Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 116 – Golden State Warriors 105

Golden State Warriors 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 116 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +17Gallo had a very effective night, helping in almost every aspect of the game and coming up big in the second half. He had 15 second half points and a big three that put the Nuggets up 11 late and virtually sealed the game. Gallo also posted eight rebounds, including a couple of big offensive boards, and six assists, which were nice additions to his scoring and helped him post the highest plus/minus on the team for the night, with a +17.
Kenneth Faried, SF 30 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +2While Faried put the exclamation point on the Nuggets fourth quarter run with a dunk and a block, his night was average at best. A continuing problem, Faried struggled with David Lee, allowing Lee to post 23 points , 13 rebounds , and 6 assists. Faried also left his guards out to dry at points, as he played to far underneath screens to help, allowing Steph Curry to bomb away. With the Warriors looming as a potential playoff opponent, the Nuggets need to figure out a way to get around Faried’s struggles with stretch fours.
Kosta Koufos, C 21 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +2Kofous was solid but unspectacular in his 20 minutes. His first half, where he scored 6 points and had 4 offensive rebounds, helped the Nuggets stay close but he only played 9 minutes in the second half; as the Nuggets went small with Gallo and Chandler both seeing time at the four, and most of the remaining center minutes went to JaVale.
Ty Lawson, PG 33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | 0Lawson was the other main reason the game was close at halftime, as he got off to a scorching start scoring 16 first half points. While those 16 points were as many as the rest of the starters combined, he let Steph Curry catch fire and added just four points and three assists in the second half. Still without his energy and scoring punch in the first half who knows where the Nuggets would have been at halftime.
Andre Iguodala, SG 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -3Iguodala was another Nugget who only really appeared for a half, but he gets a half grade edge over Lawson because of his defensive effort. The game seemed to swing after Iggy stole a pass away from Klay Thompson for an easy dunk then forced Thompson to throw the pass out of bounds giving the Nuggets back the ball, and continuing Thompson’s miserable night. But as good as his second half was Iguodala seemed to sleepwalk a bit offensively in the first half as he went 1-6 from the field, including 0-4 from behind the line. For someone who is expected to be aggressive and help create offense for teammates it was an ugly, passive half.
Anthony Randolph, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | 0Inconclusive.
Jordan Hamilton, SF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0Inconclusive.
Corey Brewer, SF 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +10Brewer really showed up in the second half, scoring 9 of his 13 points and along with Miller and Iguodala really turned up the pressure on the Warriors guards. That defensive intensity really swung the game and allowed the Nuggets to make their run so it was no surprise that Brewer posted a +10 for the night.
JaVale McGee, C 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 5-8 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +10JaVale wasn’t spectacular tonight but he was effective, and he made his foul shots, which allowed him to stay on the floor late in the game. But as impressive as the 5-8 from the line was, the one rebound (which was offensive) wasn’t. Simply put as a seven footer with incredible athleticism McGee needs to grab more rebounds when he is on the floor, especially on the defensive end.
Andre Miller, PG 25 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +12Miller was fantastic tonight. Offensively he was in control and attacking the basket and his ball pressure defensively, along with Iguodala and Brewer, helped change the game. His strip of Jarrett Jack and ensuing layup came right in the middle of a big Nuggets run that gave them control of the game in the fourth quarter. Add 12 points, six rebounds and eight assists to that defense and it was hard to find a problem with his game.
Evan Fournier, SG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0Inconclusive.
Wilson Chandler, SG 21 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +5Chandler was great in his return, and for a while was one of the only Nuggets playing well offensively. He attacked the basket when available, knocked down a couple threes and made some steals defensively. There were a couple of questionable shots, but that could be expected due to some rust that was sure to be there. For a while I wondered if Karl would use him to close the game, instead of Faried, but it turned out to not be a problem. The addition of Chandler to the bench as another versatile athlete and scoring threat should really help the Nuggets.
George KarlThe Nuggets game plan of pressuring the Warriors guards and trapping side pick-and-rolls was great, and unexpected. While it took so long into the season to start to see, the defensive effort has to be attributed some to Karl. Now the real question is, will it last? Chandler should help some as the Nuggets now gain another bench body to use, and a versatile, athletic one at that. The combinations that will start to be seen should be interesting and for Nuggets fans after tonight, exciting.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Good: The Nuggets only turned the ball over eight times on the night, and one of those was by Anthony Randolph in the closing seconds of the game. The seven turnovers that came from the main rotation players were under half of what the team had been averaging. The lack of turnovers, combined with the turnovers the team forced, gave the Nuggets seven more shots than the Warriors, which was big with how well Golden State shot.
  2. The Bad: The Warriors shot 54.2 percent from three on the night, and it wasn’t because they only shot a couple of them. Golden State was able to get clean look after clean look, especially in the first three quarters. The Nuggets bigs didn’t do a good enough job of hedging on screens set for Curry and it allowed the sweet shooting guard to get clean looks that he drilled throughout the night. The guards also left shooters to help on drives and didn’t do a good enough job of running those open shooters off the line. Luckily their pressure late in the game made it not matter.
  3. The Unexpected: For the first time this season the Nuggets looked like what we expected the Nuggets to look like. Heavy ball pressure, different guys making plays, it was all there. The ball pressure in the second half allowed for overplays in the passing lanes, run out opportunities and a general disruption of the Warriors offense. It will be interesting to see how often we see these Nuggets now that they have made an appearance, but it was an encouraging sign at the very least.

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  • magster

    Some recent 4th quarters:

    26-15 in Cavs 4th
    38-28 4th against ORL
    27-19 against Jazz
    and 37-18 tonight

  • Landry

    Good win by Nuggs, glad to see Ill Will is back and ready to battle Faried for PF minutes as we head deeper into the season for a change of pace. Plus this lets GK play the Chandler, Gallo, McGee, Iggy, and Miller line up which would just look imposing and long.

  • Steve

    Gotta hand it to e Nuggets tonight. The 4th quarter was the best they have played all season.

    The consistency Galo has had the past 4 to5 games is quite promising.

    A lot better than the game I froze to death yesterday.

  • Blake

    I have a feeling is going to shoot his minutes out the door with the return of chandler. I love brewers hustle and defense but chandler is a very good defender but can also score a little better. If brewer would just attack attack attack and not shoot some of his ridiculous Kobe-like contested jumpers that miss by 2 feet, he would be fine. But the way he’s been shooting lately, his minutes are on the line with Ill Will back.

    Pumped on that win though, showed a lot of potential as a team tonight. Go nuggs

  • http://nuggetstime.webs.com jacob

    Great game good to seewill healthy checkout my sute nuggetstime.webs.com

    • Jacob

      Hey you stole my name..

    • https://twitter.com/denbutsu Joel

      If you want to use the comments section here to talk about the Nuggets, that’s totally cool. But I’m sorry, RMC is not a platform for people to promote other Nuggets sites. And recently, every time you post, you drop a link. So we’re gonna need you to cut that out, otherwise expect your comments to get deleted. Hope you understand, not trying to be dickish here, but it’s really just not appropriate.

    • John

      Additionally, you’re going to need to hone your basic grammar skills if you want anyone over 12 y/o to take you seriously.

      Proof read and spell check everything.

  • John

    Man… Wilson and the Andres sure closed out strong defensively(10 steals)… I hope this is indicative of things to come.

    I know I’ve already mentioned this, but how nice would an “All D” rotation be… JStone, AI, Wilson, Gallo, and McGee. Nasty on both ends.

    • Jacob

      Why the infatuation with Stone? I mean I don’t mind the guy as a backup, but theres a reason he went undrafted. The dude can’t shoot and it really limits us as the other team doesn’t have to worry about the PG hitting a shot outside the paint.

      • Fraser

        He’s no worse of a shooter than Andre Miller

        • John

          Actually he is not a bad shooter. He’s just never been asked to, and he’s a great passer. At UTEP, he was a distributer, until a tourney game when he was asked to be more of a scoring threat… so he casually went out and scored 23, and was 2 rebs short of a triple double. Also, before the injury this summer, he was putting a lot of work in with a shooting coach, so I expect him to continue to gain confidence…

  • googergieger

    We didn’t play any sort of consistent defense the first three quarters. A lot of wide open shots and seemed content at trying to beat Golden State in a shoot off. The fourth quarter yet again was the difference. I don’t know if this is a good sign of how good we can be, in beating a play off team despite a poor three quarter effort, or a bad sign of even when we are playing good teams we still don’t respect them.

    I won’t blame Karl for that though, even if nobody says anything to the players, how do you not know Golden State can shoot and shoot better than you?! Also Karl did have a few rotation mistakes, taking Gallo out when he was our only offense and aggressive to start the third was one, but it payed off towards the end. Gallo appears to be content picking his spots now. I’d like to see the kid be a bit more aggressive, but he was amazing tonight and if he keeps this type of showing up, he should be an all star this year. Or at least one huge snub. Portland is up next and hopefully we will not disrespect them and think it’ll be an easy win. Four quarter effort hopefully!

    • Ackdog

      Yes Gallo has been prety good the last few games. I hope he makes me eat my words. I still thinks he needs to shoot it more though. He can force the issue by driving to the hole and shooting foul shots!

      • googergieger

        To be fair when he was starting to be aggressive in the third, Karl in his infinite wisdom(hey we won) decided to take him out. But it isn’t like he is passing up shots. Sometimes he just doesn’t get the ball on offense or get it in a place he can do anything. Again I’d rather have him take a good shot or pass the ball for a great shot, instead of just throwing up everything in sight to get twenty points on twenty shots.

        • Ackdog

          Okay googman you may be swinging me around to your side. Man Chandler made a huge difference to the rotation

  • Poz_303

    I know GK preaches D all the time and beating GSW who sot over 50% from both the field and the three point range, it was the great D in the 4th qtr that gave the Nuggets the big run and another great close out to the game.

    Was very impressed with Chandler, he had a great game for his first game back.

    Gallo and Miller had great games, along with Iggy.


      IGOUDALA in January 27% 3 point …
      IGOUDALA in December 25% 3 point …


      GALLO in January 41% 3 point
      GALLO in December 42% 3 point …

      GALLINARI in January
      19.1 points
      6.1 reb
      2.7 ast

      • Robxxx

        Smettila Gianluca, abbiamo capito tutti.
        La NBA è “american-focused”, non è come il campionato di calcio di serie A e gli altri europei che stravedono per il giocatore straniero.
        Vedi anche la sintesi di GSW-DEN del sito NBA, una sola azione di Gallo e citazione finale per Brewer.
        Per sfondare in NBA devi essere almeno un Nowitzki, o un Parker, o un Yao-Ming.
        C’è molto marketing anche, e se il target italiano non interessa, Gallo non verrà mai messo in evidenza.
        Infine, Danilo deve essere più costante, e vincere un anello come gli ‘europei’ che ho citato prima.

      • John

        Hey Gianluca…

        I just want you to know that most of us WANT Gallo to succeed. No one cares where he is from, and most of us thought that Denver “won” the trade of Carmelo to the Knicks largely because of the acquisition of Danilo.

        We all know that he is capable of being a very good player, and are just looking for the kind of performances that he has shown recently(the last 5 games) all the time.

        That is all.

      • Woobly o Balls

        I want to trade Gallo (has nothing to do with his skin colour – get over it Gianluca)

      • Charliemyboy

        Do you think Will will take minutes from Gallo?

        • John

          Maybe to a small degree. The two seemed to coexist pretty well in NYC. I would guess(hope) that the minutes come from a combination of all players.

          I would keep the primary starters right around 30 minutes (Ty, AI, and Gallo). Limit Faried to 28, and both Dre and Brewer to 20. Finally, Kosta and JaVale get 22 each. That opens up about 24 minutes for Wilson.

          Now would this work on the court??? I have no idea, but it should run more like hockey rotations. Keeping the energy level high, while literally running other teams out of the gym.

          I know right now some of you are going to whine about my taking 2 minutes away from Manimal, but consider this… He’s an energy player. When he starts to tire, his D falls apart, and his hop go. Plus, he has yet to play an 82 game season. Last year he started the later half of a shortened season. Which was just slightly longer that his college ball. This year will be twice that (3x if you include an extended post season.) Those minutes will help him dominate more consistently. IMO

  • Bobby

    Gallo, Iggy, and Chandler make an an imposing 3 some on the court. They can guard anyone and attack relentlessly. Tonight’s game in the fourth was what I was expecting coming into the season. Let’s hope the Nuggs can keep it up.


      GALLINARI season have may Carrer-High

      GALLO ’12 ’13 —> 9 $
      16.5 points , 2.5 ast , 5.7 reb
      IGGY ’12 ’13 —> 15 $
      13.8 points , 4.5 ast , 5.7 rmb …

      and Gallo have a bad start !!!

      Gallo ’12’13 vs Gallo carrer _
      + 2.2 points
      + 0.7 assist
      + 1.0 rmb …

      last 4 games 8.0 reb/game !!!


      • Ackdog

        Ne needs to be more consistent mate. He is getting better for sure but it needs to be night in and night out. That’s what makes a great player. By the way comparing Gallo to Iggy is like comparing chalk and cheese. Two different players one offensive(Gallo) and one defensive(Iggy) who is athletic enough to create his own shot.

      • Tyler

        Haha, Iggy had a bad start too

        • GIANLUCA

          IGGY January + December = 24% 3 point …

          if was Gallo .. TRADE TRADE,…:

          TRADE IGGY – MOZGOV – CHANDELR for 1 good SG

  • miguel

    lets see if you guy still want to trade chandler. he had a great game, for his first game back. he is going to be a key player through this season and hopefully the playoffs.

    • Jacob

      I think lots of people have a problem with him because how many minutes will he really be able to get and who will they come at the expense of? I think the rotation actually looked pretty solid tonight, but you never know how that will work out as the season goes on.

      • miguel

        i think he is going to take some of faried and brewers mins. its shouldn’t be problem because of what chandler brings to the table. he is just a huge boost to our bench. hopefully having chandler will help karl limt the lawson, miller linup

      • Charliemyboy

        He can guard the big 4’s, for which Faried has trouble. This is a chachllange for Karl.

        • http://yahoo.com prospector

          Chandler can guard big 4’s?? Give me a break… The dude is barely 6′ 8″, and is love with the three… He is a small forward that DOESN”T bang inside….

          • John

            Just so you know… Chandler is a full inch taller than a 6’6″ (w/o shoes) Faried, at least according to their pre-draft measurements.

            …and while David Lee isn’t really a “big” 4 at 6’9″, he is a skilled one. Karl had Chandler on him for awhile last night, and he did alright, better than Faried. IMO.

  • Scott

    I’m starting to wonder, do we even need a blockbuster trade or that “go-to guy”? We have 5 players averaging 13 or more. (Round Faried up and going off chandlers career numbers). We obviously don’t have a scoring issue and Gallo has proved many times this season that he can hit big shots (See LA, Warriors, Cavs, Grizz, more). The only thing I think needs to be adressed is some post work at the 4 and 5.

    • Jacob

      We don’t need a blockbuster trade. Can’t really blow up the roster. There are always ways to make improvements to the roster though. A small move to add more shooting could really push this team into a scary team to face in the playoffs especially if we can get home court in the first round. And like you said if we can get a more consistent post threat it would be great. Sadly we don’t live in a perfect world though and we may have to chance it with what we have, which really isn’t enough to make a deep run in my opinion.

      • Ackdog

        Well said Jacob. To me(besides peremiter defense) te Nuggets need a good jump shooter. Doesn’t have to be a superstar but someone to open the floor up even more. Gallo looks as if he can be the man scorer but the jury is still out on that one.

  • googergieger

    Send Gallo to The Dream, bring in Barkley, bring in Kareem, tell Old Man Miller that old man Miller to work with him. Gallo with a post game=Melo who? I mean I know everyone will still say Melo is a top ten talent but Gallo is already more well rounded than him. Melo can just score like a fratboy at a date rape party(classy I know) and get super star calls. But if Gallo were to start putting up some consistent numbers, he could be really marketable for the NBA.

    • Woobly o Balls

      Melo is so much better than Gallo it’s not even a discussion. Melo’s defense at the 4 has actually been really good and he’s always had underrated passing ability. You said it yourself – CONSISTENCY. Gallo will never be consistent, Melo is. Sure if Gallo played like this every night he’d be an all-star but that is true for many players in this league, but it never happens

      • nugswin

        Gallo is a much more well rounded player than ‘Melo. The only thing Anthony does better is score — yes, I know, that’s kinda important. But if you’ve noticed, NY has started to lose games lately yet ‘Melo is still getting his. The real difference maker for them is Felton who has been out. Remember they crushed Miami in Miami while ‘Melo was out injured for a few games yet they’re not winning with him in the lineup lately. Anthony = overrated and it’s good thing we rid ourselves of him.

        • al68

          Melo is better player that Gallo but he is better defender and passer that Melo. Melo is a offensive star but i think that Gallo is a better teammate and he could help more to the team.

      • googergieger

        Yeah, he consistently is getting twenty something points on twenty something shots, and can sure defend well when the refs let them play. I.E. foul. Still he isn’t a consistent defender and when the refs call fouls he can’t defend at all. Again Melo is a much better scorer. Gallo is good at everything. Take away Melo’s scoring and Gallo’s scoring, and are you actually arguing Melo is better at everything else?

  • Dubz

    I just want to say I’m thrilled that Chandler had a showing like this tonight. I’m sure he’s going to have his ups and downs as he gets into game shape, but this game truly showed how Chandler can be a MAJOR asset for this squad moving forward. I believe he will eat into a lot of Brewer’s minutes (btw I really like Brewer but Chandler is a lot more talented and Brewer is a fantastic “energy” guy who plays 15 mins) and will play almost as much at the 4 as he does at the 3. You guys watch, a healthy Chandler can really change the dynamics of this entire team. Great all around game tonight, very pleased.

    • nugswin


    • http://yahoo.com prospector

      The only change Chandler will bring is more of the dreaded small ball lineup…. If you like that I can send you the link so you can watch the EURO league…

      • John

        I guess it depends on where he is played…

        I remember him playing a lot of PF in NYC, because of the health of their roster, but I doubt he will here.

        I’m guessing obviously, but I assume he will probably play mostly SF and SG in Denver.

        So whether he replaces Faried at PF, he comes in at SF, and Gallo slides to PF, or he spells Dre or Dre at SG… In every case, our “small ball” got taller.

  • GK4Prez

    It is nice to see Chandler get several positive remarks from Nuggets fans, and you can add me to the list. I hope he continues to improve and doesn’t go into a slump.

  • Jim

    That fourth quarter was some of the most ridiculous basketball I’ve seen in a while. Gsw can shoot like crazy. I’m surprised we won by double digits. Nuggets got a seriously nice groove going since the twolves crap fest.

    • John

      Usually it is one, maybe two players that are lighting it up, but GSW as a team was stupid… e

      Everyone was making everything from everywhere…

      It was really starting to piss me off. I kept having flashbacks of the Nuggets going 0 for 22 on 3 pt attempts earlier this year and getting angry. lol

  • CkWizard

    I want to see a line up with Hamilton and Chandler instead of Brewer and Chandler or Brewer and Hamilton. I think Hamilton and Chandler at the wings to spell Igoudala with Gallo at the Four spelling Faried and McGee in for Koufos and Miller running point against any other teams bench would be an awesome offense even in the half court. Excelent spacing with Hamilton Gallo and Chandler combined with pick and roll with McGee and Miller not to mention let both McGee and Miller a few isolation post plays with Hamilton and McGee crashing the Boards and Gallo and Chandler heading back on transition defense. This lineup would be intimidating from an offensive potential standpoint.

    • Charliemyboy

      Hamilton can shoot and occasionally rebound but does not think team, makes too many mistakes and does not defend well. GK knows what he is doing. He should have tried Fornia (sp) on Curry.

  • Giovanni

    Great win…
    Five in a row…
    The bad news of the last night is the w of the lal…
    I can survive perhaps…
    destroy the thunder now…


    this is the real truehoop yhat i KNOW !
    not the hate-italy …

    where is the ‘haters fans’ that TRADE GALLO ???

    WHERE ?

    • monimo

      Ma quanto sei polemico, mamma mia.

    • Charliemyboy

      Can Chandler do more than Gallo in time?


    w.chandler > gallo LOL

    • Woobly o Balls

      it’s not as far off as you seem to make out. When healthy, Chandler is a very good player. He was better than Gallo in NY imo. Hasn’t been healthy/found his role in Denver yet

  • Robxxx

    Smettila Gianluca, abbiamo capito tutti.
    La NBA è “american-focused”, non è come il campionato di calcio di serie A e gli altri europei che stravedono per il giocatore straniero.
    Vedi anche la sintesi di GSW-DEN del sito NBA, una sola azione di Gallo e citazione finale per Brewer.
    Per sfondare in NBA devi essere almeno un Nowitzki, o un Parker, o un Yao-Ming.
    C’è molto marketing anche, e se il target italiano non interessa, Gallo non verrà mai messo in evidenza.
    Infine, Danilo deve essere più costante, e vincere un anello come gli ‘europei’ che ho citato prima.

  • Robxxx

    Shut up, Gianluca, we undestood your thoughts.
    NBA is “american-focused”, it is not the same as the soccer “Serie A” championship in Italy and in Europe (Premiere, Liga, etc.) where people think the world of foreign players.
    You can also see the GSW-DEN video recap on NBA website, only one action from Gallo e final quote for Brewer (who had less better stats than Danilo).
    To make it big in NBA you should be at least a Nowitzki, a Parker, a Yao-Ming,
    The American society is much more competitive than ours and so you have to be always at the top to gain success.
    Finally, marketing is king in NBA (advertising, mechandising and so on): if the Italian target is not so much interesting, Gallo’s performances won’t ever be highlighted.
    All in all, Danilo should be more consistent and let Denver win a ring, or almost a conference final to get the worth he deserves.

  • Tonia01

    A lot of good news for the nuggets fans. the 4th quarter was unbelievable. Wilson Chandler debut was very impressive. He overdid a bit offensively (just coming back after more than 1 year of inactivity and shooting 14 times is not exactly unselfish), however defensively he added a totally new dimension to the Nuggets. I hope he can maintain this attitude for the rest of the season. Gallo in January has been the player we hoped he would be (20+ points, 47% FGP, 41% from 3s). And any game we have at least one or two other players (Ty, Iggy, Faried ….) doing something great for the team. I start getting more confident for the season.

  • Z

    they dont really like you in Denver WC keeping balling so the trade can go thru the nuggets have JHAM/Brewer who they say are better

    • Tyler

      You must not know anything about the Nuggets Fans and WC….

    • Ban Johnson

      We just haven’t had much of a chance to see him healthy.

  • Ban Johnson

    Nothing very rapid about this reaction. Why not put up the link before the grades are posted so Nuggets’ fans have a chance to post their reactions while the game is still fresh? anyway…

    Nuggets go 9 quality deep now, and 7 of those 9 are LONG. You can really see Masai’s vision for the team with Chandler healthy…and in that ridiculous 4th quarter run, it all started to make sense.

    Karl has to play all that depth and length. Don’t let any of those guys play less than 20 minutes, and play hard — trap and crash the boards.

    If the Nuggets are going to keep Chandler, this summer will be very touchy with the luxury tax line. Moz is gone, for sure. Brewer will be very tough to sign and stay under the line, unless they can shave some salary here and there. Dumping Randolph and extending Iguodala at a lower number that starts next year are 2 ideas.
    (And then…keeping Faried in 2 years will be borderline impossible…something will have to give. But I guess that’s a bridge to cross later)

    • Tyler

      Wow I haven’t thought about the Faried shakedown in 2 years. Hopefully he just wants to be here

      • dynamo.joe

        wants to be here or not he is still going to get north of $10M.

  • buffalo soldier

    The next big signing is Masai. I have faith Masia will get these guys signed.

  • Evan

    Igoudala and chandler on the court together is really good defensively. Also I think Gallo is really comfortable playing with Chandler, they seem to understand each other well.

  • park hill

    AI, Will and Brewer equals scary defensive pressure. I was pleasantly surpised how Will went to the hole and seemed to put everyone else in the right position defensively. Gallo countered Steph down the stretch, and hit the boards. After the football lost this team showed some heart to win a tough one for themselves and the city. Good sign.

    Who doesn’t struggle with David Lee? The guy has the most 20/10 games in the league (more than LBJ). Faried does have some Javale in him on D though, if those two gain some defensive savvy a deep playoff run is eminent.

  • ny nugs fan

    the nugs have two big games coming up against the thunder; don’t play for the split think of it as playing to win BOTH games

    also don’t overlook the trailblazer or wizards; two teams that can beat any team on a given night

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    TRADE CHANDLER NOW…. I said.. I stand by these words… When he was on the court we were losing the game until the last push where we tied in the 4th, when Faried then came back into game….. Did he make some steals?? Yes, but Golden State and their small ball lineups match up well for Chandler… When he is on the court minus Faried/KK/McGEE when get zero rebounding.. David scored on Chandler just like he did against Faried.. The jump hook shot rocks… Anyone remember the Lakers w/Magic-Kareem… Now Karl will go small w/Chandler at power forward… Charles Barkley says a PF needs 10 boards a game or he is not a PW… Period…. Chandler is a small forward.. Period… I wouldn’t mind Chandler on the Floor w/Faried at the same time… BUT Karl will not do that… He is a EURO wanna be coach… When we play teams that bang inside our small ball Chandler-miller-lawson lineups will get crushed.. Karl is such an idiot… When the team plays poorly he always breaks out the small ball security blanket… So a good team will then pack the paint grab all the boards… To beat this we then need to shoot lights out, which on our team is not a receipe that you want to count on… So get ready to hear Hastings on TV complain about the lack of rebounding and the Nuggets “playing soft”.. All this while Faried is on the bench getting splinters… Like it or not when Faried is on the floor teams account for him now… (anyone watch lee sticking w/faried)… that reduces double teams on other players… HELLO KARL…. And if Faried doesn’t rebound the ball another Nugget will… And you know what… Jham could give us the same production of Chandler at a quarter of the cost…. So now JHAM & EVAN are banished to Siberia… And we get bumped out of the 1st round of the playoffs AGAIN… And Karl sits on the sideline with that stupid smirk on his face… Some of you will call me “hater”… No I am a realist.. Not a dreamer… Karl will never change… I think we all know the end of the story this season…….

    • magster

      Hamilton has sucked for over 2 months now. I can’t remember the last time he made a meaningful 3. Regardless of whether his poor play and lack of confidence is GK’s fault or not, he is a liability when he plays now.

      I was not expecting anything from Chandler’s return, and if Chandler continues to play like he did last night, then we all have reason to be excited for the next few months.

    • GK4Prez

      Chandler finished the game a +5 in 20 minutes, Faried finished with a +2 in 30 minutes. Faried still played his 30+ minutes and came within a point of getting a triple double. The team even went to him late in the game to try to get him his final bucket.

      Chandler played well in this game and helped the Nuggets gain momentum for the final nail in the coffin run.

      • GK4Prez

        I meant double double.

    • John

      Faried is still trying to figure out how to play when teams DO account for him. Did you notice that David Lee still got a double double and Faried missed his. When PF knows how to box out, Faried has poor performance. Will he get better, yes. It is what it is. He is still learning the game.

  • Z

    Faried is his answer for everything WC took away from him huh? what game were you watching like i said please free WC from this madness

  • Z

    not knocking Faried either he’s a great Hustle Player

  • andrew

    having many good players is a good problem to have. why trade anyone now? as for the minutes, their play will dictate how much they play, the competition will definitely keep their game at a high level and, most importantly, having more or less the full team now, nugs can build some serious lethal offense

    • Jacob

      I agree not a bad problem to have, but management should at least explore the idea of moving a little of that depth for a high quality starter. I have seen Anderson Varejao being thrown around and something like that could work as long as we don’t completely lose our depth. Not saying he’s an ideal fit and he may cost too much, but just throwing out an example.

      • googergieger

        Now that Varejao is hurt, his price might have come down a bit. As long as four of our starters and McGee are kept, we should be good to go. I mean not give away everything else, but Koufos, Chandler, and Hamilton plus a pick for Varejao would be something to think about.

        • John

          I’m pretty sure the Cavs haven’t lowered his value, while every other team might have. Gonna make any trade difficult.

          They seem to want a ton back for Andy, but I don’t know what they are gonna do with all the picks they already have… This year alone they have their own 1st and 2nd round draft picks…

          plus they’re owed

          Miami’s 2013 1st round draft pick (top-10 protected)

          Sacramento’s 2013 first round draft pick (top-13 protected )

          and they have the right to swap the least favorable of their own 2013 1st round pick, Miami’s 2013 1st round pick (top-10 protected) and Sacramento’s 2013 1st round pick (top-13 protected) [and the Lakers pick(Lakers only included if they make the Playoffs)]

          … and Orlando’s 2013 2nd round pick to Cleveland. That is a lot of picks for such a young team…

          • googergieger

            In that case we could be part of a three or four team trade to get them Rudy Gay? Of course Memphis would probably want Gallo. If we could get Reddick, and give a few things for Varejao, Orlando would probably welcome some picks from Cleveland? I’m happy with the team we got right now though. I mean the five game winning streak, we haven’t even tried majority of the game and we won. I mean outside of that Lakers game, we’ve been taking about three quarters off. Though I think a lot of that has to do with Ty being somewhat lackadaisical at times to start the game. Gallo needs to come out aggressive to combat that but he is content letting the game come to him and find other ways to help. But sometimes him being aggressive and getting to the line and setting the tone would help a lot. Especially if Ty doesn’t want to do it.

  • Trip

    Koufas only grabbing 6 rebounds. Really?

    • John

      Yeah.. not a great stat line, especially considering he was easily the tallest player on the floor by like 3 inches… (excluding JaVale)

      … but you gotta give it up to D.Lee. That guy is a frickin’ vacuum for rebounds. Scrappy too.

  • Mark from Charlotte

    I have been hard on this coaching staff all season. With all the pieces in place, lets see what this coaching staff can do with this team. Chandler look good in the game, he will only get better.

  • John

    The only players that should be on the block at all are Mozgov and Brewer… and only because they have expiring contracts.

    I personally would keep them both, and see how far this team can go. Then regroup and make changes over the summer.

    The Nuggs have a much better chance of retaining Brewer than Mozgov. Simply because 1 – he already has a ring, and 2 – he has already bounced around a few places, and Denver is the first team whose style of play perfectly matches his.

    Mozgov is gone this summer(if not sooner) for sure. Some idiot GM is gonna offer him 7-10 million just because he is 7’1″.

  • zorba

    I can still see that most of nuggets fans want kk to be traded. At this point I would be happy to see him playing somewhere else (the Celtics seem to be interested…), and you will be happy to see your favourite lineup with MacGee having more minutes…

    • John

      I like 2K, and wouldn’t mind trading him, but unless you are getting back a real difference maker, any trade including Kosta isn’t a great move. His value per dollar is off the charts. IMO

      Is he an All Star? No, but there are few better Centers getting paid $3 million/year… (excluding rookie contracts of course) He’s young, he hasn’t hit his ceiling, and he’s cheap. Mozzy is gone, and McGee isn’t ready to play big minutes. So you either need to keep him or there better be another C coming back.

  • Giovanni

    Ehi Gianluca how old are you?
    Because your post are very tiring…

    We support the denver Nuggets do you understand?

    Ps Gallo is a good player but compare to Melo please…
    Melo is a better scorer,passer(yes because not pass doesn’t count)rebounding,clutcher,rebounding etc etc…
    Gallo is a better teamate and maybe a better defender..

    When melo understand to trust in his tesmates it’t over…

    Go nugs…

    • John

      This is a good example of the difference between a Nuggets fan and a Gallo fan… I like the team. He likes one player.

      This would be like me going on a Laker board and showing love to Nash(who I like), while bad mouthing the rest of the team, the coaches, the hot dog vendors, the city council, Walt Disney, and that guy that dresses up like Charlie Chaplin near Hollywood and Highland, all the while spewing random stats.

      [Hot dog vendor only 28% on a toss from 8 seats, while Nash Career 90% FT shooter..]

      “Play NASH more, you racists.”

      Actually, that WAS kinda fun…. I know what I’m doing tomorrow.

      • Giovanni

        Just repeting the same old story again and again risk to make Gallinari unsympathic…
        And the post are becoming boring…

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    YO KARL, If your favorite stat is the plus/minus, maybe you should look at it and play your freakin starters togther in crunch time… Your starters are starters for a reason… Your stupidity and stubborness continue to amaze me.. What I don’t understand is how Joshy & Masai continue to put up with this crap…… Crazy