|Wilson Chandler, SF 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -6
Chandler continues to go MIA. While he plays good defense, he’s non-existent on offense. Chandler is without question one of the more talented player on the Nuggets roster but isn’t playing like it at the moment.
|Kenneth Faried, F 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 8-10 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +4
Faried had a huge block in the second half as well some nice dunks throughout the entire game. The only area Faried really struggled in was close-out defense, where he drastically needs improvement.
|JaVale McGee, C 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +6
McGee also had some incredible blocks but didn’t hit the glass with tenacity. Games in which he hauls in only three rebounds wont cut it. McGee is a legit 7-footer with a monstrous 7-foot-6 wingspan. There is no excuse not to rebound at a high rate.
|Arron Afflalo, SG 40 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +12
Afflalo put up one of his most impressive stat lines all year. It’s great to see get numbers outside of just the scoring department as it shows he’s impacting the game in more than one way. Afflalo was also extremely aggressive and got to the line because of it.
|Ty Lawson, PG 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 14 PTS | +1
Ty’s numbers are deceiving. He passed the ball well but also turned it over seven times. He missed countless open 3-pointers and refused to attack the basket the way he’s capable of doing. But, numbers don’t lie, and at the end of the day he did finish with a respectable stat line.
|Al Harrington, PF 32 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4
Big Al had a pretty routine game. He scored and rebounded off the bench, and that was about it.
|Andre Miller, PG 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 4 PTS | +13
This was refreshing. Andre Miller actually helped his team win rather than just going one-on-one on offense every time he received the ball. And believe it or not, he actually played pretty good defense! He attempted to block a few shots and took a charge as well. This is what the Nuggets need from Miller: defense and distribution. If he can do that, his grades will significantly improve.
|Corey Brewer, SF 26 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +13
Brewer made some fantastic cuts to the basket and played with a tremendous amount of energy throughout the night. He finally figured out how to score, which largely revolved around just moving on offense. If would be excellent if he could continue this sort of play down the stretch.
|Kosta Koufos, C 15 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +8
After watching Mozgov recently, all I have to say is: Thank God for Koufos. He understands the game so much better and is always in the right position to make a play. He’s tough and gives it his all on defense. Koufos is just a better basketball player than Mozgov and unless he gets injured again, should be the backup center for the foreseeable future.
Three Things We Saw
- Catnip: It was a win, yes, but let’s keep in mind here: This is the Bobcats were talking about. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a professional sports team as bereft of talent as this team is. Who’s their best player? Corey Maggette? Gerald Henderson? Kemba Walker? For a large part of the night the Bobcats outplayed the Nuggets but ultimately lost because nobody on their roster is talented enough to string together a few daggers. If Denver had played this way against even a mediocre team, the result might have been different.
- Turnovers: The Nuggets had 25 of them. Again, Denver played sloppy for much of the evening. It was careless, disorganized basketball that probably should not have been rewarded with a win. Turnovers have been a problem for the Nuggets throughout the year. If they plan on making a run over the last 14 games of the regular season, they’ll need to take care of the ball.
- Run Like Hell: At the time of this recap the Nuggets sit in seventh place in the West and only two games back of the Clippers, who are the fourth seed in the West. Two measly games is the difference between facing the Spurs away from Denver in the first round or playing the Grizzlies at home. This is one of the main factors that makes the 2011-12 Nuggets so disappointing. If they just played like a winning basketball team — rather than a losing one — the Nuggets might very well be in third place in the West right now.
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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.
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