Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 128, Chicago Bulls 96

Chicago Bulls 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

128 Denver Nuggets
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.

George Karl

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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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • Steven

    Bad Ass!!! Gotts keep rollin’. Undefeated in Feb seems possible, not probable but possible.

    • Gorillabuddy

      It’s certainly possible. We’re better than all the teams we’ll be playing. The Clippers’ schedule is significantly tougher as well, so if we do manage an undefeated February we could conceivably catch them by the end of the month.

      • Thomas

        We can do well in the playoffs if we play like this. Then again, we would still fall short to teams like the Thunder due to lack of pieces and/or lack of good playoff coaching (GK has a great track record in the regular season, but a consistently poor record in the playoffs). It would take tremendous efforts from all players to make it in the west, particularly from Lawson and Faried. With Lawson’s record against Westbrook, it is highly unlikely. Faried would also have to dominate Ibaka, which hasn’t happened yet.

        Another option, risky of course, would be to try to get KG for Gallo and Mozzy (if he consents). KG, KK and Faried upfront could make life much more difficult for the Thunder.

        Lawson, AI, Faried, KG and KK as our starters and our awesome bench would have the potential to become the best defensive unit in the NBA. A guy like Tom Thibodeau would make that team champions in 2 seasons.

        As much as everyone likes Gallo (myself included), KG is an all star and still an incredible defensive force.

        • monimo

          You would give up one of the best contracts in the NBA for one (!) playoff run? And it still has to be proven that “old man” KG would bring more to the team than “young, efficient, cheap, teamfirst” Gallinari. No later than next season, with KG retired (or on his way to) and Gallo rocking in Boston you would change your mind and painfully tear out your hear. Then, it will be too late to have any remorse.

          • Thomas

            So let me guess – you think next year Gallo will become “the man” for us.

            Well, that would be awesome, but also highly unlikely for him to make such a jump on his 7th season. He is no rookie or 2nd or 3rd year player.

            Gallo is better than average, for sure, but that’s about it. He is a good shooter from 3pt (not great, though) and he is not excellent in any other area (post-up, defense, rebounding, consistency). He is a big man that makes his mark on the perimeter.

            Let’s see what he can do in the playoffs. His first 2 playoffs, his numbers were down across the board. If that happens again, then top level defenses.

            That’s what concerns me.

            On the flipside, Garnett still performs at an all star level, particularly come playoff time and particularly at the defensive end. During the last playoffs, he still shoots close to 50% while scoring 20 pts and grabbing 10 rebounds per game – that’s just clutch at any age.

            While I don’t think Boston (or Garnett) go for it, as a Nugget fan I would be very pleased if it happened. We would have a shot at a title, and to me that’s all that matters.

            To keep idolizing Gallo before he does anything meaningful in the playoffs is just not worth it.

            • monimo

              I simply think that Gallo just now is a very good player on a very good contract (I’m not speaking about potential). I think his value to the team just now is underrated because even when he plays average he does a lot of little things for the team. He doesn’t excell in any area, I agree but the hole package is very very good. And he is still young, even if he doesn’t develop much any more (which is unlikely) he will give all that to Nuggets for many years to come. Garnett is old, his numbers are down, his style of play doesn’t fit in the run and gun system of the Nuggets. This trade would be a horrible mistake

              • Thomas

                A horrible mistake is to be a fan that turns a blind eye to the facts.

                If Gallo can play an entire playoff year, just one, at a high level, posting numbers comparable wto hat “old” Garnett did last year in the playoffs on both ends of the floor, and in the process helping lead your team to an incredible near-upset of the best team in basketball, nevertheless, then you have a point.

                Until then, your guess is as good as mine.

                You should watch Garnett play, even today. Put Gallo in his place in a Celtic team today without Rondo and you would see how awful the Celtics would be. It’s not even close. Guy is one of the top NBA players of all time, even today.

            • Barry

              Thomas, while normally I agree with you, and I agree with just about everything you said in this post, the thought of trading Gallo for KG would not be a good move…KG is old, he wouldn’t exactly fit into the Nuggets up and down pace. That and the fact that I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Since Rondo went down, the Celts are looking like a team playing unselfish basketball, that could make some noise come playoff time. Plus a lot of the players that Rondo was handcuffing with his constant dribbling and then pass to a player for an iso, are now flourishing because they are able to touch the ball a little bit more…

              I find the Rondo situation eerily similar to when Andre Miller comes into the game for the Nuggets sometimes, pace slows way down, and then a ton of dribbling and a pass to a teammate for a bailout shot. While I think that Andre does have the occasional decent game, not defensively, mind you, his defense will kill us come playoff time, he’s simply too old to stay with his man and does not seem to even want even try at that end…It’s been nice to see Karl actually have some kind of a leash lately and go with who has been playing well down the stretch…

              Kalen, why are you so shocked that Wilson knocked down some shots? The guy might take some ill advised shots here and there, but he CAN shoot, and he’s not afraid to take the big shot. He’s about the only player on our team (aside from Ty, who is pretty streaky) who has any kind of a mid range game. How many games has he played in this year? He’s coming of a major injury, doesn’t have his legs yet, cut the guy a break. Would love to see him get a little more run with the 1st unit, it’s got to be tough to sub in only to have to deal with Andre and Chucky Brewer…

              • dynamo.joe

                Where is the evidence for this mid-range game? Is it from high school or college cuz it sure hasn’t been in the NBA.

                Disagree with Thomas; I just don’t see how a more expensive player whose number having drop for the past 2 or 3 years is an upgrade.

                Agree with Thomas; Gallo has to show up in the playoffs before anyone declares him to be “The Man”.

        • Fraser

          Faried can’t play small forward and if you think he can then you’re a fool.

          • Thomas

            A bit animated there, Fraser. Time to take your medicine.

            Let me see if I can imagine your flawed logic: Faried plays alongside Gallo and KK – so anyone who suggests that he could play alongside Garnett and KK is a fool.

            • JohnInLA

              Apples and oranges man… Gallo is a SF that can play PF (and very rarely C in a stupid GK lineup)… Garnett plays PF and C equally well… Faried however fun he is to watch cannot play SF. Period. That position requires an outside shot, and playing away from the lane. Developing this skill set is possible but will take years.

              • Thomas

                KG hits the outside shots.

                By your rationale, Gallo can’t play PF – he doesn’t rebound.

  • googergieger


    Love me the love Denver is getting right now on Inside The NBA!

    Please don’t play down to Cleveland! Please make it back to back blowouts!


  • Aaron

    I’ll say it again. . . You guys still want to trade Wilson Chandler? For whom? Don’t say Rip Hamilton, shoot. . .

    • doktarr

      Josh Smith.

      • Dubz

        This is all I have to say to you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nyqsbvkhmk

        Go to the very end of the highlight.

        BTW: This was kinda a fun team to watch. Very young, but fun. (David Lee, Wilson Chandler, Gallinari, and Al Harrington)

        • doktarr

          Let’s review the sequence here.

          1) Aaron says, basically, “hey everybody, we should judge Wilson Chandler by his best game of the year and therefore not trade him”.

          2) I point out an available player who is playing much better than Chandler and who fills a need (a talented big who can play the 4 or the 5).

          3) You respond with, basically, “well, Wilson Chandler was better than Josh Smith on ONE PLAY three years ago.”

          Seriously, that’s impressive myopia.

          I looked up the box score for that game.

          Smith: 11-22 shooting, 25 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks.

          Chandler: 2-8 shooting, 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks. In 42 minutes.

          Remind me again what your point was?

          • Aaron

            Actually, I’ve said that 3 times now. . .and I don’t think you get equal value back for WC right now. Unless JSmith was realistic, . . . we shouldn’t think about it. Redick isn’t enough for WC. As Karl says, he makes special defensive plays, he picks up Al H’s role of stretch 4 off the bench. And, he basically makes teams play small which Karl loves. Not to mention, when Faried has an off night, or is in foul trouble, we don’t have to go to Randolph or Gallo at the 4 right away.

            WC will have to go back into his funk for me to even like the Jsmith deal. . . . WC just gives us too much.

            • nugswin

              Agreed. Chandler is so much more than a throw-away piece on this team and will be a big part of whatever success Denver has in the playoffs.

          • nugswin

            I don’t think anybody seriously thinks Chandler is better than Josh Smith. Most importantly nobody in Atlanta thinks that so Chandler for Smith talk is beyond ridiculous.

            Personally, I would do many versions of packages of Nugget players for Josh as long as it didn’t include Gallo.

            • nugswin

              Or Iggy.

            • doktarr

              Oh, I don’t expect the Hawks would accept Chandler for Smith straight up (and that’s not a legal trade, anyway). But Smith is unhappy and in the last year of his contract, and the Hawks are in a bad spot. They can’t realistically expect full value in return. Chandler, Mozgov, and a pick? I think they might take that. Or flip Mozgov for assets (interest in Boston and Chicago?) and trade those to Altanta.

              Chandler is not a good stretch 4 in any meaningful sense, except that he rebounds at a decent rate when asked to play the 4. He can’t defend good 4s down low at all, and unless you think this game is more important than everything else we know, he isn’t a consistent outside shooter.

              I agree with nugswin that Andrei Kirelinko would be a guy to target if he’s available. There’s no way Presti is making Sefolosha available.

          • Dubz

            Didn’t mean to get under your skin bud, just having a little fun

      • GIANLUCA

        Nuggets VUOI IGGY TRADE per il Denver Post ….

        per me deve commerciare Mozgov, W.CHANDLER e Jham
        per JJ.REDICK e Bledsoe …

        in estate Lawson commercio per Dragic

        e l’anno prossimo:
        Bledsoe 30 Dragic 18
        IGOUDALA 30 Redick 18
        GALLINARI 30 BIRRA 18
        FARIED 38 GALLINARI 10
        Koufos 25 MCGEE 23

      • dynamo.joe

        Josh Smith is a horrible basketball player for the same reason Chandler is; they are both in love with the mid-range shot.

        Chandler’s game yesterday? I think, 1 mid-range shot, which was his miss.

        If I believed this was indicative of the future, I would be in the don’t trade Chandler camp. But it was probably just a fluke and he will revert to his belief that contested mid-range jumpers make champions.

    • al68

      Now is when we have to deal with chandler. now its price is higher.
      If we are confident we will lose the game against Cleveland.
      I try to change to wilson and modgov by tyreke evans.

  • Ban Johnson

    Ok, doubters. Admit it: this Nuggets team, as constituted, can be great. It may not all happen this year. There will be additional frustrations. But the potential is enormous.

    What this means: no trades for old guys. No trades for lame shooting specialists. No pining for “superstars,” as if 1) that’s some tangible thing, and 2) other teams can’t wait to send the best players in the league to the Nuggets. Just stop it with the dumb ideas…Please.

    The Bulls are the most disciplined defensive team in the league, and they had no answers whatsoever for the Nuggets. Ty Lawson was +40 on the night!!

    Wilson Chandler is the perfect fit as the stretch 4 in the Nuggets’ system. He may never shoot quite this well again. But as long as he’s a threat from 3, the Nuggets are basically un-guardable when he’s in there.

    • mike

      nope. Nugs NEED a superstar. Unless lawson and/or Gallo develops into a legit all-star (less than 20% chance each in my opinion). Let’s not pretend they beat a top 5 team or anything. It was a stellar 3rd quarter though. If they can turn Mcgee and a few other pieces (not Lawson, Iguodala, Gallo or Faried) into a top 10 big who can play minutes at center then we can start talking.

      • Ban Johnson

        I’d be down with swapping McGee and parts for a great defensive center, if that were at all possible. Interior defense is the Nuggets’ one glaring weakness (a much more critical problem than 3-point shooting, or 3-point defense)

        But that’s it.

        This fascination with “all-stars” is just stupid. The league always ends up treating the guys on excellent teams as all-stars, as they should. See: careers of Tony Parker, Chauncey Billups, etc…
        Gallo and Lawson are not that far away, and Iguodala is already a marginal all-star guy. Their Novembers sucked, but that’s a distant memory now.

        • mike

          chauncey billups and Tony parker are top 20 ballplayers in the league during their prime though. That is the point of the label all-star. A legit top 25 player. If you look at efficiency statistics Parker meets that standard relatively easily during with 5+ seasons in the top 30 PER and 3 seasons in the top 15 PER with a high usage rate. Billups is a little less obvious, but he has 2 seasons in the top 15 PER and multiple others in the top 30 (and he was the best player on the Nuggets in 08-09, certainly in the playoffs). And he is probably slightly underrated by PER because his defense was very good in prime. And he was always medium usage because the Pistons set up hamilton for shots so often and the Larry Brown offense was so rigid/not dynamic.

          To me a 20 PER of a high usage/primary option (Faried and Faried are secondary options) is kindof the mark for a borderline all-star. 22-24 is an unquestionable all-star. 25+ is an MVP candidate. Nugs have no primary options who achieve any of those levels or are even that close.

          • Ban Johnson

            PER is obviously a limited stat, as evidenced by Javale McGee leading the Nuggets.
            1) It doesn’t take into account positional defense. This is like 40% of basketball.
            2) It overrates bigs. (and secondary options, as you say)
            3) It underrates guys who draw a lot of attention and/or shot-clock bail-out guys.

            That said, if you knocked out the November of Gallinari, you’d get PER pretty close to 20, marginal all-star sort of performance. Exactly what the eye-test tells you you’re getting. (With Lawson, that sort of marginal all-star performance seems to start in January.)

            For Gallinari, I’d argue he presents advantages not captured by statistical performance. 1) versatility 2) the sheer talent that allows him to make things happen in crunch-time, even though temperament and possibly Denver’s system/talent limit his #s over the course of 48 minutes.

            • mike

              I did suggest that defense is underrated by PER so……. Gallo is slightly above average perimeter defender and slightly below average post defender with bad Defensive rebounding when he plays pf in the post so his non PER skills don’t help. Lawson is average on defense.

              sorry I meant #McGee# and faried are overvalued by PER because they aren’t primary options so your statements agree with mine so far.

              You can’t just knock out performance because it does not support your thoughts. Guys tend to go up and down on performance sometimes based on luck sometimes other things. Injury is a legit reason to discard stats for periods of time. He wasn’t playing well in November (because Gallo and Lawson were atrocious from 3pt and FT line) is NOT a good reason.

              Look I like watching this team. Lawson faried, Brewer and Gallo are fun. Other than him bricking 3s and not drawing enough fouls I like watching Iguodala. There’s just not enough talent as currently constituted because there isnt that one guy that creates mismatches on offense and chaos for the other teams defense. Gallo has put up 2 solid months where he is a borderline all-star and one month where he was a borderline starter…

    • theo

      No, no, no. We don’t have the talent to compete for a championship. Lots of irrational exuberance here lately after a very favorable recent sked. We now have a decent sample of the season at 50 games with half at home and half on the road. We’re on pace for 53 wins, pretty much what a lot of us thought. Calm down.

      • Ackdog

        Well said. This team has to go back on the road. I’ll save my praise for the end of the season, but man this group is fun to watch. Still need a consistent jump shooter to go with Gallo, CBrew, Chandler, Iggy and co when they are hot. If we had that piece this team could make a run deep into the second round of the playoffs……………. In my opinion of course

  • Daniel Y

    Nothing negative to say about this win. Nuggets executed perfectly. Great defense led to easy offense. No way the Bulls could keep up with the Nuggets style of play. They tried in the first half, but it was only a matter of time before the Nuggets would pull away. Even George Karl was impressive.

    I loved how he called that timeout late in the fourth even though we were up by like 24 or something. Then after that we went on a 12-0 run.


    Let’s set the record with only positive comments today. That was an offensive blowout of the league’s best defensive team. Read that Grantland article about them: their bench can defend.
    Faried’s hustle tonight was incredible. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen an alley-oop type finish off a blocked shot before. Also, Ill Will got it done from 3, Lawson got his assists, and it was all based on another game of GREAT team defense. I’m so happy right now.

    • Ryan

      Pacers are the league’s best defensive team… and we beat them twice too!

  • Jeff

    I told you Wilson Chandler could shoot!

  • Jason

    Nuggets are balling! I loved that game.

  • Andrew K

    On National Television! Now our secret is out! JK but this was the best game I have seen them play since the game 6 of the playoffs last year. Hats off to the Nuggets. This is what happens when they play energetic defense 48 minutes a game. If they force the other team into missing a shot, it’s all over.

  • John

    FUCCCCCCKKKKKKK YESSSSSSSS. Chandler is afucking badass, Lawson and Faried were unstoppable, great game from Gallo hes our go to guy. The best part of it all was on inside the nba “theyll catch the clippers for sure” . 3 seed here we come

  • Nick

    Great game! Keep this team together as is and lets see what we have.

  • Gorillabuddy

    No trades please, Masai.

  • ENK

    i had a smile on face practically the whole game

  • Dubz

    Wow. I remember when the Nuggets traded for Iggy, I was praying for a product like was on display tonight (I firmly believed it could happen too). You can really feel the vibe in the air when they play like that. It seems like this entire team feeds off each other (good and bad) and when things get rolling, they REALLY GET ROLLING. On bleacher a couple days ago, I said Gallo should have been rated the number 5 SF in the league ahead of Deng and received a fair amount of criticism. Feel pretty good about it, it’s amazing how this team still can fly under the radar. Also, people!! This is what Chandler can do!! He won’t play like this every night, he’ll definitely have his off nights shooting wise cause his selection isn’t the best. But, he’s our stretch 4. Trust me, the dude can play the 4 defensively and can shoot the 3 well enough to stretch the opposing defense. It’s obviously not mostly attributed to Chandler, but anyone else notice how well this team has played since he’s been healthy. I know we’ve had a lot of home games, but just sayin. Go Nuggz.

    P.S.. Ty was on fire tonight. He has to be aggressive.

  • CoryW

    The nuggets were simply amazing tonight. They played defense, team defense. Leading to an unstoppable heartbreak. I loved Andre Iguodala’s and Chandler’s shot selection. Lawson ran the point to perfection. Just loved this game tonight

    • CoryW

      *fast break

    • Ryan

      “Leading to unstoppable heartbreak”…
      One of the best typos of the year (auto-correct is awesome sometimes)

  • Ckwizard

    Good win by the team but don’t put to much into this game…. Prospector said this would be a test, I said the Bulls would be a easy because they are a small team that can not match up well with the Nuggets. It is nice to see the hustle and effort from every player but even with Rosé the Bulls would not beat he Nuggets in a playoff series because of the match ups across the floor and up and down the bench. No player on the Bulls minus rose is better than their Nuggets counterpart. Please no trades the chemistry on this Nuggets team is what a team should be about love the communication on defense a trade would hurt this team so much.

  • Ckwizard

    Did you realize that according to ESPN’s Hollingers power ratings Every team aboe the nuggets except for the heat lost to the Nuggets the last time they played, also except for the heat the nuggets don’t have a losing record to any of those teams!

  • JohnInLA

    Watched with my roommate who is a Cavs fan… he was like…” Saturday is gonna suck” the whole game.

  • Dan Lewis

    Not a good win – a great win. As great as the Nuggets shot from the floor, the attitude on defense was what created this win. Sure, the Bulls scored 96 points, but Denver just put up 128 on a really good defensive team.

    I’ll echo the “no trade” cries. If the team can play like tonight, what more could Ujiri and Karl want from them? If there is a trade, like if someone really wants Mozzy, then move him for picks. It sounds like Miller isn’t happy as the backup still, which is dumb, but who else in the league brings his same skill set for the team? Maybe Minnesota would be willing to dump Ridnour since their season resembles a dumpster fire at this point.

    • dynamo.joe

      Who brings his skills? Julyan Stone.

      • JohnInLA

        I really like Julyan… but there is no way he can best Miller in any category other than D.

  • ryanvdonk

    kinda crazy how the depth of this team is layed out:
    5: KK, Mcgee, Mozzy
    4: Manimal, AR
    3/4: Chandler, Miller (not really sure where he fits yet)
    3: Gallo
    2/3: AI, Brew, JHam
    2: Fourier
    1. Ty, Dre, Stone

  • Aurress20

    A few things:
    1- I’m a positive nuggets fan. All the best for the team & my goal in fandom, as a lifetime nuggets fan from VA, is to connect & enjoy the Nuggets success with other nuggets fans.

    2- Miller is the glue that holds this bench together. Even when hes aloof.

    3- recovering from a hip labral tear myself, I know that Chandler will have flashes & lulls. Its easy to see how he thought he could return at the onset of the season, yet needed more time up in Vail. And I can also see how he explodes for 20 against Houston & 20+ again tonight. With a reconstructed hip, somedays it feels like presurgery & others it feels like you’re dragging along a dead limb.

    4- its frustrating to see JHam & AntRand struggle as they don’t always fulfill their potential. But at the same time they are not getting regular bench minutes. I agree w Kalen when he says JHam cud produce in Charlotte or wherever. Guys who have started all their lives sometimes struggle when they go from the best man among 15 to just another among the 200+ Nba pros.

    5- no haterade Bc I love the recaps that cover every guy that played, but the report card grades don’t always match the write up. What’s the basis?

  • theo

    Re Karl, never seen a bigger disconnect between local fan takes on an NBA coach and opinions around the league. Some comments from TNT tonight about Karl and the Nugs:

    Barkley re Karl: ‘Great coach.’ Shaq: ‘Like the team, love the coach.’ Kevin Harlan: ‘Match up tonight between the eastern conference coach of the month and the western conference coach of the month, George Karl.’

    Later in the game, Harlan asks Miller, ‘Reggie, do you think the Nuggets, with a Hall of Fame coach and without any star players, can extend a run in the playoffs?’

    A few minutes later, Miller says, ‘I think these two coaches are in the top 5 for coach of the year consideration.’

    All these comments came in the first quarter, long before the blow out.

    One game, of course, but Karl gets this kind of appreciation regularly on every NBA media platform and has for years. Still, at least a third–a half?–of Nugs fans want him fired tomorrow.

    All of us know coach bashing is the main topic for any fan base in every sport, but the disconnect between many Nugs fans and the broader, knowledgeable NBA community–people that have actually played and coached and won championships in the NBA–couldn’t be greater.

    Interested in thoughtful takes explaining the dramatic discrepancy. No dog in the fight. Just fascinated by the whole thing.

    • googergieger

      Every single one of them said Lakers would end up with the first seed, get to the finals, and be the team to beat. Said there literally wasn’t one problem with that team. Have repeatedly said Kobe is a better defender than Iguodala with the way defensive team honors are handed out, so please, grain of salt?

      • theo

        No, actually most of them didn’t predict the Lakers would have the one seed, etc. Nobody on any NBA media platform or even the local media in LA predicted that. Nobody. Love the enthusiasm but get your facts straight. You sound like a dedicated Laker hater. Nothing wrong with that.

    • Aurress20

      I love GK. being from va, Ive fought the UVA vs UNC rivalry all my life & GK has that great UNC Dean Smith pedigree. And amongst NBA coaches, specifically available coaches, Phil Jackson is about the only better one out there… and maybe only a hilly gibe in Colorado could draw him in.

      Coach Karl is a top five coach & is about the best Denver could get. Just wish he’d follow the devopmental path of the organization. It is the regular season! And although we have made 9 or 10 straight playoff appearances, GK refuses to sacrifice regular season minutes in order to groom his crop for next yr or the next, unlike other perinnial playoff contenders. I k kw the Thunder haven’t given Lamb or other guys many minutes this yr, but with Scott Brooks being a GK disciple, u cant really rationalize his tactics against GK’s.

      I’m absolutely NOT saying fire GK. shoot, extend him. Just push young guys on him a little. It reminds me of the movie “MoneyBall” when the coach was determined to play the guys he was comfortable with & so the GM traded them away to force the coaches hand. I know that’s a Hollywood take but the concept applies. Don’t trade guys but please force Karl’s hand, just a little.

      • Aurress20

        hilly gibe= hippy gibe. Damn kindle auto correct! Gotta love it >:-(

        • Aurress20

          >:-( HIPPY VIBE!

          • Aurress20

            My credibility must be going thru the roof w all these typos & knowledge droppage

            • Stephen

              lol… awesome.

              Masai is not afraid to do just that with forcing Karl’s hand. It was only last year that he sent Nene out the door to open minutes for Faried.

              • Ryan

                The day Nene was traded should be a holiday in Denver. Don’t miss that big soft baby. At all…

      • http://yahoo.com prospector

        I agree 100%.. We need to force KARl’s hand.. One of the best games of the year to watch was the game that Lawson missed, and Karl was forced to go big.. We have 2 Scottie Pippens on this team (GALLO & IGGY)… Trade Miller for Picks, and open up minutes for STONE/EVAN… That move alone would for KARL to become creative, and I think would spark this team to new heights…. Does anyone remember lasts year’s game against either MINN or MEMPHIS when we were losing by like 20 and KARL emptied the bench and put in FARIED/JHAM/STONE and we rocked it…..

    • Joshua

      Karl IS a HOF coach and has been really good for the nuggets for a long time. No, we don’t have a championship to show for it, but the Karl era has been the best stretch in nuggets history. He has managed differents casts and egos year after year and always puts out an entertaining and winning product. I have never understood all the Karl hate. I know he can be frustrating but I can think of a lot more miserable (7-8) years from a head coach. Name me a better coach we could reasonably acquire and I’ll take it, but for now I’m gonna be happy with what we got!

  • googergieger

    Rody Beaubious(?????????) from Mavericks could work. Few back up point guards who could shoot, defend decently, and wouldn’t mind backing up would do. But yeah, scary thing about this game was, contrary to the belief around here, we didn’t defend at all that first half. I mean some activity for steals and such, but we just let them have plenty of wide open looks. Second half we came out and clamped down. I mean this eight game win streak, we haven’t been trying defensively the first half at all pretty much. Which is indicative of how great we could be if we gave a four quarter effort. Then again our type of defense can tire players out but still.

  • CJP32

    Loved what I saw from WC – even if he has 1 out of 10 games like this, it makes the 2nd Unit that much stronger. Him or CBrew can light it up any given night off the bench, both are capable double digit scorers with the ability to score 20-25 on a hot night.

    Which leads to the next problem – minute distribution. Now I still think WC is 10-15 games away from being 100%, and I don’t think he will play all 4 games of the road trip coming up (maybe 3, definitely 2).

    32 games left in the season, and I would like to see mins like:

    C – KK – 20, McGee – 22, Faried – 6
    PF – Faried – 28, Gallo – 10, WC – 10
    SF – Gallo – 24, WC – 14, CBrew – 10
    SG – Iggy – 34, CBrew – 10, Dre – 4
    PG – Ty – 34, Dre – 14

    There is absolutely no reason why any of our starters should be playing 34+ minutes with a 9 man solid rotation. GK should be riding the hot hand and playing the guys who are committing to defense every game.

    • Aurress20

      Agreed! Nice rotation break down. U got the post-All-Star break Nuggets on lock down!

    • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

      I really like this. Maybe even less with Faried at 5 tho, haha

    • Ryan

      Only 4 minutes with Dre as the shooting guard? Sign me up! I think GK would have an aneurysm if McGee played more than Koufos though…

  • http://Denverstiffs.com slader

    I agree too, mostly. I worry about Faried at C even when we play small ball – he’s already small at PF.
    Count me among the believers. I think that internal improvement and chemistry builiding will continue to help this team become a real contender. This only change on my wish list would be to acquire Redick. Some combination of Moz, Jham and picks shold do it w/o touching our top nine.
    Many think Milsap would help us more, and they may have a point, but I think Redick would fit great.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    I’m confused as to why so many people want JJ…

    I mean, I understand that he’s a great shooter blah blah blah, but do you seriously, honestly think he’d be happy with being a 10th man? Even with say 10 minutes (which would be the absolute maximum he’d be able to acquire, unless we cut miller’s time on court with Ty, but that’s a whole different story.)

    There’s no way in HELLLLLL that JJ would get more time than any of the main nine guys, so why give up Jordan (perhaps just as good a shooter, maybe not as consistent), Mozzy (A HUUUUUUGGEEEE -literally- contingency should 2k or JaVale go down, & picks (we really don’t need anything from the draft, but it would be good to have them.) for him? The only one thing JJ could bring is a clutch FT go to & we already have Dre (the one that’s good at FT’s) & Gallo for that. Also, Jordan’s a really, really under-rated rebounder. & JJ went to Duke….

    ALSSOOOOO, I just want to add that I’m disgusted by all the trade Faried comments I’m seeing. I know he’s undersized & before the year I really wanted to pick up David Lee to start in place of him & have Corey, JaVale, & Manimal coming off the bench at once, but that’s as far as I’d go. Faried is one of the best building blocks we have & IMO untouchable along with Ty, Gallo, & Corey.

  • al68

    That would have Reddick minutes, the minutes of brewer?. What would happen to the fast and crazy game that gives us many advantages.
    We lose Iggy minutes of great defense and speed.
    I think we need a shooter but to play 14 minutes no a player with future salary and minutes of line up, or a star that plays outside as Gordon of NO.

  • al68

    Que minutos tendria Reddick, los minutos de brewer?. Que pasaría con el juego rapido y alocado que nos da tantas ventajas.
    Le damos minutos de Iggy perdemos mucha defensa y velocidad.
    Creo que necesitamos un tirador pero para jugar 14 minutos no un jugador con minutos y futuro salario de titular o una estrella que juegue por fuera como Gordon de NO.


    Nuggets WANT TRADE IGGY for the DENVER POST ….

    for me must trade MOZGOV ,W.CHANDLER and JHAM
    for JJ.REDICK and BLEDSOE …

    in the summer trade Lawson for Dragic

    and next year :
    KOUFOS 25 MCGEE 23

    • Giovanni

      Trade Lawson?
      Again what you smoke?
      For Dragiic?
      Oh my god you lost all my little remain respect…

      • Maurizio

        i agree with you giovanni. 100%.

  • Giovanni

    Man how many great win we had in the past 10 years?
    I remember the one in Cleveland..

    But in the play offs except one year(what a year we got robben thank a man like Ariza and a coach who can’t make a play)we falling miserably on the first ruond..

    O change the coach o a Supersar can change something…

  • Brazil

    I love it…the nuggets have a top five offense in the NBA and everyone is crying for a shooter. ok it would be great to have a Kobe, Durant, LeBron but looking at our offensive production it doesn’t appear to be necessary. Come on we had J.R Smith and Carmelo already and we’re arguably better at both offense and defense. Shore up the turnovers and continue with tough defensive mentality and the Nugs are going to be a nasty team for anyone they face in the playoffs.

    • Zorba

      I don’t think we need a Kobe, or LeBron (i’m not sure about Durant).
      They may put the team “out of pace”… So far we’ve always seen somebody carry the team on his back when necessary… Gallo, Faried, Ty, Iggy, brew, Miller, even McGee and kk, last night WC… I mean almost every single player is able to make the difference in critical situations and this means cohesion and chemistry. Who wants this to change…?

  • EWilson

    A terrific win to cap the Nuggets month at home, but NOW we get to see what kind of team we really have. They have a 4-game-in-5-nights Eastern road trip coming up, with the tougher games on the backside of both back-to-backs (Boston and Brooklyn). This is they type of road trip that mentally gritty teams like the Spurs sweep. So let’s see how the young Nuggets handle it. Anything less than 2-2 will be disappointing. 3-1 would be great, and 4-0 would give me the belief that this team might be maturing nicely.

  • OriginalJakeSauce

    I began the season and spent most of it screaming, fire GK and trade Wilson Chandler. At this point though, with the building momentum we have, I don’t see it wise to touch anything. We are winning, and playing solid. Gallo has become Mr. Clutch, and Ty has become more aware in the clutch. We had that first game against the heat, second one too… had we won those games, I would not have been pushing for change. There were about 4 other games we literally threw away early too. Maybe GK was looking for someone/anyone other than Gallo to step up at clutch, and be comfortable winning or losing the game. I trust Gallo as much as I ever trusted Melo to be in that role. (New Melo with NY officials? different deal)

    I don’t see any single matchup that terrifies me over 7 games. I do see some room to prove ourselves on the road. This team can win 60, but at this point I would accept 53 and be pleased with 56. The 3 seed is what we need. And as long as CP3 is out of the lineup we can do that. OKC doesn’t matchup well against us, but the Spurs could be enemy. Pop is better than GK. Maybe an upcoming spurs slide can launch us into 2nd? Denver would make the spurs look bad in four home games.

  • al68

    You have to be with your feet on the ground. Not before we were so bad and now we are so good.
    We play several games on the road, what if we lose against cleveland?, And Wilson does a 1-10 in fg.
    I think we have to enjoy this victory but I do not see the team better than it was two años.Seguimos need a scorer in the half-court situations.
    Since the 80s we have always had great winning streaks at home.

  • Neal

    Anybody see this crap? http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rumors/post?id=1871

    For those that don’t have insider

    Under the title “Could Miller Seek a Trade” in ESPN’s rumor central:

    Andre Miller is playing in his 13th season in the NBA and the veteran point guard wants to play 15. Miller is currently the backup to starter Ty Lawson and he doesn’t sound too thrilled with his role on the Nuggets.

    “I want more minutes,” Miller told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “If we were losing I would really be complaining. But it’s going as it goes. … I don’t know how much longer they want me here. I definitely would like to contribute more. I’m not just going to sit back and settle in and be a backup and let my career just fade away. I’m competitive in that way.”

    Miller re-signed with the Nuggets in September and his contract runs through 2014-15. He’s set to make $5 million in 2013-14 and the last season has $2 million of salary protection of the $4.65 million cap number.

    Miller could ask for a trade, however most teams view him as a backup. As a result Miller will likely finish up his final two years as a player with the Nuggets.

    • http://espn herpderpnuggets

      he does seem like that kind of player, but i thought he would be happy in his role…oh well..he still contributes

  • Z

    No Chandler love shall ever be shown on this Blog!!!! trade him now! Denver has Gallo and Faried that’s all they need. One bad game or off game shooting will get you run outta Denver on this site. TRADE ILL WILL

  • http://espn herpderpnuggets

    i dont understand gallo getting a c but ok..i thought he had a solid night

    • mcz84

      totally agree Danilo shouldve gotten higher than a C he had a solid game

      • Evan Woodruff

        a C IS SOLID!!!

        well.. unless you think an average game by galo is less then solid.. meaning on average he is less then a solid player, and I highly doubt you think that.

        a C is average. That was an average game for gallo. One could argue it was below average, if you take into account his more recent performances. one could argue he deserves a D, and nothing higher. Slightly below average. That would be a true testament to how good he is.. playing that well is less then average for him?

        • paul

          Grading should be based on the player’s contribution to the team. Gallo’s performance is definitely above C. If your argument is that his performance is below his usual numbers. So if Mozgov or Hamilton scored 10 pts they should be given A+?

          I don’t get that Gallo received a C when most of the players who played in the garbage time received higher. Look at Brewer he was going 0 for 4 or something but scored 6 pts in garbage time yet he gets the same grade.

  • Ernie

    Great homestand obviously. Great way to finish against what was supposed to be the best defensive team in the league.

    Still need to prove it on the road, where they are currently 10-15. Cleveland, Boston, Toronto and Brooklyn in 5 nights seems too tough to sweep since the tougher games are on the back to back. But if they do that makes them 14-15 on the road with a 12 game winning streak going into the all star break. That would be the most impressive way to go into the break for the Nugs that I can remember.

  • Mark from Charlotte

    AMiiler give me a break, this clown is crying about minutes. If I was the GM for Denver I would cut you ASAP. His contract runs through 2014-15. He’s set to make $5 million in 2013-14 and the last season has $2 million of salary protection of the $4.65 million cap number. Bring Stone back from the D-league.

    • mcz84

      totally agree with you he shouldnt get more than 20 minutes .But where did you hear he was complainin about his minutes?

    • mcz84

      nvm i just read but damn Masai should get rid of him

    • Jeff

      He knew what his role would be, he signed the contract. I dunno what his problem is. Denver is rolling right now and Miller is in a perfect situation for his age.

    • Ban Johnson

      Miller’s timing could not be worse. WTF.

      Plus, he’s completely delusional. He has a head coach who loves him more than any other coach in the league would. More than Romeo loved Juliet, in fact. Where exactly does he think he’d have a larger role? He can’t play D and he can’t shoot 3s.

      The worst part about his comments is downplaying the team’s playoff chances. Karl does that sort of thing too sometimes, and it drives me crazy. Nobody should play anything without the intent to win, and the belief that it is possible.

      Masai should trade his ass today. I’m serious. Get an up-tempo back-up who can shoot and play D and go all in on the defense-into-offense up-tempo formula. Miller is the only guy in the way of all that.

  • dynamo.joe

    Just my little list of players that I think we could get for some combination of Moz/Brewer/Miller who would actually improve the team. In most cases they would be improving the bench. Moz and Cbrew for teams looking for cap space next year and Miller for if Miller is asking for a trade (plus to free up Stone).

    Sam Dalembert (not just based on his game against Nuggets)
    Reggie Evans
    Amir Johnson
    Andrei Kirilenko (more Andre’s!)
    Shawn Marion
    Al-Farouq Aminu
    Jared Dudley

    Don’t really see any undervalued PG’s

    • nugswin

      Dalembert is a streaky and oft injured guy. I like his game but he’s unreliable.

      AK-47 would be the prize on this list by a wiiiiiide margin. I’d trade Moz, Brewer, Miller and the kitchen sink for him but I kind of doubt the Wolves would go for it — they have the Russian connection with Sved going, why break that up?!

      Replacing Brewer with Sefalosha would be a coup. Thabo is big and strong, more disciplined both offensively and defensively, just more reliable than Corey.

      Aminu is too redundant on this Denver team. He’d end up behind Gallo, Chandler, Iggy in the rotation. Since he’s not really a guard it would be difficult to give him Brewer’s minutes.

      Marion would be great, but short term. Johnson is good and a good fit but I’d rather keep Mozzy for his ability to defend beef inside, something Amir isn’t so good at. Evans would be fantastic. I think the Clippers will miss him in the playoffs this year.

      • dynamo.joe

        I really only included AK47 on a “we’ve been killed by injury, might as well tank” basis. Brewer and Moz would allow them to free up more money for free agents, if they think they have a shot on that basis.

        Also if they got Moz, it’s Russian for Russian.

  • Chris

    Loved that GK started the game with KK on Boozer and Manimal on Noah and for the most part Koufus defended well. Loved the energy and love when Pepsi center is going crazy. Definately one of the toughest road destinations in the NBA

    • http://yahoo.com prospector

      I agree Chris, Manimal owned NOAH.. I don’t know if injuries slowed down boozer & noah.. But KK & FARIED killed it…

  • googergieger

    In another news, refs helping Lakers a lot to barely beat the Bobcats.