Rapid Reaction: Miami Heat 119, Denver Nuggets 116

Denver Nuggets 116 Final
Recap | Box Score
119 Miami Heat
Danilo Gallinari, SF 37 MIN | 3-17 FG | 6-9 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -19

Gallo couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn in this game. His 13 points came from 17 shot attempts, and he went 1-9 from the arc. It’s easy to see that he wants to be the man on this team, but this seems to lead to somewhat selfish play at times. He needs to recognize when his shot’s not falling and try harder to set up his teammates.

Kenneth Faried, SF 36 MIN | 11-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -10

The Manimal had his best game of the season tonight, and tied for leading scorer on the Nuggets with 22 very efficient points. It’s unclear why he, like so many other Nuggets players, was M.I.A. in the first two games, but the energetic, supercharged Faried we all know and love finally showed up. His performance was even more commendable given that he was assigned the daunting task of defending LeBron James, which he handled as capably as might be expected from a mere mortal.

Kosta Koufos, C 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7

Koufos could do absolutely nothing to slow down the offensive onslaught of Chris Bosh, who tallied his highest score as a Miami Heat player with 40 points on 15-22 shooting. From the opening tipoff Bosh had his way with him, scoring ten points in the first eight minutes. Kosta wasn’t able to contribute much on offense either, and Karl only played him 14 minutes.

Ty Lawson, PG 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | -2

Ty was very quiet to open the game, going shotless and scoreless in the first quarter. He did find a mode assertive mode of play as the game went on, however, and at times did a good job of driving to the basket. Still, he needs to develop more consistency. He seems to have an on/off switch when it comes to his effort and aggression, and when it’s off the Nuggets offense tends to sputter.

Andre Iguodala, SG 40 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 22 PTS | -4

This was the Iguodala Nuggets fans have been waiting for. Andre did a solid job of defending Dwyane Wade, who shot 5-12 for just 14 points. It was by far his best offensive performance with Denver, as he tied Faried’s 22 points and notably hit two of his five 3-point attempts. In the fourth quarter he also showed signs of being a reliable go-to guy in the clutch, which should be important as the season rolls on.

Corey Brewer, SF 23 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +12

Brewer continues to earn his minutes with his effortful defensive play. It seems that Karl has given him the green light to shoot 3-pointers at will, but until he can demonstrate the ability to drain them more consistently at a higher percentage, it would be a mistake to have him continue averaging over six attempts per game. But his energy remains valuable, and he probably gains as many possessions for the team in steals and scrambling for loose balls as he loses with errant threes.

JaVale McGee, C 23 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +10

JaVale is another Nugget who had his best game of the season tonight. He delivered his 16 points with great efficiency, not only shooting 6-9 from the field but also (gasp!) knocking down four of his five free throw attempts. He played a more fundamentally sound game, which was nice to see. He did a good job of altering shots near the rim, but unfortunately he couldn’t do much better than Koufos in slowing down Bosh.

Andre Miller, PG 28 MIN | 8-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +5

It’s somewhat odd to give such a high grade to Miller in a game in which he had only one assist, but Dre is a huge part of the reason why the Nuggets even had a chance to win this game. There were a couple of stretches in the third quarter when Miami started building a lead, but Miller did a great job of stopping the bleeding before things got out of control and keeping Denver in the game. And the play in the second quarter when he backed down Wade in the post and put in a short jumper right in his face was a thing of beauty.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Emotions will be split on this game. The fact that Denver was so close to winning it makes the loss heartbreaking, and this 0-3 road trip to start the season will make for a long plane ride home. But perhaps more importantly, this game was full of encouraging signs that this actually is the team we thought it would be and not the confused mess we saw through the preseason and first two games. Chemistry finally started kicking into place on both the offensive and defensive ends, and nearly all the players seemed to rediscover their confidence and true identities. In that sense this was as close to a “good loss” as there can be, and when the Nuggets debut their new gold jerseys in the home opener against Detroit on Tuesday, they look poised to hit the ground running.
  2. The Nuggets got to the basket at will in this game, and dominated points in the paint with 72 to Miami’s 40. They also won the rebounding battle in a big way, with 46 boards, 17 offensive, to the Heat’s 33 and 7. But the game was lost largely at the perimeter, where Denver’s defense continues to struggle. The Heat made 10 of their 25 attempts (40%) to Denver’s 5-21 (23.8%). Also, the Nuggets only managed to dish out 13 assists on 49 made shots, or 27% of them. Compare this with last season’s average of 24 assists on 39 made field goals, or 62%, and it’s easy to see that this team still has some way to go in the ball sharing department. Granted it’s partly a function of the Heat putting up so little resistance at the rim, but it remains an area Denver needs to work on.
  3. In this game it appeared that Karl may have found a rotational pattern approaching what he’ll finally settle into. Despite Wilson Chander being out as part of his rehabilitation process, Jordan Hamilton, Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph all got DNPs. Timofey Mozgov is expected to be okay to play on Tuesday, but if Karl continues in this direction, it’s doubtful he’ll see the court. This would leave the Nuggets with a regular 9-man rotation — the players who played in tonight’s game plus Chandler — that will probably be what Karl rolls with from here on out. It would be great to be wrong about this, as it’s important for especially Hamilton and Fournier to get their chances, but Karl has “his guys”, and he seems to have gotten closer to having decided who they are.
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Joel is a long time Denver Nuggets (and Broncos) fan from Colorado who's been living in Japan since the mid-90s, and blogging about the Nuggets since 2008. You can contact and follow him on Twitter: @denbutsu.
  • whimanji

    Finally a decent performance as a whole. Still a tough loss since it keeps us winless never the less a building spot. The only thing I feel at least at the start of the season is the lack of energy and confusion. It still looks toortornados and not organized and the players seem to be unemotional. IhHave said this before but I feel GK times has run out and the players are showing that. I would hate to be a rookie playing for GK or even a second year. Jham is getting no love at all.

  • whimanji

    Sorry about the misspelling Damn phone is too small. Anyhow new coach please!

  • DAN

    I was just happy that Karl finally realized that if you play Faried and McGee good things will happen. Koufos played about the right amount of minutes but McGee needs to see closer to 30 min. It is increadible how he alters shots. He made Lebron miss what looked like a wide open lay up. No one else on our team can protect the rim.

    • Young Pep Dash

      I think McGee and Faired should be getting at least 30 minutes most nights

      • John

        I agree and disagree here…

        McGee seems to be playing the max he physically can. He was so exhausted at one point tonight he tanked back to back plays at both ends…

  • CJP32

    I watched the entire game, and it was very entertaining. The Nuggets did what they do best, run and score in the lane. GK looks to have a unit that he can trust, but I expect McGee to join the starting 5 very soon.

    Gallo has got to get to the FT line more, at one point he missed 13 straight FGs. Most shooters who’s shots are not falling, find other ways to score, like getting fouled. Gallo just kept launching and 1/9 on threes is unacceptable. Maybe the last play could of gone to Ty or Iggy?

    Brewer will have nightmares tonight of Ray Allen, but like the rest of the guys, you gotta move forward and turn it around at home vs the Pistons.

    It was a big step forward and an improvement on the first 2 games. The turnovers were down, the rebounds and FG% were up, but we still are having trouble guarding the three point line and making our own threes.

    I thought Andre Miller was fantastic and Faried got the wake up call he obviously needed.

    • John

      Brewer should have nightmares that was a huge gaffe…

      It was like watching Friday the 13th… you know, when you’re screaming at the screen, “DON’T GO OUT THERE… JASON IS OUT THERE!!!”

      It was rough to watch the finish, but overall a better effort tonight by most of the guys…

      • CJP32

        People seem to forget on that last Miami possession, Faried was guarding LeBron with 5 PFs and Denver in the penalty. LeBron was going to the rim, until Brewer came over to help. Brewer had a split second to get back on Ray, and it wasn’t long enough. Had Brewer left Faried to guard LeBron, you would of seen a foul called by the refs, Faried fouled out and 2 FTs for Miami. Either way, it was going to be a refs call. Oh and Ray sold that foul really well, there was minimal contact after the release.

  • JJ Shook

    hooray, someone finally told the team that they are supposed to be playing basketball not some other sport.

    Man tonight was actually not excruciatingly painful to watch. But that being said, ‘Small ball’ cost us the game, I stand by that, not having a big in the lane caused to many bad rotations on D after help had to leave their man to collapse to the middle.
    And this ‘No Play’ offense is just hard to watch often times.
    I for one am very ready for a new Coach.

  • Wally

    This game was a moral victory. Which I hate. There is only one thing I can think about though.. FREE JHAM. That kid is getting blueballed by GK and it is pisssing me off. I love Cbrew but sometimes its hard to take so many minutes from him when I know Jham is sitting right there.

  • Dan Dan

    I didn’t get a chance to see the game, but one thing that I love just from reading the reactions is that The Nuggets only played 8-deep. One of the biggest criticisms people have about the Nuggets is that they are a team built for the regular season because of their depth and athleticism.

    That they can win because they can run the other team off the floor with a constant flow of fresh legs. But no one has thought that their best could compete with the best of the best of the rest of the league come playoff time. But tonight our top eight guys took the best of the best of the NBA champs to limit. It seems to me that our guys can compete.

  • Young Pep Dash

    Ah so George Karl finally realized if you play your 2 best big guys, you play better, huh…

    And I’ve said this all along. Gallo will never be the guy many fans want him to be. He just isn’t that good. Trade him now while he still has currency.

    Unpopular opinion alert. I think the nuggets should pursue Tyreke Evans in a trade somehow. Yes he had a bad year last year but I think he would thrive in an up and down system. He has the star potential this team needs. He also has great defensive potential as well. Would love to see him play next to Iggy

  • Ryan

    This loss was definitely a kick to the groin. It’s especially frustrating because anything approaching this type of effort would have resulted in wins in the first two games. I don’t want to praise Karl for shortening the bench a little, he should have worked out a rotation in the preseason, but I thought it was nice that the more talented players FINALLY played the majority of the minutes. What a concept!
    The most discouraging aspect of this loss is that the terrible perimeter defense that haunted the Nuggets last year has followed them to this season. You’re not going to win many games when you allow the opposition to shoot 40% from 3, let alone beat the Heat. Unless this is resolved, the Nuggets are going nowhere this year.
    Finally, I fully agree with CJP32. Gallinari wants to be a great player, he just isn’t one yet (maybe ever?). If your shot isn’t falling, get your teammates involved, attack the rim and do damage at the FT line, do anything except keep jacking up bricks from 3. Everyone else shot pretty well tonight, Gallo was the lone anchor and his poor shooting probably cost them a hard-earned win tonight

  • Kyle Obergfell

    I still think Ty Lawson is the undisputed leader of this team.

    I think the man cares. He leaves it all out there.

    Gallo is also integral. He deserves a break.. terrible night..
    but I don’t like the Nuggets chances without him.

    0-3. SUCKS. BUT…

    best time of the year to have a losing streak.. on the road
    against 3 probable Eastern playoff teams.

    We could be more worried… and there is a chance…
    that Wilson Chandler will resemble something of his
    former self soon..

    I’m far from giving up on this team..
    let’s see if this doesn’t prove to be
    something actually exactly what they
    needed.. For example.. that other team
    in town.. started ugly.. but now?
    that orange team is looking good.
    I expect this powder blue team
    (I hate the yellow.. I really do)
    will follow suit.

    • Ryan

      I don’t see Orlando as a playoff team. That’s the loss that really sticks out. Sixers can’t shoot, but are well-coached and play solid defense. Should have beaten them without Bynum, but bad games on the road happen. The effort tonight would win 95/100 games, can’t complain too much about it.
      It makes me wonder though, did Karl get a not-so-nice message/hint from Masai demanding that he play Faried/McGee more? The minutes were distributed much differently tonight than in the first two games…

      • Kyle Obergfell

        I am hoping Orlando is a playoff team but only time will tell.

        It just occurred to me…
        Wasn’t one of the highlights of last season..
        just destroying the Eastern conference on the road?

        Three games in.. it seems surreal that we’re not
        going to do that again.

  • ryanvdonk

    no mention of the nuggets playing 5 on 8? i know we aren’t gonna get calls in most games, but that was ridiculous. every time they flopped a whistle was blown, get near a guy and foul, slight bump? oh you better believe it. nuggets couldn’t buy a call, andre gets hit in the face, ty pretty much chest bumped on every double team. NBA officials make the NFL replacements look like all stars

    • Matt

      and what about chalmers tackling brewer as iggy made a shot close to the end, he just grabbed him and pulled him o the ground. but still kudos to the nuggets for keeping it close with the reffs pretty much giving the heat FT’s anytime we looked at them, they are the champs at home but they still do foul.

  • GK4Prez

    After 3 games, the Nuggets are defending the 3 pointer better than last year. I know it is a small sample, but the percentages over 3 games are better than they were last year.

    10/25 = 40% tonight
    5/15 = 33.3%
    7/25 = 28%
    22/65 = 34%

    The problem is the Nuggets can’t make 3’s, after 3 games they are 16/63=25%.

    After 3 games they are averaging 18 assists per game, this is way down from last year, and the opponent is averaging 23 per game against the Nuggets defense.

    The Nuggets are averaging 16 turnovers per game and the opponent is averaging 11.

    The Nuggets are averaging 6 steals per game and the opponent is averaging 10.

    Free throw shooting continues to be one of the biggest achilles heals for this team. On the year, the Nuggets are 36/58 = 62%, and the other team is 53/66 = 80%. The Nuggets are getting to the line less and shooting worse. Shooting 62% as a team from the charity stripe is inexcusable.

    points per game, offense: 93.3
    points per game, defense: 101.6

    This team needs to improve in several areas if they want to live up to expectations, but at least tonight was a step in the right direction. I can live with this loss because the team showed signs of improvement.

    It is weird, last year the Nuggets couldn’t be beaten by an eastern conference team and this year they can’t beat one. Hopefully, that will change with some home cooking.

    I would have liked to have seen Mcgee in the lineup to close out this game, he is a big reason (no pun intended) why the Nuggets had a chance to win it. He played a nice game tonight.

  • Stephen Hernandez

    God dang it Karl you over played gallo where was McGee for the last two minutes he had a double double almost, you’re costing us Karl come on.

  • Henry

    I had to be on the road, so I couldn’t watch the game. What a shame, since it was so clearly a fun one.

    Saw the score, which was a bit of a shocker, in a good way, after the first two Nuggets games. Then I took a quick look at the box score, and it all made sense: Karl tightened his rotation, which resulted in the players settling into their roles.

    Can it keep improving? Sure it can.

  • Henry

    Gallo needed to drive like he did against the Magic, he hasn’t been making 3’s consistently since he left New York.

  • Guy

    It’s good to see that the Nuggets have a pulse but if they couldn’t get up for this game it’s time to clean house. I’m glad Faried had a good game for he looked so lost in the previous 4 games.
    Even though they played better I just don’t get what they are trying to accomplish by not playing JHam. We have to find out if he can play and that just doesn’t get done playing 3 minutes a night. Against a team like Miami that has no center start JHam at the 2 and have Faried & Gallo play 4-5. If they need a shot blocker put in McGee. They just seem to be getting very little out of Koufus. It’s a small lineup but then Miami plays with a small lineup and this gets our most productive players minutes.
    I still think we need to make a major trade (Atlanta??) for it’s pointless to have all these players and not use them. I wonder what Stan Van Gundy could do with this bunch??

  • Aaron

    Hate To Blame The Refs On Games But Woww! REALLY!?
    I Completely Agree With Ryanvdonk, I Know We Were Facing The Heat (4-0 in Stars in The Heats Favor Of Course) But For Real. No Reason To Almost Hand The Game To Them Like That.

  • Señor Chang

    Trade gallo for Eric Gordon. Gordon’s injuries aren’t that bad, he just doesn’t want to be in New Orleans

    • SmokinNugs

      He’s about to have knee surgery. This is not a good trade.

    • Nugnugz

      Eric Gordon? That’s yucky. Trade Gallo and Chandler for Rudy Gay

      • Ryan

        Masai would win executive of the century if he got Memphis to do that, based on how terrible they both have been so far this year…

  • Ban Johnson

    Let’s pretend like the first two games of the season didn’t exist. Oh my goodness were they terrible.

    This team has incredible potential…you could see it in stretches last night…

    If Karl plays conventional rotations and gives the young bigs a little slack to make mistakes, the Nuggets will be a handful come April and May.

    Something has to give, and for now it’s minutes for Hamilton, Fournier, and Mozgov. You can’t play 11 or 12 guys consistently in the NBA. It’s never worked.

    Gallinari’s shot will start falling. I’d rather see him aggressive like last night than hesitating on shots. Nuggets need him getting to the line too. Just not enough scoring otherwise.

    • Bryan

      Mozgov has been injured and unavailable to play. If Kofous doesn’t step his game on defense, I could see Mozgov replacing him. He was completely worthless on defense last night.

      Hopefully, Brewer will be traded soon, so Hamilton can get in there.

      Brewer’s play is infuriating. He can’t hit wide open shots and makes idiotic and costly decisions on defense. On Friday night, it was fouling Jameer Nelson on the in bounds in the middle of a comeback attempt. Last night it was leaving open the guy who had made more threes than anyone in NBA history and then fouling him on top of that.

      B- seems like a generous grade for a guy who missed most of his sots and cost the Nuggets the game with his poor defensive play.

  • Terry

    The NBA has the most referee involvement in sports. It’s incredibly frustrating watch a “star” bowl down the lane uncontrollably, throw his hands in the air, and get a foul call 9 out of 10 times. And the one time he doesn’t, he’s in the ref’s ear making sure he does the next five times he does it. Something is inherently and seriously wrong with a central part of the NBA. I understand the need for superstar players; it expands your brand and makes you boatloads of money. All of that is fine. Go for it. But make the players prove their superstardom. Don’t give them a boost to the top by rewarding sloppy, lazy basketball. Make them show their talent.

    I’ll get off my soapbox now. This didn’t happen as much this game, which was nice, but the refs seemed to disappear against Miami down the stretch. Brewer’s lack of defense is inexcusable, but does the ref really need to tack on another point on a phantom foul? What about Chalmers Von Millering Andre to the floor? Or Dwyane Wade throwing cheap forearms for two consecutive plays and complaining about it? Something has to change, or we’ll be seeing LeBron and co. in the finals against Durant or Kobe for the next decade. Awesome

    • Peter

      While I agree with you that “superstar” calls are bad for basketball and everything should be called the same for every player, I have to point out that making a foul call/non-call is one of the hardest things to do in sports. The best guys ever at getting to the line recently(Wade, Iverson, LeBron to name a few) have an uncanny ability to draw the defense in, or jump into their man, in a sense faking their man in to a foul call because they are so quick(Iverson). Because they are so strong that you need to compensate so when they ease up is looks like they are getting clobbered(Wade). Or they have a once in a generation blend or both(LeBron) and get tons and tons of foul calls, when you are sitting at home saying wait a minute, the defender wasn’t trying to foul right there. And it might not have looked like a hard foul but it doesn’t take a hard foul to change a shot, thus making the ref make a decision.

  • Thomas

    Key takeaway from 3 games, putting aside the fact that we are 0x3:

    GK’s trust guys are Miller, Gallo, Iguodala, and to a lesser degree Brewer. Two PG line-up will continue to be GK’s favorite scheme.

    I don’t care how many games we win in the regular season, with these trust guys being the core of our team at crucial game situations (4th qtr, last 5 minutes) and the two PG insanity we have zero chance of winning the WC.

    I don’t know if we have the material to be WC champs, but I would like to find out. The only way we can find out is playing our best players or the ones with more potential and allowing each of them to do what they can do best. Those are Lawson (drive and high % FG), Iguodala (defense, clutch shooting, not volume shooting), Faried (rebounding and hustle plays), a big center and a shooter.

    We have the centers. Don’t think Gallo is the shooter, not sure if Hamilton could fill that void but would like to see him get the opportunity (25+ minutes, not 12).

    Miller, Brewer and everyone else should be getting scraps (15 minutes or less per game).

    Until we have a coach that realizes the obviousness of this, we will continue to be what we were last year…a “dangerous” team or a “fun” team.

    Masai, pack Miller’s bags and force GK’s hand. You are obviously not going to fire the old coach (please do!). You are wasting another year, you are wasting Faried and Hamilton’s cheap rookie salaries. We need to play five straight and not these constant changing player schemes – we have no identity.

  • GZ

    As painful as the ending was, at least the entire game wasn’t hard to watch like the last two. In the past two games, the Nuggets looked confused on offense, uncertain of their spacing and roles. They also settled for a lot more jump shots. I don’t know if the improvement in this game was due to improved aggressiveness, insisting on getting shots in the lane, or if the Heat were just not packing the paint like Philly and Orlando did. I know people are on Gallo’s case for his poor shooting performance, but we need to realize that our half court offense is 100% dependent right now on players being able to take their defender one-on-one and finish at the rim or get to the foul line. When teams pack the paint, Lawson often seems to get blocked and doesn’t get much love from the officials either. Gallo showed in the Orlando game, that he is capable of finishing or drawing the foul consistently when he drives. This is why we should not look to trade him, but also why he should be encouraged to take it to the rim a lot more and not settle for long jumpers (especially when his shot is not falling). A few other observations- Corey Brewer wanders and gambles way too much on D. I know he’s earned a reputation for being a spark plug for all the steals this strategy generates, but Ray Allen pointed out why this is a losing strategy in the long run. McGee needs to learn how to close out on jump shooters without leaving his feet, but he is an absolute game-changer on defense, even when he doesn’t actually block the shot, he alters everything.

  • Nugznazty

    Jham just stting there, remembering how his hard work didn’t pay off at all. Going to be a hard season for that dude just watching the games pass him by

  • Mark from Charlotte

    AR15 should be in the game before KK. KK is terrible.

  • Z

    3 for 17 gets you a C – ill take note of that

    • https://twitter.com/denbutsu Joel

      Ha, point taken. But in fairness, he wasn’t entirely terrible outside of his poor shooting. He was the only player to get to the line with regularity, and his defense was not altogether bad. Anyhow, I gave him the second lowest grade only to Koufos, who did play worse, so if you want to think of it as KK getting an F and Gallo getting a D, it’s pretty much the same thing. These grades are subjective and relative. I think the point that he had a bad game was pretty clear.

  • http://Denverstiffs.comSlader Richard Greenslade (Slader)

    I don’t mind Gallo shooting, but his shot SELECTION was lousy. Several off balance long 3’s that looked almost like desperation shots, not normal possessions.

    Anyone can have a off night, and no one will gripe if you are attempting reasonable shots. It is thus fair to gripe about Gallo’s game, although he did do other things well. With Gallo so cold and Chandler benched for his health, I was surprised not to see a little JHam.

    That said, playing like this the Nuggs can beat anyone. And in fact, it is not too much to ask them to play a little better than this.

  • park hill

    Gallo has the little AI disease–always trying to get to the line. He is not the darling of NY anymore, this may fly a bit at Pepsi Center but he needs to realize he is not pampered by the refs.

    Unbelievable that Randolph will just sit on the bench, even during Bosh like performances against KK. AR can shoot the J, I’m confused, he must have pissed off Karl or something. The kid killed us when in MN, I thought this was a big pickup.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    Memo to fans: The only reason we had a smaller rotation was because Chandler was not playing…. If Chandler played, you would have taken away minutes from Faried & Mcgee cause Karl would have played even smaller ball… Just like last year, Faried has his best when he gets his 30 plus minutes due to injury (not due to karl’s choice).. And I am sick of it… So our best games will be in 2nd games of back to backs when Chandler is out… Great… Predication: Tuesday against the Pistons Karl goes back to his small ball, and Faried and Mcgee get way less than 30 minutes (prob about 22 mins each).. If this happens I will buy a ticket behind the nuggets bench just so I can heckle GK for 48 minutes.. I am so sick of GK.. How many times are we going to continue losing timeouts???????? Also trade Chandler, Miller, and KK (Man I wish Julian Stone was healthy).

  • Junior

    I think Galinari is a liability. His offensive game is great when he is on point, but when really is that? He’s injured frequently add that to the fact that he is pretty inconsistent, and there has only been one good season he’s really given us. We’ve seen greatness from him, but it doesnt show up regularly which is killing us along with his weak defensive game. I think he can make a great trade asset since we’ve been paying him all of that money that he hasnt even earned so far.

    • NugsNate

      I’m pretty sure he’s only been here one full season. =D

  • nate dogg

    please just let GK go…we need a coach who doesn’t play favorites and isn’t so damn old school. We need a younger, energetic coach who relates to today’s players (esp. ours). I’ve had a love/hate with him forever..i’m happy to have had him around but is it just me or has he worn out his welcome?

  • Ray

    LOL some of these fans are clueless. Which sample is more reliable? Kosta Koufos’ 60 games last year or 3 this year? Most of these players will be fine, calm down people.

    And for those looking to fire George Karl, you do realize we’d likely be a lottery team without him right?

    • Ryan

      Karlite alert!! Blindly backing GK without any supporting evidence…

  • Nugnugz

    I am concerned about Gallo. I think this is a case where there’s some stereotyping at play – because he’s white (and European?), he must be a good shooter. Gallo is really not that great of a shooter, particularly from downtown. And I’m not just talking about a couple of games this season, the sample size is much larger than that.