Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 99, Memphis Grizzlies 94

Memphis Grizzlies 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 36 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +1Danilo sometimes kind of disappears for stretches of games, but he sure has a knack at times for finding ways to come up with some big plays at key moments. That was on display tonight, when a couple of big 3-pointers and, most dramatically, a pass to himself off the backboard for a dunk put the kibosh on Memphis extending leads, and got the crowd pumped up.
Kenneth Faried, SF 25 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +6Kenneth for the most part was mostly a non-factor in this game. Sure, he had ten rebounds, but he really couldn’t get anything going offensively, and he really couldn’t compete with the Z-Bo/Gasol combo on the glass very well. He played great against Minnesota, but he’s only had 2 double doubles in his last 10 games, and he needs to find a way to bring out the Manimal more consistently.
Kosta Koufos, C 23 MIN | 1-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +1As is usually the case when Kosta has a good game, the stat line doesn’t tell the story of how well he played, aside from his four blocks. Look instead to Marc Gasol’s 2-10 shooting. Koufos played admirably well against a frontcourt that has the potential to dominate him, and was a big contributor to Denver’s solid defensive performance.
Ty Lawson, PG 37 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | +5We’d still like to see more aggression from Lawson. When he’s not shooting, he’s not doing enough to keep defenses honest and prevent them from packing the paint. That said, this was one of his best defensive performances of the season. Mike Conley did get off a couple three pointers, but he was kept ineffective most of the game, held to 5-14 shooting with only four assists. Ty still needs to work on not turning the ball over, however.
Andre Iguodala, SG 38 MIN | 8-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 20 PTS | +10this is the Andre Iguodala the Nuggets need to see more often. Tonight he played with an intensity and aggression that has far too often been missing from his game this season, and it really paid off. As with Lawson, turnovers are still a problem, but it was great to see him running the court harder, disrupting the Grizzlies offense with the kind of scrappy defense his reputation is built on, and above all operate within the flow of his team in a comfortable way. If he can genuintely find his comfort zone, it’ll be great news for Denver.
Corey Brewer, SF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -1This was a quiet performance from Brewer, mostly solid, but relatively understated compared to his recent play. He didn’t make too big of an impact on this game, but he was serviceable in the minutes he played, allowing Gallo and Dala some brief respite without much dropoff.
Timofey Mozgov, C 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -11The five minutes Mozgov played in this game were probably his worst of the season. Karl sent him in after Koufos picked up his second foul, and should be credited with recognizing that tonight was clearly not Timo’s night, and pulling him out of the game quickly.
JaVale McGee, C 24 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +13Tonight’s JaVale McGee is George Karl’s dream JaVale McGee. His defensive presence set the tone for the entire team. He didn’t try to do too much or force things on offense. He played a fundamentally sound game, making few mistakes and, like Koufos, played great against one of the league’s best 4/5 duos. And man, he just blocked the hell out of that ball. There are four on the stat sheet, but easily more than two or three times that were altered because of his presence in the paint. And his block-catch was reminiscent of LaPhonso Ellis’ classic play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVFSfRVzQ8s
Andre Miller, PG 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +1Miller continues to struggle defensively at times, but at least the effort is there this season. Like most Nuggets fans, I’m not a big supporter of the two point guard lineup, but I can empathize with wanting to have your best players on the floor when the game is on the line, and Dre probably gets some undeserved runoff from that fan frustration. But if the “crafty veteran” tag seems cliche, that’s not because it isn’t true. His handle on the game and his ability to post up have been among the most consistently reliable pluses for the Nuggets this season. A Marc Gasol and-1 brought Memphis within one point with 0:53 remaining, but four made free throws by Miller sealed the game for Denver.

One Thing We Saw

  1. This was truly a team victory for the Nuggets, defined by their very solid team defense through all four quarters of the game. It’s always a kind of coup for Denver when they win a slow-paced, hard-fought defensive battle, so this was a satisfying win. Turnovers continue to be problematic — there were 19 in this game — but the good news tonight was that Denver’s free throws were falling. They shot what by now is a nearly unrecognizable 88.5% from the charity strip tonight, going 23-26. Hopefully they can use this game to build on some positives — tougher defense, better play by Iguodala and McGee, not allowing opponent runs to get out of hand — to put together a strong close to their December schedule, in which five of this year’s remaining eight games are on the road. They are currently 12-12. If they can find a way to go into the new year with a winning record and some positive momentum, then January, when only three of fifteen games are away from the Pepsi Center, will be a great opportunity to get this season on the right track after all their early struggles.

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  • googergieger

    McGee had a fantastic game. He is getting much more disciplined when it comes to pump fakes and avoiding contact when he does go for said pump fakes. Iguodala had a much needed good game, but that third quarter he came out lifeless. His lack of energy transferred to everyone not named Faried and McGee. Despite how good Miller came through for us in the end, Andre and Ty can not play together for more than five minutes a game, I reckon. Did you notice as soon as he introduced that line up and took out McGee who was playing great for us, Grizz went on an 11-0 run? Dre left a lot of three point shooters open again. Still I do like how we enough players showed up to fight for this victory. Too many turn overs again, but our defense made up for them. Also our free throw shooting, though how on earth our rebounding suffered as much as it did is beyond me. The one thing we were owning the league at has suffered something fierce past good number of games.

    • ckwizard

      Yes too many turnovers, no team is going to play perfect defense and the open 3 pointers are a problem but over all the defense has been decent and is continuing to get better. If we hit free throws at this percentage every game so far this season our record is a lot better. GK seems to still be struggling figuring out his bench rotation, but it is good to see that Igoudala or Gallo was always on the floor because they are the two that make his defensive strategy work.

      • googergieger

        I wouldn’t call “switch everything” a strategy. But it does work when those two switch. Those two are our best and most versatile defenders.

    • Charliemyboy

      Outstanding point about the 11-0 run. Karl, please take note… be more flexible… the team needs you to make changes on the fly… you can do it!

  • Scott

    Why has Faried been playing rookie minutes? He was on the bench during most of the fourth!

    • Aaron

      Rookies. Dreads. Same Thing in GK Mind…

    • Ackdog

      Matchups mate. Mcgee was the right choice for sure. Gallo can play the 4 at 6’10”. The the three guards. I thought one of Karls better choices to close out the game.

  • Landry

    Love that GK is finally letting McGeezie spread his wings and fly like a peacock by playing him over Faried tonight to close the game. Seriously if he didn’t always make a Shaqtin a fool moment every game, he may actually be taken seriously. But until that day, I’ll enjoy our de facto knucklehead because at least this one is 7’1″. Plus, what good is an NBA season without a few laughs.

    • Amel

      Laughs not adressed to your own team maybe?!

  • Mac

    Great games by igoudala and McGee. Andre miller with clutch free throws. Gallo looked really good at some times on offense(off the glass oop to himself). Faried didn’t play enough minutes, he should’ve played more in the 4th. Javale McGee. He wasn’t dunking much tonite, but he played great defense blocking and altering a lot of shots. McGee palmed randolphs shot…. Lol.

  • Josh

    The Nuggets played well today. Lawson could have been a bit better considering he was being guarded by Bayless for quite some time. Perhaps the best thing from this game was the free throw percentage. I also really liked that we scored in the paint and scored on the break. Overall a good game by the Nuggs

    • GK4Prez

      The Nuggets got pounded on the offensive glass, but for the most part, they shut down Gasol and Randolph. I think this and the solid night as a “TEAM” from the free throw line is what impressed me the most.

      I was also happy to see Mcgee and Iguodala have big games, Iguodala had an impressive stat line, but I agree with the first post, he did come out sluggish to start the 3rd.

      Time for another road trip…lol

  • magster

    23-26 at the line! That was the difference. Where the heck did that come from?

  • GK4Prez

    I should also give some credit to GK tonight, he used a center the entire 4th quarter. I think this was a first.

  • jay reezy

    My thoughts are that as long as we can hit free throws and play solid fundamental defense we can beat anyone great overall game and we got iggy rolling again!

  • Trevor

    19 TO and 16 Offensive Rebounds allowed is way too much, this game really could have been a blowout had the Nuggets cleaned up those parts of the game. But really solid game for a number of guys which was nice to see. No one played an unbelievable game but almost everyone had a good game. This team can play defense! I hope to see more of that.

  • Ckwizard

    After rewatching he time Mozgov was in I would grade him a “C”. First he hit his only jump shot which if any of the bigs could hit that shot with regularity would help the nuggets. Second he was matched up with Gasol and he played him physical and as we’ll as Denver’s other bigs. After Gasol left Mozgov was matched up on Z-Bo and did fine. He was poor with rebounding positioning and got lost when Gallo decided to take Z-Bo instead of spaeth. Mozgov wasn’t responsible for the run the grizzlies went on as they started hitting jump shots, 2 threes which Mozgov wasn’t responsible for defending. Spaeth hit shots and only one was on Mozgov. Mozgov did surrender the paint to Gay on a drive but that was one play. Over all Mozgov did a serviceable job on Gasol and Z-Bo and that tripping call was just unfortunate.

    • Ckwizard

      By serviceable I mean neither Gasol or Z-Bo scored while he was defending them.

  • googergieger

    Faried was guarding Gasol to start, Kofous just guarded Randolph and did a rather poor job all said and done. He once again didn’t finish at the rim well, and then couldn’t box out to save his life. Much more he constantly fumbled great passes or on a few cases didn’t make a little effort to get the great pass from Iguodala and others. Iguodala also had a good game but no way does he deserve an A considering that third quarter. Did you even watch the game Mr. grade person?

    What did Mozgov do that was so bad?

    Oh and Karl still didn’t play McGee enough and played Kofous too much considering what both brought to the table tonight.

    In any case, I’m guessing the grades person half watched the game high, and much like Karl decided to “wing it” last second.

    • https://twitter.com/denbutsu Joel

      I’m sorry Mr. Commenter Guy (if that’s how we’re addressing each other now), but if you think that Faried played better than Koufos, or that Mozgov played good *at all*, then you may need to reevaluate how carefully you’re watching the game rather than accusing other people of not doing so. I’ll concede that with so much switching on defense, the assignments weren’t necessarily “clean” (there were plays that either Gallo or McGee got switched out onto Conley, for example), but overall, if you think Kenneth and Mozzie did a better job of defending the paint the KK and JaVale, then I’d have to assume that when you call me high, you’re actually just projecting.

      • googergieger

        Faried and Kofous played almost the same ammount of minutes. Seeing as everyones justification for always praising Kofous is the plus/minus stat…

        It isn’t that Mozgov played good, is that he didn’t play bad. He was a C. In any case McGee did the best job at defending the paint tonight. Kofous got his blocks but Faried kept his assignments out of paint to begin with. I mean really what did Kofous do to warrant him such high praise and Faried so little?

        I mean I’m sorry if I offended, but is it just Karl logic here from everyone that praises Kofous so easily? “He doesn’t make mistakes”. I mean he does, but is it that he doesn’t make as many noticeable ones? Is it that others on the team are just held to a higher standard? I could understand that logic. I mean I couldn’t, but I could accept it.

        • Tom

          All the bigs did a decent job tonight. The Grizzlies have a great front court, much better than the Nuggets, and yet other than offensive rebounds, the Nuggets won that battle. So I’d give them all good grades (except maybe Mozgov).

  • CJP32

    First game in his last 8 that Iggy shoots 50%+ and scores 15pts+, that was big for us, we needed this from him. He needs to do it more consistently. Gallo was quiet in the first half, but made some big plays down the stretch. Faried again vanished in the 1st half, but his rebounding in the 2nd half picked up.

    McGee looked really focused this game and was the X Factor, the blocks were huge and he played smart on offense. Miller was crucial in the 4th but probably played a little too many minutes, I wish GK would give him breaks more often because he struggles to defend.

    Brewer had a ‘quiet’ 9 pts and 4 rebs, but defensively did everything GK would of asked and his 3 FTs in the 4th helped, overall a great FT effort from the team.

    Back in the Top 8 and we need to win a few more moving forward

  • GIANLUCA

    Karl is orrible .
    PS IN 1° or 2° quarter GALLO HAVE MADE 3POINT .. but the REFS select 2 point … WHY ??? THE REWIWEW ????

    • GK4Prez

      His toe was on the line

      • GIANLUCA

        no

        • monimo

          invece si, ho guardato bene!

  • Ackdog

    A bit harsh on Faried. If you disect his minutes he played on Gasol and Kosta played and Randolph. Both holding thier own. If Faried can get 4 or 5 field goals and 10+ boards he is doing his job. The Nugs need a concictent jump shooter because so far none of the blokes they have can get the job done!

  • OriginalJakeSauce

    Where was the Jordan Hamilton? What if in half of the situations where GK inserts the TY/DRE combination he switched either guard with JHam? Ya know? Cut down GK insanity hour with some height, some rebounding, and a smooth jumper with range? Why is JHam not allowed to get out there and create his offense? I think this kid has just slightly less physical ability than JRSwish… and an equally rangey, pure shot. I remember JR staying in games after 30ft heat checks. Can we at least put a thermometer on or around this skilled youngster?

    I see that we beat the Grizz, again. I am proud of tthat. I’m still pining for Stand Van Gundy, Nate M, or Brian Shaw… Mike D’an would be doing better here than GK… just because he forces his players to run a consistent half court set. I realize that we win games under GK’S though process, but we have given at least 6 games away in the 4th quarter because there’s no way to get a Gallo isolation, or Iggy off a double screen, or an actual Pick and Roll game. If GK pulled JHam because his screens were too weak, I could see that. But we don’t even try to get physical on that end…

    I’m rambly, and so done with George. Thanks for the fun years, let’s play and win basketball though.

    • Charliemyboy

      Why put Jham in when we’re winning with current combination? He is still young and prone to mistakes. It takes time. We just beat a top 5 team with GK doing a fine job, so can we take a rest on him?

      • park hill

        You put him in because you can’t go all year with just 8 players going 25 mins plus every damn night, with 3 of those 8 going 35 mins plus. You put him in to build a 10-11 man rotation, where every player is ready and able to give at least 3 solid minutes in a playoff game. You put him because you’re thinking of a deep playoff run.

        • googergieger

          You put him in because like Rudy Gay said last night, they lost this game more than Denver won. Both teams did plenty to lose, but for every good that Andre Miller gave you, he was responsible for about four wide open Grizzlies three’s. Him and Ty can not work together for that much ammount of time. More so, Iguodala clearly came out flat in that third quarter and instead of Karl sitting him down he left him out there. Hell Karl criticized McGee’s gamble for a steal during his brilliant game, but never mentions how Brewer ALWAYS gambles for steals. Hamilton could go in those situations.

  • Charliemyboy

    Many things I liked. Free throws were the result of being at home and knowing the rims. Playing McGee and KK against bigger front lines works. Faried can be a spark, but not when opponents bigs go over him. They just seemed determined. We would be whining if Gay had hit that 3 and they won in overtime. But now let’s celebrate and not castigate GK (at least for this game). They all played hard and coach deserves his share of credit.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    I was at the game last night, and then I rewatched the game on TV when I got home. Faried was going off defensively AND ON THE GLASS last night… Karl had him guarding Gasol straight up for most of his minutes. I would have prefered Faried on randolph, but KARL is the idiot in control… Faried shut down Gasol, and also made several hustle plays , and caused a couple of steals.. He would have had like 16 boards & 15 points if he would have received his normal minutes (and HE WAS PLUS 6)… But you know what??? Faried took a couple of bad shots and drew the wrath of Karl… And then he made the “outrangeous” mistake of setting a screen for Miller late in the shot clock which led to either a turnover or bad shot… For this error karl immediately pulled him (this was late in the 3rd qtr), and he never returned to the game… This despite the team being +6 with him on the floor….(In the 1st qtr when faried was pulled the score was nuggests 16, memphis 11).. Why would Karl treat Faried like a punk for this mistake??? Everyone makes them (unlike Miller, Lawson, & IGGY who make several a game) and Karl throw Faried in the doghouse for this???? All this kid does is play his heart out every night, and this is his reward???? Each game is either play Karl’s definition of a perfect game or get benched when you are a 1st or second year player.. This is complete BS, and all this will do is crush a players confidence or attitude… You risk creating the JR Smith me first attitude, like if coach is going to punk me like that I am going to play for me.. Or you create the oh my gosh, I better not make a mistake… should I shoot?? no no Karl might get mad I better pass the ball to miller.. Should I set a screen? naw I better not cause Karl might get made & punk me…. Right now I am boiling mad… I am watching karl punk Jham & Faried on a nightly basis and this sucks… It’s ok for Lawson to play like a school girl, or Miller to play defense like a pregnant J-LO (miller has got a fat backside.. to much milk and cookies), or iggy to make like hundred bonehead turnovers a game… KARL I AM OVER YOU.. AND AM SICK OF YOU… YOU WILL NEVER WIN A RING…. NEVER AND I HOPE AND PRAY JOSHY BOY GROWS A SET AND CAN’S YOUR BEHIND ASAP.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    AS far grades go: KK was guarding randolph for most of his minutes… Faried was guarding Gasol… Faried played his back side off defensively, but a subpar offensive game… But another remember Dennis Rodman? Faried’s defense is growing every game…. Karl preaches defense but he is a freaking liar… All he cares about is his precious offensive flow defense be damned.. How else can you explain Andre Miller being his favorite player? Watching Miller and Lawson playing 3ball defense is pathetic…. I think memphis shot like 50% from beyond the ARC, what is Karl doing about that? If we played Oklahoma City in the playoffs we would get punked by this fact alone… I hate liars, and George Karl is a liar.. He is also a pompous punk that thinks he is the smartest man in the room at all times, and I am starting to despise him more and more on a nightly basis…. This is almost getting unwatchable from a rational fan’s perspective.. I can’t handle karls subsitution patterns.. The way he rewards players minutes is sickening… How about more minutes with Faried, McGee, and Gallo on the floor together at the same time. MEMO TO THE IDIOT GEORGE KARL: PLAY YOUR TOP 5 PLAYERS THE MAJORITY OF THE GAME… It is that simple… Do that on a nighthly basis and you will win…. Period…. And the players will learn how to play together and grow into a cohesive unit ready for playoff battles… The reason Karl gets punked in the playoffs is because his rotations vary on a nightly basis… I am sick of all his hippy BS, talking about Karma and flows.. Just get back to the basics you freakin idiot……

    • ckwizard

      How about the answer to your question of why not more Faried and McGee together on the court is that both of them have a history (this season) of bad defense and when paired together lead to a defensive breakdowns so far this season. McGee played outstanding THIS GAME and was rewarded for it. McGee played better than Faried THIS GAME and was rewarded for it. The nuggets held on down the stretch THIS GAME because they didn’t give up a lot of easy buckets down the stretch.
      THIS GAME GK did some better things. But based on the PREVIOUS GAMES this season Faried and McGee together HAVE NOT BEEN A DOMINATING DEFENSIVE FORCE.

      I am glad that GK is paying attention to the game more than some of the peeps on here seem to believe. Maybe just maybe THIS GAME was better because the team hasn’t lost it confidence in the coach. Maybe the players enjoy the system and are actually competing. Faried can and will get better but the fourth quarter against one of the better teams in the league when we need buckets isn’t the time for it and GK did a fine Job.

      Now GK said to them “stop turning the ball over so much and you would be killing them” Truth Truth Truth. 19 turnovers take away 5 they lose 2 points we score 4 more points and the game is a 10 point margin at the end of regulation. GK is coaching this team and they are getting better… so all the GK haters out there find some joy in your life because this team is going to keep his job for him and it is easier to enjoy Nuggets basketball when you don’t hate so much. Go Nuggets.

      • googergieger

        How many minutes have they played together? I know Karl said this as his reason for not playing them more together. I also know he says he starts Kofous and plays him more because he doesn’t make mistakes, even though he does. I mean how many needlessly complicated lay ups and hook shots were blown thanks to him alone. McGee and Faried should develop more chemistry together seeing as they are the future front court of this team.

        • http://www.yahoo.com prospector

          I’m not dissing on KK cause he plays hard , he has a great attitude and I am glad he is on the team… However I was at the game last night and faried was a beast and the Mcgee was on his game… When that is happening I want to see more of that… Faried & Mcgee on the floor last night had great chemistry together last night and I wanted to see more minutes.. Period…. Mcgee is getting paid some jack.. Time to make him earn his keep on the floor with the starters… Faried & Mcgee are the future and foundation.. We need to develop our young players…That is our future.. Rolling around with a slow 50 year old Andre Miller is hurting the development of our team….. MEMO: We are not going to win a ring this season, so instead of watching Miller suck away 29 minutes from other players i want to see EVAN or Jham …Hell go mega big Iggy playing point forward w/jham (or brewer) , Gallo, Mcgee, and Faried playing at the same time… Why not? Iggy can bring the ball up court… Surely he can play d on a point guard better than A. Miller (I could)…. I think we would crush teams with this lineup.. Could trying this hurt???? Iggy is known for his ball handling skills but we never take advantage of those skils… Why did we get him again?? I’m not hating on Lawson, by ditching Miller we could fully hand the keys over to him as well.. I think he is sick of miller as much as we are… All I can think is why did we let Felton go ???? And when is Miller going to retire?? Because having to watch him for another seasonb will drive me insane…….

          • googergieger

            I think Andre still has a lot to offer, but he should be a back up. I mean he should be more than good with twenty or so minutes. I mean I don’t know, you think Karl would just keep players out there that are playing good. I mean we have a deep bench, if someone doesn’t have energy or is a complete nonfactor on defense and we are getting beat because of it, we have a very deep bench. Some nights Lawson may not have it and sure, go with Andre down the stretch. Other nights Andre may not have it, so sure go with Ty for major minutes. He is young after all. Still both shouldn’t be playing together at the same time for more than five minutes, I reckon. Ten minutes at most.

        • dynamo.joe

          130 mins Faried + McGee
          +/- -32

          • googergieger

            So about three full games? My lord. Surprised they haven’t built up the necessary chemistry in that amount of time. Better make sure to never play them together ever again.

            • Ckwizard

              It isn’t that they shouldn’t play together because obviously this game they did. It is that the forth quarter of an almost must win game is not the place to build that chemistry!

              • googergieger

                Then when is exactly? Cause we did have that game against Detroit where McGee along with Andre Miller came in and gave great minutes to get us back into it and clearly Faried was the only one in the starting line up that took that game seriously…

                I mean tonight we play Sacramento. If we do get a sizeable lead, and if Karl can still keep a sense of urgency among his players, no reason they shouldn’t get some meaningful time playing together.

  • Ryan

    The Nuggets tried their best to blow a 6 point lead with a minute remaining, but the Grizzlies just wouldn’t take it lol. Oh well, it’s about time we had some good luck. An ugly win, but most games against Memphis are like that. The turnovers still drive me crazy, but for one night at least, the Nuggets shot FTs like a professional basketball team. Overall, a much needed win, on to Sacramento.
    Oh yeah, did anyone else start cracking up when the ESPN guys said “when we asked George Karl about Andre Miller, his face just lit up” lol…

    • Charliemyboy

      Don’t you think Miller is a class act who is about as basketball savvy as the rest of the team? I guess if I didn’t I wouldn’t be coaching.

  • Zorba

    I don’t understand why some people insist saying that McGee deserves more minutes than kk. I think that Kostas has shown much more reliability in defence so far and deserves being a starter unless McGee keeps playing like last night (I wish he could) for the rest of the season…

    • allAround

      Kostas should keep an eye on his fouls in order to get more minutes , and also be more aggressive on offense.

  • park hill

    Nice to see that Iggy benefited from some home cooking, shows he actually may want to be here. Sad to see Gallo continually depend on home cooking in order to be aggressive. Sad to see McGee and even Faried won’t get certain calls on the road this year but will get them at home. Mozzy is trying too hard, crying to the refs too much, he knows that GK has a hard time playing more than 8 guys consistently and is on edge.

    This team is still fun to watch, but GK has some tendencies that make it very hard to continue as a fan. Primarily the lack of X and O’s that make his players appear less than clutch in clutch situations such as last second attempts and in bound plays. His inability to rotate more than 8 consistently in order to lessen the stress on his “veterans,” and actually take advantage of a deep bench. The inability to establish a defensive theme, I have much less issue with the pick up style of offense. We do have a theme on offense despite not having sets but I’m unsure of the style of D and whether it is consistent.

  • allAround

    That was a win that give hopes and place us to the map. We are having a lot of close games and it was nice to take this one. Karl seemed to adopt to big line ups which is good , we waited one year for that.

    Other than that what the fuck did McGee did? Gallo also . Nuggets are becoming one the most fun to watch teams.

  • GIANLUCA

    if Gallo if made in USA …
    i don’t like the people that love the player for the nationality ..

    example : MANU GINOBILI 0 MVP is a scandal

  • Mark from Charlotte

    Good evening Nugget fans. I think the Nuggets management is working on a trade. Stay tuned…………

    • googergieger

      I hope no one from Charlotte. No offense.

      • dynamo.joe

        Take that Kidd-Gilchrist!

  • Mark from Charlotte

    Good answer googergieger

  • Zorba

    Please, take a look at this link. It’s a press conference given two years ago by Zeljco Obradovic (coach of Panathinaikos) after an easy win by 22 pts against Procom for the Euroleague… That’s the coach the Nuggets need right now… Popovic considers him the best European coach!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z-gyjtOnwA8

    PS: By the way, at the end of the season his team won the Euroleague cup, Greek league and Greek cup! And now he is free!!!

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