So, technology sucks. My computer just died after typing the entire recap. I was literally right clicking to copy the entire post when it died, erasing everything. Probably a good night for that to happen though. Here’s all you need to know about the game:
Ty Lawson was awesome, as usual. He’s averaging 21 points, nine assists and two steals on 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line in the month of February. More than anything, his confidence is sky rocketing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ty Lawson play with absolutely no conscious, but he is now.
McGee had about three or four incredible dunks. They were a prime display of his incredible, supreme athleticism. He had a solid night overall but only had three rebounds and got abused by Brook Lopez down low on more than one occasion.
Jordan Hamilton had a great night. Yes, he got burned by Joe Johnson — but so did everyone else. Outside of that he played really good defense with active hands, forcing multiple much-needed turnovers. I always enjoy watching Hamilton. He isn’t perfect but his innate talent is some of the best on the team. He’s a natural-born scorer and is damn good at it.
Andre Miller played well. He did what he’s best at, which is distributing and playing smart, unselfish basketball. Maybe this isn’t the type of basketball he likes to play, but it’s the type his teammates enjoy and the Nuggets’ overall record benefits from.
Everyone else was blah. Faried was mediocre and got pushed around by the Nets big men. Fournier hit one big shot, but repeatedly got burned on defense, which is becoming a motif of his game lately. Chandler hit some really tough shots but chose to inexplicably double-team anyone in his vicinity which resulted in the Nets knocking down countless, uncontested 3-pointers. And that was pretty much it.
As for Karl, I was giving him a D grade this evening for essentially one reason: The Nuggets continue to refuse playing well on the road. This team is a mirage and Karl is the architect. Yes, the Nuggets are really good at home which is makes everyone all hunky dory for about half the season; but the other half is largely spent making excuses and buying time until the Nuggets can get back home and act like nothing bad happened on the road. Let’s just be completely honest: This team is nothing but a first-round exit waiting to happen unless they can start winning away from home. I’m not trying to crash the party here, as the Nuggets have had a very impressive stretch of basketball over the last month, but I’m also not going to ignore 50 percent of the games this teams plays over the course of a season. Whether it be injuries (which seemed to be a favorite from last year), the schedule makers, or simply that God didn’t intend for the Nuggets to win — there’s always an excuse from Karl. After the Nets game he happily settled blaming the schedule makers, even though his team faces the same obstacles every team in the NBA is forced to combat at some point throughout the season. Until Karl realizes the NBA is not out to get him and that injuries are something all 29 of his opponents also have to deal with, it’s hard to imagine him coming up with a feasible gameplan that revolves around playing just as good on the road as at home.