernaut would bring the ball up I would hope for him to either keep it or look at someone not named Miller…and I cringed everytime he passed it to the old hog cos I knew exactly what was coming within the next 5 secs.
    Figure out a way to ban Miller from the Arena in the 4th qtr, and we might have something on our hands…..or ship him & GK out together if they can’t be seperated.
    As for the rest of the TEAM, think there were various reasons for the slump before the break: fatigue, Lawggernaut not fully healthy, injuries, rookie confidence, rookie growth and assimilitaion into on-court chemistry. Now they are eventually starting to get comfortable with each other and TL might be fully healthy at last….knock on wood. Hopefully the return of Gallo & Nene into this scenario is a seamless mix. Still not totally out of the woods, so keep the mojo going…still need a lil more on Defense and the boards.

  • Landry

    I feel like we should just start Faried at PF and Nene at center when he comes out. Were way more athletic and aggressive then Mozgov we’ll rebound and defend better at a mere 6’8″.

    Our identity has been found as a high energy and Faried personifies that along with Brewer. With Gallo starting, we’ll have another good energy guy to go along with Lawson.

    • ryan

      mozzy’s actually been rebounding real well lately, and is a better defender of the basket than nene. runs the court pretty well too. i think him vs. nene at center should be decided depending on matchups, so when playing big teams like the lakers both start with faried off the bench.

  • gfacekillah8

    My favorite part of this game was when Kalen tweeted before the game that the Nuggets weren’t going to win because of all the injuries and then tweeted after the game that the Nuggets should win every game and that it is unacceptable to use injuries as an excuse….nice work man.

    i am curious as to why whenever the Nuggets were losing everyone wanted to rip Karl’s head off but now that we rattled off three solid wins against playoff teams noone wants to give him any of the credit. when the nuggets lose its always “why didnt karl play so and so here” or “faried should start and play every minute of every game”. how bout giving the man some credit when it is obviously due.

    i asked david thorpe on his espn.com sportsnation chat last week (my name was Steve from Palo Alto) if the Nuggets losing streak was due to Karl’s poor coaching or due to the fact that we have had our two best players (AAA and Nene), key reserves (Fernandez and Koufos) and other starters (Ty, Mozgov) out for the whole time. he said what i have been saying all along. he asked how the heat would be doing if they were without their two best players (lebron and wade) and a key reserve (haslem, miller etc..). the fact that we have won as many games as we have during this stretch and were in some tight games against excellent teams till the end (OKC, Memphis, LA Clippers) is a credit to Karl’s coaching. When the nuggets get back to full strength its game on baby.

    i love faried. but having mozgov or KK start gives us a good size advantage. i would rather see faried come off the bench and energize the second unit and mix him in with the first guys down the stretch of games.

    • Jon

      I agree, especially with your stance on not putting Faried into the starting lineup when Nene returns. There seems to be two main threads of discontent, one that Karl goes small far too often and the second that Karl doesn’t play Faried enough. What most people don’t seem to notice is that these are paradoxical arguments. If Faried is starting at the 4 and Nene at the 5 then we have a de facto small ball lineup starting. Starting Moz at the 5 and Nene at the 4 gives us a massive size advantage, and with Gallo standing 6′ 10″ at the 3, we may have the biggest front court in the West. Why undo our natural advantage in size by starting 6′ 8″ Faried at the 4?

    • sam

      i agree with what your saying here about how to play faried. The nuggs always seem more successful when we have a solid game and solid minutes from one of our centers (or nene).

    • gfacekillah8

      meant Gallo and Nene above….not AAA

  • Josh

    I love that so many other people have had it with Miller, all of these posts seem spot on. Not sure which has been harder to overcome since the break, injuries or Miller. Nuggs did a good job despite both last night!

    Is there anything more awkward than when Miller/Harrington try and run a two-man game?

    • Charlie

      Hah. What I find even more shocking is how often Miller forgoes everything for an isolation. He will wave off a screen in order to isolate against Manu Ginobili, Andre Iguodala and James Harden. It makes no sense and the resulting low percentage shot is only made worse by the 15 seconds of dribbling leading up to it.

      Miller also seems to have a knock for missing his shots so badly they turn into open three pointers for the other team. I counted three or four times in the last 2 games in which Miller clanked a shot and the opposing team raced up the floor for a huge 3-pointer right after.

  • dynamo.joe

    So, no one is gonna mention Scott Hastings trying to tag Lawson with the “Minimal” nickname after that rebound?

  • Kyle Obergfell

    Ahh… why is everyone throwing Rudy under the bus?
    Everyone else gets the “he’s hurt” excuse.
    Rudy is a magician when he’s healthy.
    I loathe the idea of losing him because we didn’t know
    what we had, even though when he was healthy earlier
    in the year, we looked to have the steal of the offseason.
    Back then, Brewer hadn’t even shown up yet..
    Now Brewer is a great player also.
    But Rudy’s skill set would be impossible to replace.

    And I agree with the last statements about none of
    this mattering much if we make an early playoff exit.
    But in the meantime, I am going to
    enjoy things like beating the Spurs on their court
    while we are so short-handed.

    • al68

      he visto jugar a Rudy desde que tenía 18 en la liga española, y es verdad que ahora no es ni el 50% de lo que era cuando jugaba en españa con rubio, era uno de los mejores SG que yo habia visto pero desde la lesion de trevor ariza tiene miedo a penetrar solo es capaz de tirar de 3 no es capaz de desbordar en el uno contra uno.
      Para mi como español es una pena pero es así.

  • Tom

    A few quick points:
    George Karl is a great coach. One of the best of all time, actually. If championships are your measuring stick, then clearly there have only been a handful of great coaches, with the rest being mediocre. But in terms of regular season success and getting the most out of the least… let me ask you this? Who else could make Dahntay Jones, Anthony Carter, Gary Forbes, Chris Anderson, and Linas Kleiza look good? There was a time when Linas Kleiza was a highly-valued commodity (because of the way Karl used him). Remember how good Allen Iverson looked on the Nuggets only to completely fall off the face of the planet after we traded him to Detroit? Remember how good Melo looked until we traded him to New York? Now when you read NY blogs and comments, all they can do is lament that trade. Remember how bad the Nuggets were before George Karl took over in the middle of a season and led them to like a 25-4 record to finish that season? Remember how dominant the Nuggets looked at at end of the season one year only to completely fall apart once Karl started missing games and getting cancer treatments? Who else could take a Sonics team and lead them to the best record in the entire NBA with Gary Payton as their best player? Who else could take mediocre Bucks teams to the playoffs with Glenn Davis as their best player? Do you realize that the best player on the Nuggets right now likely wouldn’t be the best on any other team in the league? Lawson wouldn’t even start for half of the teams in the league. Nene is probably our best and most important player (mainly due to the dearth of quality bigs with his skillset), and many of you want to trade him! George Karl is an absolute wizard, so give the man some respect, please.

    Now on to Andre Miller. He still has gas left in the tank, but this is the wrong system for him. He single-handedly beat Philly earlier in the season when Philly was dominating most of the teams on their schedule. I don’t think a fast-paced game is good for him, though. He’s just too old and out of shape. Put him on a slow, half-court team, and I think he still has what it takes to be a quality starting PG (Dallas, for instance). He might be a good asset to the Nuggets if they ever decide to slow the pace down. Maybe that will happen in the playoffs, and maybe that’s when Andre Miller will really shine, but I tend to agree that we should probably look for a different option. He doesn’t want to be here anyway.

    Regarding the starting lineup when everyone is healthy, I don’t mind the idea of Faried starting, but as has been pointed out above, that makes them a bit smaller and puts a lot of energy guys in the starting lineup. Maybe that’s a good thing, because it would mean the second unit would be the slower, half-court team: Miller, Brewer, Fernandez, Harrington, Mozgov, Koufos, Anderson, with the other guys riding the pine for the most part. It’s an idea, but it seems more natural to have Mozgov, Koufos, and Anderson split time at the 5, with Nene, Gallinari, Faried, and Harrington splitting the 4 and 3. I’m sure the small lineup will make plenty of appearances, but starting the game off with it might not make the most sense.

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    • Tom

      Oops! I meant Glenn Robinson, not Glenn Davis. Speaking of that team, he also made Vin Baker look pretty good too.

    • ryanvdonk

      probably quite a few coaches could have found success with that sonics team staring payton and kemp…detlef, big smooth and hersey hawkins were great players in their own right. wish he’d wear that goofy space needle tie when the nugs play the thunder

  • Ryan

    While Faried still has a lot of room for improvement, especially with help defense and FT shooting, the energy he plays with is amazing. On one play, he pushed Tiago Splitter to the ground like a rag doll, got the offensive rebound, realized no one wanted anything to do with guarding him and dunked with enough ferocity to scare small children. In terms of the sheer force Faried dunks with, the only comparisons in the NBA that I can think of off the top of my head are Griffin, Howard, and maybe DeAndre Jordan. It’s just amazing to watch him dunk

    • ryanvdonk

      if he adds some bulk he could start being more like kemp in the power dunking…which is scary. he doesn’t shy away from contact like blake sometimes does (remember after mozzy fouled him hard he crumbled), and has shown handles to make moves off his dribble and finish. he needs work, but he could be something special if his offensive game continues to grow at the pace it’s at.

  • BDMacl

    I’ll comment on the “minimal” nickname first: Uh..NO. What is minimal about Ty when he plays like that. Maybe use that name when he forgets to be assertive. I would go with Maximal if you really have to sound like Manimal.

    That being said, did anyone else besides me think “Oh good, Ty has the ball… wait… NOOOOOOO!” as he passes to Miller?

  • BDMacl

    Also, has anyone else noticed that we have “injured” an opposing player pretty well in the last three games. Farried drop kicking Thomas and knocking him out, Splitter having to go to the locker room to stop bleeding, and Blair having to go wipe his tears off after knocking knees. Hmmm, I wonder if that streak will continue?

  • Jeff

    I loved all the blocks we had. Defended the paint really well. Blair going out really hurt San Antonio.

  • http://roundballminingcompany.com Mark from Charlotte

    I agree with most of the comments, GK needs to start Faried and play Stone at back up 2 guard for Miller. Miller needs to rest.

  • Kyle Obergfell


    I am looking everywhere for something on this.. nothing..