Instant Reaction: Nuggets 102-Pacers 101

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Indiana Pacers 101 Final

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102 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF
38 MIN | 9-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 27 PTS | +4

As has become the norm for Gallo, he exploded in the second half after being mostly invisible for the first half; as he tallied 19 points an assist, and a rebound in the games final two stanzas. He also provided some physicality that the Nuggets needed in the fourth quarter. On the downside though, Gallo gave up a big offensive rebound to David West in the fourth and got his final shot blocked with under 30 seconds left in the game. As with many of the Nuggets late game possessions this year Gallo went on an iso and took an ill advised shot as he fell down, over the outstretched extendo-arms of Paul George. Luckily for the Nuggets the wasted possession turned out not to hurt them but it did knock Gallo’s grade down a half a grade.

Kenneth Faried, SF 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7

Faried was flat out awful for the mass majority of the twelve minutes he played on Monday. He was limited to only 4 first half minutes because he picked up three fouls, two of which were incredibly boneheaded and when he was in the game he was picked apart by David West. In a game that the Nuggets played without their normal backup power forward and center Faried needed to provide plenty of important minutes and he did just the opposite. A really bad night for the Manimal.

Kosta Koufos, C 36 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB |0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -2

Kosta had his moments in this one, two big time blocks on back-to-back possessions that both led to fast break buckets for the Nuggets were the highlights, but the long range hook shot he took was one of the low lights. After Faried got in early foul trouble the Nuggets needed more minutes than Koufos normally gives them, as they were also minus Chandler and McGee, and Kosta was up to the task. Along with Mozgov, Koufos brought a lot of physicality to the Pepsi Center on Monday, something that the Nuggets desperately needed against a tough Indiana team.

Ty Lawson, PG 41 MIN | 7-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB |7 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | 0

During stretches of the game Lawson was the best player on the floor Monday, as he flew around the court on defense and got into the paint at will on offense, creating opportunities for himself and his teammates. But with the Nuggets late game offense floundering someone needed to take control and Lawson was unable, or unwilling, to do so. That is a problem now, and will only get worse as the season goes on if Lawson continues to be unable to help the Nuggets offense run smoothly late in games.

Andre Iguodala, SG 38 MIN | 4-11 FG | 5-10 FT | 10 REB| 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -2

It was a very up and down night for Iguodala and one that is hard to grade. One one hand he came up three assists shy of a triple-double and played terrific defense on Paul George, making George work for every catch and shot throughout the night. On the other hand were the late game free-throws and his shooting from the field. First came the foul that he committed on George as George hit a three, while the Pacers were in the middle of their run from 14 down to tie the game. Then he missed four free-throws in a row as the Nuggets allowed the Pacers to climb back and tie the game in the final minute plus. Finally, he got lucky when his late game steal of Paul George was deemed not a foul as the play could have gone either way. But he hit his biggest free-throw and was credited with the steal so his grade stays good, barely.

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

It was Randolph’s time to try and earn more playing time with the absences of JaVale McGee and Wilson Chandler and instead he just gave George Karl more reason to sit him on the bench. In four minutes Randolph took and missed 3 shots including a layup and his only rebound came on his own miss. On the other end of the court he was bullied into a foul nine seconds after he came into the game by David West. Not exactly the best way to seize an opportunity.

Corey Brewer, SF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB |1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -7

Another night and another important performance from Corey Brewer. Along with his typical energy and defense Brewer brought along some shooting to help spread the floor as he knocked down three three-pointers on the night, all of which looked very good from the moment they left his hand. He also helped make life tough on Paul George and George Hill, though he had a couple of bad gambles that lowered his grade from an A to an A minus. But all-in-all another great game from Brewer, who is forcing himself to the top of many 6th Man of the Year lists.

Timofey Mozgov, C 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | +8

Thrust into duty due to injuries Mozgov played very well in 25 minutes. He finished in the paint on offense and battled Roy Hibbert all night on the other end of the floor making life tough for the Pacers center. While Mozzy could stand to improve his hands, the impact he had on the game is not shown in his numbers; without his contributions it is hard to imagine the Nuggets winning this game.

Andre Miller, PG 17 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 5 PTS | +5

Yuck. Miller had a rough night on Monday as he struggled to really do anything well at all. He had five of the Nuggets 14 turnovers, got torched on the defensive end of the floor by Lance Stephenson, Orlando Johnson, and for some reason, Paul George and even his lob at the end to Andre Iguodala was not good, as it just missed sailing out of bounds without the great catch by Iggy. At least George Karl realized it enough to not go to the small lineup at the end of the game or who knows what the results could have been.

George Karl

Karl made a couple of important in game adjustments that helped the Nuggets win the game, and drew up the lob play that gave Denver the win but the night was not all good for the Denver head coach. On the good side, despite being ready to play Anthony Randolph heavy minutes to replace McGee and Chandler, Karl went with what worked and played a lot of minutes with the ultra big Koufos/Mozgov front line and it payed off against a physical Pacers squad. Second sensing bad minutes from Andre Miller, Karl limited Miller’s minutes to only 17 and let Lawson, Iguodala and Brewer pick up the slack. But again the Nuggets late game offense broke down and almost cost them the game and at a certain point that falls on Karl and his staff. Clearly isolation plays to end games do not work with this roster, and Karl must recognize that and start using sets late in games to create movement and open looks. Also why in the world did Karl think Andre Miller could check Paul George as he asked him to for a bit in the first half?

Two Things We Saw

  1. Same Old: Another game against a physical stretch four, and another game of ineffectiveness for Kenneth Faried. The Nuggets need to figure out a solution to the problem fast, because come playoff time teams will find ways to get stretch or physical fours on Faried and it will spell doom for the Nuggets. In the end the Nuggets were lucky to steal this game when their best active big played only 12 minutes.
  2. Same Old: And right along with the first problem was another reoccurring one; the Nuggets late game offense that almost helped give the game away. This team is not built to play with one guy isoing against a defender and four players standing and watching. There just aren’t enough shooters or big men with good hands on the team for that. Yet the Nuggets continue to use it as their only late game offense and continue to get tough shots. There have to be set plays that they can use in situations like that, or George Karl needs to be drawing up plays during timeouts because it is going to again cost the Nuggets dearly at some point, and probably multiple points, this year.

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  • mike

    this is why they need an all star. AGONIZINGLY BAD offense last 5 mins

    • Tonia01

      More than an all star we need an organized game plan. You come to a 13 point lead with 5 minutes to go, with your best player red hot, scoring 27 points from everywhere, and what do you do ? You play 5 minutes of playground basket, where that player does not see the ball once, except in the last minute ? We would need either an intelligent coach or an intelligent playmaker, and unfortunately we are short in both roles.

      • Charliemyboy

        I am so glad that Karl wants to retire starting next year? And we get the Sacramento coach. Finally something that makes sense. Now there is no stopping the Nuggets!

    • Ackdog

      Well said Mike. There’s all sorts of reasons the lead slipped. In my opinion the main reason is the lack of that go to guy. Gallo has the talent for sure but he doesn’t have the mindset ona nightly basis. I think with another deal or two they will be close to a top 3 or 4 team. We have to many assets on the bench………..

    • juan

      What the hell do you want an all star for? The Pacers had an All Star and LOST.

    • googergieger

      Yes playing the worst offense in the league and up fourteen points, the problem was clearly our offense….

      • SmokinNugs

        Spot on gg

        • Ackdog

          the object of the game is to SCORE more than the other guys.

          • googergieger

            Yeah. You know what they say folks. Offense wins championships.

            • Ackdog

              you don’t like me do you?? :) lol

              Read the following…………… Yes defense wins championships or so they say but so do “STARS”

              BUILDING A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

              STEP 1: Acquire a Championship Superstar
              Approach #1: Acquire a Top 5 caliber player
              Only two NBA Champions failed to include a player named to the All-NBA first team during their careers. These players are easy to identify as all but 4 NBA championship teams included players named All-NBA 1st Team in the prior four seasons.

              Approach #2: If you fail to acquire a Top 5 caliber player, then you need a Top 5 caliber defender.
              Only two NBA Champions failed to include a player named to the All-Defensive first team during their careers, and each of these teams included Top 5 Players.

              Approach #3: Clear salary cap space for next year.
              No NBA team has won a championship without a Top 5 player or Top 5 defender.

              STEP 2: Add a championship sidekick (or two)
              Every NBA championship roster included a Top 10 caliber player or Top 10 defender as a sidekick. Most championship sidekicks can be identified by looking at players named All-NBA 1st or 2nd Team or All-Defensive 1st or 2nd Team in one of the prior 4 seasons. All told, 86% of all championship rosters included at least one sidekick with a previous All-NBA or All-Defensive selection, and over half of the championship rosters (57%) included 2 or more sidekicks with a previous All-NBA or All-Defensive selection.

              STEP 3: Make sure one of your players (superstar or sidekick) can defend
              No team has won an NBA title without a Top 10 caliber defender.

              • googergieger

                If you go on stats and game tape and not the popularity contests you are referring to, Iguodala is the best perimeter defender in the game. Ty is arguably a top ten PG or at least is on the verge of becoming one. Gallo is top ten at his position and I’d argue top five. So great three right there. Two of which are still very young. Then Faried is improving daily. But ignoring all that. What you say is as good as nothing. That is my problem with you. Occasionally, anyways.

                You need a super star to win a title. But you agree it isn’t that easy. You need complimentary pieces. So you say trade for a superstar. But again, you agree, not that easy. It is Denver not New York/L.A./whatever. So you say blow it up. Get draft picks to draft a star. But you ignore we have young talent that is improving that can become all stars if not “superstars”. Which is the point of the draft. Except you want us to start from literally the beginning of the process?

                Virtually a new team last year. Sixth seed. Seven game series against The Lakers where some key coaching mistakes cost us the upset. Sixth seed right now after a brutal schedule to start, half a game back from fifth, three games back from fourth, those two teams ahead of us are finally starting to get a bit of a tough schedule. So we should get the fourth seed and home court advantage. We should go to the second round of the play offs. We should fight to make it out of there. Not make it out. But put up a fight. That is improvement. With a very young team. With a key new piece.

                So if we don’t get home court, if we don’t make it out of the first round, then yes. Trade everything for everyone and become the Bobcats or Miami’s big three. Though really just need Karl to get fired and we’d be good to go. But again if we don’t make it out of the first round and don’t get the fourth seed do whatever it is you are constantly babbling about.

  • googergieger

    We were up 14. No excuse for it to come down to the wire. Some of that has to do with the refs letting Pacers get away with a lot. Most of it has to do with Karl. To his credit he limited Miller who had a bad game, but he lets Brewer gamble waaaaay too much. For some reason we don’t put a hand up on any three. Coaching staff say, just wish them the best of luck cause you might get a long rebound if they miss? I mean Vogel calls a time out to stop a bad run. Scores two baskets in a row. Call a time out Karl! Take out Mozgov and put Mozgov back in. If for some asinine reason you want to run iso’s run them for Gallo. No one could guard him tonight! Bleh. Happy with the win but I hope this team realizes how horrible it is to be up fourteen and let it come down to the wire. Now I’m super worried about Houston. Who knows though maybe when we play teams who can only beat you with the three the coaching staff tells the team to do something about it. Pacers were ranked what number in three point shooting again? Like third worst in the league…

    Gah.

    • magster

      That’s on Iggy missing free throws and the shots he attempted before being fouled. No reason to go for the reverse jam on the first one, no reason not to pass to a wide open Brewer or Lawson on the second one.

      Glad he got to make the gamewinner, and he was terrific in the first 3 quarters, but he was the goat of the collapse (and honestly, he fouled the Pacer on their last possession, so he could have cost us the game there too.)

  • Tom

    It’s games like this — where the starting PF is in foul trouble all game, and the backup PF and C are both injured, that we learn whether all that depth is worth anything.

    Anthony Randolph is terrible. Moz is at least a serviceable player. He didn’t put up great stats, but I thought his physicality really set the tone and allowed the Nuggets to get that big lead they almost squandered.

    Did he help his trade value enough to get us something good in return?

    • SmokinNugs

      Randolph had a bad game, but he can be a serviceable big man.

  • Aaron

    True that. . Mosgov saved our bacon somewhat tonight. . .

    This is two games of just horrid officiating late for us. . . OKC was the other one. But, I agree with googer, we have to respond better than that. Gallo was totally out of gas and got his shot blocked late. I think we really missed Chandler tonight, just for stamina’s sake. . . and to not have Javalle to play Hibbert too. That’s a quality team over there, and a good win for us without two big minute guys for us.

    I don’t blame karl for any of the lost lead, we were in the right sets, our guys just weren’t executing and Ty got scared to go inside. Will he ever learn the Tony Parker tear drop?

    btw, crime that Iggy got Nugget of the night. . no way. Gallo was HUGE.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    KARL IS A FREAKING IDIOT!!! I am so sick of his head games…. Faried gets in foul trouble due a some bad calls and a couple of mental errors.. BUT SO WHAT.. In his limited minutes he had 6 boards, and a sweet assist to KK…The intensity on the court goes up tenfold when he is on the court…. But now he is in the official KARL young player doghouse and this is getting beyong old.. It is out of control….. Andre Millers had 5 or 6 turnovers, and gets treated w/respect.. Faried gets in foul trouble and gets the KARL WRATH…. And where the hell was JHAM… The dude can score and does a decent job on the boards, and he couldn’t get a sniff with 2 nugg’s out… ARE YOU KINDING ME??? Then Faried sits out the ENTIRE 4th QTR…. A double double starter gets punked by the coach and treated like a chump… MOZZY had a decent game but by the 4th qtr was spent, and was getting smoked by INDY…WHY THE HELL wasn’t FARIED immediately placed into the lineup at that point??? When indy went on their run why didn’t KARL throw KK and FARIED on the floor at the same time.. They have good chemistry together on floor??? The small ball crap has to stop… And FARIED is a warrior, he earned the right to play thru a game where he makes mistakes.. Thats how guys grow… You have to learn how to play with fouls by actually PLAYING…..Faried always plays big at the end of games, but he was in JAIL with the scorer formally known as JHAM. Karl will never, ever,ever win a ring…. He is a arrogant, stubborn, old coach that will never change.. In fact he is actually getting worse….. So we won despite KARL’S BS… Props to GALLO for playing aggressive, and BREWER for stepping up… However KARL, thanks for making this a miserable win for me…. I don’t know if I can handle one more season of his B/S… Oh yeah, when A. Miller was turning the ball over like a freshman where was Julian Stone???? He should have gotten a few minutes as well… AND RANDOLPH, trade that kid for a cup of decaf.. The only one that can keep the manimal from getting 10 boards a game is KARL…. THANKS ..

    • monimo

      I have an idea what GK issues were: West and George! The best defender on West was Koufos (with Mozzy at center), but Gallo did a decent job guarding him, too. Faries couldn’t stop him and in the 4th quarter we could’nt allow that. The other problem was George: Iggy was obviously the only one who could guard him – Gallo is not a SG-defender (Brewer did a good job), but our best offensive option. Finally, it was a decision who to play: Gallo or Faried ? And while I love Farieds hustle and rebounding, there simply wasn’t any space for him in the 4th quarter. Perhaps, you could argue that Gallo ran out of gas at the end – 2 or 3 minutes stretch with Faried would have been a good decision, just to rest Gallo – but it was a tough decision to take. So, I’m ok with benching Faried at the end of the game.

    • Nugznazty

      You must be a troll. GK loves Manimal, he just had two fouls in the first 3 minutes. When that happens, you sit on the bench until it is appropriate to come back in. Unfortunately Manimal was just foul prone last night. I’m pretty sure Manimal is GK’s 2nd favorite player.

      • SmokinNugs

        He made too many legitimate points to be a troll.

        • Charliemyboy

          Ibid.

  • ryanvdonk

    people need to chill out about randolph, he had a bad game tonight, but he has played decently in the very limited minutes he’s had previously this season. he’s a young player who has continually been benched in his young career, so consistency will not be his strong suit until he builds some confidence. he’s obviously working hard in practice, since that’s the ONLY way young guys get any playing time with karl, we know he physically has he tools to be a solid rotation guy so hold judgement till he gets some more chances and maybe more than 10 minutes per week.

    • SmokinNugs

      Agreed. Randolph is good but needs more floor time to gain consistency. Like JHam, he gets too excited when he actually makes it onto the floor and does stupid things sometimes.

  • GIANLUCA

    GALLO in this year play < minuts in confront of Iggy and a Ty —

    iggy offense is orrible…
    THANK GALLO , CLASSIC MVP of this KARL'S POOR NUGGETS …

    iggy (REAL) 8 $ NO 15
    ty is good only vs < 400 team …

    • Giovanni

      Classic…
      Disappear for a week and reborn for 27 points of Gallo…
      And trashing other nuggets player,,
      You are a clown…

      • Ackdog

        What is he saying. Gallo is talented but lacks the killer instinct on a nightly basis. He is a classic European player…… skillfull but not a killer!!

    • Ackdog

      Read the following about Gallo written by Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

      Danilo Gallinari still too often looks scared to set foot in the paint or, when he does go to the hoop, is an inept finisher because of timidity. He finishes well — when he’s alone, whether cherrypicking or otherwise. Against the Pacers, he got off to an awful start before getting his 27 points in bunches the rest of the night. His numbers looked far better than his game, including because he failed on chances to put it away in the final minute.

      That just about sums it up I think!

      • GIANLUCA

        …and is the best player of nuggets …

        john , i don’t disappear … this week nuggets play only 2-3 game …

        ps January of Gallo is perfect…

        ESPN / STATS / GAME LONG / IGOUDALA vs
        ESPN / STATS / GAME LONG / GALLO

        DECEMBER-JANUARY the example

      • googergieger

        Well you’re both idiots. No offense. Early on he didn’t touch the ball in the first quarter. Again apparently he needs to Carlton Banks the ball out of Ty Lawson’s hands or something. He attacked the basket a lot. Got hit a lot. Sometimes they were called. If you all are going to hate, bring something substantial to hate on. “He doesn’t have that killer instinct”. He was holding his team mates accountable and angry that they let the other team come back. He was attacking when he had the ball and no one was doing anything else on his team. He tried to hit a big shot and has hit plenty for us already. From what I gather outside of him averaging thirty points and hitting every game winner for us, some haters are just never going to give the kid a break.

        Alright. Thems the breaks I guess.

        • Ackdog

          You stick with Gallo. I think he is good not great. The Nuggets Offense wasn’t the problem in the last few minutes??????????? How many points did they score???
          ???????? Who’s the idiot. Googman you are a moron take your blinders off. When the game gets tight at the end more times than not this year the Nuggets get all flustered and can’t hit a shot. Playoff basketball will require composure and someone who can stare down the opposition with ice water in their viens. Who on the Nuggets can do that now????

          • googergieger

            Who is better than Gallo at his position? Lebron, Durant, and possibly Batum. Who else? We were up fourteen points and were playing against the worst offensive team in the NBA and you honestly think offense was the problem?!

            Spare me your talking points you copy verbatim from your ESPN talking head sports profits. Karl wants the ball in Ty’s hand to close. So be it. Gallo clearly isn’t afraid to hit the final shot. What the fuck do you want? Kobe Bryant and his six games under five hundred? Great. Go have that.

            • Ackdog

              Mate I’m in Australia so I don’t know what you mean about ESPN talking heads. I’m not bagging Gallo I just think he is a good player and not a superstar. I would have him at 6th or 7th behind, Lebron, Durrant, Gay, Pierce, Melo, Granger(when healthy). I think he is better than Batum though. When and if he becomes more consistant I will get behind him. I just get tired of you calling verybody idiot or assinine because they don’t agree with you. When the Nuggets make it out of the first round with this crew I’ll give them thier props. Until then they are just a team of good players. In my opinion they need that “star” to get them to the next level. They are the third youngest team with a lot of tradeable assest. make the move while the window is open.

              • googergieger

                Injured Granger, a less efficient and worse defender Gay, and an old every dwindling Pierce are better than Gallo? Melo is too one dimensional for my tastes but whatever, he can score.

                “When and if he becomes more consistant I will get behind him.”

                Have you seen his January? Look up the stiffs to see their articles on Gallo. Dude is severely under appreciated by fans like you.

                We have young guys that can become stars. Ty can be the next Tony Parker. With an actual shot to his name. Faried can become a Rodman without the drama and with some offensive capabilities. Gallo can honestly become the third best small forward in the league if he develops a post game and Karl decides to go with him a bit more. Seeing as Gallo is maturing into a leader, I see Karl finally doing that sooner rather than later. Though hopefully we get a new coach sooner rather than later.

                I mean look at the Lakers. That is the problem with your superstars are the answer logic. There are no easy ways. Miami is the exception because of the officiating that makes them much better than they are, but still. If it isn’t a clear upgrade we shouldn’t make a move. I.E. if it isn’t a top five player at their position we shouldn’t give up people that are well on their way to being a top five guy at their position.

          • Ryan

            Obviously Gallo has ice water in his veins. He has the best range on this team and can hit shots from anywhere on the court. He has great instincts in the 4th quarter. And especially when he is shooting as well as he was last night, Karl needs to run sets for him to curl around screens for mid range jumpers and spot of threes, not iso ball. No nugget is good enough at iso ball to warrant that responsibility at the end of games. However, maybe running a play (sarcasm) at the end of games would help us score more points instead of on ball screens for Ty and iso for Ty and Iggy or post up Miller. This is how the end of games should be run and that falls on Ty to take control of the offense, run plays for Gallo/easy shots for anyone. If that happens, this discussion will never happen again.

            • ENK

              Gallinari i think more than anyone this year, has shown the ability to hit that clutch shot. i think gallo is a really good player, and he has shown flashes that he can be great. Giancula, i read your posts all the time and u seem to think its a competition between gallo and his teamates. its not. gallo’s the man, and so r most of the rest of them.

  • dynamo.joe

    Way to save Faried from fouling out so we could close with him Karl. Moron.

    • Charliemyboy

      He didn’t save Faried who couldn’t handle their bigs. Why do you think he fouled? Who is the moron?

      • dynamo.joe

        Apparently you and Karl or you would realize Faried was more productive than a couple of fouls could erase. And he wasn’t really ineffective against their bigs until he got so afraid of being yanked that he stopped playing defense. That is on Karl.

        • Charliemyboy

          Bottom line; who won?

  • Mark from Charlotte

    Good point ryanvdonk.

  • Tonia01

    For what my opinion matters I disagree 200% with this post. Gallo is a great finisher. He has unlimited resources, from three, from two, attaching the rim, fading away, with or without coordination. He is a potential go to guy; since he is healthy he has demonstrated several times, with 8 clutch shots and averaging nearly 19 points per game with 46 FG%. The issue is the way Devenver is coached and plays: random. In the first ten minutes of the game with The Pacers he did not receive a single ball, while the last bench player (Randolph) entered the game and was allowed to make three horrible shots in 4 minutes. He still found the way to score 27 (twenty seven) points with + 50 FG%, and again he did not receive the ball in the last five minutes. Guess what Denver went scoreless, until he again made two free throws. Gallo is playing fantastic basket since December, with another system he would be one of the top 20 scorer of the league.

    • Maurizio

      i agree 100% with you tonia.

      • GIANLUCA

        quote TONIA01 …

        1000% … 2000% … FOR REST OF MY LIFE

        • Nugznazty

          Lol you are so weird

          • SmokinNugs

            It’s his translations….. we think. I agree though, feed the playmaker. Gallo needs the number of touches Carmello was getting.

  • Tonia01

    For what my opinion matters I disagree 200% with Ackdog post. Gallo is a great finisher. He has unlimited resources, from three, from two, attaching the rim, fading away, with or without coordination. He is a potential go to guy; since he is healthy he has demonstrated several times, with 8 clutch shots and averaging nearly 19 points per game with 46 FG%. The issue is the way Devenver is coached and plays: random. In the first ten minutes of the game with The Pacers he did not receive a single ball, while the last bench player (Randolph) entered the game and was allowed to make three horrible shots in 4 minutes. He still found the way to score 27 (twenty seven) points with + 50 FG%, and again he did not receive the ball in the last five minutes. Guess what Denver went scoreless, until he again made two free throws. Gallo is playing fantastic basket since December, with another system he would be one of the top 20 scorer of the league.

    • Ackdog

      Great post Tonia. Great points as well. My post was a cut and paste from an article written by a Denver Post Columnist. I tend to agree with him. Gallo has great potential but like so many before him potential doesn’t win championships. I wish he was the “go to” guy. Yes he has played great basketball in Jan but how inconsistent was he the previous two months??? VERY. I agree to disagree with you but more posts from people like you are what this forum needs. Well said RESPECT!

      • Tonia01

        Respect of each other opinions and disagrement are the fundamentals of a good blog. Happy that few people share the same values. With regard to Gallo, December was quite consistent as well. November was not, but I think the ankle injury had something to do with it. Inconsistency though is an issue for most Nuggets players, and I believe this has to do with the way the team is coached and plays: random. The players have very few schemes designed around them and consistently implemented, therefore no one gets into rhythm. Having said that I agree with you that if the goal is to win a NBA championship with miss one or two real top players. No one in the Nuggets roster is even close to all stars players like or paul, lebron or durant.

  • Legalize Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggliest win I’ve ever seen. Classic.

    • Nugznazty

      Well said brotha!

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  • mitchell james

    i swear everyone here would complain if the nuggets won by 50. this is a young team that hasnt been playing together for a long time missing two key players. yes we blew a lead, but basketball is a game of runs and we won at the end.
    before the season started, most nuggets fans understood there would be growing pains for this team. karl said about a week or two ago that this team is 20 games away from playing at its peak.
    and you can see it. iggy blew that pass to a wide open ty (or brewer) and instead got fouled and missed those free throws. but after more games of playing together, he’s going to know that ty is there and will dish it off. he had seven assists, next time he’ll have eight.
    lets keep it in perspective and be happy with a win over the nba’s best defensive team.
    also, siked that iggy stardust got to hit the game winner on his birthday.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    Faried played 12 minutes and had 6 boards & 2 assists (plus 7 by the way)..
    Mozzy played 25 mins and had 3 boards… KK played 35 minutes and had 11 boards.. If it wasn’t for the LAME officials and KARL Faried would have had 20 boards.. He came into the game ready to ball out…. Anyone who stands by Karl’s decision to bench Faried the ENTIRE 4th qtr has not been watching basketball for very long or is related to KARL…. MORE GALLO, MORE FARIED equals MORE WINS… We didn’t win this game… The officals handed it to us.. If we would have went to overtime I can guarantee that Karl would have kept Faried glued to the bench…. KARL SUCKS KARL SUCKS

    • magster

      I’d have given Faried a C-. His stupid fouls combined with the timing of the team needing him because of injuries was F worthy, but his 3rd quarter was strong, with rebounds and one of his sweetest fast break finishes of the season.

  • googergieger

    Well, you’re wrong Matt. Faried got into foul trouble which is one of his biggest faults. He can’t play with fouls. Karl sits him to save him and never plays him again? Yup, Faried’s fault. Brewer gambles on four plays in a row that lead to four easy baskets for The Pacers. Karl lets him do that way too much and Brewer should get a C+ at best because of it. Gallo was fouled before George went at Iguodala. However more importantly he was the only Nugget on the floor yelling and talking to his team mates about where they should be and what they should do. He also was the only Nugget pissed with the win, saying they need to stop letting teams come back from ten points down. Karl deserves credit for not playing Miller big minutes, but we go on a run Vogel calls a time out. The come back and Karl doesn’t call a time out until it is too late, like always!

    “But again the Nuggets late game offense broke down and almost cost them the game and at a certain point that falls on Karl and his staff.”

    Up fourteen effin points and our problem was our offense?! Bleh. At least Gallo and hopefully our coaches recognize the actual problem, when the worst offense in the league comes back from fourteen points down.

  • Aaron

    I disagree on Faried. David West is not a stretch 4, and Faried has been doing better with them. On this night, he had too many hand check fouls. . but on a typical night WC or McGee picks up some minutes and Faried can save his fouls for later. Being shorthanded Faried should’ve adjusted, but this is far from a chronic problem. Faried just has problems with Antwan Jamison, and sometimes, David Lee. Other than that, he’s held his own all year.

    • Nugznazty

      Yeah, I don’t know where this idea of “Faried has problem’s with STRETCH 4′s” comes from. It kind of insinuates that his perimeter D is bad, which it isn’t. We just get torched by bowling ball 4′s that can back him down.

      • mitchell james

        did you not see antawn jamison torch faried twice in less than a year? ibelieve he had a combined 60 points in two games against the nuggets. and thats just off the top of my head, theres been plenty of other times where shooting 4s have gone off.
        the reason faried isnt any good at defending stretch 4s is because his natural instinct is to stay close to the basket to grab rebounds, so he drifts inside and leaves his man wide open from behind the arc (or from the elbow, as is the case with david west).

    • Natey

      Yeah this guy is way off base. A dude has to really suck to get a F. Faried didn’t play bad in the time he was allotted and it really isn’t always the foulers fault. Things happen so fast that a foul can happen at any moment. When you start worrying about fouling, thats when your game takes a hit

    • Matt

      47 percent of David West’s shots this year have come from what NBA.com terms mid-range. Shots that come from outside the paint and inside the three point line. So almost half of his shots come as jump shots which I think of him as a stretch four. What the commenter under you said is where the problems with Faried’s defense are right now. He doesn’t close out and contest like he should because he wants to stay around the basket and rebound. But I have no problem disagreeing with people and will respect other’s opinions, just wanted to explain myself a bit.

  • Lawstar

    This site uses the Washington Wizards of web servers and this write up is the Washington Wizards of reviews. Faried an F and Miller a C-?

    Have fun fellas, I’m out.

  • ny nugs fan

    c brewer again comes up with the big block + takeaway at the end of the game

    i’m telling you that’s the guy i remember from those florida championship days

  • CJP32

    There are 3 players on this squad worth every bit of money they get paid – KK, Faried and Brewer. Combined they are paid less than 8 million but give 100% almost every game. If Masai lets CBrew walk, it will be sad, because he is only going to get better with proper coaching and support. In Minnesota, he never got that chance playing for 4 different coaches in 3.5 years.

    KK is a serviceable centre now and is doing a remarkable job with his level of skill, he just plays hard and the confidence is growing. Faried is a beast and once he works on his strength and defense, he will be a force for many years.

    To me, Gallo, Iggy and Ty are all hit and miss. You just dont know which game any of them will turn up for. Lately, Gallo and Ty have been great – but it needs to happen every single game – they are the leaders of this team. If Iggy accepts his player option for 16 million next year, I hope Masai convinces him to opt to a lower multi-year deal so money can be kept for CBrew and later pay Faried accordingly.

    Chandler to me is the odd man out. They guy wants starter like minutes, but is obviously still not 100%. Since his arrival back to the team, CBrew has still played at a high level off the bench – so the question is do we stick with Chandler and hope that he gets healthy again and watch CBrew walk, or do we keep CBrew and try and trade Chandler why he has some value?

    Also, JHam needs to be traded and get playing time somewhere else, GK just wont let him grow here.

    • Ackdog

      Well said CJP32 whatever that means? You have to keep your energy guys!!! They can be the difference night in and night out. I think Iggy has been a dissapointment. A pro(who is not a 7′ tall center) cannot miss four free throws in a row down the stretch…….. inexcusable. Trade Chandler for JJ Reddick NOW PLEASE!!!!!!

      • CJP32

        CJP32 = my initials and fav number

        I agree that missing 4 FTs in a row is ridiculous for an All Star/Olympian. Iggy is a liability in crunch time on offense because teams will foul him, but his defense is needed and he came up big.

        Not sure that Reddick is the answer, I think we need a Milsap or LMA type 4.

        • John

          I too like Milsap… but not if we are keeping Faried… You don’t need 2 undersized PFs. Milsap has a much better post/offensive game than Manimal, but he is still only 6’8 and really no bigger than Ill Will… so BIG physical PFs have the same advantage they do over Faried(or Gallo or Chandler)

          … and while Chandler doesn’t have the post game of Milsap, since he isn’t a true PF, he does give you more flexibility.

  • hobbs

    Faried is a really interesting player. He creates some match up problems for both coaches, because in a lot of ways he is a 6’7” center. I agree that he both struggles with large physical power forwards and stretch 4′s. It would be nice if Denver had a complementary player at the 4 who could come in on the nights Faried is physically over matched.

    With his quickness and athleticism I think he could actually be a quality defender of stretch 4′s, he just needs to get more comfortable defending outside the paint. I think one of our biggest weaknesses is not having a more traditional 4 who could come in and stabilize the team defensively some nights.

  • Ryan

    How does Anre Miller get a C- and Faried an F when Miller has 5 freaking turnovers in what 14 min? As well as barely any points and 1 count it up 1 assist? He sucks on defense because he doesn’t try. At least Faried was trying. I agree 4 fouls fairly early is too much, but in the 4th quarter why not let him see some floor time? West wasn’t doing anything special, so move Gallo to the 3 and take C Brew out. Karl wasn’t thinking about the game in the last five minutes, probably what he was going to have to eat after the game.

    • CJP32

      Ryan, CBrew had a great 4th qtr, defending Paul George, George Hill. He was scoring, passing, rebounding, defending. That rebound he grabbed with 1:14 left with the score tied at 99 was huge, led to the Gallo FTs.

      • Ryan

        Oh I think so too. But weren’t we sputtering on the offensive end of the floor? This wasn’t a shot a Cbrew but more of a jab toward Karl’s awful player management. Faried can’t be on the floor for only what 14 min? I thought he played well with hand checks being the main problem. Iggy needed to be out there. Ty needed to be out there. Gallo obviously needed to be out there. Koufus played well so he earned that. I just feel that Faried got slighted tonight by Karl for one of his trust guys when Faried had six rebounds in limited minutes. I think with Iggy, Gallo, Faried, and Koufus out there rebounding wouldn’t have been a problem. However Cbrew did play well

  • Daniel

    “but the long range hook shot he took was one of the low lights.”

    I assume Koufos missed this hook shot? What happened?

  • SmokinNugs

    Gallo needs to demand the rock. If any Nugget is shooting over 50% it seems obvious they should be the go to option.

    • CJP32

      I agree 100% with you, Gallo MUST demand the ball, but sometimes he appears to sit back and watch. GK needs to enforce this attribute onto Gallo, because Ty doesn’t get it. Thats why I feel that having Iggy here is detrimental to Gallo/Ty.

      It needs to be talking, shouting, demanding, leading – Gallo needs to get better at this

      • googergieger

        We don’t need someone to become a ball stopper on this team. We need the coach to recognize who is more likely to score than not score. Gallo was really impressive in that Pacers game. He was getting on guys to get in the right spots on defense. At one point he pushed Brewer into the right spot. He was getting on guys to rebound after they had a successful stop. He was the only guy pissed with the win because of the squandered lead. I never got what people mean by demand the ball. Run to the guy who has the ball and yell “gimme gimme!”?

        Iguodala here improves our defense and he is showing guys how to be better defenders. He is also bringing a sense of professional pride and accountability here.

        Iguodala doesn’t want to be the number one or two option on offense. He’d rather set people up if anything. Ty would rather set people up. Gallo will do anything to win. Up to Karl to start working with what he has. Which is a lot more than most coaches in the NBA have.

  • Chris

    Gallo, Mozgov, and Randolph for Josh Smith and Kyle Korver On NBA trade machine

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine

    Thoughts?

    • googergieger

      Atlanta would want more and we aren’t getting Smith to sign here long term without a max contract which he doesn’t deserve. He has horrible shot selection, has way too big an ego, and would be unwilling to just be a defensive anchor who would let the offense be set up for him by more capable players. Gallo is younger, has a better attitude, and has a higher ceiling. But I could see the logic behind trying to get Smith here. I wouldn’t agree with it or support it, but I would get it.

    • Zack

      I’m not sure about this trade for either side. First, I think ATL wants more for Josh Smith (and Korver) than Gallo. Moz and A Rand are not enough for them, I wouldn’t think.

      Also, I personally don’t want Josh Smith on the Nuggets. He’s a good player, but not worth the contract he’ll get after the season is over (probably the max or very close to it). He takes too many dumb jumpers from 20 feet. I’d much rather have Al Horford if we’re trying to get a big from ATL.

  • bosc0

    I usually agree with your grades, but Miller gets a C- and Manimal an F?

    17 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 5 PTS | +5
    vs
    12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7

    Did GK himself write the IR? haha.

  • googergieger

    We really need a new fucking coach.

  • googergieger

    I mean seriously, we really need a new fucking coach.