|Danilo Gallinari, SF 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -2
Gallo finally hit some threes and it was nice to see him come out determined to assert himself against the Lakers. He was a big factor offensively but it’s tough to give any Nuggets player a shining grade after that kind of defensive effort.
|Kenneth Faried, SF 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -20
He was abused in just about every possible way by any Laker who wanted a piece. The good news is Faried will probably never play 23 minutes while grabbing just two rebounds ever again.
|Kosta Koufos, C 9 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +7
I’m not sure if it was injury or fatigue, but Koufos didn’t see any meaningful time after picking up two quick fouls to start the game. Howard got loose early and Karl must have seen enough to go in a different direction immediately. The decision appeared to backfire as Koufos actually looked much better on defense than all of his fellow bigs.
|Ty Lawson, PG 36 MIN | 3-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 9 PTS | -12
Flashbacks to game one of last years playoff series, where Lawson just wilted in a moment the Nuggets were expecting big things out of him. Games like this simply can’t be afforded out of Lawson anymore. The really offensive thing is the complete lack of emotion and leadership on the floor.
|Andre Iguodala, SG 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -12
An okay game, but it’s now obvious he can only do so much to mask Denver’s deep-seeded issues with perimeter defense. He has to have a great scoring night just to keep the Nuggets competitive and that’s nowhere near where Iguodala is at his best.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 20 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -7
It’s tempting to give Hamilton a solid grade for his near double-double in just 20 minutes of action, but he takes some bad shots and still looks a step slow on the defensive end. I understand some of his struggles because I thought he was taking great shots and really improving earlier in the year, when he couldn’t get on the court. He’s trying to stand out and get minutes, which just hasn’t been easy thus far.
|Corey Brewer, SF 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -14
Made some threes, but literally went for steals every single possession and still can’t dribble the ball whilst moving.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -16
He didn’t get a chance to match up with Howard that much but Karl clearly made an effort to get Mozgov involved early and often. I wasn’t impressed with his defense around the rim but Mozgov managed to produce and showed he’s still got something to offer in a rotation role. I’m just not sure what the point is, we’ll likely go back to a non-Mozgov rotation in the very next game.
|JaVale McGee, C 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -10
He started out nicely and as usual, was all over the place the rest of the way. In a laugher like this I was disappointed the Nuggets did not give him a little more run in the second half. 17 games into the season we still don’t even have a hint of how JaVale might respond to increased minutes.
|Andre Miller, PG 26 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -6
The Nuggets got it to within seven in the second quarter, one of many opportunities to get back in a competitive game against a defense that was allowing them to shoot over 50% the entire night. Miller brought the ball up, literally crossed himself over and fumbled the ball while nearly tripping over his own feet — no player was within an arms length of him. It just perfectly summed up Andre Miller’s season so far.
|Evan Fournier, SG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3
Would have been nice to see him in a little earlier. The Nuggets never really threatened but didn’t formally concede until the last few minutes.
Three Things We Saw
- This loss aside, the Nuggets actually played decent basketball on this three game road trip and come up with nothing to show for it. As for this game, it was easy enough to predict a blowout with the Nuggets having played last night and the rested Lakers playing in front of a fired up crowd desperate for a victory.
- I was surprised Karl said he was asking for more ball pressure in a timeout, yet no real effort was made to change the way Denver was defending the pick and roll. The Nuggets continued to switch and go under no matter what. It did not seem like there were any adjustments made to pick and roll coverage from the opening tip to the final whistle.
- Chris Duhon played a lot in this game and Dwight Howard capped off the show with a three-pointer on the final play of regulation. This one was mostly a joke. I’ve said before Denver has played much better than 0-3 on this trip and arriving here is a result of many failures from top to bottom. Denver’s playing a tough schedule and still has plenty of time to get it together, but they’re now on the wrong side of .500 with another tough 5-game road trip following Monday’s home game against Toronto.
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