Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 115, Portland Trailblazers 111

Portland Trail Blazers 111 Final

Recap | Box Score

115 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 42 MIN | 8-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | -1

What I loved most about this game was how efficiently Gallo scored. He didn’t force anything. He mixed long-range shots with drives and put-backs. I know Gallo has been playing very well lately, but consider this: In his last 10 games he’s averaging 20 points (on nearly 49 percent shooting from the floor), six boards and 2.5 assists per game. If Gallo keeps letting the game come to him, we’ll likely see this spike in production continue the rest of the season.

Kenneth Faried, SF 31 MIN | 9-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +7

As is often the case, Faried was the heart of his team’s performance for much of the night. At half he was on pace for a 30-point, 15-rebound game and while he didn’t achieve that feat he still put up a 20-and-10 night to go with an incredible enthusiasm that none of his opponents could match. If Faried doesn’t come out and play like the true Manimal that he is, there’s a good chance the Nuggets get caught sleeping and lose this game.

Kosta Koufos, C 22 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +15

We can’t always be hypnotized by numbers. There are many nights when players affect the game in ways that numbers cannot show. This was one of those nights for Koufos. He played solid defense throughout the game and did many little things that helped the Nuggets win.

Ty Lawson, PG 40 MIN | 10-19 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +7

This was one of the best games I’ve ever seen from Lawson. He’s put up these types of numbers before, but the way in which he did it was remarkable. He started the game off on a tear, cooled down, then experienced a resurgence in the fourth quarter that essentially won the game for the Nuggets. In the last four minutes of the fourth quarter he scored eight points and then continued his damage in overtime. What stood out to me most is how he got his shot blocked at the rim on several occasions but kept pounding it inside (with great success) until the final whistle. He displayed great resiliency and a will to win that only the truest of leaders possess.

Andre Iguodala, SG 41 MIN | 4-16 FG | 0-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +9

This may seem like a harsh grade, but let’s be completely honest: How many big games has Iguodala either showed up in, or better yet, won for the Nuggets? He’s had quite a few impressive outings but they never seem to come when the Nuggets need them most. Defense alone won’t cut it either. The Nuggets (and the fans) expect him to be much more than just Tony Allen. He’s paid about $10 million more per year than Tony Allen and if the Nuggets plan on retaining him that figure likely won’t drop much. This is only one game, of course, but Iguodala needs to start showing up when his team needs him, and not just when he decides to.

Corey Brewer, SF 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -4

I thought Brewer’s defense was some of the best he’s played all year. The Nuggets got a huge spark from their defense in the second half and Brewer was the often catalyst, as far as I could tell. It’s an absolute joy watching him play when he puts so much effort into stopping his opponent. Truly, an absolute joy.

JaVale McGee, C 20 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -9

McGee has hit a rough patch. That much is clear. He’s having some problems on the court which seem to have finally driven him crazy. He’s over-thinking and yet, not thinking at all. He’s not relaxed. He’s not composed. It’s as if he’s nervous about making mistakes, which is naturally causing him to make mistakes. Now, I don’t know that this is exactly the case. I’m no psychologist. This is just a guess. But we’ve seen this before with guys Karl keeps on short leashes. Instead of being themselves (which entails making more mistakes than they probably should) they retreat to this frenetic, neurotic, bad-decision making that just compounds the problem. McGee had a few huge plays down the stretch but spent most of the game wondering about in his own mind.

Andre Miller, PG 30 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -4

Miller seemed bound determined he was going to score tonight, which he totally did not do. He took countless bad shots and had tunnel vision the whole game — yet he still got to play meaningful minutes in the fourth quarter. If not for the several minutes of solid defense in crunch time, he’d likely be flirting with an F.

Wilson Chandler, SG 19 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | 0

This is a tough performance to grade. Throughout the middle of the game Chandler took one contested jump shot after another. His defense was great, but his offense was perplexing at times. Then, Chandler hit what was basically a game-winning 3-pointer and all was immediately forgiven. Overall, he’s been fantastic since coming back from surgery; much better than I expected. If he can limit his bad shots, drive to the hoop more and continue to play lock-down defense, the Nuggets will get a huge spark from his return to the rotation.

George Karl

Karl gets the grade he does because the Nuggets won. No matter how awful we may think he is at times, winning cannot be denied. That said… Karl did many things against the Blazers that also jeopardized the Nuggets chances of winning.

First, the Nuggets lost every timeout throughout the game. Every single one. After the Nuggets fought to gain a lead, the Blazers would immediately call a timeout and proceed to pound the Nuggets into submission. What does this mean? I’m not sure, really. Do Karl’s players listen when he is talking during timeouts? Is he being as fiery as he needs to be? Again, I don’t know. I’m not in the huddle so I can’t say. Nevertheless, this has been a problem all year and will likely continue into the postseason, sadly.

Next, Karl’s absolutely inexplicable reluctance to adapt to his opponents tactics, yet again, nearly cost the Nuggets the game. After playing McGee in the fourth quarter and building up a nine-point lead with nearly four minutes to go, Karl (again!) baffled every Nugget fan with an ounce of brain power by deciding to play Faried at center and Andre Miller at shooting guard down the stretch. The Blazers then casually went inside time after time with great success only to fully erase the Nuggets once nine-point lead and send the game into overtime. While Karl admitted his mistake and played McGee in overtime, the fact remains: IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED!!! We’ve seen this entirely too many times already and we’re only halfway through the season!!! Why does Karl not understand that every scenario in the NBA is going to be different!?! He cannot simply trot out the same small-ball gameplan and expect to succeed when each team has different players and different strategies! He really, REALLY needs to adapt to different situations so that Nuggets Nation can continue to keep the remaining hair they have and not pull every single last strand out of their skulls!

All that said, I liked Karl’s defensive schemes and lineups throughout most of the game. Portland only scored 41 points combined in the second and third quarters, which I thought were some of the best defensive quarters the Nuggets have had all year in terms of activity and commitment to stifling their opponent.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Home Cookin’: The Nuggets have now won six games in a row and eight of their last 10. They are one game back from Golden State for the fifth seed in the West and two games back from Memphis for the fourth seed. I truly cannot express how important it is to get homecourt advantage in the playoffs for this team. That is everything. That is all that matters in the world that is the Nuggets success in the postseason.
  2. B2B: The Nuggets will face Oklahoma City on the road Wednesday. Playing a back-to-back against anybody is tough. But OKC? If the Nuggets could somehow pull a win out against the Thunder, I will be the first to write off any and every problem they had through the first half of the season. No matte what, how this team comes out and performs will say a lot about the amount of heart and zeal they possess.
  3. Downtown Disaster: At some point the Nuggets must address their 3-point defensive issues. They rank in the middle of the pack when it comes to percentage, but the Nuggets are the second worst team in the league (behind only the Bobcats) at defending the amount of threes made by their opponent. People simply aren’t closing out and rotating fast enough. If the Nuggets can shore up this issue, they should be in good shape.
  • jay reezy

    Ill will, gallo, and Ty Lawson with dagger and money shots at the end!

    • dynamo.joe

      Eew!

    • Thomas

      If the objective is to get ready for the playoffs and maximize our chances at a title (if they exist), then there is still nothing to see here…

      Our only chance is if our 2 players that can be game changers (over a -game series, not a game or 2), get a chance to play extended minutes in the playoffs – at least 38 minutes/game. Those players are Lawson and Faried. Everything else revolves around having 5 players on the court who can play tough D for most of 48 minutes.

      None of that will happen with GK. Predictably, he is going to his “9 man rotation, equal minute allocation, guaranteed minutes to my favorites Miller + 1 (this year it’s Brewer, last year it was Harrington)” that spells guaranteed doom in the playoffs.

      If only his pet players were Lawson and Faried, instead of Miller and Brewer, we might have a spitting chance of going the distance.

      Lawson-AI-Faried-Gallo-KK, then Chandler, Hamilton, Mcgee, Brewer and Stone getting the scraps. Miller at most 18 minutes during playoffs.

      The only 2 PG line-up that we should consider is Lawson-Stone or Miller, Stone. Lawson & Miller is to big of a defensive liability. These line-ups with Stone and a PG combined with AI as small forward, Faried and KK would be solid defensively.

  • michael gray

    Chandler and Iggy know exactly when to start hitting shots.

    • GIANLUCA

      IGGY an KARL want Win ????

      mmm … IGGY 15M is ridiculos …

      pass the ball to GALLO !!!

  • toluene_hawk

    Pick n pop!

  • bigelowsmalls

    I love the nugs, that was a great win. But I don’t know crap about basketball. Can anyone tell me why Manimal is on the bench in the 4th and OT? McGee looked like a ballerina.

    • Gorillabuddy

      My guess is that Karl wanted to be able to defend Aldridge, and Manimal has problems with him on his own. Javale did a pretty decent job defensively but Aldridge was just hitting some ridiculous shots.

      • John

        Really… I thought JaVale was pretty bad, but I really give LaMarcus all the credit here… He was just killing it.

        I do give JMG credit for not biting on every head fake tonight, he seemed to keep his feet more. But man, 2 of 7 shots for 4 pts. and 2 rebs. in 20 minutes… ouch. Keep in mind those misses were all from 2 feet or less. It is not like he was shooting contested fade away 3′s.

        Neither he nor Faried could stop Aldridge, but at least Manimal was making shots, getting rebounds, earning extra possessions for his team… and so was Kouf to a lesser degree.

        It seems like Karl sets up a schedule of minutes in his head, and doesn’t stray from it for any reason other than foul trouble…. He has yet to “ride the hot hand” this season, or yank players when they become a liability, as far as I can see.

      • LBJ

        A decent job? He was getting schooled senseless. What McGee was even doing in the game in OT is beyond me. He was a disaster again tonight – and Koufos was actually decent.

  • pender30

    Was anybody else wishing chandler was in there at the end of regulation instead of AI? It was killing me to watch Iguodala decide he was going to hold the ball for ten seconds and then be “the guy” as we gave up the lead.

  • googergieger

    Lawson, Faried, Gallo, Koufos, Brewer, everyone else C or lower. Though Chandler did hit a huge shot for us to finally end this game. Karl F-. Dude made this game a lot harder than it had to be by going small and not sticking with our most effective players tonight. Gallo thirteen points in the first quarter and then they only go to him about six more times the rest of the game?! Koufos as much as I hate on the guy was giving us great smart minutes and he never sees the game again. Iguodala was god awful tonight and Karl not only stuck with him but let him go for the last play of the game?! Miller left a lot of shooters open and was literally just standing there when Ty had the ball, and Brewer was playing scrappy D and actually sticking with his man!

    No chance tomorrow against OKC. Portland has no bench and this game goes to overtime?! My god….

    • Greco21

      I will pop a champaigne…

      You just wrote a positive comment about Koufos. Welcome back to the bright side!

      To my understanding Wilson Chandler is getting minutes for the trade block. As did Mozgov. I feel there is going to be a package soon. Either Koufos and Chandler, or Chandler and Mozgov.

      If i was Denver GM i would look for a pure shooter or consistent low post defender.

      Koufos and Chandler for Varejao is an option, or Koufos for James Jones (Miami) + something…

      McGee got himself in good positions but missed some easy lay ups. But its a good sign he is showing some post moves.

      GK has to quit on small ball ASAP. It is killing the team. Again playoff time everybody in the west is going to have party against small ball line-up.

    • Charliemyboy

      Who won the game, and 5 in a row? Portland beat Miami and has at least one all star. No game is perfect. He played the ebbs and tides wwell. McGee slowed Lamarcas when Faried couldn’t

  • Z

    Dont bash nobody on the team good win nuggets

  • Tom

    The last few minutes of the fourth quarter were really pathetic. LMA was destroying Faried, but GK didn’t adjust (why not give Koufos, or even Mozgov, a try?) On the other end, Ty was destroying everybody and Gallo was hitting outside shots, but for some reason Iggy got 3 or 4 opportunities to take off-balance elbow jumpers that clanked badly. Terribly disappointed with George’s rotations down the stretch.

    And then Wilson Chandler comes through with a clutch three that ends up being the difference? Woot!

    • Tom

      Also: we now have the same number of wins as Memphis, and one more win than Golden State. The race for the 4th seed is tightening up.

  • googergieger

    Unless we play a team in the playoffs where we can actually go small, we’re out of the first round again. Karl will not shy away from his small ball and Ty/Miller line up. Unless Gallo starts demanding the ball more and going off, anyways.

    • Ackdog

      He went to a really long line up against Golden State the other night and I got excited. I thought Karl almost blew this game with that line up at the end. Javale I thought was the right call but I might have had Faried out there insted of AI tonight. AI was way off his game tonight!

  • Ban Johnson

    This team is turning my hair gray.

    Faried was incredible in the first half. He’s had 7 or 8 of those superstar halves this year. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. Nuggets would have been down double figures at half without him.

    Gallo and Ty are both emerging as the players we thought they’d be all season. Gallo has some kind of freak clutch gene. All the people clamoring for a shooter — Nuggets seem to have a good one now in Gallo. Over 40% from there last 2 months on high volume. You really want him sitting on the bench watching some scrub like James Jones hang out on the 3 point line?

    Iguodala’s long 2-point jumpers early or middle of the shot clock…suck. Just about the worst possible shot on the court. Karl has to sit him down and fix that crap.

    Nuggets have a lot of breakdowns. Fun as hell, but they are not a contender.

    I get the feeling Wilson Chandler isn’t the type of guy to get nervous. It seems like, healthy, he just puts up 14/6/2 steals, no matter what, even if it doesn’t seem like he’s done a whole lot. That last shot was ice cold.

    • tommy in Sd Nuggets fan

      I know Ill Will will consistently do this for us now that he is healthy and that is comeing off bench I think he could do more if injuries happen so I am and have as well as hope Wilson Chandler STAYS on this team

  • miguel

    why is everybody sounding so negative??? we won, you guy are acting like we lost the game. were staring to look like the team everybody expected us to be. also lawson and gallo are showing they could play consistent basketball. what happen to all the people that wanted chandler gone?? told you all he is still a great player.

    • dynamo.joe

      Wil shot 38% and 42% from the field over the last 2 games. The average SF shoots 44% from the field. So, if your point is Wilson Chandler is only slightly below average, I guess you are right.

      Since he is playing at C- minus level and I was expecting D- or F level, I guess I will grant that he has been better than expected.

      To directly answer the question yes there are still 100+ players I would take over Chandler.

      • Jacob

        You sir are an idiot. Will was a key contributor in our games. Let’s see you come back from hip surgery and shoot even 30%. He is a top 80 player in the league and if he gets into even more of a groove that turns into 20/6/2 of the bench playing 20 minutes. You are stupid.

      • Evan

        This is absurd, Chandler defends the 4 and 3 better than anyone on the team. He has tunnel vision sometimes but is one of the only players on the team who can elevate over defenders and create his shot at anytime.

      • Dubz

        It’s people like DynamoJoe who drive me nuts on this site. To say Chandler is a less than average SF is beyond ridiculous. There’s a reason why Masai gave him a 5 year deal at roughly $7 mill a year and there’s a reason why GK insists on playing him. He’s one of the most versatile SF/PF in the league offensively and can guard the 2,3,and 4 defensively. You are a fool. Go watch another team.

        • dynamo.joe

          Jacking up contested shots is not a talent or if it is only in the sense of having an extra chromosome is a talent.

  • ryanvdonk

    Ty dominated the end of the game, 7/10 from the field in the 4th qtr and overtime, and one of those he was obviously fouled but no call. nice to see the confidence back. he also had a good game defensively, there’s no reason anyone should be able to get by him one on one, really hounded lillard into a 6/15 night. need to see that effort more consistently, as we’ve seen him do it a few times earlier in the year very effectively.

  • Gorillabuddy

    I don’t think Portland could have played any better, and the fact that we still won despite so many mistakes shows how good this team can be.

  • KW

    AI was terrible. Ty finally looks like he could be the player we thought he might be. Gallo was gallo. Consistently clutch and frustrating.

    Karl? WTF?

    Love to win. Portland has had the nuggz number lately.

    I’m starting to believe.

    • GIANLUCA

      karl ridiculos —> FIRE

      GALLINARI and FARIED best nuggets ’12-’13

      Lawson alwais tonight …
      IGGY ridiculos
      W.Chandler one madness .. he ONLT f.g.a. !!!!

      NOTHING PASS THE BALL TO GALLO …
      if the TY – IGGY – BREWER – W.CHA pass the ball , GALLO con 40 tonight !

  • Jim

    I could get used to Wilson chandler being a bad ass every game.

  • Dubz

    I can understand everyone’s frustration with Iggy, but I believe he’ll start to put it together offensively. I’ve felt the same way with Chandler and he’s starting to pay off. Iggy is a FREAK OF NATURE athletically and his offense basically starts with him driving the lane. However, with the nuggets general poor 3 point shooting this season, he’s found himself on the perimeter more often than he’s used to. I believe with the return of Chandler and the improved play of Gallo/Lawson, Iggy’s game will improve as well. Team’s will no longer be able to simply clog the lane (like they were doing for the 1st 30+ games of the season) to stop this team’s offensive rhythm. Everything is coming together slowly but surely people. My biggest fear is Karl doing his best to ruin everything. However, with Chandler back, he can go small without throwing out these impossibly tiny lineups (like the one tonight with Lawson, Miller, Iggy, Gallo, and Faried.. What?????) In the future take out Miller and insert Chandler and move Gallo/Iggy down one position and that small lineup suddenly makes a lot more sense. It’s going to be interesting.

    • tommy in Sd Nuggets fan

      The line up of Ty iggy Chandler Gallo and faired would be set up with Chandler and Gallo switching at sf/pf and iggy at sg

      • googergieger

        No reason we should ever be without a seven footer on the court.

      • GIANLUCA

        starters ( for me )
        LAWSON W.CHANDLER GALLO FARIED MCGEE …

        6° man
        MILLER – IGGY – BREWER – KOUFOS

        another :
        J-HAM in IGGY TRADED .

    • nugswin

      You say, “. . . take out Miller. . ” and all GK hears is Chinese. So he will ignore the idea. Sadly.

      Last night’s fourth quarter with what felt like exclusively the infamous 2 pg lineup as we gave up the lead, was hard to watch.

  • CkWizard

    Nuggets won despite Igoudala shooting a horrible percentage on a lot of shots, GK asking Faried to defend one of the best offensive bigs in the game during the fourth quarter with the game on the line, then asking McGee to do the same (KK is the best defensive option here), and being out rebounded…..

    Nuggets won because they didn’t turn the ball over a lot and they forced the Blazers into mistakes with pressure defense at times. The Nuggets won because their shooters hit shots (Nuggets have some shooters despite public opinion)

    Nuggets are becoming a better team…. How good will they be at the end of the year?

    All I ask is that the Nuggets put up a fight tomorrow, I believe they can win because the Nuggets are not that overmatched and regardless of the out come the Nuggets will beat the Thunder twice this season. Sux it is a back to back on the road.

  • John

    Overall, I’m happy with the win. I like that this young team doesn’t totally fall apart too often.

    The level of play will have to increase quite a bit to compete with OKC though. The team is capable of winning, but it needs to be a strong effort start to finish.

  • CkWizard

    I suspect GK is planing on using Kofous a lot against the Thunder and that is why he wasn’t out there late… I think GK wants to win the game tomorrow and is planning on matching the Thunders length with our length going to be a good game!!

    • John

      Ooooo… Valid point. I didn’t even think of that. Let’s hope so. Although I am not a huge fan of “saving” effort.

  • Evan Woodruff

    Guys, Portland is really, really, really good as of late. This was a great TEAM win. Portland has been a home wrecker all year long, and is playing extra good lately. The Nuggets just beat a very very good/hot team. Stop bitching please.

  • CJP32

    My only issue was Andre Miller playing the last 18.5 minutes of the game. That was unnecessary, he produced just 2 points and 3 assists and was burnt by his man a few times (the Wes Matthews three with 32 sec left in regulation).

    Whilst Iggy and Chandler shot terribly (9/29) they did both hit clutch shots when we needed them.

    Chandler obviously has the green light from GK to shoot – 27 FGAs in 2 games, which gives us another scoring option off the bench, but alot of these shots have been contested ones. Better shot selection or passing the ball would be ideal.

    Brewer’s minutes are down to around 20 now that Chandler is back, but he has been effective – 50% FG, 3 rebs, 2 asts and 10 ppg. Thats all you can ask for.

    Denver have now won 10 of 13, and 8 of the next 10 are at home. That 4th seed is looking very realistic now.

    • John

      Keep pushing. Gotta get to the Top 3… Only 1 team has EVER won it from anything other than a 1-3 seed(Rockets ’95).

      • John

        FYI – They were the sixth seed, and it was the second year of back to back Championships.

  • Natey

    This win is attributed to the starting 5 – Iggy and plus Chandler. Karl gets a F. I am not always against the double pg lineup but tonight was just an absolutely awful night to have it going. If this was a loss everyone would be on GK butt like no other but he lucked out and won.

    Putting Mcgee was also not the right decision. Kosta clearly was the better option. But its hard to justify having Dre miller in there when the Manimal is beasting and Ill Will is much more versatile.

  • mitchell james

    huge win. javale mcgee somehow finds new ways to amaze me in the athletic plays category. that oop was RIDICULOUS.
    ill will is the man. he’s gonna come up huge for us this year. glad he’s back.
    ty and manimal are the x factors for this team, they keep this up we’re nearly unbeatable.
    iggy cant keep sucking all year, can he? i know he never lit it up on offense, but he has to regress back to the mean eventually … right? …guys?

  • Stephen H

    Whoever wrote this come on Karl deserved a d- no Manimal in OT are you kidding me? Nugs way to beat Portland and your coach, screw Karl, go nugs!

  • Stephen H

    Should have been a finishing line up of any 7 footer, Manimal, Ty, gallo, and will, but no your love for miller and decision to play horrible tonight iggy was terrible. I change my mind Karl deserved an f.

  • Stephen H

    I would love to be the person who does the grades for this site, I have season tickets go to every home game and watch every road game. So Roundball please let me do these grades sometime.

    • dynamo.joe

      They can’t stop you from doing a rapid reaction in the comments. Maybe if it’s well thought out and well written they will grant your wish.

  • googergieger

    To be fair Chandler had some awful shots that ruined our momentum early on in the game as well. Until his big shot he was going to have a very even game. I think Ty, Brewer, Gallo, Faried, and Koufos to close tonight would have been the better decision, as those were the only five who played great all game. Honestly I have no idea why Karl made this game so much harder than it had to be. Also when Faried had it going his team mates were finding him on purpose. Why on earth they don’t do that with Gallo when he has it going is beyond me. I understand him not forcing things, but get him the ball when he is attacking and knocking down his shots. Same thing with anyone else that gets hot. The defense will react accordingly and make the offense that much easier.

  • Steve

    Another great game by Andre Miller…God I hate Karl.

  • googergieger

    “We’ve got a long way to go,” Miller said. “Not just getting to the playoffs, but getting out of the first round is something that I would like to accomplish. We’re not there yet. We haven’t played a full 48 minutes with both groups this year. We’ve had some good wins, comeback wins, guys playing good individual games, but we haven’t had a good team-effort game.”

    So apparently Miller knows they haven’t been consistent for the full four quarters yet, and yet he constantly leaves his man wide open for a three or forces switches that put the team in a bad situation. That Golden State game he did step up and played solid D and didn’t force switches or leave his guy open(in the fourth). Wonder why a veteran that KNOWS we aren’t playing our best and need to start playing our best, is constantly taking possessions off.

  • googergieger

    Dang, Chandler isn’t playing tomorrow. Guess Gallo and Iguodala(who is going to deal with Westbrook as well) are going to have to guard Durant. Two people going to be in foul trouble quick if Durant is missing shots and needs to be bailed out.

  • Giovanni

    Only when we have a new coach can we compete for a second rounnd of playoffs…
    He don’t have a stategy defensive only change change change for 9 years…
    He don’t have a strategy offensive but still remain on the bench of nuggets..
    Bah…
    Proud of Ty a incredible player…
    But the player of other team are ever better(sarcasm)

  • Woobly o Balls

    Wilson Chandler <3

    • GIANLUCA

      TERRIBLE .. HE DON’T PASS THE BALL ..:
      he is a cancer for nuggets if dont’ pass the ball ..

      IGGY FGA > CHANDLER FGA > GALLO FGA
      GALLO POINTS > CHANDLER POINTS > IGGY

      • Evan Woodruff

        Iggy is better.

  • GIANLUCA

    PORTLAND HAVE 4 PLAYER … AND karl is happy if NUGGETS WIN ?
    this is normal .. with VAN GUNDY … GALLO and NUGGETS are CONTENDER

  • Z

    Bash your team after wins great lol Faried and Varejao??? is what the Nuggets want lol 2 guys who cant shoot with no post moves 2 hustle guys huh? great cant wait until the trade deadline get WC and Koufos on teams where they can ball Faried and Varejao….lol that will be funny THE NUGGETS WON!!!! sheesh

  • Tonia01

    It is clear that the team elevated its game. We now have three / four players in each game with very positive performances. Gallo is finally playing as an all star: in January he is 20 pp and 6 rebounds a game, 48% FGP, 42% 3PP. Ty finally showed some consistent agrressive games, Faried energy is at very high level (although he still cannot defend any good PF) and Chandler is a huge asset moving forward. We run well and we hit big shots (consistently). I have the feeling that the 4th place in the conference is not a dream anymore.

  • al68

    GK ha estado fatal. Miller no ha hecho nada bueno y todo malo no defiende no pasa era un tronco en medio del campo.
    Gallo fenomenal sin hacer 1×1 que no sirven para nada, defendiendo muy bien y seleccionando muy bien el tiro, algo que incomprensiblemente se ve mal en USA.
    Lawson ha vuelto a ser el que esperabamos agresivo y con tiro exterior bueno.
    Faried no defiende casi nada hace unas transiciones defensivas muy lentas a veces algo que a un jugador como el con ese fisico no se le puede permitir.
    Koufos es nuestro mejor defensor y mucho mejor para el equipo que mcgee.
    My translete don`t work, sorry.

  • al68

    GK has been fatal. Miller has done nothing good and everything bad does not advocate does not pass was a trunk in the middle of the field. Gallo great without doing 1 ×1 that serve no purpose, defending very well and selecting very well shot, something which had inexplicably is bad in the USA. Lawson has once again become a aggressive than we expected and with good outside shooting. Faried does not defend almost nothing a few transitions very slow defensive sometimes something that a player like him with the physical cannot be allowed.

  • Alberto

    We could win this match before if they passed even only 1 ball to Gallo; the last 3 minutes were: Ty shoot, Iggy shoot, Iggy shoot, Ty shoot… And all of these were obviously missed

  • ny nugs fan

    portland is a very good team so hats off to the nugs for doing what they needed to do to get the win; that team was looking for a statement win last night; their young pg is an absolute beast

    chandler and gallinari have good chemistry on the court

    go nugs… beat kevin “flopper” martin and the thunder!!!

  • gfacekillah8

    the comments and kalen’s analysis always kills me on this site. everyone LOVES julyan stone and HATES andre miller. stone won’t score 1,000 points in the league let alone 15,000 like miller has. stone is a safety valve 3rd option and thats it.

    i also wondered why miller played the whole 4th qtr and overtime but i think one main reason is because he is the only guy on our team who can make free throws.

    mcgee was having an atrocious game and faried was killing it so karl went with the hot hand at the end. at altitude and at the end of games he wants to run on teams so he plays small. mcgee had 2 rebounds the whole game so i don’t think we really were missing anything on the boards with him out. also he is so bad at his defensive rotations. he might alter a few shots but he puts a lot of pressure on the rest of team because he doesn’t rotate properly half the time.

    everyone kills the small ball units but you do realize this is where the league is going right? the heat won the title last year because they played small. i was at the miami vs utah game on monday and lebron guarded utah’s center the entire fourth quarter basically. OKC’s best lineup is when collison is in at the 5 and perkins’ 7 ft ass is glued to the bench. melo is one of the best PF in the league this year for crying out loud. he never played PF for denver. the league is going smaller and faster and Karl is doing the same. koufos can’t play the whole game and i don’t blame karl for not fully trusting mcgee yet.

    we got a really solid win against a team that will make the playoffs this year most likely. LA is an all star, Lillard will probably be ROY and Batum is a real up and comer. lets not be too negative after our boys pull out wins. we are on a good roll right now.

    the best highlight from the game for me was how you can tell Ty really gives a crap. he was locked in at the end and you could see it when they went to the bench for time outs. that is a very good sign for this team.

    • John

      I’ve been guilty of the Stone love Dre hate in the past(well not hate) but… I must admit I’ve enjoyed Dre more this year than previous years….

      I think the addition of leapers like Faried and McGee had something to do with that, and I definitely concede the point about free throws… but his off ball D is some of the worst out there.

    • Dubz

      I’ll agree with everything you said but there’s one large exception when it comes to Karl’s lineups with the Nuggets. He’s not only undersized at the 5, he’s usually undersized at every single position on the floor. Using a guy who’s often times undersized at the 4 (faried) at the 5 is ok as long as we have someone at the 4/3 who can defend/rebound. Gallinari is not a PF and never will be and Andre Miller couldn’t guard a SG if his career depended on it. That’s my problem with the way Karl’s lineups play out. If you want to go small, that’s fine. But use a lineup of Faried, Chandler, Gallo, Iggy, and Lawson. Now that’s a lineup I’ll watch.

    • dynamo.joe

      Give me LeBron James and I would be happy with Karl’s small ball lineups.

      If the NBA goes small it is only because most coaches are retarded. Small works for Miami because of LeBron, but no one else is LeBron.

      Perkins is only listed as 6’10, but I agree getting him out of the lineup helps the thunder. He is so bad they might be better off playing 4 on 5.

    • nugswin

      “The league is going small” is just sports center quality garble passing as informed analysis. The league is about match-ups, how can one team use it’s assets against the other in the most effective way. If there is one trend it’s towards a faster game, speed. But that has always, always, always been the case — the game is constantly getting more athletic. But that has nothing to do with size since the league has also been getting bigger over the years.

      Just because Miami has LeBron doesn’t mean the league as a whole has to go small. Indiana has Hibbert, Brooklyn has Lopez, Portland has Aldridge, Memphis has Gasol and Randolph, all playoff quality teams that are not “going small” and have to run the floor with every possession. OKC is better with Perk on the bench because Perk is plodding and slow-footed, and doesn’t have an offensive game to make up for it. Not because he is big.

      GK wants to go small because he wants to be a speed, speed, speed team. That’s okay but the problem is his focus on that has blinded him to personnel issues, game situation issues, and match-up issues. Denver is a team that can and should go big. Often. And we could do that without sacrificing athleticism. But Karl has convinced himself otherwise.

  • Chris

    Nice to see Ty become the guy at the end of the game. Looked good with the ball in his hands at that point. When Ty attacks he plays well, when he plays well, so does the team. Ty is the Catalyst and needs to continue his nice play. (Which he should be able to do given that he is finally healthy)

    • al68

      tambien ha conseguido hacer mas entradas a canasta gracias a que tiramos mejor de tres y obligamos a portland a jugar mas abierto, ademas no tenian a un center grande en el medio de la zona

  • Evan

    Ty is the man, needs to step up like this more often.

  • bosc0

    OT we were 3/4 from deep = win.
    0/4 in the 4th. Just sayin.

  • googergieger

    We really need a new fucking coach. Portland has no bench and you make it go to over time and you let this team come out in the first quarter, tired, scared, and just decide to let them play through it. Beyond embarrassing first quarter and only one person is to blame for it.

  • Cephus

    I sincerely don’t get the fire GK talk. The Nuggets are on a streak & are up in the power rankings . Between sadistic early road schedule, Gallinari’s extended cold snap, injuries hobbling Lawson and disabling Chandler along with the Javale project, we’re lucky to be where we are.

    I remember all too well the despair Paul Westhead, Stan Albeck, Bickerstaff, Issel year long slides. Bickerstaff was main offender in terms of not being able to realize his team’s talent. The GK teams This team is performing to the level of it’s potential with a few hiccups ( Arghh small lineup ) .

    Kroenke will never break salary cap to get a superstar & to get one, you’d have to overpay. The big fellas only consider lowering their price for cities in the warm weather and on coast . This is team with a lot of intriguing talent & GK is starting to suss out the best combos.

    The only name coach out there I’d be tempted to reach for is Avery Johnson. I’m probably prejudiced on that one because of his dynamic player persona. Red Aurbach is dead and unless Kroenke has a hot daughter for Phil Jackson to date, GK will do just fine.

  • googergieger

    Gallo is exhausted and being fouled and not allowed to defend Durant tonight. Same with Ty. Difference is Ty just gave up and Gallo kept going despite nothing coming easy. We played a team with no bench last night and it went to over time solely because of Karl making a game much harder than it had to be. There have been a handful of other games that were lost because of him. There are a handful of games that have been won because the other team missed great looks and we made tough ones. Heck the guy could at least try to get a tech every now and again to show he gives a damn. Tonight is a great example. Granted we shouldn’t win tonight but at least compete, and considering The Thunder are up double digits since the first quarter and still getting babied by the refs, he could do something to show his team he’ll fight for them! But no. It is an acceptable loss. Just like all the losses we had early on in our bad schedule were acceptable. Even though we were hardly ever beat by the better team. Heck if he pulled a Pop tonight and just sat out his best players, I’d respect that. But his tired team came out and gave up in the first quarter and he just let that happen. His tired team he made needlessly tired by the way.