Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 93 Portland Trail Blazers 101

Denver Nuggets 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Portland Trail Blazers
Danilo Gallinari, SF 27 MIN | 1-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -9

I wish I could say it’s surprising, but it’s not. Gallo was due for another one of his duds and he predictably chucked his way to a 1-10 shooting nightmare. It’s the seventh time this season Gallo has failed to reach double figures in substantial minutes. I wouldn’t be so hard on Gallo if he hadn’t pulled the same tired act all last season. Gallo had an embarrassing moment towards the end, where he avoided a Damian Lillard poster by pretending to block out Koufos, his teammate.

Kenneth Faried, SF 18 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -13

3-10 shooting in just 18 minutes doesn’t even begin to tell you how bad it was. Faried was dominated by JJ Hickson from the opening tip and it never really got any better. Defensively, he looked totally lost yet again.

Kosta Koufos, C 20 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -5

Koufos recovered from two quick fouls to put forth one of the few respectable performances from a regular rotation player. He cannot provide anything on offense, which limited his impact in an ugly game like this.

Ty Lawson, PG 37 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 13 PTS | -10

A really disjointed game from Lawson, who was able to penetrate but didn’t consistenty put pressure on Portland’s defense throughout the night. His speed and energy were not a factor in the game as Lawson mostly faded into the background save for a few garbage baskets towards the end.

Andre Iguodala, SG 27 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -9

Not awful, but his shot selection is disappointing as his growing complacency with the Nuggets’ culture of indifference on the defensive end. He was supposed to be a part of the solution for Denver’s abysmal perimeter defense, a system so broken it’s shown little, if any, sign of improvement from last season.

Anthony Randolph, PF 8 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -1

I continue to maintain that the Nuggets should be giving Randolph a look. His post defense isn’t any worse than Mozgov or Koufos and he outruns any center in the NBA with ease, a skill which shouldn’t go unnoticed in the Nuggets’ second unit. He is also one of the few Nuggets able to change and alter shots with weak side help, a fundamental skill often lacking in Denver’s regular front court play.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 13 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +6

He still can’t really get minutes or show he can consistently knock down a three. I would love to see Jordan be able to change games with his rebounding, passing and defense but right now he looks to be struggling a great deal with his overall confidence and shot selection.

Corey Brewer, SF 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +4

A near double-double and lots of hustle, but the Nuggets offense is in a bad way when Brewer is playing 29 minutes as the main scoring threat off the bench. Brewer did his job but he should be earning minutes with his defense, not the other way around.

Timofey Mozgov, C 10 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Not traded yet, but the nuggets are obviously still trying. They don’t seem interested in giving him a chance or just moving on, so it’s likely he’ll continue to be showcased for other teams. We saw some bad hands and decent defense out of Moz, which is nothing new and doesn’t really change things for the Nuggets either way.

JaVale McGee, C 15 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +2

He looked winded and flat out spent at the end of the game. As much as I think the Nuggets have to trust JaVale more and give him room to grow, McGee did not look like someone I’d trust to maintain effort for 30 minutes. He needs to play at the same level energy-wise throughout the game, something JaVale isn’t close to doing right now.

Andre Miller, PG 28 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | 0

He had a near triple-double and did a great job limiting his turnovers, but color me unimpressed with Andre Miller as a floor leader. He should have posted up Lillard 20 times tonight, but instead we got some truly awful shot selection including two hopeless threes on a night the Nuggets were desperately looking to him for leadership. As a defender, he looks washed up and near useless.

Evan Fournier, SG 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0

Thrown into the fray after a bizarre first quarter in which Karl briefly emptied his entire bench, Fournier looked surprisingly comfortable. He struggled with his handle, but got pressure on the ball and was disruptive on the defensive end. If he can learn how to make shots, Fournier looks good enough in everything else to be a quality rotation piece.

Three Things We Saw

  1. This played out like of the weirder games I’ve ever witnessed. Portland jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter, at which point Karl emptied his bench and looked ready to let his reserves take over for the night. Although Denver’s offense remained bad all night, Karl’s all-bench unit picked up the defense considerably and brought Denver right back in the game, at which point Karl abruptly abandoned his strategy and went straight back to his normal rotation.
  2. Denver’s offense was laughably bad the entire night. Besides setting an NBA record for futility from the three point-line, the Nuggets clear lack of a system and any kind of leadership were on full display. Portland’s defense had something to do with it, but in terms of quality basketball we weren’t getting the best show tonight. The big-time Northwest division showdown actually looked like two second-rate lottery teams who can’t shoot straight. It was ugly
  3. Ty Lawson made a rare long-two pointer in garbage time. Those were the only two points Denver scored outside the paint the entire night. They scored 74 points in the paint and 17 off of 24 free throw attempts (70.8%)
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  • John

    George Karl F-

  • googergieger

    What do you blame the loss on? Not one three pointer made yet twenty two attempted? Our starters playing awful from the get go and only a few trying to make up for that later on? Karl and his asinine line ups, and lack of play calling to get us easy baskets? Majority of our players seemingly going out of their way to leave three point shooters wide open? A blatant no call on a very obvious goal tend that would have brought us to within one point? That ended up turning into three free throws on the other end when Batum kicked his legs out? A block called a charge on Iguodala which is reviewable when there is less than two minutes left to play? Us having 74 points in the paint and them having 28, and yet them attempting two more free throws than us?

    In any case, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It is getting REALLY hard to be a Denver fan. Really effin hard.

    The league better comment on that b.s. no call and b.s. leg kick out call as well. Some small consolation at the very least. Oh and outside of Fournier and Brewer everyone deserves a C or lower.

  • fluffhead

    god i hate rooting for this dumbass team. trade somebody. Get Reddick
    Ger Rid of Karl?

    Something…these guys truly are mediocre at best. EFFE the schedule, EFFE excuses. Mediocrity is what the Nuggest are happy with. Some heads must roll soon…as as season ticket holder i’m F’ing pissing away my money.

    • googergieger

      To be fair, look at what other coaches have done and do, do, with less. This team SHOULD be great, but even the most adamant Karl supporters should concede that at the very least, Karl isn’t motivating these guys and making them play as well as they should be. Right now this team seems like it’ll be the Blazers from last year. Where everyone expected big things, but for some reason the team just failed to play to its potential and then they blew it up. Really I’m fine with the team we have now, more than fine. I love the players on the team. Would love Reddick, sure. However clearly this coach isn’t the right man for the job anymore. Clearly this should be his last year.

      Also easy totti, Gallo along with damn near everyone else had a horrible game tonight. McGee is playing pretty great for us and would be playing better with a different coach. In the first half Karl played him about four minutes and then decided to go with Mozgov, because apparently McGee was I don’t know, blinking the wrong way?

    • devin

      go root for another team then, because this team is going take take time for them to get it together. you got to be patient if you cant then hope on the heat,okc,kinck, or clippers bandwagon. reddick?? what is he going to make us championship contenders all of sudden.

    • Charliemyboy

      Please start cheering for the Warriors then; this negative babble is not helpful. Say something intelligent.

      • John

        Hate to tell you this Charliemyboy, but NOTHING we say, intelligent or otherwise is gonna make a difference, or make this team any better(or if possible, worse).

        Praising Andre Miller’s excellent use of 10-12 feet of free space to counter the League’s 2nd best 3pt shooter(last year) will not suddenly make him play D. He is 104 y/o, hes not gonna change.

        Without a Coach that holds players accountable, we are going to stay mediocre. He yanked the starters for 10 minutes…but then didn’t follow through and benched the only players that made any progress.

        He, George Karl actually said in a post game interview that he didn’t think the team took any bad shots. Really George, REALLY? Doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result….

        I hate to burst everyone’s bubble here, but has anyone actually LOOKED at the schedule of opponents in January…. I wouldn’t be surprised if we went .500 for the month. Lakers, Clippers, OKC twice, Houston twice, Utah, Indiana and Minnesota could all beat us… just sayin’.

  • totti

    dear gianluca,

    truth is: gallo is not an all star and i’m convinced that he would not have been paid 10 mil if he was a black guy. I mean, he’s overrated because he is white. So our fellows americans are not at all racist, at least they are silly.
    As for the nuggets, well, i think this year team is worse than last year one. Maybe they can get to playoffs, but they won’t get past first round.
    Please, fire this GK and shuffle the roster with a couple of trades. Question for everybody: how can you possibly give 10 mil to mcgee?

    • Mark

      I don’t know where Gallo’s pay ranks in the grand scheme of NBA players, but overall I disagree about him. He’s good on offense, and excellent on defense. I couldn’t agree more about McGee… We’d be better off just cutting him and playing with one fewer player on the roster!

  • Slugdugg

    It’s actually pretty impressive that they were able to stay in the game without a single jump shot or three. Man their defense of the three is just horrible though. So many wide open looks.

    • magster

      That’s the craziest thing of all IMO. I was rooting hard for a win with no points outside the paint. It would have probably qualified as the ugliest win in NBA history.

      • Charliemyboy

        I’m with you man; it was so painful to watch. We could possibly have won it. And Shaq would have put his size 24 foot in his mouth.

  • Ernie

    “I’m not even mad, that was amazing”

    I think actually the most shocking thing was that this Portland team held the record previously. Those guys have great shooters, how in the world did they go 0-20 from 3?

    • Mark

      The thing about Portland’s shooting is that they’re money on wide open 3’s, but not good on contested 3’s. That’s why they shot well against us – our defense on 3’s is nonexistent. If you look at the season’s stats, you’ll see that every team shoots 3’s better than their season average when they’re playing the nuggets.

  • EWilson

    It’s been apparent for awhile that the Nuggets need another shooter to knock down 3-pointers when the lane gets too clogged.

    This game, though, is also an indication of how much the game has changed–and for the worse, if you ask me–since the advent of the 3-pointer. Denver shoots 50% on ‘good’ shots inside the arc, while Portland hits a miserable 34% on similar shots. Yet, the Blazers win because they hit 38% of the 3’s, while Denver can’t drain a single one.

    Put differently, you saw a lot of bricks launched from outside by BOTH teams, instead of teams working for good shots that they might actually hit at a reasonable rate. Boy, it’s so exciting to watch teams rebound. Can’t tell you how thrilling it is to watch rebounding, David Stern.

  • googergieger

    Seems like McGee is getting sick of the Karl leash as well…

    • devin

      do you have come here and complain about the game and how George should be fire because the team is having a slumping year. its not his fault the team is not hitting no shots.

    • Mark

      Let him be sick of it. He sucks.

  • Ckwizard

    All I an say is wow… About the game what did the team do collectively between the Spurs game and this one… When did they fly to Portland what was the schedule like did the team go out and party? Whatever the answer the Uppermanagement was unprofessional with the ittiarary or the players as a team were unprofessional as a group.

    GK played Hamilton a lot and was aware that something was up with Gallo actually I think GK did a fine job during the game as he was trying to get “his” team to perform. The problem is the team didn’t perform 0 out of 22 from 3 are you kidding me… Couldn’t hit a jump shot… Stupid mistakes by normally solid defenders… If this kind of performance happens again then it is Obvious GK has lost this team. As it is THIS WAS JUST ONE GAME and IT WAS NOTHING LIKE ANY GAME BEFORE IT. Not one nugget was actually “good”this game except maybe the rookie!

    • googergieger

      Faried and McGee were given asinine and sporadic minutes however. I mean you could argue Faried played with that awful starting line up that got us into a huge hole, but McGee was taken out almost immediately and then never put back in, until the second half. Where he played great for us and was taken out because? I mean he went for blocks and left his man and got no help, same as what happened with Kofous. Though Kofous fumbled more passes and is someone teams can help off of a lot more than they can McGee. I hope Karl doesn’t destroy McGee’s good nature and confidence. He loves playing with this team but I could see how hard it’d be to love playing for this coach if you weren’t one of his favorites.

      • Charliemyboy

        Karl is not interested in favorites. He is interested in winning. He is interested in keeping his job. Would you play a favorite and lose your job? There is more here than arm-chairs can see.

        • googergieger

          Alright Karl supporters. Sell the Karl haters on him. What does he bring to the table. What does he bring to offense and defense. What is he looking for in players. What kind of rotation is he trying to build. Why is he the coach for this job and why is the team itself only to blame and not him.


        • Mark

          Karl doesn’t play favorites? This is the guy who wanted to get rid of JR Smith and replace him with… nobody. Love him or hate him, how many times did JR Smith put a dagger into a team that was reeling in the 4th quarter with a timely 3? But hey, who needs a guy who helps you win games, when you can have a team loaded with losers who have good attitudes?

  • GK4Prez

    Gallo A+++

  • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com Jeremy

    At what point do you stop attempting threes? Denver shot 50% on twos. Take out 10 of those mindless three point attempts and Denver wins. I wanted to strangle Miller when he attempted his second one. Had Denver played smarter they could have been the team to win without scoring from outside the paint instead of setting a record for most missed threes without a make.

    The Nuggets were clearly pretty content with the win over the Spurs because they payed very complacent tonight. Highly frustrating to watch.

    Karl did pull the starters and went with the bench, but the bench was just as bad if not worse.

  • Stephen Hernandez

    George Karl must go you are an old coach, hate rookies, young guys, which is most our team please do us a favor and retire and go to Miami.

    • Giovanni

      The very problem of Karl is that don’t have a system..
      A run play,is attack the basket or penetrate and pass out..
      Is similar at D’Antony except free throws..

      Switch ever on defense terrible defense on pick and roll..
      Mcgee invested 10 mil?
      You don’t benched him for a miss rotation…

      And last but not least Karl is mediocre for young player..

      But for his history he will nevr be fire(fighting cancer)..

      Respect Karl man but not as coach…

  • CJP32

    Gallo is so inconsistent it’s not funny anymore. This performance is typical of him. Every 20+ point game he has had so far is followed up by a dud. The dude gets hot then extremely cold. Him and Faried were 4/20 FGs.

    The 0-22 threes was just weird, but not sure we will ever see that again. Nothing can explain every outside shot not falling, just one of those nights.

    Brewer plays his heart out every game and at least made attempts to get to the rim when his outside shot wasn’t falling. 3 dunks, a layup and 5/6 FTs was a solid bench effort along with Millers near trip dub effort. JHam has suddenly gone cold, the fluctuation in minutes can’t be helping.

    Cant wait for this year to be over for Denver, January will be much easier for our schedule.

  • googergieger

    Oh and no offense to Charlotte or their fans, but if Denver loses to them Saturday, we better fire Karl the second that game is over…

    • Ryan

      Charlotte has fans?

  • Aaron

    Wow. I Know Everyone Here Would Punch Me in The Face For Being Extremely Positive Over This Crazy Game But Seriously.

    We Stayed in This Game The Whole Time WITHOUT Scoring Outside Of The Paint! That’d Crazy!
    Also Fournier, Hamilton And Randolph All Looked Pretty Good. Decent Future?
    7. I Repeat SEVEN! Of Our Players Had Flu Like Syntoms Tonight. 3 Of Them Were Our Starters. And Don’t Forget McGee Was Having Asthma Issues Tonight.
    Back To Staying in This Game The Whole Time Without Scoring Outside Of The Paint. Out Starters And Role Players Will NEVER Shoot That Poorly Combined Ever Again.

    Just To Cheer You Guys Up! 😀 True Points Made Though.


    • rxmart2

      Where did you hear 7? I thought it was only Kenneth.

      • Aaron

        Well, i Meant 6 (Typo) i Know This Guy That Pretty Much Has Full Access To The Nuggets. Sorta. And He Said Lawson, Randolph, Mozgov, Stone (Doesn’t Really Matter) Are Just Getting Over Flu Like Syntoms, Faried And McGee Still Have it. Probably Why Those 2 Only Got Limited Minutes.

        • John

          so 5…

    • Charliemyboy

      My sentiments. Let the arm-chairs go out and play with the flu. Can’t; they’re too busy whining. GK did what he could. The arm-chairs have no idea what the full story is or they would be hall-of-fame coaches. Please have the arm-chairs watch the Warriors or find reasonable objective analysis instead of immature babble.

  • Finazz

    I tend to disagree with your rating of Anthony Randolph, Charlie. His too one dimenimatal on offense, it’s always get it on the shoulder dance around HIGH in the paint and put up a off balanced low percentage shot. When he gets the ball he never looks for team mates and can’t post up players in the low post, and I haven’t even mentioned his attitude on the court seems to me to be very selfish and argues the clearest fouls on D or any no call on offense.

  • John

    I am once again disgusted with this team… Players and coach.

    How do you watch guys jack up shot after shot and not yank them… Karl sure didn’t have that kind of patience with JR Smith.

    For about 2 minutes there it looked like Fournier and Randolph we’re going to “will” the rest of the team back into competitiveness, while getting the lead down to 6…. but as usual, they were never seen again.

    GK should have scrapped Ty, AI, and Gallo and played Fournier, JHam, and given AntRand and Mozzy more minutes…

    Actually, Mozzy should have started on Hickson… he is just too strong for Kosta, McGee and Faried. Mozzy should’ve just banged with him and never let JJ get rolling, at least until he fouled out…

    Actually, I think Fournier and Stone would be a nice set of interchangeable combo guards… both have good handles and vision… If Stone can become more of a shooter they would be a deadly pair… Since Karl seems to like to play 2 PGs… having them both be 6’6″-7″ would make it palatable, and create some nice match ups. This would never happen with Karl as Coach though, as both those guys have a tendency to actually RUN PLAYS.

    If my name was Kroenke, I would trade almost everybody. Keeping only JHam, Faried, Fournier, Stone and McGee, everyone else is expendable. Mozzy, Chandler(when healthy) and Randolph would all be better in larger roles, but if they help get better talent so be it.

    Flu like symptoms or no… 0-22 from 3… Disgusting.

    I haven’t touched a ball in 5 years, and I bet I walk into the gym today and hit at least 4. That was some of the worst basketball I’ve witnessed.


    don’t SCUSe .. i’m realistic today
    GALLO D (E)
    Iggy 0/6 3 points
    NUGGETS 0/22 3 pointers !
    KARL FIRE , VAN GUNDY or SLOAN or MIKE BROWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sKY

      You had me, untill you said Brown…

      But if your getting rid of Karl, why not swing for the fences and at least ask Phil?
      Phil’s Daugher is a CU grad. Can you imagine this team running a triangle.
      Plus what a way for Phil to stick it to the Lakers then to come to Denver…

      • Charliemyboy

        Unfortunately, Denver is relatively small and Phil wouldn’t even look to the mountains. We are lucky to have GK.. the next coach may be less. We will just have to be patient for next year and hope the planning and chemistry will work. We have good players. Good teams keep the foundation and build. When changes are made it takes a lot of time to adjust.

      • googergieger

        Phil coaches talent. He can play to ego’s and such. Get talent to work together. I don’t think he could teach a young team much and make them all that better. I don’t think he is the right coach for The Nuggets. SVG I’d go with. Dude did more with less in Orlando. Granted a lot more perimeter shooting but still.

  • Peter

    Don’t really know what the Nuggets mindset was going into this game, but it obviously wasn’t hey, LaMarcus Aldridge, their best player no less, is out and we have a golden opportunity for a road win if we just play hard and smart. It seems like their mindset was just like so many other road games. Hey lets come out here and see what we can do, maybe if we can hit some shots early we can get in a groove and win by chucking up shots all night…Or we could start out cold and continue to do the same thing anyway…very frustrating. The talent on our team is not the best in the league, but it is far from the worst. I refuse to blame coach Karl for everything, he’s a good coach but a terrible fit for our young roster. He was great for the Melo-Chauncey-Nene-Kmart Nuggets, but once we went youth movement it was obvious that Karl and Ujiri had different agendas. If Ujiri wants to set his full plan in place, he’s going to have to get a different coach because it’s not just the fact that this team is underachieving, this team isn’t getting any better. However I do believe a major trade is necessary. We need to do something to address our interior defense. Letting JJ Hickson go off for 18 and 18 is unacceptable.

    • Charliemyboy

      I’m not a cheerleader for Karl and you have some good points. We could have won, nonetheless; and then the comments would have been drastically different. What a bad night for the team. Someone send them a hug; they’ll do better.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    Faried was under the weather and it showed… However whenever he is on the court teams account for him… Instantly KK starts rebounding due to all the respect given to Faried in the paint… Faried needs to play 30 to 35 minutes every night… PERIOD… He will grow on defense, and he alone turns the nuggets into a rebounding team with hustle and energy…. I like JHAM cause he actually rebounds as well…. I would love to see JHAM and Faried play more minutes together… Again Karl subsitution patterns are terrible… This is getting OLD real fast…. Guys will have periods of bad play, it happens… But if you are Faried, Mcgee, and JHAM and this happens Karl banishes you to Siberia…. IF you are Andre Miller, IGGY, and Lawson you get rewarded with even bigger minutes (so you can play your way out of your FUNK)… Karl is a punk…. He fails to make adjustments during the game… He allows Miller to get away with playing absolutely no defense… This sucks!! Enough with you head games!! What has that ever gotten you??????? A couple of conference finals, and one finals ( about hundred years ago )… You are tired and old… The game has passed you by… I am also sick is his low expectations… He says he will be pleased to be 2 games over 500 at the end of this month.. WHAT????? You should expect to win every game you idiot… You don’t want to give these youngsters a excuse to take a night off….Karl you are lucky you are in Denver.. All these laid back fans take it easy on you at games…. With this BS you wouldn’t last a week back east…….. Give me Jerry Sloan, Stan Van GUNDY, any freaking VAN GUNDY….. Hell let’s wake up Scottie Skiles from the dead…. This madness has to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • nugswin

      Not sure I agree with everything you’ve said here but I do want to second your complaint about Miller’s D. He’s terrible. He’s the most guilty of switching the p-n-rs and seems forever to end up battling a PF or C down low because of it. And if it’s not that he’s hanging out in no man’s land reaching for the never going to happen strip and giving too much space for the shooter who inevitably ends up with a comfortable look.

      Periodically he’ll get a steal in the lane but he gives up everything else on all other plays in pursuit of it. He should only get about half the minutes he’s getting. I’m really hoping Ujiri is adding him as a trade kicker in whatever discussions he’s have with teams (Clippers, please!).

      • dynamo.joe

        He may want the PF or C because he knows he can’t keep up with the perimeter guys.

    • Charliemyboy

      Very frustrating babble which serves no purpose. A few good points, but mostly babble. Go cheer for the Lakers, please. You don’t know the whole story obviously.

  • Zorba

    0-22 3 pts doesn’t mean fire GK. It rather means kick players’ ass…

    • Charliemyboy

      Now that’s the spirit we need!

  • Alberto

    Racists, Gallo was A+

  • toluene_hawk

    RBMC commentor synopsis:

    Until our entire mediocre team is traded for other mediocre players, we will never win a championship! Fire George Karl too because he finally put in the bench that we all clamour to see and they didn’t win the Larry O’Brian tonight!!

  • sKY

    Think the nuggs need to go after Phil.
    Its a looooooooooooooooooooooong shot but if people are going to talk about getting rid of Karl we need to swing for the fences.

    I am not a fan of Karl’s rotations either, running 2 pg sets wears Ty and Dre out at the end of the game.
    Wouldnt mind seeing what we could get for Galo. Or for that matter wonder what could happen if we can get Gasol.
    just a few thouhgts
    GO NUGGS!!!!

  • Charliemyboy

    Just remember, every change for talent means restructuring. No thank you please. Even with our change this year it is taking longer than we all thought. And Iggy is a good blend. Just hold your horses for awhile and let the coach be the coach and cheer for the Clippers rather than whine.

  • Alberto

    Fournier is an amazing player; I really hope Karl will let him play a little more. I think he is a potential starter, Denver should help him to raise.

  • Charliemyboy

    Cheer up guys (before last night:.



    UP 3
    Last Week: 12
    Despite Andre Iguodala’s nightmarish December and the Nuggets’ status as just the second team in history (along with the ’85-86 Bulls) to play 17 of its first 23 games on the road, check it out: They’re No. 3 in the West in +/- with six more road wins than home defeats

    • John

      Sorry the Doug Moe +/- system is just a way to rationalize a terrible record…

      Good team win games, both at home AND on the road… and good teams don’t shoot 60% FT, or 0-22 from 3.

      We can all sit around and pat ourselves on the back for having a top 5 +/- when we don’t make the playoffs, and don’t make the lottery either. The worst thing you can be in the NBA is a .500 team.

      • Ryan

        If you don’t make the playoffs, you automatically are in the lottery…

        • John

          My mistake I thought we swapped this years pick as part of the Iguodala trade….

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    wow, George Karl must have family members writing posts… Gimme a break… Yeah George is a genius….More two guard lineups with 2 guards that never, ever,ever play perimeter defense…. You guys are the same people that would have been torries during the American Revolution.. Keep drinking the kool-aid

  • Mark from Charlotte

    Fournier, Jham, and AR15 need to play more minutes. Fournier should come off the bench for A miller. Jerry Sloan would be a nice coach for the Nuggets.

    • googergieger

      Great PG coach. Also I think he’d be a great coach for our bigs. Think I’d rather have SVG because I love coaches not afraid to get a technical but Sloan would be nice as well. I agree with Fournier. He came in and calmed everyone the eff down. Hope Ujiri is planning something. We don’t need anything huge, but think we need some roster trimming and indeed some perimeter shooting.

  • speerblvd

    Karl emptied the bench in the 1st half to send a message to his starters. I love that Karl isn’t afraid to do that, and it’s great that our bench is good enough to hopefully show the starters that their minutes aren’t safe. If we come out that bad again, I want the hungry players on the floor again. Thought Fournier was great.

  • al68

    Losing a game against a team as bad as Portland. They played without their best player aldridge.
    Our team is not very bad quality in attack or defense, without a coach like GK, which has much experience we would now with 5 wins. Acordaros when he arrived and what happened when he was not in the team. We have a totally unbalanced and poorly made ​​by GM.
    GUILT IS MAINLY THE PLAYERS AND AFTER I suppose it EXPECTATIONS OF CREATED IN DENVER. I do not live in denver am a follower of the team for many years and over the years my expectations were 87-88 last year and for me it was a disappointment.

  • al68

    As we lose a game against a team as bad as Portland. They played without their best player aldridge.
    Our team is not very bad quality in attack or defense, without a coach like GK, which has much experience we would now with 5 wins. RemenberAcordaros when he arrived and what happened when he was not in the team.
    We have a totally unbalanced and poorly made ​​by GM.
    GUILT IS MAINLY THE PLAYERS AND AFTER I suppose it EXPECTATIONS OF CREATED IN DENVER. I do not live in denver am a follower of the team for many years and over the years my expectations were 87-88 last year and for me it was a disappointment.

  • rxmart2

    People here need to calm down. Despite how “awful” the Nuggets have looked, they are 7th in pretty much every advanced statistical category that accounts for schedule (Sagarin, Hollinger, RPI). They have an absolute cakewalk after January 6th or so, and will start crushing right about that time.

    And in spite of what people think, it’s ALL about schedule in the NBA, moreso than any other sport. I think some of the readers here need to take a good long look at our schedule, the strength of our opponents, and then compare them to the team that won 52 games in 2008-9. It’s pretty much the same, only most of the hard games will be out of the way in the next 10 or so.

    I’m quite sure people that are underrating Denver now will be the very same group that overrates them once they start rattling off seven or eight of ten starting in January.

  • GK4Prez

    The positive that I took away from this game was Fournier. The more I see him play, the more I like his game.

  • tanium

    Here’s a proposal. Get Sacramento on the phone and see what it’d take to get Jimmer. The guys been shooting lights out recently and on a good team that can utilize his long range he’d become a huge asset. If we could get him straight up for Mozzy and a 2nd round pick I’m all in.

    • googergieger

      We could get him for a buck. Still be a fool to play him over any one of our guards.

  • Mark

    0 for 22 from behind the arc in a loss. Good thing we got rid of JR Smith. You wouldn’t want to play with someone who has a bad attitude.

  • tommy in Sd Nuggets fan

    WITH DMC up possibly on the out in Sactown how about this for a trade http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=cg9z9fk

    • googergieger

      No way in hell would Kings do that. No matter how stupid their GM and “coach” is.

      • tommy in Sd Nuggets fan

        On could hope Masai does would love to see Ty iggy Gallo DNC and Javale on the court at one time with Andre Corey Jham will Chandler and kosta off the bench