Rapid Reaction: Toronto Raptors 105, Denver Nuggets 96

Denver Nuggets 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

105 Toronto Raptors
Wilson Chandler, SF 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -8
When is Chandler going to step up? The Nuggets re-signed him to be a impact player, not a role player. He seems to perpetually be in cruise control and rarely goes on a period of extended aggressiveness. If 13 points per game is all he’s going to provide, look for Chandler to be moved this summer. His defense was about the only “highlight” and even that was nothing to write home about.
Kenneth Faried, F 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2
Faried’s minutes are erratic. It’s hard to tell when he’s going to play and when he’s going to get benched for extended stretches. He seems to play much better when he sees a heavy dose of time. Like Mick Jagger, if you start him up he’ll never stop. But Faried’s defense is pretty bad at the moment. He goes for every pump-fake thrown his direction and makes silly, unnecessary fouls on the regular. He must improve his perimeter defense and be more aggressive on the glass to help this team win.
JaVale McGee, C 23 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6
McGee continues to be a pleasant surprise. His defensive presence in the paint is something the Nuggets have lacked since Marcus Camby departed. He had one of the best dunks of the season over Jose Calderon and showed some refinement in the post as well. He was in foul trouble, but even so, 23 minutes is just not enough time for a player as talented as McGee.
Arron Afflalo, SG 37 MIN | 5-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -5
Afflalo was aggressive and drove to the hole on a night when the most Nuggets refused to do so. He lost his temper once again, and received a technical foul for it, but his passion is honorable. It wasn’t his best shooting night but because he displayed emotion and at least tried to play the right way, Afflalo gets a better-than-average grade.
Ty Lawson, PG 39 MIN | 9-19 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 26 PTS | -13
After a slow start Lawson turned up the heat in a big way. This is his second straight game of scoring at least 25 points and in both he took a high number of shots. Ty must continue to be aggressive. When he is, the Nuggets are totally different team. Without him the Nuggets might have lost by 20.
Al Harrington, PF 31 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -4
Harrington blended in for the most part. He had some good drives to the basket and made a few key buckets, but was otherwise quiet.
Andre Miller, PG 27 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -5
Andre “Tunnel Vision” Miller did what Andre “Tunnel Vision” Miller usually does: get tunnel vision. This is his routine: dribble up the court at .0026 miles per hour, stall, dribble into the lane and shoot. That’s what Andre Miller basketball. He’ll make some nice passes and occasionally pass the ball off before he shoots, but it’s hard to tell what he does to help the team win on a nightly basis.
Corey Brewer, SF 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -1
Brewer played defense, or at least he attempted to. He over-committed on a few steals — as usual — but otherwise appeared to be hustling. His offense however, is a different story.
Timofey Mozgov, C 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5
Had to do it. Just had to do it. I’ve given out one F all season, but Mozgov’s performance against the Raptors increases it to two. Where to begin… lets see… In a five-minute span he got a defensive three seconds call, goal-tending call, committed two turnovers and one personal foul. In the four closing minutes of the third quarter he was inserted into the game, upon which the Raptors out-rebounded the Nuggets 9-2 and scored 11 points in the process. During this time he got boxed out, then dunked on by DeMar DeRozan. Overall, it was a complete disaster — and I’m not over exaggerating here. We’ve seen Mozgov play bad before, but nothing like this. Needless to say, Koufos will be a welcome sight when he returns.

Five Things We Saw

  1. cLOSING: The Nuggets ended the game going 0-15 from the field. They did not score a bucket after the 8:26 mark of the fourth quarter. Meanwhile the Raptors went on a 17-2 run. That’s the epitome of losing a basketball game. That’s not the type of loss you suffer because both teams played hard and one came out on top after making some tough, late baskets. That’s the type of loss where your entire infrastructure crumbles beneath your feet as everyone turns toward the other in disbelief, eventually ending with the entire team gingerly walking off the court in a despondent, desultory manner asking, “What. Just. Happened?”
  2. Red or Blue Pill?: At the 5:30 mark of the fourth quarter, with the Nuggets trailing the Raptors by only one point, George Karl decided to substitute Al Harrington and Andre Miller in place of Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee. This was the undoing of the Denver Nuggets against the Toronto Raptors as we know it. From that point on, the Raptors out-rebounded the Nuggets 16-8, out-scored the Nuggets 10-2 and easily won the game by nine points. When Karl switched to Harrington and Miller the Raptors were playing zone. Instead of attempting to beat them from them inside out with defense, Karl elected to out-shoot them offensively even though the Nuggets had been relatively cold from both 2- and 3-point range. The Nuggets then became a jump-shooting team and lost because of it. Bottom line: Karl had the choice between defense (which would have required him to trust a rookie and young center) and offense, and he chose the latter even when it meant Harrington would be playing center, Chandler playing power forward and Afflalo playing small forward. This seemed to be a microcosm of the Nuggets season. In the face of adversity, Karl chose offense instead of defense (which is inexcusable by itself) and idiosyncrasies instead of bravery.
  3. Lineup Nightmare: The Nuggets lineups have been tough to watch all year. Karl is infatuated with small ball, yet hardly ever infuses Faried into the equation. Why Mozgov is even seeing the court over Birdman or Koufos is mind-boggling. Closing out games with almost every person on the floor out of position doesn’t seem like the recipe for success. All of this has added up to unsightly rotations that simply don’t work. The worst part: Karl refuses to acknowledge their malfunction and repeats his same mistakes frequently. They say the the definition of “crazy” is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results. You do the math…
  4. What Does It All Mean Basil?: As I wrote to Sam Holako of Raptors Republic in the game preview, the most frustrating part of this season has been the Nuggets inability to move firmly one direction or another. If they’re going to lose, then go young, get the rookies some run and make strides toward improving for next year; however, if they’re going to make a push for the playoffs, then make a push for the playoffs!!! Instead, this team is floating in mediocrity, teasing its fans with a few excellent performances every once in a while. More than anything, it would just be nice to see some consistency, especially on defense.
  5. 15: That’s how many games the Nuggets have left in the 2011-12 campaign. Hard to believe. Things have gone by fast and for the most part, the season has been a major disappointment. Since they started out 14-5, the Nuggets have gone 13-19. It’s difficult to imagine the team turning things around especially with Gallinari out most of the way and nine of the last 15 games coming on the road. Is the NBA Draft Lottery awaiting the Nuggets for the first time since 2003? If so, changes will need to be made in many departments of the Nuggets organization as this team is too talented to be underachieving this much.
  • Greg

    un f’ing believable that they lost this game coach karl needs to go now, why mcgee and faried sat on the bench for ‘i can shoot’ andre miller is unbelievable.

  • steve

    That was probably the worst coached game i’ve ever watched! He leaves Al and Mozgov in there end of 3rd and early 4th when they got pounded. Then takes his bigs out late and puts back in Al and Miller when they are running a zone! When they go zone you can easily out rebound them. WHY THE HECK DO YOU TAKE YOUR BIGS OUT????? GK was praying they’d knock down shots. FAIL!

    • Greg

      exactly exactly exactly go out and get d’antoni at least he can manage rotations better the gk

      • ryanvdonk

        d’antoni? and you think our defense is bad now…

        • Aaron

          Atleast We’d Score a Single F******* Point In The Last 8:40 Seconds!!!! FIRE KARL NOW PLZ!!!

      • Ricardo

        D’Antoni would make their defense worse. I think the nuggets should get Nate McMillan, he would know how to use the young players and would help improve their defense.

        • http://www.chazkemp.com Art Monkey Supreme

          If Stan Van Gundy gets fired by Orlando – that would be the guy to snag. If not then we go for a good young assistant from one of the better teams like the Celtics, Bulls or San Antonio. Hell we could go after Jerry Sloane for that matter…

  • Jake

    Seriously…. can’t even wait for the post game wrap up.
    While George’s gamble in the first with dre and ty playing payed in massive dividends, at the end it crumbled. Just like it does every night.

    George hammered down another nail in the coffin. His refusal to play bigs is ridiculous. How manimal wasn’t inserted at some point before we lost our lead in the 3rd is beyond me. How Al continues to be used as a center with 2 legit 7 footers available baffles me.

    My thought is begining to float toward where we end in the lottery, and how we can get paul westphal out of retirement…. or maybe masai has an African coach he’d like to step up?

  • Kyle Obergfell

    MOSGOV… WHY?? MOSGOV… HOW MUCH LONGER????

    10 minutes 1 rebound.. 2 points..

    what am I missing here.. why does he keep playing?

    • HD

      obviously he’s doing something in practice.

  • Samc

    Hell yeah. So happy I bought the NBA league pass for this. Can’t wait to watch us lose to charlotte

  • Jeff

    Give Birdman 10 minutes a night, bench Mozgov, play Faried and McGee more, boom problem solved.

    • Kyle Obergfell

      50 games in..
      seems like a good idea..
      Birdman has played fine this year.
      Mosgov not so much

      Karl needs to stop with the favoritism.

      • Nugs4Ever

        Weeellll, that might be taking it a little too far.

  • 1ArmedEconomist

    If Small Ball vs. The Zone was a cage match, all the Nuggets’ ‘Trust Guys” would be dead, now.

  • Daniel

    Here is the petition if you haven’t already seen it, please sign!

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fire-george-karl-now/

    • Aaron

      Sum1 Send That To ESPN And Sports illustrated So Every1 Knows!!!!

  • DAN

    wow I don’t know what to say…oh wait. Get out Karl GET OUT!

  • Whimanji

    I just cant believe what i just saw. GK could be the most stubborn worn out coach i have seen in a long time. We have 3 legit centers on this roster and not including manimal and KK and we go with Al in the middle with 2 pt guards. why? I would love to know why GK has this lineup down the stretch. Mozzy is not earning his minutes and should be going to the BIrd. And at least manimal or Mcgee should be in at all times. Small ball has to go but it seems like he is using it more than ever. whether we make the playoffs or not GK has to go!!! THis was a perfect example of how coaching can lose a game for you. Lot of great coaches out there who would love to coach a team like Denver.

    • 1ArmedEconomist

      GK wans an 8 man rotation going into the playoffs alot more than he wanted to win this game. More than 8 is just too damned complicated.

      • 1ArmedEconomist

        wants

      • Kyle Obergfell

        we dominate when we attack ruthlessly..
        up tempo and aggressive.

        I like the chances of maintaining that with a deep rotation.

        Not only that.. it would seem teams would be more apt
        to work the ball in to slow us down rather than fire off
        40 3 point shots a game.

        Thee are so many reasons to use the bench…
        not the least of which.. is that it’s the most
        talented bench in the NBA.

        I’m over this stupid 8 man rotation pipe dream..
        it seems to be disaster, and it lends itself to leaving
        guys in that need to come out and fight another day.

        It’s clear there is a problem with losing, not having
        intensity, playing down to weak teams level, and
        one of the worst defenses in the NBA.

        It breaks my heart.. but I think GK needs to step aside.

        • http://www.chazkemp.com Art Monkey Supreme

          I agree. I used to be a huge fan of GK – his Sonics team was one of my favorite teams of all time. GK used to be a terrific coach but I think his fight with cancer took the passion right out of him and I honesty don’t believe that basketball is a high priority for him anymore.

          Add to that the fact that the players just aren’t listening to him anymore and that adds up to GK being let go. I don’t think it will happen during the season tho. Wait for Masai to drop the bomb after we miss the playoffs.

      • BDMacl

        Someone tell me why you have to have a smaller rotation going into the playoffs? Seriously, with the depth we have, and with the fatigue of this condensed season, shouldn’t we be exploiting our depth? I won’t even go to the “take McGee and Kenneth out after 2 minutes in the fourth when its obvious we need rebounding and points in the paint” issue. Oh wait, I just did.

        • 1ArmedEconomist

          Anybody in their right mind would say that with a shortened season, a real coach would expand the rotation to lessen injuries and preserve energy. We had enough good players to run a platoon system…five guys come out, five fresh guys go in. But no! Our coach has to run our players into the dirt. Well, he got his 8 player rotation all right. Some nights that’s all the uninjured players we had left to put on the floor.

  • teejmcbride1

    this is completely terrible to watch. its like George karl doesn’t give a shit what happens to this team. he wont play players that give him the best chance to win, he only gives his favorites minutes. he is still so angry about the Nene trade that he wont play McGee or Faried the minutes they deserve and that gives the nuggets the best chance to win. he plays andre miller (the momentum killer) and Al Harrington (mr EVERYshot) as the closers for the team. it makes no sense i just cant take this anymore. we have a laundry list of coaches that can fill in for George Karl. please Masai get him out of denver us as fans cannot take this any longer.

  • ionic66

    I was pleased when GK pulled Miller and Big Al in the middle of the fourth but Manimal and Mcgee really blew it on defense. The trouble was that Miller and Harrington weren’t any better. That being said, I believe the young players will learn more with a longer leash than a short one. Moz was atrocious and Brewer was also disappointing.

    • BDMacl

      Are you serious? Was it not obvious to you we couldn’t make a jump shot, which means there was definitely a rebound to be had? Or even better, get the ball to the post guys since we can’t make a jumpshot? Way too many reasons why putting Al at center and putting “slow it down” Andre back in was the wrong decision, especially when it meant taking Kenneth and McGee out.

    • Frontrange

      Weren’t weup six when he pulled Al and ‘Dre to go back to McGee and Faried . . then after Tor made the run to take the lead, he called time and went back to ‘Dre and Al.

      We were in control until GK went back to everyone’s favroties, then everything fell apart – he wait back to his “trust” guys, and then didn’t deliver either.

  • ny nugs fan

    when miller was in the game with 3 minutes left with lawson also in the game and miller reverted back to his “even though i suck i’m the point guard” mentality, i knew it was a wrap… miller is atrocious

    and i don’t wanna hear that we couldn’t buy a bucket george karl; we couldn’t buy a bucket because we had the wrong players in the game dude

  • CJP32

    The fact that GK relies on our 2 oldest guys in crunch time shows that he has zero trust in our younger, more energetic players. Harrington got torched by Bargs in the 4th, Dre has an injury that he’s to stubborn to address, and Ty just vanished in the 4th. Afflalo shoots 5/16, gets a tech for complaining – he should have sat the rest of the 4th.

    Right now GK is relying heavily on 7 players and is giving Mozzy and Brewer minimal minutes. Mozzy is just retarded, a blown dunk, an offensive goal tend, defensive 3 second calls, drops catches – he needs to sit. Birdman should be playing 10-15 mins purely for energy. Wilson Chandler takes step back fade aways 99% of the time – it may have worked in China over smaller players, but it wont against NBA players – and he rarely passes the ball, he drives and shoots at every opportunity.

    McGee provides hustle and makes silly errors but he tries. Brewer plays decent defense and attacks the rim, and has cut down his three attempts – but not much you can do when you get 9 mins one night and 15 the next. Once Gallo is back we may have a 3rd scoring option, but right now we are just standing around watching Ty and Afflalo try to create something out of nothing.

    GK needs to either get his players more motivated or leave the team. 3 FGs in the 4th is just disgusting.

  • italianintellecto

    chandler: yea it’s okkey, fair…grade B

    faried: okkey bad defence, but what hustle! B++
    he tried some assist (the other thing he must bring on the table) good ideas, but all tunover! but i’s ok for the future!

    mcgee: a bad half, and a good half…then gk punish him for his celebration on the massive dunk!! lol…first mad choice from mcgee. C++

    aaa: very bad shooting…and we have lost!
    but it can happen….a bad choice on when!!
    it’s okkey C++

    ty: enigmatic…how can someone with that number be so bad at +/-……
    because he’s very bad on defence.
    but today, he can’t even play at a fast pace….cmon ty!!!! B–

    al: bah, his normal numbers B

    mller: 2 assist??? why he keep playing when he is clearly hurting himself and the team!
    today ty needed so bad his help… D–

    brewer: the anti-heroes of march, but it’ll be okkey D

    timo: another horrible night…he has that third period on his faults….. D–

    gk was all sort of sbuffing and scratchings…
    nothing worked for him.

    and that nasty 2pg at the end of the 4TH???
    lol…it’s always a pain!

    (GREAT MAGO!! lol!! an italian who make damage to an italian so nasty!)

  • DAN

    How can this team dismantle a great Chicago team and then play like this in back to back games? It’s a microcosm of this whole season. We have enough talent to beat anyone and for some reason (coach?) the inconsistency to lose to anyone. Very frustrating as a fan.

  • Kyle Obergfell

    I like the grades.. especially Mosgov..

    Lawson.. I wonder if he doesn’t actually deserve an A though…

    26 points and 9 dishes…

    I don’t see this game on him.

  • italianintellecto

    kalen an A to ty?????
    why?
    plus/minus -13 !!!!!!
    if he was that force it should be +13.
    i dont understand…well.
    but its okkey.

    yeah be patient with chandler, he is a sort of diesel….he is able to go from 15 to 20 point with tight, very tight defence!!!

    • Kyle Obergfell

      you do understand what +/- is right??

      you have 4 guys to either help you or hurt you on that.

      Ty didn’t get much help..
      But he helped everyone else.
      Ty got 26 points and 9 assists.
      next leading after Ty was AAA for both
      15 points and 2 assists.

      That +/- causes confusion..
      it only reflects the collective 5 on the floor.

      I can give you an example tonight.
      Ty checked in during the end stretch of the game with 7:52 left.
      Raptors outscored us 15-2 in that stretch.
      Our only 2 points.. with nearly 8 minutes left in the game,
      were two free throws by AAA.

      Nuggets were 0/15 from the field.
      Ty, AAA and Chandler all missed 4
      Miller, Faried, Harrington all missed 1.

      In the game overall.. Ty was just under 50%
      AAA and Chandler were both approx 33%

      Nobody was great.. but this was not on Ty Lawson.

  • http://www.swag.com Gerardo

    Just sucks seeing Julelyn Stone a guy who worked his ass off to make the team and he hasn’t played bad when George Karl has givin him a chance, he has nice vision and is probably the best defender on the team but just sits, Karl would rather give minutes to miller who doesn’t play any defense gets so many turnovers and doesn’t believe in this team. Just sad to see really..

    #Free J stone and j ham!!!!

  • chronosynchlastic Infundibula

    I think the problem is that Karl went too big for too many stretches of the game. He should have started Moz over McGee and Al over Faried. In fact, he should bench Faried and McGee and start Miller and Harrington instead. Let Moz play the lions share of minutes at center, then have Al command the rest. That would have won us this game for sure. Our defense is fantastic we just need to get better at passing the ball more before we shoot.

    • chronosynchlastic Infundibula

      its my poor attempt at trolling

    • branden

      i seriously hope ur jokin…..

    • Aaron

      Wtf………………….is Wrong…With You……… (Tilts Head Sideways)

      • chronosynchlastic Infundibula

        hahaha! Yeah, I forgot to include that Kronk should extend Karl a “life-time” contract because of the excellent job he’s done this season

    • Jeff

      lol. i laughed.

    • DH

      Hey, I got it, too. Thanks for the laugh.

  • JO

    The one thing people have failed to mention is that Ty had 26 and 9 in the 3rd quarter. Yeah, he was aggressive, in the 2nd and 3rd. In the 1st and 4th he went away and we fell behind. Yeah, his stat line was good when considered alone, but he’s got to remain aggressive and keep attacking. We were winning when he was. He easily could’ve had 36 and 15 tonight.

  • Whimanji

    We can go all year talking about the nugs inconsistency but to make things easier. Get GK out! all problems solved.

  • Porter

    To Chris ‘Birdman’ Anderson….. Just to let you know I am
    not the only one that missed your playing… Things were not so hot without you.

    • Alex

      Truely agree with you…the Birdman can be more effective than Moz..even if we use some 6’9 F is better than him (Moz)…
      i miss the Birdman so much..we all miss him

      • Kyle Obergfell

        I keep bringing this up.. but I’m sure at some point
        it will come out. There is something VERY personal
        going on with Birdman and Karl… that has way more
        to do with his lack of minutes than performance..
        which you seriously can not pinpoint as a reason why
        he is not playing.

        It will come out. I saw this in January in Sacramento.
        Birdman was getting minutes in January.. even with
        Koufos, Mosgov and Nene healthy. His production
        was consistent.. but his playing time dropped off without
        a warning.

        Birdman probably knows more than anything what is
        going wrong in that locker room.. there is a serious
        problem with morale.

  • HD

    are we all forgetting that Koufos is worse than mozgov (see dallas game), and we still have birdman on our team. I say play him before he relapses…

  • Whimanji

    It seems like all the guys don’t enjoy playing for GK. if ur a young talent in this league u definitely don’t want to play under GK. wasting valuable time in ur career on the bench.

  • Andrew

    I may have missed it, but does anyone know when Koufos and Gallo are due back?

  • Steve

    GK…as i said the other day has no fire…no passion.

    Playing Moz is killing this team. Playing Andre is killing this team..Letting Brewer shoot ever is killing this team…Play BIRD! PLAY McGee! Play BIG!

    Did you enjoy watching Moz and Al getting OWNED 3 times in a row and not getting the rebound? NEITHER EVER JUMPED!

    I am f’n embarrassed and pissed. The problem is, I am the only one who has this passion…certainly not GK.

    • a_roth

      I agree with a lot of what has been said above. GK’s message seems to have gone stale. He is a good regular season coach who will do about as well as the level of talent he has, but isn’t very good at getting more out of what he has like Tom Thibs out in Chicago. Is that team really more talented than Denver?

      I like the idea of either of the Van Gundy’s, or Nate McMillan, who all tend to get the most out of their roster.

      I really am starting to wonder if this ’04 Pistons approach is really plausible anymore. We have 4 Centers on the roster. Gallo, Chandler, and Big Al duplicate each other quite a bit. Brewer and Fernandez have roles and talent, but seem a bit redundant. Miller kills the flow on offense.

      I know that we are probably not going to lure a big name here, but what about Packaging 3-4 of these redundant assets to get a second-tier star? I don’t really know about who is out there, but someone like a Josh Smith comes to mind. Smith and filler for Any combo of 3 of these players: Miller, Harrington, Bird, Koufos, Mozgov, Brewer, Chandler, Fernandez.

      I hesitate to give up on Chandler already, but he would probably have to be Included in any package for an upgrade. Smith would mostly play the 4, but could slide to the 3 for a very athletic front line of Smith, Faried and McGee.

      I’m sure there are others out there on that second tier, and we could look for a similar deal elsewhere too.

      • josh

        what about tyreke evans an attempt to improve the backcourt with a scoring guard.

        michael beasley. if we brought in a coach like dantoni we could play many lineups with SF. he got the most out of sean marion, joe johnson, gallo, wilson >> not so much melo

  • Ricardo

    The nuggets lost yet another game because of George Karl playing “small ball” late in the game. GK has been choosing to win with offense than with defense late in games and that has cost the nuggets some games this season. Faried and McGee should be playing 25 to 30 minutes per game, including in crunch time. GK definitely has to be fired.

  • Jeff

    While my main two points do fall on the coach, I think this post is a departure from the GK rippage.

    I hate 7 footers that don’t have any talent besides being tall. I don’t put McGee in that category, but I do put Mozgov in it. I would rather have a Chuck Hayes down in the paint pushing people around than a big, slow 7 footer.

    We need Gallinari to be unquestionably our go to scorer, especially now that Nene is gone. Obviously he’s injured now, but you can’t blame the Nuggets for jacking up shots randomly (Afflalo Chandler Brewer) because it’s clear there is no heirarchy in the offense. Ty Lawson should attack and if, and only until, the defense stops him, get the ball to Gallo.

  • al68

    Pienso que GK esta boicoteando el equipo , porque nadie entiende cuando estamos jugando mejor y defendiendo decentemente saca a Modgov,

    Que pasa Andersen no puede jugar? la organizacion de Denver se lo ha prohibido a GK?.

    Necesitamos un cambio de entrenador GK nos ha dado muchas alegrias en regular season y Billups en Playoff ya se fue Billups ahora se tiene que ir el otro.

    Los jugadores ademas de cualidades atleticas deben tener IQ y creo que de eso nos falta mucho y no se entrena se nace con ello.

    NECESITAMOS UN LIDER DENTRO Y FUERA DE LA CANCHA

    • josh

      hey hola de denver, colorado, usa. te pregunto si eres de espana. si hizo un video de rudy fernandez skills lo quiseras ver ?

      con el entrenador george karl creo que alomejor esta tratando a perder los juegos. no se porque simpre ponga mosgov y miller.

      • al68

        Si soy español en Denver hay algun rumor sobre la relación en Ujiri y GK. Es buena?.
        Rudy es un jugador complejo al principio parecia que se convertiria en estrella y ahora esta mecho peor de lo que se pensaba. Si se recupera bien de la cirugia creo que deberiamos darle una 2ª oportunidad.
        Un saludo Josh.

  • Alex

    Just one thing i want to say….Fire G.Karl….
    I love this team very much..but we’ve just blown out in anytime beacuse of a word—-’small’ even in the playoffs..our fans are suffering..
    Play Bird..Play McGee and Faried…no more Moz..Miller
    No more 3 g 2 pf…Please
    Last thing…we can imagine GK mind is
    F=Center —-(1)
    G=F —-(2)
    Sub (2) into (1)
    we can know that Guard=Center….so we can use 3 Guards and 2 PF for closing the game….
    What is he thinking…just fire him..we can be a better team..

  • tom

    Small ball… What the HELL managemeny must be cringing… They have got to do something

  • Rick

    This year has just been a joke and it’s hard to watch the Nuggs any more. GK’s rotations are re-freakin-diculous and has cost us not only games but respect from all the other teams in the NBA. I’d rather see Beau the dog in his car commercials coach this team than GK – at least he would have the nads to play the rooks more and stop playing his ‘trust’ guys who you can trust will lose the game for us. Enough!

  • Thomas

    Can we put up a game review that points the blame finger in the right direction, instead of passing blame along players?

    This is obviously on Karl, once again. He must go. There is nothing more to be discussed here. Guy is the worst coach in the league by a mile.

    He doesn’t even have to be out-coached anymore, he does it to himself. As much as I dislike Al Harrington’s contributions to any basketball team (lack thereof) or Andre’s proven status as a mediocre player, it is not their fault. Karl insists on them, gives up on having a center against 7 footer Bargnani (gasp!) and takes the ball out of the hands of a PG (Lawson) who was scoring at will – not to mention removing 2 very strong rebounders off the court.

    Say whatever you want to be politically correct – what this team needs is a new coach. After that, they can decide what direction to go and what pieces to keep. Support that call if you are a real fan of this team and have hopes of seeing a product that is as good or better than the sum of its pieces, not a fraction of it.

  • Ryan

    George Karl reminds me of Don Nelson his last few years with the Warriors. Not even concerned about winning, no passion or emotion, looks like he would rather be on a beach somewhere, etc. It’s time to get a young, innovative coach who GASP actually rewards players who play well. At the very least, get a coach who at least pretends to care about defense. We just got worked by a team that had 8 home wins all year coming in and their best player is named “Andrea”. Just missing a loss to the D-League Bobcats to top it all off

  • DH

    Can’t say I’m surprised by this game, unfortunately. But here’s what was most frustrating to me…

    NO buckets from the 8:26 mark of the 4th quarter.

    11 points in the 4th quarter.

    Only 18 assists.

    Karl panicking and going to his “trust” lineup, just when I thought he might actually stick with his starters.

    No matter what type of freelance offense we run for most of the game, it’s on the coach to draw things up in a tight 4th quarter to get good shots for the right player(s).

    And if we don’t go small-ball down the stretch, even if we miss most of our shots, there’s every possibility that a Faried or McGee offensive rebound, tip-in, block, or hustle play makes the difference between winning and losing.

  • Ryan

    Also…. 11 points, 10 rebounds in 19 minutes….. It’s the revenge of Gary Forbes!!!! Take that GK for never playing him lol

  • Tony

    Phil Jackson…

    • BDMacl

      We would have to entice him with a challenge like “I bet you can’t win a championship WITHOUT a true star… neener neener neener.” Yeh, probably won’t work either. Good thought though.

  • magster

    Stick a fork in the 2011-2012 Nuggets. No playoffs or first round sweep.

  • BombNugg

    GK: “Everybody says we don’t have a closer, we don’t know who we’re going to go to… they’re right! My philosophy is: why don’t we go get a top 10 player at every position, and have a top 10 bench?.. our challenge is to beat GOLIATH.”

    My problem isn’t the Nuggets lacking a goliath superstar, that’s fine – we score points. It’s when the mood on the floor goes stale and as Kalen says.. the entire infrastructure crumbles beneath your feet as everyone turns toward the other in disbelief.

    Superstars don’t have to be all rah rah, they just show you how to play. Durant doesn’t have to say sh*t after you fumble over your own feet & butterknuckle a pass in the paint, he’ll probably look like he just woke up from a nap. But here’s what’s real.. you’ll feel like garbage cause he just saw you go to the rim like Melo in his fat days. So what?..

    If the Nuggets don’t have GOLIATH to show you how to beat the worse teams in the NBA, then GK better be doing something.. GK better be doing something.. (fading out, hallway echo).. GK better be doing something.. crickets.

  • Adam

    The fact of the matter is this is a very “Young team.” You are going to have ups and downs, I am just glad that the nuggets ownership doesn’t pay any attention to a lot of you so called fans. When we beat Chicago, it was like a party in here, now it is back to fire Karl? We will make the playoffs, just like we have done seven years straight. How many new players has Karl had to work with, and mind you not a hell of a lot of practice time either. Karl is a future hall of fame coach. Can’t wait until we start gelling, and when that happens the same people who were so wanting GK to be fired will be saying what a great coach he is. You guys remind me of the TeBlow supporters, you have no clue what the F you are talking about.

    • Charlie

      This game actually hurts Denver’s playoff chances quite a bit. They are out of the playoffs and have lost 4 of the last 6. It’s far from a certainty they make it. They would have to improve at least marginally in the next 15 games

    • lil rik

      There’s no reason these guys shouldn’t be jelling right now. no reason. i’ve backed Karl all year but not it’s time for some new blood up in here

  • josh

    WHAT IF THE NUGGETS ARE GOING FOR THE LOTTERY AND GEORGE KARL LOST US THE GAME INTENTIONALLY ?

    • josh

      he literally picked the worst lineup possible, it is almost like it was in an effort to intentionally prevent the team from winning

  • Trip

    Had to watch this game on the Toronto Network and listen to their announcers the entire game. The one thing that stuck out to me in their entire foolish broadcast was that when McGee blocked a shot about 5 rows deep the announcers that it was silly and that he should grab the ball instead. Well that makes sense for that one play, but when an offense sees someone go that high and block it that far into the stands, that will alter way more shots in the future, and that is why Derozan had a pretty mediocre 3rd qtr and did not finish near the basket.

    It sucks watching NBA League pass and seeing that the broadcast is not the Altitude network, I love listening to Hastings and Marlowe call a game