Rapid Reaction: Oklahoma City Thunder 117, Denver Nuggets 97

Denver Nuggets 97 Final

Recap | Box Score

117 Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari, SF 26 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -21

Gallo had trouble defending Durant and that was all she wrote. His impact on the game outside of making a few shots was minimal.

Kenneth Faried, SF 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -24

Faried was almost not even present. As is often the case with more physical and larger power forwards, Faried was swallowed up.

Kosta Koufos, C 25 MIN | 6-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -8

Koufos was the best player on the team. That’s all you need to know to figure out the direction this game went. He was great all night on the glass and around the basket. He converted misses as well as entry passes with the execution of a veteran. His defense was also solid, yet again.

Ty Lawson, PG 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -14

It’s hard to achieve this stat line in 20 minutes of action. Lawson was clearly stifled by Westbrook, which isn’t a good sign for the playoffs. Lawson relies on his speed, yet Westbrook is one of the few players in the league who’s probably faster than Lawson. He’s also stronger, more athletic and more talented.

Andre Iguodala, SG 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -17

While Iguodala had one of the better stat lines of the starting unit, it was still pretty bad. He was missing shots by a wide margin too. He got most of his points of easy baskets, meanwhile his defense wasn’t particularly great either.

Anthony Randolph, PF 16 MIN | 1-6 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +5

Randolph was one of the bright spots against the Thunder. He drove the basket and got fouls. He didn’t make a lot of shots, but he was aggressive. He also played pretty well on defense, evident by his three blocks and three steals. This is one player I’d like to see get some more action every now and then, considering the Nuggets don’t really have a backup power forward.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 9 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3

What can you say about Hamilton? He clearly didn’t belong with the group he was playing with tonight. He’s a big small forward who can drive, drain threes and score at will. You have to wonder what he’s done wrong in light of Fournier ostensibly moving ahead of him on the depth chart.

Corey Brewer, SF 19 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -8

I hardly remember Brewer at all. There were a few sequences where he played solid defense but he was MIA other than that. It would have been nice to see him on Durant more…

Timofey Mozgov, C 10 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +8

Mozgov logged decent minutes. He missed some pretty easy buckets and got hit in the face with the ball, but he was active, which is always good.

JaVale McGee, C 20 MIN | 5-6 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -19

JaVale finally overcame his slump — or so it appears. He was under control for most of the night and only made one or two “bonehead” plays. Other than that, he played with composure and verve, especially on offense.

Julyan Stone, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

I like Stone; always have. I just like the way he quarterbacks the offense. He’s a floor general at heart. He’s always looking to get others involved first and he never forces anything. It would be interesting to see how well he could defend guys like Durant…

Andre Miller, PG 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -8

Miller’s assists are where he gets his grade. He did do a fine job of sharing the rock, I’ll give him that. But his tunnel vision scares me. I feel like he’s always on the verge of thinking he has to throw his team on his back and score every time down the floor — which should never happen.

Evan Fournier, SG 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +4

Fournier’s stat line is deceiving. For about 10 minutes of his floor time he was turning the ball over and committing awful fouls. He played better as the game progressed, but I still have no idea how he got inserted before Hamilton.

George Karl

Karl’s team was totally unprepared from the start. They were never in this game — not even in the first few minutes. It was like watching JV vs. Varsity. Durant and Westbrook are two of the best player in the league, but the Nuggets have several of the best defenders in the league. Why was Iguodala not on Westbrook more? Why was Brewer not on Durant more? Instead Westbrook schooled Andre Miller and overpowered Ty Lawson all night, while Durant took Gallo to the hole repeatedly. And it all starts with defense. The Thunder had almost 70 by half and finished with 117. That’s inexcusable. I don’t care if you’re coming off a week of hiking in the Rocky Mountains with little to no sleep — that kind of defensive effort just won’t cut it. I felt like this was a game Karl had no problems conceding from the start. At least, that’s how it looked.

One Thing We Saw

  1. Superstars Wanted: Watching this game made me realize just how far the Nuggets are away form competing for a title. Westbrook and Durant are on a level that few players in this league are able to reach together. The Nuggets have an incredibly deep team, but until they land a superstar (or just a star) they’ll be destined to leave the playoffs one round before making their first ever NBA Finals appearance.
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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • Ban Johnson

    I wouldn’t jump to too many conclusions about the gap between the Nuggets and Thunder until after Sunday’s home game. Nuggets have been expending a lot of emotional energy in their recent wins, many of them comebacks: last night’s (unnecessary) overtime especially. A flat night tonight wasn’t inevitable, but wasn’t exactly a surprise. Every NBA team, every season, has games like this. Yeah, it sucks when it’s against an elite team…

    The biggest advantage of having “superstars” is it helps a team know where they’re going with the ball every time down the court. The Nuggets often don’t know what they’re going to do — they just kind of wing it.

    The next 10 games are all winnable, and all reasonably spaced on the calendar. Nuggets will be favored in all but 2 of them — OKC at home, and @Houston. Anything less than 7-3 (31-20 overall) will be underachievement.

  • Trevor

    GK said before the game Andre Miller has been the Nuggets MVP so far… FML! This was a response to what Nugs should be on the all-star team. Our coach sucks.

    • Ban Johnson

      Karl is in love with Andre Miller to a completely irrational degree. You can see it in his press conferences — he literally gets googly-eyed talking about him.

      There’s a lot to love about Andre Miller — basketball IQ and fundamentals –, but c’mon. He’s not close to being an all-star at this stage of his career and he’s not close to being the Nuggets’ best player. Ty, Iguodala, Gallinari, and Faried are clearly and obviously more valuable.

  • googergieger

    Superstars will get you superstar treatment. Westbrook and Durant live in a bubble where they are allowed to come out only to foul other players and hardly get called for it, only to jump back into the bubble and not be allowed to get breathed on. They were up twenty the whole game and still got treated like babies. When Denver is up double digits they get molested and nothing.

    Really though every player should get a pass, save Lawson who just gave up right away. Karl made the game against Portland so much harder than it had to be and was content making it that hard because this was a game that is okay to lose. Which I can understand, but he still played Gallo and a few others big minutes this game up until the fourth. Just sit them out like Pop, or sit them out after the half. Something to show you give a damn or have a plan. This game seemed to exist solely for Karl to bring the stats of his players and the team as a whole down. He let the game be decided by the end of the first quarter and then just allowed his entire team to be embarrassed. Is that what he was going for? Maybe to wake them up and let them know they should stop being “cool” and play their games with a sense of urgency from the get go?

  • googergieger

    ‘Took a tough L but sometimes you need those to not get complacent & continue to grind! ” Faried on Twitter.

    I’m guessing Karl did set his team up to fail tonight and told them after the game to stop being “cool” and start playing with a sense of urgency from the get go. If that was indeed his plan, kind of a dick move and kind of playing with fire. Run the risk of ruining a team’s/player’s confidence, just to prove a point.

    We aren’t the only team to get embarrassed tonight though. Golden State, Memphis, Boston, Brooklyn, and Houston and Portland lost tonight as well. So four through eight stay pretty much the same today. Hoping we dominate Washington and beat Thunder on Sunday. If only we had fans attending that would boo the refs and The Thunder something fierce when the cheating started to happen.

    • Gorillabuddy

      If that was really his plan then it might not be a bad idea. This team obviously has problems with motivation and focus, so it might not be the worst way to wake them up.

  • Ryan

    Lamarcus Aldridge for Faried, Mozgov, Jham, Chandler or around that same package. He is a proven guy that gets 20 a night, can defend reasonably well, and is athletic enough to run with our guys. End of game lineup of Lawson, Miller, Iggy, Gallo, Aldridge sounds beastly and will compete every game, while pairing him with Koufus/McGee sounds beautiful. Aldridge has range all the way to below the 3pt line and would open up a myriad of options for Karl. PnP being my favorite

    • Zack

      While I love this trade as a Nuggets fan, obviously, what incentive do the Blazers have to do this? I dunno if it’s worth it to them to give up a star player in Aldridge for depth.

      If this happens, I’d like to see JHam stay if only because he does have great range and can shoot it, even though apparently he’s behind Fournier on the depth chart.

      • dynamo.joe

        The fact that they are getting a cheaper and better player in Faried?

        • John

          Wow really… Faried is good, but be realistic… His game is nowhere near LA’s level.

          Karl said it himself… the MAIN reason JaVale doesn’t start is that he can’t afford to have two players(KF and JVMG) who can’t shoot more than 4 feet from the basket with consistency, and secondly that Faried has done more to deserve the start than JaVale.

          That wouldn’t be an issue with Lamarcus… he can shoot from anywhere, not just tips, hooks and dunks. Consistent all the way out to the 3.

          • dynamo.joe

            You are correct, he can SHOOT from anywhere and does. The problem is those shots he takes outside of the paint don’t go into the little iron ring.

            Take a look at his shot chart. He is good at the rim and he is not horrific from mid-range on the right wing. Everywhere else he is very bad.

            To my way of thinking having the confidence to take and miss bad shots does not make you a better basketball player. It makes you a worse one.

  • CJP32

    Faried, Ty and Gallo need to step up bigger in these types of games. Playing the elite teams in the NBA, you need to demonstrate an ability that you actually take the game seriously. No excuses, it was a pathetic effort from the starting 5 (minus KK).

    Also, Iggy just looks complacent every single game. He gets paid 15 million do to what Brewer does for 3.2 million. Sure Iggy is a ‘defender’ and ‘playmaker’ but wheres the energy, emotion, heart? I just don’t see it from him lately. Per 48 mins, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between Iggy and CBrew. I’m not saying CBrew is as good as Iggy, but when you look at the dollars, CBrew is pretty productive and 11 million cheaper:

    Iggy – 7.8 rebs, 6.2 asts, 1.9 stls and 18.7 pts and 14.07 PER
    CBrew – 6.8 rebs, 2.8 asts, 2.4 stls and 22.7 pts and 14.85 PER

    Shooting wise, they are almost identical across the board. I’d rather re-sign CBrew for 3 years 12 million then pay Iggy 16 million for one year. Thats just me.

    • GIANLUCA

      OK . YOU ARE THE BEST ;)

    • http://yahoo.com mile high

      Can’t agree more! But Iggy is Masai’s baby and only players signed by previous mgmt get traded or cut, see Nene, AA, Birdman, JR, big Al. The GM’s favorites like JaVale will only get over-paid.

      If Iggy is willing, I’m afraid he’ll stay in Denver and continue to get over-paid for a long time.

      • al68

        Masai is very bad but everyone , as well as the press, love him.
        From spain fire masai.

    • Dubz

      I’m sorry but these types of “Per 48″ stats are useless when it comes to Brewer. Brewer plays in short stints and rarely gets more than 25 minutes in a given game. If he were to play 30+ minutes a night I assure you his efficiency would drop dramatically. It’s been proven statistically and through the eye test. He was a lottery pick because he obviously has the ability to play good basketball. He just can’t seem to do it over long periods of time. That’s why the Knicks paid him to LEAVE the team and the Mavericks traded him AND Fernandez for ONE second round pick. Love Brewer, but comparing him to Iggy is a fruitless endeavor.

      • John

        Agreed, in fact I think he should be even more limited, with the understanding that he goes full bore for the full 18-20. Save nothing.

  • Gorillabuddy

    It’s troubling seeing Faried struggling that much against the Thunder. He was basically useless. Quite honestly I think McGee should have started over him, because with Kofous and Mcgee at least we not only have rebounding power but can prevent easy drives through the lane from Westbrook and Durant more easily.

  • googergieger

    We could probably get David West, or Zac Randolph, or even Josh Smith, but we’d have to give up Gallo, Faried, and some change. Also offer Smith a max contract, and West ten million +. No way do we have a shot at Aldridge though. Heck we could probably have a shot at Ryan Anderson. Out of those, Smith and Anderson are probably the best fits. West and Randolph would bring some much needed toughness and leadership to the team. Still, I love the team we got now. Just need a coach who isn’t stubborn to a fault and childish in the worst possible ways. Favorites do no wrong/players in his dog house(for no apparent reason) do no right.

    • http://yahoo.com mile high

      Trade Iggy and Moz for Zac or Aldridge.

  • Tyler

    I’m not taking this game seriously, but I’m also not going to make up excuses. The Thunder are the team to beat overall in the NBA. They will win the title this year no doubt in my mind. The Nuggets need consistency in scorers. We need a trade that will give us consistency. Although, I’m patient and I’m not going to panic. Still got a lot of faith in this team.

  • Ackdog

    Good team on the road we lose. Don’t tell me this team doesn’t need a go to guy. This team is built to play in Denver, problem is half thier games are on the road!! At the start of the game they took three three pointers instead of driving it to the lane. Game over in the first two minutes of play. SHAME

    • googergieger

      What would a go to guy have accomplished today? What would Kobe Bryant have done tonight that would prove your “point”? His team has been blown out plenty by the way…

      • Ackdog

        When a team is lost like this one you look to Kobe, Kevin, LeBron, whoever to settle you down. GK’s answer was Andre Miller, WTF. If you think this team is going anywhere in it’s current form you are sadly mistaken. I got sucked in by Gallo and the rest of the pretenders byu thier play the last few games. There comes a time when you have to cut your losses. This team doesn’t need more time to gel it needs an injection of a smart reliable “go to” man. AI is not the answer that Masai thought he would be. We may finish in the top 6 again but it will be one and done. Who in the top 4 do you think this team could beat in a playoff series. OKC, LAC, SA,(no) MEM maybe but in a series they “go to” Zebo, Gay or Gasol. Who do we “go to”?? That’s what I thought. Take your blinders off dude!!!! This team has to many holes that 5280 feet can cover!

        • Charliemyboy

          How do you beat Melo or Chauncy as go toos and we still didn’t get to ssecond base. Our only hope is maturity with the current team.

          • Zack

            In 2009 with Melo and Billups we made the Western Conf. Finals and were a few plays away from a shot at the Finals.

            • nugswin

              I remember us being pretty much outclassed in that series and overachieving a bit to make it a 4-2 series. We were never really a threat to beat the Lakers.

              • Zack

                Yes, game 6 wasn’t close. But we lost game 1 by 2 points and that was the game where Anthony Carter threw the inbounds pass to Trevor Ariza. We could have been up 2-0 coming back to Denver. Game 3 we lost by 6 but were down just 2 with about 35 seconds left when Ariza stole another inbounds pass, this time from K-Mart. So we could have been up 3-0 with 2 more home games left.

                Obviously that didn’t happen, but we certainly weren’t as “outclassed” as you say.

        • Thomas

          The most troublesome part of watching yesterday’s predictable smashing was seeing that this team has little heart and can be pushed around with ease.

          Losing was not the issue. The issue was seeing the Thunder smiling, high-fiving, trash-talking, while we were sitting back absorbing every blow. Afraid to finish strong, afraid to take shots.

          I miss the attitude K-Mart brought to this team, his toughness. We needed someone to intimidate the Thunder last night, we needed some hard fouls, we needed a KG-like player that hates losing and cares about the game.

          We will continue to play and act like a middle ground team while we have GK around. There is no drive, no hunger, no attitude. There is also no strategy, no clear reasoning for the changes that occur way too frequently. This is a group of players, not a team.

          This is a mess. This will be the worst 50-win team we’ve had. We are going nowhere.

        • googergieger

          Or the coach can settle people down and draw up a play to get an easy basket? Gallo is better than Rudy Gay this year and younger. Marc isn’t that great a one on one player, and McGee can handle Randolph as long as he doesn’t go for pump fakes. How is Kobe and his team doing by the way? This was a schedule loss that Karl allowed to be much worse than it had to be to “prove a point”, “teach a lesson”, or whatever head game crap you want to call it.

          Golden State was blown out last night, Memphis has been blown out twice in a row now, Lakers have been blown out a lot of times as well(once by us), Miami was blown out by New York twice, OKC will be blown out eventually as well, heck they lost to the Wizards, so slow your role. This team does have a lot of problems and the way we lost last night was unacceptable but that was all on the coach. If his “lesson” works and Denver starts playing with a sense of urgency and pride in every game for four quarters, then hooray for him. If his two guard line up and over small ball still keep happening and leading to games that are harder than they need to be or losses that shouldn’t be losses, then all we can do is keep complaining about Karl, ignore it all, or stop watching.

          • Thomas

            Stop watching it may be. Frankly, not much fun to see as there is absolutely zero chance this will yield anything come playoff time. This is on coach, 100%, but some guys here seem to be just going through the motions ( and earning millions doing it).

  • John

    I can’t think of anything nice to say…. so I’ll keep my mouth shut.

    With this one exception, Kouf and McGee did alright. The Nuggs need to learn to recognize what is working at utilize it more… Both those guys could’ve gone for 30 against Perkins and Collison. Pass to them.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chain_breaker Chain Breaker

    Ty Lawson deserved an F!! For fear! Westbrook placed fear in his heart from the tip off and he never answered. Iggy should have played more D on Westbrook. Durant played great aswell scoring 20 points in 29 mins but I am forced to disagree with you! If Brewer has been guarding Durant, he might have score 30 aswell! Brewer isn’t strong enough to stop Durant!

  • CkWizard

    We don’t need a superstar on this team unless it is paired with improved point gaurd play. Ty Lawson needs to be better for this team to have any chance of success unless somehow this team gets 3 stars like the heat with one of them able to overcome Lawson’s bad games.

    The Only thing separating the Nuggets is Good Ty vs MIA Ty. Lawson didn’t show up and the nuggets got smoked… If Lawson gets 15 points and 10 assists the nuggets can beat any star powered team in the NBA. When facing the elite teams in the NBA the question is can Ty execute on offense…. That being said Ty can and will play better against the Thunder but after the game against Portland which Ty was under the weather for it isn’t surprising he struggled this game. The gap between the nuggets and the thunder is Ty Lawson’s assist to turnover ratio during the game.

  • Giovanni

    This team can compete for a second round of play offs that’s all..
    The thunder are a better team..
    Stop..
    Very disappointed with loss i hate the thunder and i hope will take a revenge at pepsi center…
    Uncredible how many calls take wes and dur…

  • googergieger

    The west is all about match ups this year, folks. We have a team that can compete with everybody in the NBA, but OKC and Clippers can play our brand and have the refs in their pocket. Spurs can beat anybody easy if they make the other team play their game, but we scare Pop because if the game turns into chaos he knows we’ll thrive and they’ll lose fast(they’d still beat us, but we’re among the teams they don’t want to see in the play offs). Memphis and Golden State are teams that don’t want to face us at all in the play offs. We’re too big and deep for them(of course Karl will put a stop to that!). OKC doesn’t want to face Memphis or San Antonio because the former is way too tough and big for them, and the latter is way too smart for them. Clips want nothing to do with Golden State who can outshoot them and Lee will always own Griffin. Etc…

    If we make it out of the first round that will be a big accomplishment and show progress and give us reason to be hope-timistic for next year. And if we get lucky match up wise in the second round, who knows.

    Still don’t think Karl should stick around after this year though.

  • AaronCAPS

    Hey guys! I fixed my keyboard :D hope that makes you guys happier cause I know it was getting annoying, btw ill put AaronCAPS as my name sense there’s already another Aaron here.

    Anyways, This lose sucks, but we just played an OT game in Mile High and went back on the road the next night against maybe the best team in the league. We shouldn’t get all that angry over it, (exepet GK of course) & maybe Lawson sense he becomes a backup D-Leaguer when its a big game or a clutch moment. Other then that we just gotta forget about these types of loses & not take them wrongly.

    Also what happened to #1 Nuggets player? Obviously its iggy but the article with the players were cool.

    Go Nuggets!!!

    • buffalo soldier

      Your keyboard and Kosta the best news of the night.

      The real test will be the Thunder in Denver.

  • allAround

    westbrook and Durand are very difficult to be stopped in 1 vs 1 situation . Currently we do not have the kind of defenders or defending system needed for them . I do not think it is a matter of superstar to pass OKC. I think it is a matter of finding a way to stop them …

    • dynamo.joe

      Speaking of which, I think it would have been nice to find out if Stone could slow Westbrook down any better than Ty/Miller. He should a least have been able to prevent him shooting over him.

  • Koufos The Giant

    KK > Danilo > Iggy >> McGee PLAY KUFOS
    FIRE NUGGETS
    KEEP KARL
    KUFOS MVP
    GIVE BALL TO MVP
    KK 100% FT 150% Defence KK 100% +/-

    • KW

      I love me some international basketball jibberish.

  • Steve

    Miller only looked good in garbage time. Other than that, he was TERRIBLE ON D! My god why can’t anyone see this.

    JHam…I will enjoy him becoming a very good/great player once he can leave this coach …(like JR)

    KK…nice offense but D was not great until McGee came in to play with him.

    Karl..word can no express my frustration.

  • GZ

    If the Nuggets were going to concede this game, I would have preferred seeing our starters get rest. JHam, Mozzie, Randolph, Stone, and Fournier should have played the bulk of the minutes with Brewer and JaVale getting some time as well. Also, the excuses about the back-to-back aside, the Nuggets need to find answers to a zone defense. if that means trading for a shooter, do it soon. I can’t believe every opponent doesn’t use it against us. when they figure it out, we’re in trouble.

  • FstbrkJM

    Just like Trevor, I saw this posted on ESPN and it literally made my stomach turn, “Asked before the game who should be the Nuggets’ All-Star candidates, Karl said backup point guard Andre Miller has been the team’s MVP so far.”

  • buffalo soldier

    Karl figures Nuggets will b a 4 or 5 seed and face OKC in the second round.

    His brilliant plan is to make them overconfident.

    So far it’s working perfectly.

  • ny nugs fan

    i just think the nugs stuck with their starting lineup for too long in this game

    believe it or not, it’s possible to make westbrook guardable and actually a liability for his team; he can only dribble to one side of the floor and because he’s not a true playmaker a team can get stops by d’ing him up and getting some misses… he generally tends to miss long which could allow a team like the nugs to get in transition

    didn’t watch the game but it seemed to me that mcgee, randolph and maybe fournier could give okc more of a run

  • Ernie

    I’m not an excuse kind of guy. But if the rested Nuggets had beaten OKC decisively at home after OKC played Portland in overtime the night before I don’t think we would be making any conclusions about how you don’t need a superstar to compete anymore. Same with this game. There are a number of scheduling losses on the calendar each year and this was one of them.

    That said, OKC is just better.

  • Z

    i thought player A does a good job guarding Durant? blame WC

  • magster

    OKC is better, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we beat them when we host them next.
    We just were a mentally and physically exhausted team. Even as a fan, once the first quarter was a blowout, I was grateful for having an opportunity to catch up on this season’s Walking Dead. I needed a Nuggets break…. as a fan.

    Beating Portland was huge, because each team was doomed the next night. I thought Portland may lose to Cleveland, and they did. (So did all our other nearest conference playoff competition).

    I’m really not too bothered by last night’s blowout. April’s a long way off and OKC may be peaking at the wrong time while we are still getting our momentum going. I’ll take a pattern of 7 wins, one blowout if we can do that again. Can’t win every game.

  • magster

    The biggest reason we need a superstar player is the NBA is referee’d by a bunch of star-f**kers.

    Just the first quarter proved that last night. It’s possible the Nugs were like “why even try if I can’t even breathe on Durant and Westbrook?”

    • dynamo.joe

      Except what you are supposed to think in that situation is “If they are going to call fouls for breathing on Westbrook I might as clothesline him”.

      • dynamo.joe

        ^well

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    Karl is delusional person incapable of learning from mistakes made… PERIOD… Any time the going gets tough he panicks and rushes out his security blanket.. SMALL BALL… Then a 10 point deficit turns into a 20 point hole and then it is game over……….
    THINGS THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN:
    1) Miller & Lawson ON THE FLOOR TOGETHER. Miller is a piece of garbage.. Everytime he is playing defense, he always cheats to the paint and leaves his guy open for a three.. EVERYTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What kind of message is Karl sending to his team when a guy can do this crap game after game and be called the MVP????
    2) FARIED BEING THE ONLY BIG ON THE FLOOR:
    The guy is a 6′ 8″ second year player still finding his way.. You can’t leave the entire paint over to his defense and expect results…Karl needs to be fired imeddiately for this stupidity alone.
    3) JHAM LEFT OUT OF THE ROTATION:
    This dude can score.. PERIOD.. But you instead reward IGGY & Miller game after game for mistakes, (& zero defense Miller). And JHAM is banished to SIberia just cause he plays AMERICAN basketball style, not that lame EURO crap brand that Karl is love with.. (Yo Karl enough w/the soccer shirts at practice.. THIS IS AMERICA)..
    4) GUYS NOT BEING REWARDED FOR EFFORT…
    KK goes off for 21 and then gets reduced minutes for Chandler.. Everytime Gallo starts to feel it he immediately gets pulled so Brewer can come in and shoot bricks.. (Don’t get me wrong I like Brew, but I want to see the Nuggs feed GALLO)…

    Overral, We will continu to see this the rest of the season. The tougher the Team, the more of this crap we will see.. We have the players on this team.. The problem is KARL…… If Karl stays we must ditch his security blanket Andre Miller… FAST… And we can’t replace him with another guard…. MASAI please force Karls hand……. THIS MADNESS HAS TO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Thomas

      Agree. And Masai is way overrated. Signing GK for 3 years killed this team.

      • dynamo.joe

        Not Masai’s decision.

  • Cephus

    Overtime flu bit us hard. It was a nice little run while it lasted. To commenter who hearkened back to years of K-Mart yore. His heart was willing, but his knees were weak. Props to Oaklahoma, only injury stops them from winning West.

    Hear the silence ? That’s the sound of Gallinari lovers sobbing quietly. He’s a talent, a b-version of Pippen but will never be ready for Durant time. Nice to see JaVale show signs of having a clue. Baby steps. He needs to be ” the one ” on defensive end of floor for Nugs to advance in playoffs. He alone has potential to hold secure the paint & grab rebounds against upper echelon teams.

    Fariad has heart, but can’t be relied on in crunch time. Anything over 25 minutes played & his legs are iffy for next game. His strong suit which is mobility is compromised. I wish the team had played better but if Miami and Clips can get whomped then Nuggets aren’t immune. Next !

    • googergieger

      Outside of Lebron who is allowed to “guard” Durant? Everyone on this team played awful, save for Koufos and McGee. And not to discredit Koufos but he was left wide open all game. McGee was finally able to not over think the game because he knew Karl wouldn’t do his same old head games b.s. But yeah every one on this team had a horrible game. Chalk it up to a schedule loss and bad coaching. More of the latter. Effin knobs are dense.

  • Z

    you mean to tell me Faried and Gallo could’nt carry the load? wow these guys are the Stars of the team trade everybody to play around those 2 is what i read every day

    • googergieger

      You hear people give credit when credit is due. More often than not those two show up. Might not have monster games but the effort is there. Brewer gets credit for that as well. You, I mean Chandler(wink) would get credit as well, but he’s only played two games and that second game his awful shot selection helped the other team out a lot until he hit the shot of the night in over time to negate his negatives of that game.

    • dynamo.joe

      You can say whatever you want about Gallo and Faried, but I bet over on the Thunder blogs they are saying “Where did Durant and Ibaka disappear to? Good thing Rus showed up!”

      They are probably also saying “I hate Kendrick Perkins! We just got owned by Kous Kous!”

  • googergieger

    “see Nene, AA, Birdman, JR, big Al.”

    Injury prone, regressed last year and is proving this year is defense isn’t as good as we thought it was, where is he playing again?, oh totally cause I mean, Karl would totally play JR, and again, how many games has Big Al played?

    Are you guys being sarcastic or are you just this asstarded?

  • bosc0

    Realistically, Westbrook can’t and doesn’t shoot like that every night and he was the X factor from the start.

    Our 3 ball falls, Westbrook misses a few, Durant gets called for a few travels…. everything change.

    If Manimal throws one down on Ibaka, i’ll change my dogs name from Melo for Kenneth.

  • ParkPlace10

    I would like to see the Nuggets get in on this Rudy Gay talk if theres any substance to those rumors. Iggy and Gay would be a solid tandem. Not sure what Griz are looking for, but we all know full well we have tons of pieces.

  • GeigerCounter

    9 out of 33

    • John

      = loquacious.

      • dynamo.joe

        That’s the name of the Borg they turned Picard into, right?

  • dynamo.joe

    They proposed this trade on ESPN.com today.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=bfuya5b

    I think I would take that if I was the Nuggets.

    • googergieger

      Does Orlando and Denver give Atlanta picks or something? Cause makes no sense for them.

      • dynamo.joe

        It said “The Hawks would need to get some picks or another young player (Andrew Nicholson, perhaps?), but that could prove workable for all sides.”

        so yes, but I don’t know which side or if both would be giving them up.

  • googergieger

    We really do need a new fucking coach.