Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 118, Houston Rockets 110

Houston Rockets 110 Final

Recap | Box Score

118 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 34 MIN | 10-17 FG | 3-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +8

This was one of Gallo’s best games on the season. He was efficient and played excellent defense, evident by his four blocks on the night. He also hit countless big shot, four of which came from downtown with a hand in his face. I’ve often said one of the true marks of a star is his ability to hit tough shots with consistency; and while Gallo is by no means a star, he’s hitting tougher shots with more frequency as the season progresses. If nothing else, he’s the Nuggets star at the moment.

Kenneth Faried, SF 33 MIN | 6-8 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +14

This was weird. I was watching Faried all game. He was playing with high energy, as usual. He was getting to the line and scored a bucket here and there. Then all of a sudden I looked up and he had 19 points. I couldn’t figure it out. I guess it goes to show just how effective he can be when he brings it on a consistent basis and doesn’t back down.

Kosta Koufos, C 20 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -5

Koufos was pretty standard. He came in when the Nuggets needed a defensive presence up front and did his job.

Ty Lawson, PG 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +1

Lawson was incredibly passive for three quarters of the game. He wasn’t driving or shooting with the type of confidence we’ve seen of late, yet he still managed to finish the game with 16 points. It wasn’t his best outing, but he was influential late in the game when the Nuggets rallied for a huge fourth quarter lead.

Andre Iguodala, SG 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -7

Take away the six missed 3-pointers and Iguodala has another excellent outing. His defense on Harden was great — that’s to be expected — and for most of the game he played well on offense. But there was a stretch where he took one three after another, all of which clanked hard against the rim and had no chance of going in. Just to clarify: Iguodala is shooting .312 percent from downtown on the season. It would be nice to see him ease up on the long-distance shots every now and then.

Corey Brewer, SF 20 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-7 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +4

Brewer had a rough night shooting but his defense and energy was there. That’s about all you can ask for. He did a nice job of getting out on the break too.

Timofey Mozgov, C 13 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -2

I continue to be amazed at the phenomenon that is Timofey Mozgov. He’s been in the league for three years now, yet often looks like he arrived last week. He’ll go from shooting an air ball to knocking down a nothing-but-net 10-foot jumper in the span of a few plays. He’s improved, but he’s also remained inept in more ways than one. Nevertheless, he sets solid picks and plays the best man defense of any big on the Nuggets roster. That’s worth something. Let’s just hope another team realizes this so that he can get to playing and Anthony Randolph can get to being the rightful backup power forward on the Nuggets roster — like he deserves to be.

Andre Miller, PG 25 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +22

Miller drives me up a wall; yet I love his game so much. This is the story of my grading experience with him. Against the Rockets he sagged off his opponent way too much and played lazy defense in general, but he also had 12 huge points and controlled the offense like the true veteran that he is. Did I mention his 12 buckets were big?

Wilson Chandler, SG 25 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +5

If we know anything about Wilson Chandler it’s this: He’s a good rebounder, he plays hard on defense and he also takes one too many awful shots. I love his tenacity on defense and the way he goes after loose balls, but somebody has to take him aside and teach him the art of shooting in rhythm and in the flow of the offense.

George Karl

I will continue to stand by my mantra: winning matters most. I don’t care how it happens. The fact is, at the end of the game you either win or you lose and right now the Nuggets are winning. I did not understand why they decided to switch on defense. That was a game-plan that clearly backfired. Also, the Nuggets defense in general was bad. Giving up 110 points to anybody is unacceptable. But Karl clearly got to his team before the fourth quarter started because the Nuggets came out with a vengeance and energy that we’ve only seen the likes of several times this season. If the Nuggets play more consistent on defense and don’t switch as much, Karl would likely be getting an A here.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Identity Theft: The Nuggets have played the Rockets three times this season and won every time; however, that isn’t to say they’ve all been a walk in the park. The Nuggets have struggled getting back in transition and at times Houston packs the paint which creates another problem for the Nuggets: shooting. It’s nice to see Karl adjust but I still maintain the Nuggets need to figure out ways to effectively break down zone defenses and any other game-plan that prevents them from getting into the paint, or else they’ll be in trouble come playoff time.
  2. $10 Million Teammate: JaVale McGee takes a lot of heat (specifically from his coach) for his decisions on the floor. He’s flamboyant, he’s sometimes out of control, but I don’t think anybody can argue he’s a bad guy. McGee has been sidelined for two games now due to injury yet he’s been the best cheerleader on the Nuggets bench. He doesn’t complain about not starting, he never criticizes anybody, he always at least tries to do what Karl wants him to. The point is: For a guy who gets criticized as much as he does despite ranking top 10 in the NBA in blocks and leading his team in PER while only getting 18 minutes per game, McGee is awfully energetic about the success of his own teammates.
  3. Facial Hair Facade: Am I the only one who think James Harden is a bit overrated? Yes, he puts up a lot of points and a pretty nice stat line overall, but he’s also shooting only .438 percent from the field. And while he makes some pretty passes here and there, what exactly does he do to improve his teammates? Harden shoots like there’s no tomorrow and the drives to the lane with the sole purpose of creating contact by any means necessary, instead of trying to score or creating opportunities for others. I don’t know. I guess I just don’t see all the hype through that incredibly thick beard of his.
  • googergieger

    Gallo backed up his talk from the Pacers game. Faried was fired up from the get go too. Nobody else came to play from the start. Some players woke up in the fourth. We really need a new coach. Gallo should have gotten forty tonight and the game should have been over when there was about five minutes left.

    • Ackdog

      Gotta give Gallo credit tonight and for the month. He Played really well and more importantly to me HARD. He took it hard to the hole early setting the tone for his teammates. My only hope is that he can acrry on once the Nuggets hit the road……..

    • magster

      You’ll be pleased to know that Karl stated that he was upset that Gallo didn’t get more touches after Gallo was hitting big shots and that part of that was his fault not going crazy on Ty to make that happen and part Ty’s fault for not figuring that out himself.

      • googergieger

        Thank science for that then. At least he acknowledged one mistake. Give him credit for that.

        • Stephen

          Thank science for that. You’ve topped yourself with that one GG.

      • newsman35

        I never thought the Nuggets were as bad as their earlier record suggested but also don’t think the team is at a 78% winning level like their record is this month. I do expect the team to win 2/3rds of their games the remainder of the season which should leave at a slightly higher winning percent than they have now. That should be good enough for 4th place and a chance for the second round against whoever is behind them.

    • Tyler

      You’re an idiot. Stop complaining about a coach who is 29-18 this season with 12 wins in 15 games. I’m getting sick of idiots like you.

      • GIANLUCA

        thi is no a 29-18 team …
        but a 37 – 10 team

        • Tyler S

          For one time, I have to agree with you, WE should easily have the best record in the League, we have at least 5 losses to stupid teams like Twolves, Magic, 76ers, Wizards, Phoenix, Portland where we shot 0/22 3pt, and one to the Warriors that we should have won. The other Tyler is stupid.

          • mike

            name one guy on this team that is even remotely a top 20 guy. NONE. Iguodala is borderline based on previous stats, but not this year with his horrible 3 pt shooting returned. look at the other top 2 teams in the league over the last decade. This team’s talent level is CLEARLY a top 10 team with a shot at borderline top 5 but no real shot against the top 2-3 teams when they are healthy. They all had multiple top 20 guys (Pistons too, Chauncey and Ben Wallace). People on this site are ridiculous in their expectations. The spurs have 3 players that are better than any of their guys (and the best coach in the league). Clippers have 2 guys WAY better and essentially equal talent 3-9 on the depth chart. OKC have 2 guys WAY better and it is debatable that Ibaka would be the best on the Nugs. Memphis has 2 guys better than anyone they have. Golden State has 2-3 (bogut?) who would be the best on Nuggets. The nuggets are a team of good not great. They have depth in that area, but ZERO players who create havoc on the offensive end and only one guy who is borderline great on the defensive end (Iguodala).

            • GIANLUCA

              i don’t have your basket , filosofy …
              top20 player ? WTF ?
              if Gallo shot 13/shot/game Denver can’t have a top20 player …
              When Gallo 20 + shots/game Denver is 5-0 ..
              When Gallo have many Ball , DENVER WIN …

              see in nba.com , stats , scoring LAST 10 GAME..
              see Gallo % !!! see Gallo % comparate at the another 13 player with 20.0+ points/game…

              Gallo is the 2° small foward in West …
              1988 , no Ncaa …. the boy can > in next year …
              but Karl must have in Gallo his Leader ..
              no 13 shots/game
              and brewer 11 shots/ game..

    • Charliemyboy

      So proud of Gorge Karl. Beat a good team with an allstar who just beat the Jazz by 45. He has been doing this consistently. Those in doubt about his basketball IQ: what is 18 wins out of 21 games? Please cheer for the Lakers; they need you and we don’t. You are a silly boy.

    • mike

      ugghh man. Broken Record. New coach if they lose close. new coach if they win close. New coach if they win by a reasonable margin against good team who is hot. New coach if they win by 25 against a mediocre team. Let me guess. If they play memphis or golden state in round 1 and win/lose in 7 games your thoughts are: Shoulda won in 5 games New coach. Or if they take Clippers/OKC/San Antonio to 6-7 games you will say they should have won despite having no all-star caliber players and the other team having 2-3. New coach. There is ONE coach I can identify who is potentially available and would be an upgrade on Karl. Stan Van gundy…. Otherwise you are wasting time. There are 5-7 coaches you can make a strong contention are better than him in the entire NBA. Would it be nice to have popovich or thibs yeah. But it ain’t happening so move on.

      And PS you were TOTALLY wrong about it being the defenses fault in the Pacers game in the 4th quarter. The pacers averaged 24.33 points in the first 3 quarters. They scored 27 in the 4th (net gain 2.66 points). Nuggets averaged 27.33 points in first 3 quarters and 20 in the 4th including SIX in the last six minutes with EIGHT FT attempts. (net loss 7.33 pts) The offense also had 5 turnovers in that stretch 3 of which led to easy dunks and 2 led to an easy 3 attempts one that was hit.

      • googergieger

        It really isn’t that black and white. If you miss good to great shots. If they make tough shots. If you get beat and they beat you. So be it. However if it’s the other way around. If it’s a lack of effort for the first three quarters or even the first quarter or a quarter. Repeatedly. If it’s giving up wide open three’s. If it’s, well we’ve been over this. Then yeah there is a problem with how you’re winning and losing games. I give Karl credit when he deserves it. Blame when he deserves it as well. More often than not he has done things that have lost this team games and this team’s talent has won some games it had no business winning due to a lack of effort or lack of anything on the floor that could conceivably defend and/or score.

        But alright, whatever.

        Moving on. Up fourteen points the problem was clearly offense? I know what you’re trying to say. We were out scored in the fourth. Where at one point we were up fourteen points. We were out scored. Out scored.

        DEFENSE.

        Scoff.

        • mike

          outscored implied you didn’t SCORE as much as the other team. If they scored zero points and the other team scored 13 in 6 minutes it would be beyond silly to blame the defense. Well they scored 6 and gave up 19 (including half the points off OFFENSIVE turnovers). It does not imply offensive or defensive lapse necessarily. You made no point though. They got HORRIBLE shots in the second half of the 4th quarter. Ty throwing up double teamed 20 foot shots. Iguodala contested threes, etc. Often the Pacers were scoring in transition on missed shots cause the nugs were so late in the clock. Im not sure you watched that game if you thought the defense was the problem in the second half of the 4th qtr.

          • googergieger

            So you just ignoring up fourteen? If we scored zero we just had to stop them from scoring. If we took bad shots or coughed up the ball, we just had to run back on defense. You were one of those people that said Lakers offense was the problem when they were scoring a hundred easy and giving up more, right?

            Scoff.

  • mitchell

    love it. good win. now if ty has started out stronger this wouldve been a blowout but all in all, not much to complain about.
    love seeing gallo taking over the scoring load and ty and iggy are showing what a devastating transition tandem they can be.

  • Z

    Perfect Night in Nugget land Gallo and Faried lead Denver to victory.

    • GIANLUCA

      Gallo in LAST 10 game :
      is one of the 14 player with 20.0 ppg !!!
      in this 14 player HE IS THE BEST IN 3point % in this 10 game .. 46 % …

      AND IS THE PLAYER WITH – minutes …
      why KARL ???
      why only 32-33-34 minuts ?
      why onlt 13 shots ?

      PS western conf. 12-13 : AFTER DURANT , THE BEST ‘SF’ IN SCORING IS DANILO GALLINARI .. see the stats ;)

  • mitchell

    whats everybody going to complain about tonight?

    • Jacob

      See the top comment for all complaints. Guess 12-3 in the month of January isnt good enough….

      • Tyler S

        12-3, OUR 3 LOSSES were OKC on the road (i can handle that), the Twolves AT HOME after the Twolves came off a back to back, And a 4 point loss to the WIZARDS in the Pepsi Center…. We are easily 14-1 this month

    • John

      I’m guessing George Karl…. but I’m good. They got the win, and now own the tiebreak on two of the top eight teams in the West, so things are looking up.

    • googergieger

      Karl? Only two of our players showing up from the start? Refs? I don’t know. Plenty to complain about.

      • michael

        yea! we suck!

  • Ban Johnson

    Nuggets need a star? Gallinari!

    Nuggets need a shooter? Gallinari! (Who, by the way, is now above 37% on the season from 3 on 5.3 attempts per game. Very respectable, especially considering the horrid first month.

    By the way, Ty is up to 36% from 3 on the season, also after a terrible November from there.

    Of course Corey has been atrocious in January from 3.

    Javale’s reaction on the bench to Gallinari’s swish 3 from the wing and Italian kiss was the most priceless bench celebration of all time. Look for the gif or youtube on that one… http://hardwoodparoxysm.co/Gifs/javaletoohot_1.gif

    Nuggets are just a lot more talented than the Rockets. Kind of coasted for 3 quarters, and nobody but Gallo was all that great…but still just crushed them with talent in the 4th.

    • Ban Johnson
      • Andrew

        That was good. Geezy is a riot. I really like to watch the guy. He’s just funny.

    • Ackdog

      Gallo is getting better that’s for sure. If he can be consistent for the rest of the season then I’ll leave the star bit alone. He certainly has all the tools. But his 5 years in the league tell me different. He is a career 40% shooter respectable yes but not eye popping.

      As the goog man tells me often this team is young maybe I should give them a chance. Maybe the will get the 4th seed and make it out of the first round. Again history tells me different. Not having to travel that much in Jan would have the same effect in a positive way that all the travel in the first two months had in a negative way.

      Again it’s not a complaint I WANT THIS TEAM TO SUCCEED but my feeling is they are a star away from being top two or three. This star needs to be hitting 45% on his jump shots. BIG WISH I know but this team has enough dribble drive players need someone coming off those screens to bang down a jumper like RAY ALLEN. Is there any of them out there…………….

    • Stephen

      McGee and Faried are about tied for best cheerleader when they are on the bench. Faried only has the Petey Pablo helicopter move, though. McGee busts out all sorts of whacky celebrations.

      Thanks for the link to the gif. LOL

  • Dubz

    I’m very pleased with this win. Few things stood out to me.
    1. Gallinari just wrapped up what was probably the most successful month of his career. He had that good stretch last season, but he looks absolutely fantastic.
    2. If Miller could play like this during crunch time every game, I’d never complain about him being in the game. I’ve definitely been a critic of his, but I’ll give him credit when credit was due. He made clutch shots that weren’t forced and were taken with the rhythm and flow of the offense. Nice job Andre.
    3. This game was a perfect example of a game that this team would lose in previous years. Especially having just blown them out. To see us win an ugly one and more importantly finish with a strong 4th quarter was a very promising sign.
    5. Anyone else wishing the Nuggets were shopping McGee and keeping Mozgov?? Haha just kidding. Sort of…

    • John

      … as to #5… Personally, yes, but I know I’m in the minority.

      I always think Mozzel Tov looks strong when he gets good minutes. See some of his Olympic performances… he was their #2 scorer in several games.

      Now some idiot (who didn’t watch the games) will point out that this was International play… as if all those frickin’ flags didn’t make that abundantly clear. Had they watched though, they would’ve noticed that Russia doesn’t play like your stereotypical Euro team… and that is one reason they got the Bronze.

      • Dubz

        Ya I remember. The ability Mozgov brings that Koufos is lacking and Mcgee is entirely missing is his jumper. He’s also a massive body that he’s able to position very well on defense. Unfortunately, he turns the ball over WAAAY to much because he has god awful hands. If I’m a team looking for a C, I’m definitely taking a flyer on Mozgov. I like him a lot, mostly for his potential.

        • John

          Agreed, I can’t remember which sportscaster it was… but he started the Mozgov Militia… because Mozzy apparently doesn’t ever miss during practices… If we don’t trade him, some team will offer him between 7-9 million this summer, purely for those reasons… IMO.

  • miguel

    please stop complaining!! were winning ball games and most of you still come here to complain. the nuggets should be able to make a push in the next week or so and grab that 4 spot.

    • John

      You do realize your comment was a complaint, right?

      • miguel

        no because im not complaining about the game, im just say you guys don’t have to be so negative

        • John

          So you take issue with the reactions of others, and voice a desire for that to change…. ok… soooo how is that not a complaint???

          I’m just yanking your chain Miguel… Overall I’m happy with this game, so I’m just being a douche.

          • Stephen

            Crackin’ me up, John.

  • Aaron

    Memphis just traded Rudy Gay for basically Tashaun Prince who is 56 years old. I really like our chances to move up now.

    • Ban Johnson

      Memphis got Ed Davis too, who’s young and a great get. And Prince should make their already great D even greater.

      But, yeah, they’ll have a hard time scoring sometimes now.

    • Jacob

      I agree they got worse and we should catch them, but Ed Davis is one of the better rising big guys and he’s still on a rookie deal so they got a solid player there it’s not like all they got was Prince.

      • Aaron

        How is Ed Davis going to get minutes with Zbo and Marc Gasol? This was a salary dump, I’d be mad if I was a Memphis fan. We should totally catch them. The lakers will catch Houston, but we should be sitting pretty well.

        • Jacob

          He’s not going to get a ton of minutes, but I think 20-25 could be reasonable. If you re-read my comment I agree with you we should catch them, but this move could look great for Memphis in the future if an injury or they move ZBo this summer. You made it sound like Memphis just threw their entire chances out the window, when that is not the case was all I was trying to say.

      • GIANLUCA

        good trade for MEMPHIS

    • Dubz

      Austin Daye is a 6’11 SF as well who was a lottery pick in 2009 and definitely has potential. I actually like this move for Memphis. I know a few Memphis fans who liked Gay but thought he didn’t fit their offensive scheme well. Prince is the kind of guy who can fit into any system and is a very good 3 point shooter. Ed Davis is just starting to realize his potential, which is pretty high. So with those 3 in addition to cap relief, I think they did pretty well.

      • Aaron

        Tashawn looked pretty washed up when we played the Pistons last month.

        I don’t know guys. . maybe they’ll get better without Gay, . .but we have the tiebreaker on them, and they have a tougher road the last part of the season.

        • Dubz

          He did but he’s on a “contender” now, that tends to revitalize guys. He’s a hard worker, I’m sure he’ll be very productive once he adjusts.

        • John

          We are up(2-1)… but we haven’t won the series and don’t own the tiebreaker yet… we play them again on March 15th though, so fingers crossed.

          • Tom

            That March 15 game is the third of a four games in five nights trip for the Grizzlies. They play at Portland, LA Clippers, Denver, and Utah all in a row. If there’s still a close race for the 4 seed, that game and the rest of that road trip are going to be crucial.

  • Ckwizard

    Nuggets are winning because they are able to play good defense most of the games and lock down defense for portions of games. Nuggets got a 14 point lead against the Pacers with defense, Nuggets took control of this game late with Defense. I said earlier this season Nuggets would only lose 3 games in January because they are a better defensive team than posters like Googergieger portrayed them as. January has given the Nuggets quality practice time and the ability to come together chemistry wise as a team. George Karl is doing a good job this year and while I agree that the Nuggets probably have a better potential with a different coach, GK has done a good job this year and for the time being Nuggets fans that hate are going to be disappointed next year because GK is going to be back.

    • Jacob

      I am a full fledged GK supporter, but I disagree with you on him being back. I don’t think he will be fired, but I just think he’s nearing the end of the line. Just doesn’t seem the same in terms of intensity (although recently he has been a little more into it) and his voice sounds horrible in some interviews I’ve seen so I think he might call it a career soon. I hope I’m wrong, but we might be in the market for a new coach soon.

      • Andrew

        If so, and Karl does not return next year, what do you think of trying to get Budenholzer from San Antonio?

        • Jacob

          To be honest with you I don’t know a whole lot about NBA assistant coaches so I will refrain from posting any comments strongly in one way, however I have heard good things about him so I don’t see why he wouldnt be worth giving a shot. I think the most likely scenario is we go in house and give Melvin Hunt a shot though, but that is only a hunch.

  • AaronCAPS

    The only thing to complain about is that we need to close games a hells lot better, but there’s like 1,000 things to not complain about.

    GO NUGGETZ!!!

  • Daniel Y

    Good game. My only gripe is all the ill-advised shots A.I. takes. Thats not his game. He is a facilitator. Not a pull up/spot up shooter.

    Gallo was an absolute beast and he is exactly what this nuggets team needs, a true go to guy. He goes to the hole and finishes, he draws fouls, he hits threes, and he can pass the rock. I feel like Maggiano’s all of a sudden.

    Very happy with the win. Javale and his reactions to all the big plays were priceless. Shin didnt look too injured to me.

    • Peter

      Good call on AI. He missed very badly on some of his jumpers. Wish the light bulb would turn on for him, but it doesn’t look like it will be this season.

      Loved his defense though. I was at the game, and noticed that Harden rarely tried to even get open while Iggy was on him.

      • dynamo.joe

        I wish the light bulb would turn on for the fans, so they could see beyond PPG to everything else Iguodala is bringing to this team.

  • Tyler

    It’s unbelievable how you guys are complaining about George Karl when we just went 12-3 in January. Yea let’s just replace a top 10 all time winning coach with some guy we have no idea how good he will coach or even fit in at all. You’re complaining about lack of closing out games? Really? A 22-2 run through the end of the third to midway through the fourth doesn’t float your boat? So quick to criticize you guys are…. Just stop.

    • John

      Apparently you didn’t get the memo Tyler… if a team wins… it is the players. If they lose, it is the coach.

      Unfortunately this isn’t really a joke… the industry really works this way, and that is part of the reason GK catches so much flack… He is a killer in the regular season(averaging 60% for his career), but pretty miserable in the post season(at 44%)

      While replacing him with an unknown may seem like a terrible idea… sometimes you just need new blood, because the cat can’t change it’s stripes….

    • Ryan

      We’re tired of regular season success. Just making the playoffs and losing in the first round gets old. GK has NEVER won a championship, even with his loaded Sonics/Bucks teams. Sometimes, you just need a new coach to bring a team to the next level: PLAYOFF success

      • Charliemyboy

        GK did win the title with the Sonics (except for MJ), to which he will return next year or year after. His family is there.

        • Ryan

          Uh, losing in the finals isn’t winning a title. That team should have gone to the finals 3 straight years. Being the first coach to lose as a 1 seed to an 8 seed (go Nuggets!) is not an indicator of postseason success to me

        • John

          Hahaha… Oh Charlie…Ryan Lochte is gonna love your definition of winning. ‘Cuz he has been undefeated for 10 years in your world.

  • Andrew

    No complaints tonight, though I thought it should how important Geezy’s defensive presence is to the Nuggets.

    What does everyone think about Memphis unloading Rudy Gay to Toronto? Gay seemed like sort of a black hole when he got it, but this seems to make Memphis weaker and their #4 seed ripe for the picking! I’m much more worried about Golden State now that they have Bogut back.

  • Andrew

    showed*

  • googergieger

    I never said Denver was bad defensively. Quite the contrary. From the start of the year I said with the players Denver has they should be a top ten team defensively even with their pace. Wise up.

    Gallo and Faried show up from the start. Who are the first subbed out? Gallo keeps it going later on and who doesn’t touch the ball the last five minutes or so minutes of the game? Ty doesn’t defend the entire game and for a stretch was the only reason we were playing bad defense and who does he keep in there and not even roll his eyes at? We’re a really talented team. We were underachieving and just because we’ve won games since that Wizard’s game. We’re still committing the same mistakes that happened during that Wizard’s game. Playing with fire.

    • Ckwizard

      You have always been high on the players but always bashing the scheme… GK switching defense… You have admitted that it may work with the current players but have said time and again that you want SVG because he brings a defensive mindset and will hold players accountable not to mention SVG made Howard so he could work wonders with McGee. You have said that the Nuggets are underachieving since the beginning of the year but come on the reasons with you is GK. You argue and post continuously what an idiot you think GK is… Sometimes valid criticism but mostly blindness to the realities of the team. Nuggets didn’t lose a road game in January, Nuggets had a record of 12 wins and 3 loses in January. All you see is a loss to the Wizards. In the win against the Pacers all you see is the blown lead not how the Nuggets controlled the game. This game you say “we really need a new coach” and ” we’re still committing the same mistakes”…. I will admit GK plays favorites but something has changed he is paying the players who are hot to finish the games. Brewer against the Thunder, Miller on the bench against the Pacers along with Faried, and the tonight both closed because they were playing well. GK is changing the way he is using rotations and getting more out of this team… Is it perfect… ABSOUTLY NOT… but come on the team is performing better now than they were 6 weeks ago because the players are playing better and the coaches are making better decisions. But hey we need a new coach that will start McGee and limit KKs minutes.

      • Ckwizard

        Well they did lose that road game to The Thunder it was so bad I mentally blocked it out so in my rosé colored glasses wearing mind he road record was perfect.

      • googergieger

        That has nothing to do with what you said. Everything I said was perfectly valid. We’re a good team. We’re winning games we’re supposed to be winning. I gave him credit for the Clips win and especially that OKC win. Players you can sometimes except some inconsistencies with. Coaches should always be consistent however. Magic eight ball rotations. Too late or never at all time outs. Etc…

        Came around on Koufos a good while back. I still think McGee should get more minutes but it looks like they are resting him in order to trade him. So congrats on that, friend.

  • Andrew

    Also, I head that Nuggets were in the mix at one point to get Jose Calderon.

  • CJP32

    Its great to see that Gallo wants the ball and is ready to lead this team – his January has been amazing, he needs to keep it up.

    Ty was quiet but made some big plays in the 4th. Iggy is awesome one minute, then frustrating for 5 minutes – 6 TOs is not good for a playmaker. Alot of his TOs were lazy, sloppy passes in the paint.

    Faried was solid and so was Mozzy off the bench

    I dont know about Chandler, it looked like he was playing through pain in the 4th, he played too long I think.

    The defense at the end of 3rd and beginning of the 4th was magic – Dre, CBrew, WC, Gallo and Faried were really clicking. CBrew was active on both ends even though he shot 2/8 FGs, he did get to the line 7 times.

    • Dubz

      That lineup or some variation of it is probably my favorite lineup the Nuggets deploy. Ty and Dre could be switched as well as Iggy for Brewer, but that lineup is frightening. I too thought Chandler looked like he was playing through pain, I’ve heard that surgery is extremely painful during the recovery. As long as he’s not damaging anything structurally, it’s good that he’s playing through it. This team needs him to be 100% by the playoffs.

      • CJP32

        I tweeted him about him in the 4th qtr and he said it was fatigue

  • Ernie

    I didn’t catch why Lawson wasn’t starting the second half. Anybody know that one?

  • AaronCAPS

    Not sure if the contracts would fit right but what about this?

    Nuggets: Stephen Curry & 1st-Round-Pick.

    Warriors: Ty Lawson & Chandler/Hamilton/Brewer.

    I think the Warriors might take up on this deal, last year they wanted Chandler like crazy, also they get Ty Lawson who is more of a driver to the lane, which the Warriors need, also I don’t think the Warriors want ANOTHER young player, they need a decent vet on their team, which they’ll get with Chandler & maybe Lawson.

    I think the Nuggets might take this deal because we need a more consistent shooter & better defending at the PG posistion sense Miller is not nearly the defender we need at the PG posistion. Also We could possibly pair up our 2 first round picks for a top 10 pick, then we could try & groom our own star.

    Thoughts?

    • Ban Johnson

      the big reason the Warriors would take this is that Steph Curry’s ankles are so fragile. He’s just not dependable physically.

      That’s also the big reason the Nuggets shouldn’t even consider it…

      Is Curry a better player than Lawson? Yes. But the difference isn’t great enough to take on the huge injury risk.

      • John

        If there was no Greg Oden… Curry would be the automatic NBA candidate for the title of “Mr. Glass”

    • Dubz

      Sorry buddy but this is an NBA 2k13 trade and would never happen in real life. First, Curry is a super star and should have been an all star. Second, they just drafted Barnes who a great defender and has a TON of upside. I love the way the Nuggets are constructed now. Kevin Lowe mentioned something interesting on the BS report the other day. He said he doesn’t believe the Nuggets will initiate any trade talks and are trying to see how this team grows together. However, he said with how well Masai has constructed this team with very manageable contracts, they could find themselves as a benefiting 3rd team in a trade similar to what occurred in acquiring Iggy. I completely agree with him.

      • Andrew

        Isn’t that what potentially could have happened in this Rudy Gay trade? I heard that Denver was in the mix as the third team, getting Jose Calderon and sending Miller and Moz.

        • Ban Johnson

          that would have been great. But Memphis doesn’t need either of those guys, and ended up getting two guys — Prince and Daye — that they do need.

          • Andrew

            I would have liked that too. Tayshaun is pretty long in the tooth, though, and Daye…eh, maybe…it will be interesting to see how that pans out for Memphis. I still think that will move Nuggets and G State each up a notch in the standings.

  • googergieger

    I like the team we got.

    • Andrew

      I do too, though if something comes up, you gotta take a look. Brewdog and Ty are pretty inconsistent, so I wouldn’t mind getting a guard that is a more consistent shooter…and maybe a PF that can defend bigger/taller PFs. Randolph does not seem to be the answer there. I don’t want to give up the farm, but…

      • TJ McBride

        Here’s a name that hasn’t been thrown around. Eric Bledsoe on the Clippers. 88% FT shooting and 40% 3pt shooter and averages less than 2 turnovers a game while averaging 20 minutes a game. Young as well.

        • Andrew

          Would love Bledsoe. Can’t imagine Clips letting him go to the Nuggets.

        • nugswin

          I’ve been hyping Bledsoe to us for a while now. He will soon be better than Ty and would be a coup if we could land him.

          • googergieger

            Now that he’s been starting how is he looking? More minutes and more responsibility. Still think he is better than Ty and will be better than him? Cause last ten games, heck last five games, Ty’s been playing like a top five guard and Bledsoe has been playing like a really good back up.

        • dynamo.joe

          I think you are overlooking the fact that he was 20% from 3 last year and 28% for his career.

          He basically doubled his 3pt %. It is possible, but very unlikely that’s sustainable.

    • John

      I do too… even GK.

      I keep doing Trade Machine scenarios and I can’t ever seem to improve the team significantly. Well, at least if I am honest about who is available, and for whom….(i.e. Cavs are not going to trade Irving for Ill Will even though the contracts match)

      Another factor that always jumps out at me is… there is often a “reason” someone is available… like poor attitude…. and how would that effect this team. It isn’t too often that you have a scenario like the Nuggets where there are just too many wing players.

      I can get good players but always have to give up way too much, so I’ll leave it to the professionals.

  • googergieger

    Lakers loss makes everything okay though. If the Lakers would lose every time George Karl pulled a Karl, I would be so happy.

  • http://@edkishinevsky Edkishinevsky

    Pleasure to see the chatter on the nugs. I think the home stretch is helping. Love #dre always. Curious to see gallo and Ty down the stretch. That’s rilly it. Live @manimal, cmon. That one gallo shot was awesome. Quintessential euro, but reminded me of English a little bit too.

  • Duane

    I think we will end up in the 4 seed against Golden State, which should be a fantastic series

    Shot selection in the 3rd quarter was my only complaint. Gallo bailed us out a lot tonight.

  • GIANLUCA

    GALLINARIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

  • Finazz

    Kalen, do you really beleive AR deserves minutes before mozgov?
    AR has shown nothing in a nuggets uniform or the nba for that matter to suggest that he should get minutes other the junk time. He has massive blinkers for the hoop when his on. Takes off balance mid range jumpers and plays zero D. I respect your comments and enjoy reading your write up before anyone else but I can’t see where you are coming from with that comment.

    • nugswin

      Thumbs upping this whole comment.

      As Kalen mentioned, Mozzy is the best defensive big we have and the only one with any range or offensive game to speak of beyond “great athlete so gets points”. How does AR and his terrible shot selection/doesn’t use his size effectively game supposed to be more valuable? There’s a reason AR has failed at every previous stop he’s made before Denver, we’re just the latest team to take a flyer on him.

      • magster

        Mozgov cannot catch the ball = turnover. I don’t know how he can improve this but his career hinges on doing so.

        • dynamo.joe

          Tell him to become a bricklayer. I saw a documentary on Jerry Rice and he claimed that’s how he got good at catching.

    • Kalen

      As opposed to Mozgov having accomplished what in the NBA???

      All I said was that I think Randolph deserves to be ahead of Mozgov on the depth chart. I didn’t say that he deserves minutes.

      I understand the stigma associated with Randolph at this point in his career, but let’s keep in mind: Ujiri is trying to trade Mozgov and just signed Randolph to a three-year contract this past summer. I think that tells you all you need to know.

      Randolph hasn’t had enough minutes in a Nuggets uniform to definitively say whether he deserves more minutes, but he hasn’t been that bad from what we’ve seen. He might take a few ill-advised shots, but he has the talent to make them, so I don’t mind that. And that’s really all the negatives you can point out. Mozgov still shoots airballs with regularity, still can’t catch passes, still doesn’t understand positioning, still gets called for bonehead fouls, etc.

      • Finazz

        That three year contact is for $5mill over that time. The minimum for this nba experience. Every team needs dud players.
        One guy said he can’t catch and that = turnovers. Poor off balance shots = defensive rebound. Which is the same result as a turnover

  • Giovanni

    Same of last year..
    12 win in a month…
    Eric Bledsoe or Steven Curry aren’tthe solution(not for my love for Ty who if traded is best for him)
    Maybe players like Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett are the solution…
    Player like this change the scenario not Bledsoe…
    Go Nugs..

  • GIANLUCA

    minutes GALLLO and FARID are ridiculos…

    IGGY and TY play much time > GALLO and FAREID..

    for Karl a good PER is = bench

  • Señor Chang

    I wish we could find a way to get Terrence Ross. I dunno how since our assets are more on the wing and they just got Rudy gay but all I know is that kid is gonna be a star

  • griz05

    At first I thought we totally go screwed with our tough schedule early on….now I’m liking it because all of these home games are building confidence with our guys and I think things can only go up from here!

  • brick

    Hey Kalen can you elaborate on your comment (in Moz’ grade) about Randolph deserving to be the backup PF on the team? Do you really think Randolph deserves time? And anyway, we don’t see Karl using a Moz/KK or Moz/JaVale lineup except in rare circumstances. Just wondering what you meant by that.

    • Kalen

      Anthony Randolph is far more accomplished than Mozgov is in the NBA. He’s bounced around a lot, but he has enormous talent and has put up some pretty impressive numbers during different stints throughout his career. Unfortunately, Mozgov hasn’t accomplished much. He’s had one impressive game in New York and several decent outings in Denver, but other than that he’s been relegated to the far ends of the bench. Randolph is simply the better, more reliable player in my opinion.

      Thanks for the question,

      — Kalen

  • Andrew K

    Miller was +22!

  • Cephus

    I’m loving the win and pretty much fall in line with all the positive things said. Having acknowledged there is a LOT to be grateful for, it’s time to pick a few nits.

    I respect GG’s opinion, though often disagree & one more instance is that of his complaint that Fariad is underutilized. To me, KF is perfect at 25-30 minutes per game. More then that and he’sblown out for next game.

    I join the chorus in lauding A.I . For his defense and rebounding. His ill considered 3 attempts have landed his face onto Zach Lowe ‘s hall of shame in Worst NBA Shooters article for Grantland. As Clint said ‘ a man’s gotta realize his limitations. ”

    It’s hard to resist jumping on Gallinari bandwagon. I admit he’s far exceeded my expectations. The guy is threatening to outdo Nowitzki for ‘ best Euro NBA ‘ player. I gotta see him do this on away trips as well. As a team, the Nuggs are killing it in 4rth quarter, it’s awesome .

    They gotto find collective discipline at low altitude games to be a factor in money games. Ok done with nitpicks. Loving this streak. Go Nuggs !

  • CoryW.

    I llike the team we have. With that being said, we have too much depth. I can see us letting go of guys like chandler and miller and mozzy because they have value and they can help a team. Our depth can be a strong suit because we still have guys like J-Ham, Fournitre and Stone, who passes well and i think can produce defense and offense with his great length and vision, but is in the D-League. Therefore we can afford to trade pieces like the ones mentioned above and groom them to our system kind of like AaronCAPS but they aren’t stars they a productive Sixth Men.

    • CoryW.

      Although we would have to deal with growth pains, unless we traded for a solid bench player and he can come off the bench and be productive for us. We do have one of the better benches in the league but we have to have space on the floor, we need guys to play and we can expect them to score and to defend. We have fluctuation too often we need consistency somewhere. Ty, Gallo, and A.I. are putting some games together now but the other players have to stack some games as well.

  • magster

    Small ball broke the game open for the Nuggets last night….. just sayin’.

    • Jacob

      While that is true, posting something like that won’t go over very well around here.

  • Ryan

    I like this team a lot too. We’ll have to see if they improve on the road going forward though, the top 5 teams in the west all have winning road records. February is very road-heavy, so it will be a good chance to see if the team has truly grown from the tumultuous first 2 months of the season…

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    Yeah we are 12-3 this month.. But that’s because the majority of the games were at home……
    The problem we have with KARL is
    1) THE 2 POINT GUARD LINEUPS..
    I’m ok when Miller comes in FOR LAWSON.. But Lawson and Miller on the floor at the same time is stupid… I mean how many 4th qtr leads to we have to see disappear with this insane lineup.
    2) KARL’S DISTANE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS..
    JHAM should be in the lineup.. He rebounds and has a sweet shot.. Take some Miller and Brewer minutes and give them to JHAM. JHAM should be being groomed.. Instead he gets punked out of the lineup for every mistake while CHANDLER/BREWER/MILLER can do just about anything they want without any minute reductions. Anyone notice the shrinking leash on FARIED? Ever since Chandler’s come back Faried’s minutes have gone down.. Why is he getting punked when IGGY/MILLER/BREWER are getting treated with respect. What about McGee? He deserves time on the floor with FARIED… Faried draws attention away from Mcgee…What about J. Stone? I would much rather see him get some token minutes than other scrubs.. *yes I know he is off the current active roster*…
    3) ROTATION ISSUES
    When GALLO is going off the DUDE needs 40 minutes.. If Lawson is going off give him 40 plus.. Gallo needs more touches… PERIOD..
    4) TIMEOUTS
    How many times do we win a timeout? Like never.. No further description needed.
    5) DEFENSE
    How many freakin years have we had perimeter defensive issues? Every freakin game the opposing team shoots lights out against us from beyond the arc. Same defense against every opponent.. pathetic
    6) PLAYOFFS.
    Every team has the book on us.. Pack the paint and force us to shoot from the perimeter.. At home we can hit the shots, but on the road in the playoffs? You need a half court game to win. PERIOD

    Karl had been in the league for like 29 years, so he know how to ride his vet’s to the mid to low level playoff seed. But it is the playoffs that determine the true ability of a coach and his record has been marginal at best……. Granted NBA coaches are a dime a dozen. But if we could get a VanGundy.. (Maybe even Scottie Skiles).. I love our team and just wish Karl could be more flexible in his approach to the game.. I know it could be worse, but my big fear is losing the youngsters to other teams on trades for marginal vet’s with little upside…

    • Jacob

      “6) PLAYOFFS.
      Every team has the book on us.. Pack the paint and force us to shoot from the perimeter.. At home we can hit the shots, but on the road in the playoffs? You need a half court game to win. PERIOD”

      That is a personnel problem not a coach problem. Doesn’t matter who the coach is our deep shooting won’t get better. Our roster is built to attack the basket.

      Also timeouts aren’t called in an attempt to preparefor the future. He is trying to get the guys to figure out problems for themselves so we don’t have to waste timeouts or in the event things are going bad late in a game and we don’t have timeouts. Simply put he sees that one regular season game isn’t as important as the future. Looking at the bigger picture is essentially the goal there. Some of the lineup decisions are to find out if something different will work. The 2 PG lineup isn’t near as bad as you guys around here make it seem. I’m not trying to say it is great, but basketball is a game of mismatches and you have to create them somehow. Simply put that is a better option than trying to match the Lakers or Thunder’s height, since we dont’ have the guys to play that way. Regardless it has been used less recently. I agree in a perfect world the 2 PG lineup wouldn’t be necessary, but sadly this roster isn’t perfect. I do agree Hamilton needs more time as he could fix some of the shooting woes we have, but no rotation in the NBA is perfect.