|Danilo Gallinari, SF 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +26
Gallo had a more tentative game than he’s recently experienced but he still played solid basketball. He spent most of his time driving the lane and being creative with his mid-range game, which is always good. His defense was solid throughout the night as well.
|Kenneth Faried, SF 26 MIN | 9-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +19
Had this game been close Faried likely would have finished with close to 30 and 15. This was the most energized he’s been in weeks. Why? Perhaps national TV had something to do with it. If so, someone needs to tell him the Nuggets are playing on national TV more often. One thing Faried does need to improve on is his pick-and-roll offense. He’s still setting pretty weak picks and rolling halfheartedly to the basket.
|Kosta Koufos, C 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +16
Again, Koufos rebounded well but otherwise he was invisible. His interior defense has been his strong suit this year, but the last few games it’s dropped off tremendously.
|Ty Lawson, PG 31 MIN | 5-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +40
I love seeing the 12 assists from Lawson. You have to remember: Every time he gets an assist the Nuggets get at least two points. That means he directly contributed to at least 40 points against the Bulls! His game was confident in nearly every aspect; however, he was having trouble defending the pick-and-roll. He needs to get better at fighting through screens.
|Andre Iguodala, SG 26 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +21
Iguodala had a really good first half. His jump shot was falling everywhere. His offense dipped in the second half, but his defense stayed steady throughout. He had about three or four really nice baskets this night.
|Anthony Randolph, PF 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2
Pretty nice stat line for such limited time. Randolph is a very nice option to have this deep on the bench. The kid can play. He’s never going to be the stud we all thought, but he’s proven that he can be relied on when the Nuggets are in a pinch.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 8 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +4
I’m just saying: If this dude played for the Wizards or Bobcats or some other crappy team, he’d average 16 and seven — maybe better. It’s amazing how talented he is and how little playing time he’s earned in nearly two years of being a Nugget. Against the Bulls he missed his first three shots, then promptly dropped two deep threes all in the span of a few minutes time.
|Corey Brewer, SF 18 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +6
Brewer was pretty quite but his defense was great, as usual. He does an excellent job of switching with haste. While some Nuggets tend to switch lackadaisically, Brewer is always up in the face of his opponent, whomever that may be. He also did a great job of getting out on the break even though he didn’t score many baskets.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 8 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +4
Mozgov looked good. He had an ally-oop and even hit a deep rainbow jump shot.
|JaVale McGee, C 14 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +14
This was one of McGee’s best games of the year in terms of efficiency. He had several SportsCenter Top 10-caliber dunks and some very impressive, blue-collar like blocks. In fact, that’s how I’d describe McGee this game: blue collar. Yes, he was a little flashy at times, but never overly flamboyant like he has been in the past. I’ve made peace with the fact McGee is likely never going to be a starter under George Karl, but come on, the dude deserves more time.
|Andre Miller, PG 24 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1
I really am enjoying this version of Andre Miller more than the myopic, scoring version we’ve seen throughout the year. He needs to be a facilitator, defender and all-around utility guy. When he does that, the Nuggets reserve squad becomes much better as a team.
|Evan Fournier, SG 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | 0
Fournier just hasn’t looked good in recent games. He’s making a lot of rookie mistakes and fouling too much. He needs to be more aggressive and not think so much when he gets the ball.
|Wilson Chandler, SG 19 MIN | 8-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 24 PTS | +7
What. The. Hell… Seriously. Chandler is like that dude you played ball with in high school who every blue moon would just go off and force everyone to look at each other in pure bemusement. You really can’t do anything but scratch your head. Chandler was shooting under 30 percent from the floor over the last five games coming into this one and suddenly goes off from downtown. I really wish he was a bit more consistent, but this is a good sign. He’s proven he can have incredible outbursts, it’s just a matter of getting more playing time before it all comes together.
What is there to complain about? McGee deserves more time… And that’s about it. Karl had his guys ready to play this game and it showed in the final score. This might have been the best full game the Nuggets have played all year. Their defense was incredible the entire night. That’s where it all started. If they play this type of suffocating defense in the playoffs, they can get out on the break all they want. But it has to start with defense. That seems to be the message Karl is preaching these days and it’s one I can dig.
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