|Danilo Gallinari, SF 35 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +3
People say Gallo has his confidence back, but what they don’t understand is that it was never about confidence in the first place — it was about the types of shots he was taking. Does the fact that he’s made, what, one or two more shots with his feet right inside the 3-point arc change the fact that they aren’t good shots? Gallo actually had a pretty decent game, all things considered. But when you remember he’s an athletic 6-10 small forward who has unlimited range, excellent handles (for his size) and can get to the line with some of the best in the league — games like these can tend to seem pretty pedestrian.
|Kenneth Faried, SF 30 MIN | 6-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -10
I don’t know what Faried really could have done differently to get a higher grade. He let Markieff Morris score a bit too much, but that was kind of the story for the whole team tonight. Bottom line: Whenever Faried is in the game the Nuggets always play better, which makes his lengthy absence in the second quarter all the more head-scratching.
|Kosta Koufos, C 17 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +4
Koufos is still being wildly outproduced by McGee. That won’t change. Why? Because he’s simply not as good as McGee. End of story. It’s nice to see him playing such good interior defense though. That was a part of his game that was really lacking over the last several weeks. If he can continue making his presence known in the paint, his shortcomings will be much easier to swallow.
|Ty Lawson, PG 35 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 12 PTS | -4
Lawson was dominated by Dragic all night long. Dominated. He was awful in high pick-and-rolls (but so was the entire team) and as a result, Dragic shot 4-5 from deep, which was basically the different in the game scoring-wise. On offense, Lawson isn’t looking to be aggressive. It’s as if he’s all or nothing with getting the basket. Lawson has to expand his creativity when it comes to scoring AND distributing. He can’t get caught up in being just the speedy point guard. He’s way too talented to pigeonhole himself like that. Worst of all, his confidence appears to be rattled.
|Andre Iguodala, SG 34 MIN | 6-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -7
You can’t complain with how Iguodala has played over the last few games. He’s really taken our advice at RMC (not literally, of course) and become the No. 1 option on the team. He’s making difficult shots — which is exactly what you want to see from your best player — and is playing excellent defense too. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get pulled down into the funk that Lawson and Gallinari currently occupy.
|Corey Brewer, SF 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -8
Brewer was somewhat invisible. It’s games like these where the Nuggets really need him to step up on defense and ignite the team. His inconsistency perpetuates.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1
|JaVale McGee, C 24 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -5
McGee had a really solid night offensively. He was efficient and slammed home a handful of different lob passes throughout the evening. But three boards from a 7-footer with the longest wingspan in the NBA won’t cut it. He also needs to stop biting on pump fakes from dudes like Scola and David Lee who can’t jump over a phone book.
|Andre Miller, PG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | -17
Miller really didn’t get into his crafty, veteran groove tonight. He kind of dribbled aimlessly and lost the ball too much. The Suns didn’t let him post up or operate the way he likes to and as a result he became limited.
|Wilson Chandler, SG 14 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -5
Chandler finally did some positive things out there. He still looks like he’s lost half the time, but at least he’s starting to make some shots. It’s tough though. Chandler is a proven scorer in this league. He’s a guy who deserves at least 25 minutes per night. He just can’t be effective coming off the bench in such a limited capacity.