Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 121, Sacramento Kings 93

Sacramento Kings 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 121 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +32

This was a quiet but efficient game for Gallinari. He didn’t shoot particularly well, and even missed a dunk, but made a couple of three pointers and did a good job getting to the line. His passing and defense were also solid.

Kenneth Faried, SF 27 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +30

Kenneth played with his usual energy and effort. He was great on the glass and mostly made his shots. His defensive rotations seemed crisper than usual. His worst mistake was an out of control drive leading to a turnover.

Kosta Koufos, C 22 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +24

Kosta Koufos rose to the occasion of defending DeMarcus Cousins for much of the night, limiting the Kings’ big man to 3 points and 2 rebounds. He stayed active in the paint, getting five shots at the rim and making them all. He had a little bit of trouble not fouling.

Ty Lawson, PG 26 MIN | 11-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 26 PTS | +32

Ty was on fire tonight. He was hitting threes, getting good midrange looks, and getting to the rim. He also had several nice passes, with only one turnover in the first half. Defensively he had a few lapses, but also broke up two Kings fast breaks and had several steals.

Andre Iguodala, SG 31 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +30

Iguodala had a nice showing. He harassed the Kings into a couple of turnovers and a bunch of bad shots. He was also finding his teammates for great looks. A couple of his three point attempts were ill-advised, but most were good looks.

Anthony Randolph, PF 11 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -2

He made a couple of nice stops, including a big block on Thomas Robinson. He showed good energy with his rebounding. A big dunk put the Nuggets over the taco line for the game.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 13 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -3

Shot selection continues to be an issue for Jordan Hamilton. He also continues to make positive plays in other ways, including a couple of good rebounds against bigger players and a big block that led to a layup on the other end.

Corey Brewer, SF 17 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3

Brewer made a couple of very nice passes and created some easy points off of steals. On the minus side, he took a couple of terrible long two point shots and made a couple of weak passes that led to easy points the other way.

Timofey Mozgov, C 9 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

He missed his only attempt in the paint, and for some inexplicable reason took two midrange jumpers and a corner three. He got outworked for rebounds by much smaller players.

JaVale McGee, C 16 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +6

In limited minutes, JaVale did something on almost every possession, sometimes good and sometimes bad. He altered several shots, but also allowed some easy layups and second chance opportunities for the Kings. On offense, he got to the rim and made his shots.

Andre Miller, PG 24 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -4

The oldest player on the roster used his veteran talents to find several open players, racking up nine assists and play worthy of a solid B before garbage time. Late in the game, he was tasked with leading the young guys, where his age really showed. On several plays, he simply gave up, including a few times where he remained on the defensive end of the court while his teammates played 4-on-5.

Evan Fournier, SG 12 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -4

Evan Fournier was careless with the basketball, turning it over on two bad passes. He struggled to stay with his man on defense. Back-to-back three pointers marked his most significant contribution.

Wilson Chandler, SG 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

His rebounding and defense were solid. Offensively, he did very little with very few touches.

George KarlCoach Karl limited his use of the 2 point guard lineup to around a minute in the first half, allowed JaVale McGee to play through some mistakes, and let the end of the bench play when the game was truly out of reach. Solid coaching effort.
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  • BIRDMANISALIVE

    Love seeing 100 points after 3. Also, JHam is looking good, and Randolph too. The Kings commentators could not shut up about the home court advantage, but I guess they are right: our game plan plays to the strength of hustle and rotations that work best in the altitude! Go nugs!

  • googergieger

    Umm, I don’t know. I got nothing. Finally dominated a team we should dominate from the get go and didn’t let up. Hope this is a sign of things to come. Don’t look now but we’re in fifth place!

    • John

      Almost… we’re still in sixth.. but only by a fraction(.600 vs .605)… we need either a win(us) a loss(them) or both a win and loss(them) at which point we tie. Then we go up on the merit of winning the season series…

      …but by the end of the month fo’ sho’, and hopefully 4th a week after that. 3rd by March. 2nd by April, and 1st by the Playoffs… where we play the 8th seed Rockets and blow them up…. followed by 4th seed GSW, then meet the 2nd seed Spurs in the Conference Finals… advancing to the NBA finals for the first time to play the Heat… where we lose in 4….

      Damn… I can’t even win in my fantasies…

      • googergieger

        Man, talk about negative. We could lose to Chicago in five.

        • Evan Woodruff

          Your kidding me???
          The east is shit, even the notion that the east will blow up the west in the finals is crazy. to get out of the west, you have to be insanely good. East.. eh.

          • googergieger

            Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s literal man!

            How’s it going literal man?

            • John

              People don’t seem to get sarcasm on the Interwebs…

              • John

                Of course Literal Man lives in the NOW, and has forgotten who won last year…. easily… with a roster that wasn’t as deep as this years version.

                Unless of course he doesn’t think Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and the Birdman and an open spot is an upgrade from Juwan Howard, Eddy Curry, Terrell Harris and Ronny Turiaf….

      • john

        The nuggets have a really good chance to beat the heat in a 7 game series. The one thing the heat struggle with is rebounding, and the nuggets are fantastic offensive rebounders. If George Karl wasn’t a horrible coach who insists on playing corey brewer and wilson chandler over javale mcgee and kenneth faried, then i’d be pretty confident. Oh well, maybe they’ll fire him before 2018

        • Peter

          Guys we probably shouldn’t be worried about what we need to do to beat Miami and worry more about actually getting out of the first round this year.

  • Tyler

    This game was great, Ty is on the up Iggy pulled out some O finally and the benchies got in for 9 minutes or so and it was refreshing. Anthony Randolph dunk was crazy. Im loving hopefully we can go 6-0 on this stand and get to 32-18 it will probably bring us to the 5th seed

  • Ban Johnson

    The whole starting lineup was great, no exceptions.

    Ty Lawson was as sharp as I’ve ever seen him. He’s had a great month. Hopefully he keeps it up the rest of the year.

    The Kings are terrible. A bunch of shoot-first combo guards and shoot-first power forwards (other than Chuck Hayes, who’s undersized) do not a team make. Terribly put-together, terribly coached team. I have no idea how they’ve won 16 games this year. Goes to show that high lottery picks aren’t a cure-all. You still need to pick the right guys and combine them well.

    The defense and rebounding tended to fall apart a little when Javale was in there. He can be active to a fault on D sometimes. A little more calm, a little more hovering around the basket would be beneficial.

    Pacers will be a much better test Monday. From basically the worst defense in the league (Kings) to the best (Pacers.) Ty and Iguodala won’t be able to do whatever they want Monday. It’s going to take a consistent defensive effort to beat Indiana.

  • Jeff

    I started watching in the 2nd quarter and never got to see this game at all competitive. That’s how big a blowout it was. Do the Kings always play this bad or just against the Nuggets?

    • Ban Johnson

      The Kings have awful transition D…which makes them pretty much a perfect fit for the Nuggets.

      The Kings have somehow beaten the Lakers, Jazz, Blazers twice, Warriors twice, Knicks, and Celtics among their 16 wins. They have just 2 fewer wins than the Lakers. Weird.

  • googergieger

    All our starters were in double digits, all our starters had at least one assist, and all our starters had at least one steal. Has that ever been done? But yes as much as I defend McGee, he needs to start boxing out and play a bit stronger. Hopefully the coaches will just work with him on boxing out or at least constantly repeat it to him. Pacers are going to be a tough test for us, no doubt. Our offense against their defense. Hope our offense wins out, and our defense at least competes.

    • Ckwizard

      Our defense vs their offense, Pacers George is slowly becoming one of my favorite players but he doesn’t play we’ll on the road. Nuggets will win if their defense leads to turnovers and transition baskets… It will be interesting to see how our half court offense stacks up to their defense and is we are getting better in the half court.

  • Trevor

    Good to see the team not play down to there opponent’s level as they do so often. My only gripe is Stone got no PT in favor of Karl letting Miller finish the game.

    • mitchell

      karl had played 13. thats the max. stone and quincy miller couldnt have played.

      • Tom

        Exactly right. The NBA limits the active roster to 13, and the Nuggets played all 13 tonight.

        Stone has been injured most of the year. He was activated when he got healthy enough to play, and then deactivated when Wilson Chandler returned from his injury.

        Quincy Miller is in the D-league on the Iowa Energy, where he put up a decent line last night:

        http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20130125/CTNIWA/gameinfo.html#nbaGIboxscore

  • googergieger

    Dang, looks like Clips are going to win tonight. Wish we’d get the love they get from the refs when we play in Portland. Or anywhere for that matter.

    • John

      Bahahahahaha… that is awesome. I checked a minute ago and the Clips had outscored Portland 24 to 9 in the 4th quarter… and angrily looked away… but the Blazers pulled it off…. Nicely done gents..

      If only Phoenix had pulled out a win as well…

      • googergieger

        Word. Third seed isn’t looking like a pipe dream now. Fourth seed is within reach. Third seed is whatever is in the middle of impossible and possible. Probable? Not improbable? Something…

        • John

          Possimpable…..

          • dynamo.joe

            I believe the word you are looking for is “Pimpable”.

            • Jacob

              its from how i met your mother

              • John

                Gold star for Jacob

        • Tyler

          YES! We could possibly pick up the #4 seed at the end of this home stand if we go 6-0, maybe if we go 5-1 but I doubt it

          • Peter

            Four seed is well within reach now. Plus if Memphis does decide to trade Gay there is no chance they finish ahead of us in the standings. Once we get to the second round, out of the the top 3 teams the team I would want to play most is the Clippers. We have the advantage at head coach, 2 guard and small forward. Plus the Clippers seem the most likely of any playoff team to self destruct.

  • Cephus

    Ditto on point about Julyan get passed over in favor of Andre Miller. I’m hazarding a guess that Andre wanted a shot at double digit assists. Any other reason why he’d want to be in such a rout eludes me. I’m up about the win regardless though. If the Wizards can waylay us, then so can the Kings.

    The lean years before Carmelo were so bad, that no win is to be sneered at. Having said that I’m grateful this team isn’t at the whim of Melo-dramatic man. He took 28 shots to make 26, as Knicks took loss. JR Smith stunk it up too but I enjoyed watching him play too much for reasons I can’t fathom to take a swipe at him.

    Carmelo revealing his fasting as dietary practice was a howler. SO much talent, so little concept of the price that must be paid to lead your team in money time. Give him hall of fame teammates in the Olympics & he’ll play to their level.

    Make him the leader of a good to journeyman team & he plays to that level. He’s a good person at heart but thinks that’s enough when you’re the man. Carmelo will never be obsessed with getting a ring & I predict he’ll be the most talented player since Barkley or Ewing not to win one.

    • John

      See Mitchell’s comment above… you cannot play more than 13 players… so 2 players are inactive no matter what (providing the team has the full 15 player roster).

      These inactive players are chosen before the game. So there is no… oh my center is hurt so I’ll switch so and so to inactive so I’ll have another center…

      Usually this is no big deal, people get the flu, sprain ankles, or the rook is in the D League, but I remember last year when 7 of the top 10 players were injured, missed games due to illness or in the case of Brewer a death in the family, all within about 20 days… it was difficult to put 7 healthy players on the floor much less 13…

      Ahhhh…. good times.

  • Stephen H

    How does McGee only get a c+?

    • Tom

      McGee only gets a C+ because he was getting easy buckets at the rim, but he was giving up just as many. From when he came into the game late in the first to when he left midway through the second, the Kings got 8 offensive rebounds and 5 layups.

  • Cephus

    Oops ! Good catch about why Stone couldnt go. Thx Mitchell & John.

    • John

      No worries… any chance I can get to say something that someone already has, but in a extremely long winded, convoluted, and circuitous fashion… I’m down…

  • Steve

    Good win tonight. Nice to see us on the giving end of a blowout.

    Ty..he has game that he does not even know…When he realizes he IS the man, then the team will become even better.

    As for the c+ for JHam…he has to play more to get the shot to fall down… I am glad Karl let him play for 13 minutes. His shot selection was not that bad, most of the missed 3’s were not contested. He is so athletic and with time will be a valuable asset.

    Let’s now beat the Pacers.

  • Zorba

    Wow, big win!
    And seeing the “double double man” Cousins being annihilated by kk was a bliss!!!

    • dynamo.joe

      Ya, I’m so glad we traded for Cousins, dude is unstoppable.

      • John

        Yeah… remember that??? The Nuggs offered a Nene for Cousins trade a few years ago while he was serving his first suspension… and the Kings basically just laughed… Good Call Maloofs.

  • AaronCAPS

    Im gonna say this again.

    how many minutes did Miller & Lawson get together tonight? What was the final score again!?

    im SOOOOO Happy that Karl finaly gave in & realized that the Lawson/Miller thing isn’t a good idea.

    • googergieger

      Don’t worry, he’ll find a way to use it in the playoffs when we can’t possibly give up a three or really need to hit a three.

      • Ckwizard

        Playoffs will be interesting, it seems GK is enjoying the defense that gallo and Igoudala are playing and it seems that he is choosing defensive lineups that utilize team speed or size to create offense. It may be that GK is finally backing up his defensive philosophy with actions (ie proper rotations). I think GK really likes having a team that can operate his fluid switching defense. Chandler, Igoudala, Gallo , and an improved Faried make it run smooth. This coupled with McGee playing better defense is really helping… Now as previously mentioned in this games comments and as I have been saying all year McGee needs to work on rebounding fundamentals, but because defense and free throws are better fundamentally for the guy it is obvious he is responding to coaching. next off season if he continues to improve he will be an all star center!

        • googergieger

          Outside of making it to the conference finals and having a wing put up seventeen and five, or a big put up fifteen and ten, I don’t think we’ll have an all star any time soon. But right now I’d be just happy with a trip to the second round and everyone on our team getting better at, at least one thing in the off season.

      • AaronCAPS

        Yeah i know, :/ thats why im not jumping up & down yet. We can hope though! :D

  • Jrock

    I would like to see us trade Mosgov to the Heat for the 1st round pick. We could then package together all of our upcoming picks and get a solid top 5 pick. Then we can draft and groom our “Star”. He’s out there. How about that kid from Syracuse?

    • Peter

      Please tell me you are not talking about Carter-Williams. Aka, Sean Livingston remix. If Phil Jackson or last year’s heat team has taught you anything about basketball it is that you don’t need an all-star point guard to win a championship. The Celtics even beat the Heat last night without their “all-star” point guard. Whoever is passing your wings and bigs the ball doesn’t affect how well they shoot it. The Lakers have won their last two games with Kobe having 14 assists and Nash having way less than that. Case and point.

  • Giovanni

    Great w..
    Go nugs…
    Ty is the man..
    Hail to the forum…

  • Aaron

    Good win vs. a garbage team. . .they’re awful.

    But, some clarity on playoff seedings. . .we can’t really get higher than 4th unless we pass OKC which is basically impossible this year. When you don’t win your division you can’t get higher than 4th right?

    • russscot

      Not exactly correct. The division winners are all in the top four, but it’s then based upon record. A team who is second in their division but with a better record than one (or two) of the other division winners would garner a higher seed.

  • GeigerCounter

    7 out of 17. So much for having nothing.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    KINGS = no road effort

    They were mentally checked out of the game from tipoff.. I felt like I was watching playground basketball (on the kings side)… Chandler failed to impress… I heard him mention he hasn’t got his legs back yet.. It’s hard for me to get a feel for him yet cause I can’t tell who the real Will is yet… I agree with other poster that we should trade MOZZY for a draft pick.. No more VETS for KARL… We need to develop our youth.. Mozzy or Randolph should be deactivated for STONE.. The dude is a BIG PG that creates match-up problems.. How are we improving his game? Watching Miller walk around on the court is maddening.. To watch Miller play in garbage time was sickening…

    The reason why KARL didn’t play Miller & Lawson together alot is because Karl knew this was a blowout and that he would be using Miller the entire 4th qtr to qb the backups…. Remember the small ball lineup is Karl’s security blanket.. When he starts to panick , the he immediately goes to the small ball card… When he goes big during a game we are losing then I will be amazed… To give the coach a A+ for not being stupid shows how low the KARL bar is… Prove me wrong KARL… Everytime our starters even struggle slightly, you can see Karl on the sideline smirking.. Thinking “Man, we need to go small right now… Miller get ready”.. Everytime when Faried and Mcgee are on the floor and they make a mistake they make the fearfull gaze to the bench mindfull of the Karl young player hook… JHAM looks like a abused dog now on the court… He has an open three and you can see the wheels turning in his head… He’s thinking ” Man, I want to take the shot but KARL wants me to go to the hole.. But I am open so maybe KARL does want me to take the shot”. And by the time he finishes this thought process the defender has caught up and either he missed the three or has a bad drive to the hole… Pathetic… His game is regressing in front of our eyes….. Now Faried.. Has anyone noticed how his passing has improved?? He constanly finds KK under the hoop for a bucket.. (When has KK ever passed to Faried under the bucket? NEVER)
    He is trying to expand his shot selection.. taking the occassionally shot from the elbow or charity stripe… Godbless Faried, because everytime he does this GOD forbid there is a mistake (ie bad pass, missed shot) then he faces the wrath of KARL.. (You can see it in KARL’s face).. At least Faried still has heart… Mcgee made the quote about being glad he made the crazy dunk the other day cause he knew he would face the Karl wrath.. Jham however looks like the KARL wrath has destroyed his game… His only hope is for an injury to BREWER (i hate to say this.. ) along with some additional Chandler resting….. And folks this doesn’t look like it’s happening.. So JHAM nice knowing ya, there is a glimmer of hope for you but you are going to need some therapy and or a KARL firing to save your game….

    • John

      You’re kidding right…

      I agree KK doesn’t have many assists…22 for the season… but it is not like Faried is JKidd out there… he is only averaging a single assist per game… Plus, I can remember several assists from Kosta to McGee… so it could be that Faried was just out of position.

      Kenneth’s passing is nice, but Kosta knows that realistically, he is the 5th scoring option anytime he is on the floor, and that other teams don’t consider him much of a threat. Knowing all that, if he does get the ball, he correctly assumes that it is his job to put it in the hole. Right then. The didn’t run a play for him… he was just the last option on the QB check down.

      That was nearly everyone’s biggest gripe with Nene… he was too unselfish… he averaged something like 4 assists per game. Dude, you are 6’11 and inches from the hoop…just dunk that $hit.

      The only big who really needs be tossing passes is Gallo… and that is only because he is driving from the perimeter and collapsing the D. Everyone else needs to just finish.

      Don’t get fancy… and yeah, I’m talking about you, JaVale with your stupid swooping fall away hooks that you take from 15 ft, when you got the ball at 3. Who drives away from the basket??? … just dumb.

  • Charliemyboy

    Great win. And Karl announced that he was excited about Sac moving to Seattle. He said his family lived there and that he wanted to retire his jersey there. Great news for all the Karl haters. Maybe we can get the Sac coach?

  • googergieger

    God if you think Karl is bad, that Sac coach is the worst in the league. Not like their team isn’t talented. I mean not good, but they shouldn’t be one of the worst in the league.

  • Ban Johnson

    Rondo tore his ACL.

    which means, Boston will in all likelihood be trading KG and Pierce.

    How about Javale + Jordan for KG? Or something like that. Instantly would make the Nuggets a fringe contender, in my opinion.

  • googergieger

    If we’re getting anything from the Celtics Rondo or nothing. We’d sacrifice this year to come back next year stronger. Then again will Rondo be the same player when he comes back next year? Also KG has a no trade clause and would literally die on this running team.

    • Ban Johnson

      no way you trade for Rondo now — Ty is way more valuable than him

      KG would play Andre Miller minutes

      • dynamo.joe

        Ty is more valuable right now, but I think most people would take a healthy Rondo over a healthy Ty.

        You are basically taking a zero for the remainder of this season to get an all-star going forward.

        He is 26 will likely have 5 all-star caliber years after he comes back for injury.

        I think Rondo’s ceiling is higher than Ty’s. But I also thought Ty was gonna be a serious all-star candidate this year.

        • googergieger

          He had a bad couple of months to start but has been playing like an all star since. Think that asinine schedule to start this year hurt him. Still if we go to the second round and he starts next year strong along with our other guys, he should be an all star next year. Him or Gallo. Maybe Faried if he starts going ten and fifteen next year. As Faried is the only Nugget the league and company talk about. Well McGee gets talked about for the wrong reasons.