Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 113 Los Angeles Lakers 96

Los Angeles Lakers 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 Denver Nuggets
Kenneth Faried, F 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +14

Faried’s personal growth and improvement throughout the series is something to see. While the Lakers size dominated game one and two, Denver has toughened up and been much more physical with Gasol and Bynum even before the catch. In my opinion, Faried’s fearless attitude against the Lakers has become contagious and he’s played a huge part in the defensive turnaround that suddenly swung the momentum of the series and forced a game seven. Hard to believe this guy is a rookie who didn’t see the court for nearly half of the regular season.

Danilo Gallinari, SF 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | +27

Gallo’s complete game finally came alive after a series-long lull in which I thought he was a very one dimensional player. Gallinari’s aggressiveness can show itself in multiple ways and tonight, it was his ability to pick the Lakers apart with his passing. He had a ton of success in pick and roll situations and that’s where Denver needs him to shine, especially with the Lakers defense keeping him off the line and outside of the paint for the majority of this series. In this matchup, Gallo’s passing is a much better asset than his shooting and the Nuggets need more of it.

Timofey Mozgov, C 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +16

As a number of esteemed readers have pointed out, the grading of Mozgov has been way too harsh in his first few games of this series. He was extremely physical with Bynum from the opening tip, setting the tone with a big block on the game’s first possession and never once letting him get comfortable in the post. Mozgov has battled hard every game he’s started and the Lakers bigs haven’t looked the same since. It’s time to acknowledge the crucial role Mozgov has played in that and applaud him for it.

Arron Afflalo, SG 36 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 6 PTS | +26

Afflalo brought out a vintage 2009 performance in which he pretty much only shot wide open jumpers created by teammates. Arron really has had his hands full with a motivated Kobe Bryant and is doing all he can against a player who can make shots no matter how well you defend him. Just an incredibly sound performance out of Afflalo, who played within the flow of the offense and finished with a career playoff high seven assists.

Ty Lawson, PG 30 MIN | 13-18 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 32 PTS | +22

Just an outstanding, superstar-type effort. After the game, Ty said he flew his shooting coach into Denver yesterday and was getting shots up past midnight. The work clearly paid off as Lawson killed the Lakers from everywhere on the floor and showed much-improved aggressiveness in the half-court, where Lawson actually did most of his damage. This may have been the best game I’ve ever seen Lawson play, and he practically sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Al Harrington, PF 22 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +6

Al’s numbers speak for themselves. Despite the fact he shot 1 for 8, I actually thought he improved and played less selfishly in a game Harrington clearly tried to pick up his play. I understand Harrington has played tough on Gasol and is fighting through injuries, but at some point you have to look at five awful games in a row and admit what the evidence says is true. I admire his effort, but Al just looks hobbled out there and the Nuggets have been a much better team without him in the lineup.

Andre Miller, PG 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -7

Miller’s steady veteran presence may be the biggest factor in this series’ dramatic turnaround in the past three days. Much like Faried, Miller has played fearless against the Lakers and abused his matchup against the small Laker guards. Andre did not score or create at the same level he has in previous games, but he limited his mistakes and continues to be so much better than any guard on the Lakers roster it hardly matters. You can tell how badly Miller wants to lead this team and win even when his own game is not at its best.

Corey Brewer, SF 19 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | -7

Even with Brewer’s offensive struggles throughout the season, he’s been an incredibly underrated contributor to Denver’s success. When he’s useful on offense, the Nuggets are an entirely different animal. His shots are usually limited to spot up threes and transition run-outs, but Brewer found some confidence early and proceeded to score from just about everywhere. When the Nuggets play unselfishly, everyone benefits and Brewer’s outstanding night is proof.

JaVale McGee, C 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1

McGee had a strange game. I felt he was a net positive and played a sound game defensively, but he provided no help on offense and couldn’t come close to the type of production he had in Denver’s first two wins of the series. There are both good and bad ways to look at this development, but let’s just say JaVale continues to be a work in progress and managed to play important, mistake-free minutes in one of the best wins in Nuggets franchise history.

  • Tom

    Fire GK now! Hahaha!

    • Trip

      Im curious to your reasons why you want to fire GK now?

  • JOliver

    How come Bird didn’t play at the end? oh.. wait..

  • John H

    The Lakers looked shocked tonight. I was super impressed with Ty and the entire squad with Brewer being the nail in the lala’s coffin.
    I believe that JaVale will bounce back with a strong game in LA, but I am not so optimistic about Al Harrington.
    I understand GK’s loyalty to him, but at this point, he can’t even hit a free throw. He is dead weight and in order to win game 7, we are going to need everyone playing their best. Al just physically can’t play right now.
    Anyway, what a treat to watch a team with such resiliency and will.
    Go Nuggs!

    • evan

      Al Harrington had the only postitive “+,-” off the bench. Just saying. He had a very good “+,-” two games in a row on “bad nights” again… just saying. Maybe his impact goes just a tad farther then stat line?

      • John H

        Fair enough Evan. Your point is well taken. It is too easy to overlook contributions that don’t fit into a stat line.
        That being said, I think his +/- was more of a bi-product of how well his teammates were playing with him on the floor than anything Al did.
        He just doesn’t look right out there.
        Anyhoo..
        BEAT LA!

        • Buffalo soldier

          Gasol 3pts 3 r 1 a

          Harrington 4pts 4 r 0 a

          I’ll take that split anyday.

        • doktarr

          While I can’t give Big Al full credit for Gasol’s night by any stretch, Harrington has been pretty clearly the best defender against Gasol this series. His offense has been atrocious, for sure, but as long as he’s limiting Gasol he deserves time on the floor.

      • Ernie

        How is +/- not the stat line?

  • AlAround

    I was right about Gasol this is the main key.
    F@ck yea with Lakers, it seems that we found how to win this series .

  • Shawn

    I, like all Nuggets fans, am giddy about tonight’s result and excited about Saturday. I am so happy for this team and the way it has gelled in the last two games. The fight and hustle they’ve shown makes me proud to be a Nuggets fan.

    But I think Nuggets nation should be clear that the goal is not to get to a game 7, but it’s to win game 7! The last thing that we want right now is a complacent fan base (and team) that feels that it has “won” already by coming back 3-1. I don’t want to belittle that feat, but I do fear that such a feeling will take away from a much needed edge on Saturday.

    At this point, I don’t think there is any reason why we can’t pull it out. We should not be feeling superior, but we should not be expecting defeat, as I’m worried some pessimistic Nuggets fans might be feeling.

    Here’s why: we are playing better than them. That’s it. Bynum has averaged a quiet 16.8 points this series. Gasol only 11.1. Neither of them have had particularly upbeat attitudes. Kobe has scored a lot but he has taken more shots than Bynum and Gasol combined. That’s not a winning recipe for the Lakers. The very fact that so much stock is being placed in the 7.7 pts/game Metta World Peace signals that the Lakers are on the retreat.

    Now is no time to let up. This Nuggets team has earned our high expectations and aspirations.

    Whenever that inherent doubt that comes with being a long-term Nuggets fan starts creeping into your head, just ask yourself one question: why not us? Why can’t we come down from 3-1? Why can’t we finally beat the Lakers?

    Why not us? Why not now?

    • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com Jeremy

      Absolutely Shawn, you are 100% correct. I Tweeted earlier that I do not want to hear about youth or inexperience. I want a win and that is it.

    • Avarice

      Everything was in the nuggets favor this game… Sick Kobe, home court, refs, altitude. We lose all these advantages in game seven. Lakers home out, they will get the calls because stern wants them to go on, and the lakers will come out shooting because the lakers just got humiliated. This game will be the hardest to win all year for the nuggets.

      • evan

        come out missing*

    • Aaron

      Time to bring the hammer down!!!! Don’t let your foot off the gas!

  • CJP32

    All I can say is Ty/Brewer = 50 pts on 72% FGs. This Lakers squad has to be nervous…even with the return of MWP, Denver have the advantage and momentum.

  • GIANLUCA

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  • Legalize Denver Nuggets

    We are in Bynum’s head. That has to be a result of good coaching. Fair play, GK. I understand the gripe with Harrington play time, but if the dude wants to play, you have to give him that time out of respect, and to hopefully get him going with some momentum in the playoffs. Obviously that hasn’t happened, but I would still give him the opportunity in games like these. It’s not like his injuries would get better with a game of rest.

    I have high hopes for game 7. Sure I may be drunk right now, but it sure seemed like our players got in the lakers heads. We better run hard in LA! Go Nugs!

    • http://yahoo mile high

      Agreed. When we talk about the importance of being a team and when fewer and fewer players in the NBA seem to care anymore, what Al is doing is a breath of fresh air and we have to respect that.

      He is not trying to be a hero, he’s not taking as much shots and he’s just trying to help the team and his young teammates with his veteran experience. When Al’s playing, he’s constantly talking and directing traffic. That has to help and although it is not showing up in his stats, it is reflected in the final result.

      • Thomas

        What kind of talk is this? We are trying to win a very difficult series, to beat a team we never beat in the playoffs, and the coach and some fans think that one player has to get his minutes “out of respect”?

        That’s just not smart. We are here to win games. If any player on the roster is hurt, playing poorly, shooting less than 30%, taking 8 of more shots per game, dishing out zero assists and getting zero offensive boards and still playing 20+ minutes per game something is wrong.

        In a game 7, such a performance by any individual may kill any chances we have off pulling off the upset.

        It’s crystal clear – play Faried 40 minutes in game 7 and play Harrington less than 10 minutes.

        Think about it, Al is playing more minutes than Brewer! That makes zero sense based on their contributions to the series so far.

  • Avarice

    GK coached well this game. I’ve been a critic this year but he has been figuring out the lakers this series with better matchups. In my opinion the biggest reason were still alive is because the nuggets are playing big against Bynum and taking him out of the games with double teams and keeping a body on him with McGee and mozgov. We would have already lost this series if we played small ball against Bynum. I still hate the two point guard lineups. Free Ty Lawson.

    • Jeff

      It was very wise of him to stop using Koufos and rely on Mozgov and McGee. He also made some adjustments to help Afflalo. Very good coaching this series.

  • magster

    We hadn’t had a hot hand scoring all series. All it takes is for Ty or Gallo or AAA to get going, and we blow out these chumps.

    Please please please Ty, summon up another one of these games Saturday.

    • ryanvdonk

      i don’t agree with this, having gallo or AAA get hot is nice, but they don’t affect the game has much as TY, as he can entirely control the tempo it is played at, and it works both ways as when he’s playing passively and deferring to teammates our pace almost crawls. against the lakers pace is everything, the bigs get tired leading to more transition as the game goes on. against a different team they can all have a similar effect…

    • Thomas

      As good as Ty is, we don’t win the 4 games of this series without Faried. To me, he is the difference maker.

      Try going out against Gasol and Bynum and not only holding your own (when you are seriously undersized), but dominating them. Guy is averaging a double double against them in less than 29 minutes, shooting 52%!

  • al68

    Muy bien Lawson y brewer, seguimos con los problemas de Al esperemos que este caliente en el partido mas importante, Mc gee como siempre un partido bueno de cada tres muy irregular, lo mejor la cara de los jugadores de LA y la demostracion mas clara que cuando no se juega en equipo y todo se resuelve dando el balon a Bryant hace que los demas no se sientan importantes, hay que aprovechar el pesimo estado de forma de Gasol, aunque en el 7º partido con MWP ellos seran mas fisicos y agresivos nosotros tenemos que seguir presionando y jugando rapido, porque en estos partidos tan decisivos se suele jugar mas lento e intentando tener menos errores.

    ESTE SABADO HAY QUE CORRER MAS QUE NUNCA SIN MIEDO A PERDER BALONES Y SEGURO QUE GANAMOS SINO SI JUGAMOS CON MIEDO PERDEREMOS.

    GO NUGGETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cgrease

      buenisimo el partido, hay que mantener la energia y el esfuerzo!

  • dave

    That was a pretty vicious blow from kobe on faried and faried looked seriously messed up after. Could the league come in and hand out a suspension?

    • John L.

      they could and probably should give a one game suspension to him even though Kobe will claim he was just making a play on the ball. The league won’t hand out anything, especially not to Kobe, especially not for a game 7!

    • Guy

      Don’t overlook how big it was that Faried, after being hit, got up and nailed those 2 free throws. Faried’s play in the 3rd and Brewer’s refusal to let LA get back into it in the 4th were huge. Just hope they can do it again on Saturday.

  • Dubz

    Wow, I’m not surprised the Nuggets won, but I wasn’t expecting this. Maybe this was Ty’s break out party that many of us have expected from him. Kind of scary what he did tonight. It’s sad to see what’s happened to Al. He’s obviously running on fumes and his body is failing him. He even got what looked to be a shiner under his right eye. After providing such a lift all season, I’m sure it’s tough for GK to sit him and for Al to play a background role. Anyway, I thought Mozgov was simply brilliant tonight. Some of us have been calling for him to start and play more all series, and you guys can see now. His numbers don’t jump off the page, but his defense definitely does. He’s really gaining confidence and is an essential piece in stopping Bynum and Gasol. He and McGee are also forcing GK to go with bigger lineups which is always a plus. I also wanted to say, regardless of what happens in game 7 I’m extremely proud of this team and I think the lessons they’re learning are priceless. I expect a win on Sat, but I’m a pleased Nuggets fan right now.

  • ryanvdonk

    i think the biggest thing to note is that even though we finally started to knock down some outside shots, they kept attacking the paint, scoring 50 in the box.

    • Jeff

      Ty was great at not forcing the 3 ball once he was hot. He didn’t go all JR Smith and just start jacking, he kept it in the flow of the offense.

      • Cider

        I remember watching one situation where he had the ball completely unguarded out at the three point line, started to pull up but instead got up closer to the basket and made a two. It was great because I know sometimes the Nuggets will often get hot to start and then start taking only jump shots and start missing a lot.

  • Tom

    Anything less than a win in game 7 is a disappointment (I hate the Lakers that much). If McGee has another good game, I’ll finally admit the Nene-for-McGee trade was a good one. Looking forward to OKC! Don’t let us down, boys!

    • JOliver

      Nene is softer than Charmin… No way he would have the same impact on this series as Javale. He never rebounds like he should and is a liability at times defensively. Javale, however, has been a force defensively and (mostly) on the glass..

  • Nami

    We are on the brink of something great. Focus in, lock down and get tough. Denver in 7!

  • Trevor

    Its seems like the Nuggets interior defense has improved more in this series than the whole season combined. Mozgov might be the unsung hero if the Nuggets can win game 7.

  • Ricardo

    Great win for the nuggets, they have gotten back into the series with a 3-all tie. Ty was making jump-shots and Brewer finally hit some threes and he defended Bryant well in the fourth. McGee didn’t play well in this game, but Faried made it up with his energy and his effort in rebounding the ball. But all in all, the nuggets has been playing great defense since game 3, which is an essential recipe for winning games in the playoffs.

    If two or three players play with energy and effort in game 7, they probably will get a win in L.A..

  • Jamaal

    watching this game put a smile on my face. I felt the nuggets, before the playoffs started, could give the lakers problems, but in reality the nuggets could have already on the series. Nuggets bigs have dominated the lakers bigs which have never happened and if nuggets do it on game 7 nuggets have a chance. if nuggets lose i am ok with it, be disappointed because they forced game 7, the reason is they gained experiance and what they struggled throughout the year nuggets learned how to win.

    go nuggets

  • troy

    the “we already won” and “im ok if we lose now” comments need to stop. great effort. great win. but no, this absolutely does not equate to pretty much anything. i couldnt be happier right now for the win but we have to come back just as focused and then some for the last two games to mean anything! c’mon people!!

    GO NUGGETS!!!!!

  • Gerardo

    Melo is sleeping on the couch tonight after yelling at lala for making him move to new york LOL

  • nuggchamp2013

    anything can happen game 7! If we have 2-3 guys step up and make shots like tonight, limit harrington’s minutes, and keep doubling LA’s bigs we will win. The nuggs have outrebounded LA the past few games, which is crazy considering Faried(6’8”) is against Pao(7′). On another note, I hope this thing with bird is not true, cause that would be awful.

  • ryanvdonk

    what mozgov said to bynum before the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygQvB6OjHOU

  • shew

    Great to see the Nuggets undaunted by a celebrity team. The personal scores are wrong however..perhaps looking at game 5 boxscores.

  • Aaron

    Faried Actually Gut 15 Points And 11 Rebounds, 10-9 Was Last Games Stats I Think.

  • Greg

    WRONG STATS FOR SOME PLAYERS!!!!!!!

  • dynamo.joe

    No way the NBA suspends Kobe for a game 7, but a steeper fine seems like the minimum they could do to acknowledge this was worse than a simple flagrant 1.

    A lot of people are bagging on Al, but he is in a lose lose lose situation.

    If he had decided to sit out this series, people would be saying “really? it’s the playoffs and Al wants to quit’?

    If he suits up and Karl says “I need you, Al (but without the sexual overtones, perverts)” and Al responds “I’m banged up; Gallo, K2, and Mozzy can all play at the 4″ what Karl will hear is “bench me the rest of the playoffs and limit my minutes next year, cuz you can’t depend on me”.

    Lastly he can go out and fail to play at the level he played at in January and hear “Al sucks” from the fans.

  • aussienuggzfan

    GK nearly cost us the game in the final 2 minutes subbing Faried for Koufos

    • http://yahoo mile high

      What? Get real!

  • aussienuggzfan

    I think we need Big Al or Afflalo is get hot from three as well as the usual suspects to win game 7. Kobe is just unconcious right now surely he can’t keep it up.

    I think Denver is a better team and deserve to win but I’m still scared we crumble/ they shine under the bright lights of a game 7 in LA LA land

  • http://yahoo mile high

    Think Melo & JR should be at LA rooting for Denver come Saturday. That would be classy and will be the right thing to do to build their brands. But no, too bad it’s not gonna happen.

    And if it happens, I’ll give them a break and not charge them a big consultation fee。

    • ryanvdonk

      JR actually had a tweet after game 5 about missing playing with denver against the lakers

  • Erlingur Gretar

    It was flat-out amazing to watch this game. I woke up at 3:30 AM (UK) to watch it and do not regret it one bit.
    What I found most fascinating was that when they buried the game in the third quarter, they just stopped guarding Matt Barnes altogether and had two guys on Kobe the whole possession, again and again (or Miller just planted himself in the center and guarded the strong side, closing the lane). Barnes was wide open on several occasions and never even looked likely to shoot. He put it on the floor once and that time Mozgov trotted in front of him and drew a charge. My jaw actually dropped. How broken has a guy’s confidence have to be for this to happen?

  • Kyle Obergfell

    I love this team.
    I love this win.

    Great review Charlie..
    especially the overall team concept.

    I have long been a big Lawson fan..
    and it would be easy and tempting for
    some to give him nearly sole credit..

    But not fair. Not only that.. it’s not going
    to be what makes this young team strike
    fear in to opponents.. and break the hearts of
    complete scum like ARtest and Bryant and
    so many other disgusting things about the Lakers.

    In my mind.. this is truly a battle of good vs evil…

    Come on good guys.. one more game..
    LET’S DO THIS!!!!

  • Ernie

    Now is the time for meaningless platitudes:

    DO YOU BELIEVE!

    • Joshua

      That pretty much made my day….. hahaha

  • al68

    Solo tendremos que luchar contra los nervios, el que mas miedo me da es Lawson ya que en toda la serie ha sido defendido muy mal por los pg de LA ha tenodo tiros abiertos que ha fallado espero que comience bien y mantenga la confianza del 6º partido, seguir dejando que Bryant siga tirando mucho y no implique al resto del equipo y SOBRE TODO QUE BROWN SIGA MUCHOS AÑOS DE ENTRENADOR DE L.A,no he conocido un entrenador peor en toda la vida.

  • NewEraNugg

    Going back back…..to cali cali

    GO NUGGS

    Beat LA, beat LA, beat LA….

  • Stephen

    lake show on ice…lala nervou…..come out and win this game so i can see the look on kobes and MWPs face

  • magster

    Nervous about whether Artest provides a spark. Nervous about Bynum getting 1st quarter mojo that carries through the game.

    The Lakers looked like a demoralized and beaten unit, but they can still easily win.

    I put odds at 50/50 Denver advancing.

    • DH

      magster, throughout the game, I was thinking about our conversation yesterday on Jeremy’s thread. Obviously, the Nugs read it and took it to heart. ;)

      • magster

        What was our percentage of points in the paint to total points. I suspect you won yesterday’s argument.

        • DH

          Nope. Looks like we had 50 points in the paint, 9 points on FT’s, and 54 points on shots outside the paint. You had it right.

  • GK4Prez

    Artest will be under a microscope by the refs, so I hope he gets put on Gallo to start the game and gallo flops on him like crazy.

  • DH

    Great team win, but game balls to Lawson, Moz, and Brewer (one of the best 3 or 4 minute stretches I’ve seen from any NBA player this year), in particular.

    I have to say, I’m worried about MWP returning, though. It’s not his individual numbers that are concerning, it’s how he will affect the overall dynamic. Right now, we can play the 2-guard lineup without consequence, because we can “hide” one of the guards defensively. But when they play Sessions, Kobe, and MWP, Andre has to guard Kobe. He has done a decent job of that for short stretches, but Kobe will carve him up if he spends too much time on him. We could try Miller on MWP, but he’ll get posted up and lose that battle, too. I have no doubt that Karl will still use Ty and ‘dre together as much as possible, and maybe the positives will outweigh the negatives. All I ask is if it’s not working, that Karl recognizes it early, has a contingency plan in place, and uses it.

    The other thing that is different with MWP in the game is that we have to respect his ability to hit 3’s. Right now, we have no respect for their shooters, so we can double as much as we want and clog the lane. That could change with MWP in the game. Let’s hope his shot is off after all this time off.

    And the last thing about MWP is he provides the toughness and energy that the Lakers are sorely lacking. And it could rub off some on their other bigs. It’s not like I’m a big fan of his game. It’s just that what he does do well are some of the things that LA really needs right now. Of course, he could also be rusty, take too many shots, and/or make as many mistakes as good plays. He could also be less aggressive than usual after just being suspended for reverting to his former self. I guess we’ll find out soon.

    Anyway, I’ll repeat what I’ve been saying for a while now: Since the middle of the 3rd quarter of Game 2, the Nuggets have been the better team. I expect an epic battle, but there’s every reason in the world to believe we can and will win Game 7. Go Nugs!

    • DH

      Sorry, I have to clarify my own comments, because I made it sound like MWP is a great 3-point shooter, which he isn’t (just under 30% for the season). It’s just that he won’t be scared to take them, unlike many of his teammates. And IF he hits a couple, it could change things.

      Also, I forgot to mention that Gallo historically doesn’t play well offensively against MWP. I do think that will change tonight, though. It’s probably more important that Gallo will have to guard him, since he’s too strong in the post for AAA or Brewer. That means Gallo could spend less time on Kobe, which might be a problem. Again, my main point is that MWP could change our schemes, somewhat, on both ends of the court.

      I’m also a little worried about Gasol. He’s just too good to not have a breakout game at some point, right?

      I think it’s more vital than ever to get off to a fast start. The Lakers’ psyche (other than Kobe) has to be fragile right now. If we “punch them in the mouth” early, they would have to start (or continue) doubting themselves. But if they get off to a fast start, those doubts will disappear and we’re in for a dogfight.

      Even with all of the above in mind, I’m going to go with what has flat-out been the better team for the majority of the series… Nuggets 97 – Lakers 91

  • Ryan

    I was pleasantly surprised by how well the Nuggets played tonight. I kind of wished Brewer would have saved this type of performance for game 7 though, as underdogs usually need a surprising performance from a role player to eke out a game 7 win on the road. My fear is that Brewer lets this game get to his head and shoots too much in game 7.
    A big round of applause for Mozgov, as I thought his work on the offensive glass in the early part of the 3rd quarter really set the tone for the rest of the half. Couple that with his solid defense on Bynum and that’s an A+ in my book.
    Lawson’s transcendent performance reminds us who the best player is on the Nuggets. As Ty goes, so go the Nuggets. Let’s hope his shooting coach makes the trip to LA.
    I know we’re not supposed to complain about officiating, but I think Kobe’s flagrant foul on Faried transcends the usual subject matter of such discussions. Kobe’s foul was the definition of a Flagrant 2 foul. He had zero chance to make a play on the ball and instead went after Faried’s head knowing full well that the officials wouldn’t have the cajones to eject him. I’m sure frustration played into it, as Kobe has always been one of the more petulant players in the league. Faried could have been seriously injured and his dazed look while he was laying on the court made me think that he may have suffered a concussion. Luckily, Faried seemed okay, but the point still remains: if you go after someones head, you need to be ejected. Period. It just makes me sad that no ref will ever do the right thing as long as Kobe is involved.

  • Will

    I’m kinda glad Ron Artest is coming back. He is shooting below .400, he doesn’t rebound or assist, and hes got a terrible plus minus. I don’t know if his defense can make up for his offensive performance.

  • Connor P.

    Al Harrington a C+??? Did you watch the game? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player look more lost and completely unable to contribute than Al was last night. It was the second straight game that he hurt the team just by being on the court.

  • Green Nugz are good

    Charlie glad to see you are finally on board with the team, u have been a hater all season. In your face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eddie

    i did a good article previewsing all the games on sat and tellin why the nuggets willl lose! so come by read and enjoy!!http://nbawagers.com/2012/05/home-court-advantage-will-prevail/

    • TJ McBride

      why would you come onto the Nuggets TrueHoop Blog and try to get people to read an article that states the Nuggets will lose?

    • Ryan

      All the “article” (a very generous use of the word) says is that the Lakers will win because they’re playing at home and Jack Nicholson will be attending the game. That’s some A+ trolling, I mean, blogging right there…

    • Hawkeye-X

      Worthless article. A fifth grader would have written better than this pile of crap you wrote.

    • Aaa

      You are a loser

  • GK4Prez

    I love what Mozgov has done in this series, but someone please explain to me how he can catch a fast ball over the shoulder in transition from Ty for a dunk, but can’t catch a slow pass that hits him dead center in the chest/hands.

  • DH

    I think most people know by now that only 8 NBA teams have ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series. After looking at it further, only 2 have ever done so when Game 7 was on the road. I’m not saying this to be negative. I just want to make sure everyone appreciates the accomplishment even more when we become the 3rd team to achieve this feat tonight. Go Nugs!

  • Ricardo

    For the nuggets to win game 7, they need to start fast like they have done in games 3, 5, and 6. If they end up having a decent lead, they could focus more on the defensive side of the ball and slow their offense down a little. But the key for them to win this game is to start fast and play fast throughout the game.