Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 97 – Boston Celtics 90

Boston Celtics 90 Final

Recap | Box Score

97 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 39 MIN | 7-17 FG | 8-11 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 26 PTS | +20

Gallo did what Gallo does, and it helped the Nuggets get the win tonight. He knocked down some open threes and was able to make his free throws, and many of his points came at spots the Nuggets really needed them. The only problem I have with Gallo is how much his offense is tied into what his teammates are doing. Almost everything he does comes after he gets a pass from Lawson or Iguodala with no one around him. Gallo does a great job of finding spaces to spot up and a good job of reading closing out defenders and deciding if he should drive or shoot, but I worry if he can create offense if the Nuggets ever need him to for long stretches.

Kenneth Faried, SF 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 16 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6

The Nuggets probably do not win this game without the Manimal’s energy. Not only did it get them multiple offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter but it drained Kevin Garnett to the point that he was very unproductive late in the game. Faried’s recovery to Garnett late in the fourth was probably the dagger as it caused KG to rush things and miss badly. But like a couple other times this year Faried has to at least split late free throws when the Nuggets are locked in a tight game. Again it lowered his grade a half of a grade when he missed both.

Kosta Koufos, C 22 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -1

I’m not sure that there is a player Nuggets fans underrate the importance of more than Koufos. Tonight he made life incredibly difficult for KG by never leaving his feet and forcing Garnett to play over the top of him in the post. He also continues to help keep the paint spread for Lawson and Iguodala and made 5 of his 6 shots on the night. The rebounding has to improve, but with the way Faried rebounded tonight it makes sense the number was low for Koufos in 22 minutes.

Ty Lawson, PG 37 MIN | 8-13 FG | 8-10 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 26 PTS | +4

As has been the case recently, Lawson was incredible tonight. He started the game 6-6 from the field and created for his teammates more than his assist numbers show. Add in the huge late offensive rebound and the fact that he had no turnovers and I am not sure what more the Nuggets could have asked for. If Lawson can continue to play this way the Nuggets ceiling definitely rises a bit.

Andre Iguodala, SG 29 MIN | 0-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -2

The offense was dreadful tonight for Iguodala, an air-balled foul shot and an air-balled three were the low-lights, but offense wasn’t the reason the Nuggets brought in Iggy. They brought him in for the other end of the court and tonight he delivered, helping forcing Paul Pierce into a dreadful 2-14 night. Iggy also contested a Bradley layup late and forced the Celtic’s youngster into a miss that probably will get overlooked. The seven assists were a nice addition too.

Corey Brewer, SF 20 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +3

Like Iguodala Brewer’s offensive numbers don’t look great but Brewer had a couple of important buckets late and his energy helped the Nuggets stay in the game in the first half, when for the most part they weren’t good.

JaVale McGee, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +4

There was the good for JaVale tonight, the two dunks, one of which was a three point play, and the bad for JaVale tonight, getting sealed by Jason Collins and the two goaltends. The two rebounds also aren’t good for JaVale as he mostly plays with lineups not featuring Faried so the Koufos reasons don’t apply to him. Against a bad rebounding team he needs more than two rebounds.

Andre Miller, PG 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +2

Much like Iguodala and Brewer’s grades reflect the defensive end so does Miller’s. I am not sure I have seen a player who refuses to fight through screens as consistently as Miller. And in a game like tonight when Boston killed the Nuggets by creating switches and forcing help, Miller’s slow feet were a large part of that. The 11 points were nice, but on the other end of the floor Miller helped give them all back plus some.

Wilson Chandler, SG 18 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

0-7 from the field is never good for someone who is expected to come off the bench and bring with them some shooting and scoring punch. Chandler did well on the glass with 7 rebounds but he also was one of the guys who spent time on Jeff Green and allowed him to pour in 20 points, way to much for such an average player.

George Karl

I know the Nuggets won, but if you follow me on Twitter you know that I was not a fan at all of Karl’s decision making tonight. Boston really had no player on their roster that should have been able to beat the Nuggets off the dribble to the basket or any option in the post. But the Nuggets continued their switch on everything ways and got caught trying to run out to wide open shooters all night. If any game was built for staying home and on your matchups this was it, the personnel matched perfectly. Instead the Nuggets ended up in a battle that they shouldn’t have.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Could Have: The Nuggets could have easily lost this game after letting the Celtics stick around until the end. They missed free throws, allowed wide open threes, and didn’t get great looks. But they buckled down on the defensive end and were able to hold the Celtics off for a valuable W.
  2. Should Have: Let’s make no mistakes about this. This was a game the Nuggets absolutely should have won. At home, against a poor road team playing without a true point guard and full of old legs. The fact that the game was in doubt until the final couple of minutes is a bit worrisome but the Nuggets closed it out and got a win they should have, something they must continue to do if they want home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
  3. Would Have: While I am not the Nuggets coach I couldn’t help watching and wondering why George Karl didn’t change a couple of things on the defensive end of the floor. First to end the first half Karl kept Faried on the floor when the Celtics had 4 guards and Brandon Bass. Faried ended up having to chase a guard and it forced help to flow his way and eventually into Courtney Lee’s basket. Why not use a Lawson/Brewer/Iguodala/Gallo/Chandler lineup and encourage the Celtics to try and use Bass? Secondly why did the Nuggets continue to switch and leave shooters? The Celtics got baskets on the perimeter all night because the Nuggets helped too far off shooters or switched and lost a shooter. Karl should have called off the switches and help from the corners and made someone on the Boston roster beat the Nuggets to and at the rim. I just don’t think they had anyone capable of doing so.

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  • Daniel Y

    Ty and Gallo are who we thought they were. Manimal is tough as nails and is as confident as ever. Iggy STRUGGLED on offense but locked down PP. Good tough win, good way to start the second half.

    GO NUGGETS!!!

  • Andrew K

    Over the losses, you can really see how much of a difference Andre Iguodala makes on defense. I wouldn’t mind at all if he scored 0 points the rest of the season as long as he keeps on creating turnovers, forcing tough shots, and gaining assists by playmaking. Also, Ty Lawson needs to shoot more. He could have 30 points every game.

  • Paul

    Iggy is going to drive me crazy. Airballed a three pointer late in the 4th AND a free throw??? I mean, I could that from McGee but COME ON. Yea he played some good defense but he was arguably our worst starter tonight.

    • googergieger

      He’s basically our defense. I mean Gallo helps a lot as well, but Iggy is basically our defense.

    • doktarr

      Arguably, sure, but he was very valuable.

      Seriously, did you watch the Brooklyn game, where they just ran Joe Johnson isolations and we had no answer? If Iguodala plays that game and scores 5 points, Joe Johnson shoots 30% from the field, the Nuggets win, and you guys are starting sentences with “I know Iggy’s defense on Johnson was good, but…”

      Respect the D, people.

      • Paul

        No I hear you about the defense. I am really just mad that the free throws, which should be a correctable issue, have not improved.

  • googergieger

    A lot of our issues still remain. But I’m happy we finally won. Gallo had a fantastic game for us despite missing some big three’s down the stretch he normally hits. Still him and Ty seem confident and aggressive, which is great for us. Iguodala seemed to be really letting his free throw shooting and over all shooting get in his head. His is so confident when it comes to defense, but with his offense you can see he lacks a lot of confidence. This is where drawing up a play for him to start the game would help a lot. If he gets a shot or two to go down, he’ll do great for the rest of the night more often than not.

    But yeah, happy with the win. Ty, and Gallo played great all night. Iggy played bad on offense but his defense was there like always. Faried impressed tonight. They got physical with him. He got his rebounds and looked pretty good defensively. Especially on the perimeter when he switched. Old man Miller played great the first half, though that three he too made me black out for about a second. Can even forgive his turn overs on account of him being one of the few who constantly attacked the rim and did try a bit on defense tonight. But yeah won’t complain about the problems or even the coach tonight. At least right now. Too happy with the W.

  • Thomas

    First of all, AI was clearly hurting and played through it – couldn’t shoot a lick but still made a positive impact with his defense.

    GK almost lost us the game, once again. The line-up choice to start the 4th (Miller, Brewer, Mcgee, Chandler and Gallo) was typical of GK. The starting line-up was starting to dominate and gave us an 8 pt lead at the end of the third – they never saw court as a unit again (KK as usual benched, God knows why).

    Brewer was terrible, despite Hastings et al saying that he was the sub of the game. I’ve never seen a guy blow so many dunks and layups by either screwing up or being “surprised” by a defender corraling into him at the rim. Finishing with authority is just something he can’t do.

    Faried’s defensive effort today had some surprising moments where he really was aware of his assignment and kept a body on his opponent. This is promising sign for this postseason. We don’t win without him. Ty is also playing at a high confidence level.

    Our big problem is GK. As a realist and someone who watched our playoffs in the last many years, I fully expect the same mind-boggling end of game line-ups and full doses of Miller and Brewer and no KK.

    It is impossible to upset anyone if that happens. Sorry.

    • CJP32

      You say Brewer was terrible, yet he scored 10 points, 3 rebs, 2 stls and played locked down D on Pierce and Terry in the 4th qtr. The guy weighs 180 pounds, lol, at least he drives to the rim unlike Wilson Chandler! That dude needs to either sit and get healthy or stop shooting step back, contested jumpers.

      I dont think its fair to knock Brewers game when Chandlers/Iggy’s shooting was horrendous – 0/13 FGs combined!

    • Charliemyboy

      It is amazing how GK can take medium players and beat all stars. People are looking through rose colored wish lists. We are overachievers always getting better. That equals coaching. Lets grow up.

      • Thomas

        Not better, still a low 50+ game/season winner and easy prey in the playoffs. But, hey, if it works keeping you entertained and hopeful then I guess why should management make changes?

        I guess fan is really short for fanatic.

      • dynamo.joe

        Are you kidding with that? The only all-star caliber guy the Celtics have is Rondo and he wasn’t playing. Pierce and Garnett are shells of themselves. At this point PP is barely an above average SF and Garnett isn’t good enough to rate average.

        Anyone with eyes to see realises that KG and PP are 100% rep picks and have been for a couple of years.

        If in fact you are blind, please accept my apology for my insensitivity.

  • Aaron

    If Ty Lawson gets a floater. . . I think we win in the playoffs. He suddenly becomes unstoppable if he gets the Tony Parker special.

    I really like that Gallo is shooting all the time and just taking charge out there. I think he’s our closer and should take most of our shots.

    Andre M. was brutal tonight. . he and Iggy. I respect Iggy for not moping and quitting the game, but sticking it out and making big defensive plays for us down the stretch. That’s a mark of a great player, to find other ways to help. The question is going to come up in the off-season, though, . . how much should we offer him? If Brewer sticks around, it might be worth offering him less and letting Iggy walk.

    • Riley

      absolute blasphemy. Keep AI for as long as we can. Is it really surprising that an injured neck affects his game? He is too consistent of a defender to blast his game when his shots not falling

      • Ban Johnson

        I love Iguodala on this team, but 1-way players aren’t worth 12+ million a year.

        Now, I don’t believe Iguodala is a 1-way player. But he has been one far too often this year, for whatever reason. It’s not unreasonable to expect some serviceable shooting from your starting shooting guard.

        • Charliemyboy

          You mean like one way Melo? I’ll take 2/14 on a hall of famer. AI has character.

          • Aaron

            I agree with everything you guys are saying. . .I’m just asking at what price? I hope we can keep AI around because he has added A TON to our defense. But, If we’re going to keep Gallo and Chandler, and perhaps develop JHam, I”m not sure he’ll have enough minutes next year to be worth a huge contract. I know he’s hurt, so we’ll be patient. But, at some point you have to acknowledge the ways he and Brewer are similar and think about who is the better bargain. I”m a huge AI fan, unfortunately we have a salary cap.

            • googergieger

              How are they similar? One is the best perimeter defender in the game who has an impact on our defense the way a big does for other teams, and the other gambles for steals so many times, at times I have to do a double take to make sure that isn’t Micheal Jordan coming out of retirement putting on Brewer’s jersey and playing for the Denver Nuggets.

            • nugswin

              You’re seriously going to have to watch the games more closely if you are comparing Brewer defensively to Iggy. Iggy is bigger, stronger, faster laterally and most importantly really intelligent about his approach defensively so he maximizes his physical gifts.

              Along with not being nearly the imposing physical specimen, Brewer gambles all over the place and gets caught out of position regularly which can kill us. So, while he creates turnovers he mitigates that with giving up easy opportunities. Iggy creates turnovers without gambling, absolutely huge for our success. Somebody upthread mentioned it but I’ll reiterate; we look a ton better when Iggy is playing regardless of how many points he scores. A ton.

            • dynamo.joe

              Do the Nuggets have a choice? I thought AI9 had a player option for next year at or near max money. Why would he give that up? The smart play for him is to take the money and hope his shot starts falling next year.

              • Ryan

                You are correct, it’s a player option. It’s a tough call though, do you nix the option and go for more overall guaranteed money, but less annual money, or do you roll the dice, take the option, and hope your shooting improves next year? As good as his defense is, he’s looking at a big drop in annual salary with how poor he’s shot the ball this year. For the Nuggets sake, I hope he takes the option, it’s been a pleasure to watch his defense this year…

  • David d

    Lets not forget iggy is recovering from a neck injury that could be affecting his shot. I’m loving this team so much. It is pretty obvious that galo and iggy are integral parts of the team though

    • bosc0

      Watch Iggy as he walks off the court after the win. He’s in pain and played through it.

      We need him. He is a requirement of this team getting anywhere. Our players respect him and he’s a great leader!

  • AlexK

    Did anyone else think Faried’s D looked a lot better tonight? He seemed to be doing a lot better in his one on one D and on switches. Hopefully he can keep it up.

    • Jeff

      Yep Faried’s D looked a lot better, and McGee had at least one really nice boxout on Garnett. That made me really pleased.

  • Chris

    Good win against a hot team tonight. Much-improved D from Faried against bigger opponents. Iggy was crucial on D as well but can’t shoot that poorly regardless. Thought Lawson and Gallo were confident and aggressive enough to beat just about anyone. Brewer’s shot selection was embarrassing at times. Miller was terrible; he does not make sense as part of this team.

    • Charliemyboy

      People who get paid hugh salaries say that Miller is a backbone of our success with his calming effect. Make sense? Maybe we only see what we want to see.

      • Ryan

        Yes, people who sabotage games by shooting 3s, walking off the court like a punk, standing out of bounds and refusing to be a part of the offense if Ty has the ball, not showing any effort whatsoever on defense, and openly whining about playing time are key attributes that Miller brings to the team…

        • jimmy

          Winner winner, chicken dinner.

      • dynamo.joe

        Good point.

        The Bobcats must make more money sucking every year, cuz people making huge salaries are directing they to do just that.

        The Hornets must have a grand strategic vision which required getting what looks to be the biggest bust since Adam Morrison with the 10th pick in the draft cuz someone making a huge salary decided to pick Austin Rivers.

        2 people making huge salaries in the Nuggets organization have combined to decide that back up centers getting 18 minutes per game are worth $10M.

        • Ryan

          I’ll quibble with the last point a bit, as McGee should clearly play more, GK just hates him and needed someone to punish now that JR is gone…

          • dynamo.joe

            Well GK is one of the peeps making huge salaries that decided he was a low minute back up.

            I don’t really have a problem with him being a back up, but I do think he should be getting 25-30 minutes a night and so should Kosta.

  • googergieger

    Oh and to be fair to Iggy, he was hurt. After he got hit in the back by Bass, he was grimacing most of the game. If he is hurt, I think with Gallo back we have enough to stay competitive. So I say sit Iggy until he is 100%. But if he can play, then we need his D. Thankfully have till Friday to rest up.

  • Ban Johnson

    Manimal was awesome. Hopefully he’s starting to realize how good he can be all the time. KG and Garnett, the 2 smartest guys on the court, were both occupied trying to block him out on crucial possessions in the 4th quarter…what does that tell you?

    Iguodala has to shoot better. He is not this bad an offensive player…he’s just not…check his career stats. It’s clear he’s over-thinking it.

    I love the core of this team. Lawson, Gallinari, Faried are all getting better…Remember, none of those guys has spent much NBA time being THE studs of a winning team. It takes a while to grow into that. These guys aren’t all-stars yet, but the potential is there. (I’d actually be surprised if Lawson and Faried never reach that level.) If you can’t see that…I don’t know how to persuade you.

    Nuggets will be very hard to beat at home in the playoffs. The goal needs to be getting that 4th seed. 3 games in the loss column behind Memphis right now.

    • jimmy

      ” KG and Garnett, the 2 smartest guys on the court”

      …wut

      • Ban Johnson

        KG and Pierce, that should have said

  • Kane

    Wilson Chandler a C+? Only a touch behind Faried? Pass me whatever you are smoking.

  • theo

    System victory. Uh, yeah, Karl’s system :^) Part of the system is to attack the rim relentlessly and win it at the free throw line by getting way more free throws.

    ‘System’ would have won us about 5 more games this year if we didn’t have the least skilled free throw shooters in the league. That’s a player talent issue, not a coaching issue. With all due respect to those that incessantly point out (like, on every post) that Karl isn’t John Wooden or Jesus C. Popovich–I agree. But our guys can’t make free throws. I’ll take a team that can make shots over any coach in the league.

    Looks like something else is becoming a part of the system over the past 6 weeks from time to time. We strangled them defensively in the second half.

    Did it against a team better than any I’ve seen all year at taking us out of our stuff. We’re going to see their game plan against us in the playoffs. Still, we got a split and should have had a sweep against a rejuvenated and very good veteran team on a big emotional roll with plenty of rest.

    • dynamo.joe

      If only the coach could, somehow, direct practice. Maybe then they could find some method (don’t ask me, I ain’t a basketball genius like HOF coach George Karl) to improve their free throw shooting.

      It’s also too bad that the coach can’t set line ups. If he could, then late in games when teams are more prone to foul he could send in bigs that can hit free throws. Well, if we had players like that on the roster. Maybe it’s just a pipe dream, but I hope one day Masai will get us some players like Timofey Mozgov or Anthony Randolph. I’m not sure where those guys are or even if they are still in the NBA, but those guys are are good free throw shooters.

      Oh well, like they say “if if’s and but’s were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas”.

  • Ban Johnson

    I think you have exactly the wrong take on Gallinari tonight, Matt. He got to the line 11 times, and most of those were him creating something out of nothing on drives with his athleticism and length.

    George Karl HATES iso-ball. So Gallo is never going to do a lot of obvious creating…Joe Johnson or Paul Pierce style…other than just the quick decision to drive to the hoop. That’s not just him; that’s the system. Getting to the line is what Gallo is asked to do, and he did it well tonight.

    • theo

      Really nice take. Don’t think most fans here or even most of the bloggeratti or talking heads get what Ujiri and Karl are trying to do. So many of the critiques of players and in game coaching decisions seem based on a lack of understanding of the ‘system’ and ‘philosophy.’

      Don’t attack Gallo for doing what he’s supposed to do. Don’t attack Karl for not making in game decisions that a coach taking a conventional approach to big men or running a slow it down, control the clock, conventional eastern conference approach would make, for example.

      Better way to critique and comment on the Nugs? Understand the system and compare it to potentially better systems. Critique the players based on what they’re supposed to do in the system, and on basic fundamentals–like making a shot once in a while….

      Roundball guys could do a lot better job–in a clear way–describing what Karl is trying to do and contrasting it with other approaches. Would make this thread and your site way better.

      • Ackdog

        Great perspective Theo. When you look at it like that most players on a nightly basis should be getting A’s and B’s. The exceptions to this are Miller who in my opinion is only on the team as a steadying hand and McGee who is still earning to be a team player and not rely solely on his athleticism.

        If you were to grade the GM I would give him a C this year. This team is void of what the dribble drive offense needs which is a spot up 3 point shooter.

        • theo

          Appreciate the response, but no, most players shouldn’t get A’s or B’s given this system every night.

    • Phuzzy

      The knock on Gallo for his grade is interesting. Everything in the summary says team ball and the knock is he can’t be selfish. His past work disputes that and tonight I think he was fitting in nicely to what this team wants to do which is be dynamic and avoid playing Melo/Dwight/Rose Iso ball.

      Don’t agree with the grade on KK. 2 RB’s and no Blk’s in 22 mins as a center. He may have been efficient on the offensive end but the lack defensive presence doesn’t support an A- overall grade. At best that earns him a B- since his primary job is to be a defensive presence. Any O from him is a bonus.

      • dynamo.joe

        Too bad shutting down KG doesn’t count as defense.

  • Stephen H

    Matt you overrate koufus’ unimportance to this team. He is weak, doesn’t dunk ever, and defense is not throwing your hands straight up and never really trying to block a shot. And how does iguodala get a b+?

    • Ban Johnson

      Koufos is smart player who is usually in the right position on offense and defense. That’s why the team is better on average with him on the court than with McGee out there, despite the large talent difference.

    • Jacob

      Koufus is under appreciated. I’m not a huge fan of his because he does lack talent, but he’s a steady producer who doesn’t bit on fakes as often as McGee. Saying that I disagree with your analysis that he doesn’t get blocks. I mean the guy is averaging 1.4 this year which I agree isn’t exactly anything to write home about, but it isn’t terrible.

      Also, Iggy even when doesn’t do a whole lot for us offensively helps the team. We are overpaying if he really is going to be a one-way player, but he kinda holds the D together. A B+ is fair for him.

    • http://deleted zorba

      Overrate Koufos’s unimportance means underrate his importance… so I agree with you…

      • http://deleted zorba

        … it was a reply to Stephen H

    • markos

      hey STEPHEN H , you all the time wine about KK what the fuck is your problem? basketball is not dunking do youu understand that???? KK plays amazing man2man defense he gets reb he gets blocks he scores and olays first for the team! do you understand that??? he also plays the fewest minytes in the starting five with a huge difference

      • markos

        ohhh and i forgot , he also DUNKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephen H

    And faried should have got an A for defense on kg down stretch, clutch rebounding, including two huge offensive rebounds down stretch. Need a new grader I’d love to do it.

  • Cephus

    The old Milwaukee Braves pitching lineup’s motto used to be “Spahn & Sain, then pray for rain”. The Nuggets offensive motto tonight conversely was ” Feed Lawson or Gallinari or the shot will be sorry”. This game is one ugly boxscore to review ( but hey we got a W ). LOL. Chalk this one up to thin air, Karl’s D tutorials, Manimal’s glass dominance and 2 aforementioned players.

  • googergieger

    What? I can’t believe anyone that has seen at least one Denver game honestly thinks Gallo can’t create for himself. He can create for himself and others, rather easily. Tonight he got to the rim at will, either getting to the line(which he leads our team in) or to lay/dunk it in.

    Faried had a bad first quarter and I don’t remember seeing him in the second. Third and fourth he came out focused though. Huge put back in the fourth, obviously. Ty and Gallo won us this game. Without them our offense didn’t exist tonight.

    Koufos isn’t underrated, he is overrated more often than not. He was okay tonight. Not great. Garnett did score on him a lot. Three times he let him get a wide open shot. Dropped a great pass from Gallo that led to a fast break for Boston. McGee is going to get graded worse than him constantly even when McGee defends the big better. Tonight McGee bothered the hell out of Garnett. I think he only scored on McGee once. Maybe twice when McGee had to help out Miller on Pierce. Not to mention it makes more sense to get more rebouns with Faried and Gallo than it does with other line ups. Faried gets all the attention and Gallo is one of the few people on this team that box out. McGee gets all the attention when he is out there and nobody boxes out, so of course he won’t get the easy rebounds Koufos should be getting.

    Oh and both Gallo and Iggy defended Pierce tonight. Most credit should go to Iggy, but little bit of credit towards Gallo would be nice.

    Brewer left a few guys wide open for three’s tonight. Which should bring his grade down quite a bit.

    Don’t know Matt. Seem to have some bias’s still in place. Free pass for some. Tight leash on others. With little to no logic as to why. George Karl is that you?

    • Idlejack

      First post ever!
      Actually kk’s defence on KG was impressive.
      I only recall one KG’s heavily contested shot from the low post and one (not as contested but at least with a late hand in his face) shot from the high post while his defence “bothered the hell out of KG” in at least 3 other low post moves and one mid range shot.
      On the other hand tonight his defence rotations wasnt solid(though he had his moments,like the D on Pierce lay up)

  • JetLife82

    Great win tonight. This team has a lot going for them when everyone is healthy. On an unrelated note, I read on B/R that the Lakers are interested in trading for Raja Bell. He’s basically been exiled from the Jazz while still under contract. It got me thinking maybe he’d be a good fit for the Nuggets with his good perimeter D and career 40% 3pt shot, and could probably be had in a straight trade for Mozgov. Cheaper and easier to obtain than Redick who everyone seems to want…

    • Jeff

      Raja Bell is total garbage but I bet George Karl would love him. That would be terrible. Just my opinion on Bell, no offense.

    • Nugznazty

      It’s actually not a horrible fit, but I have always hated the guy.– He would basically be a Corey Brewer upgrade, though I’m not sure we don’t already have a Brewer upgrade in Chandler. Which reminds me to check hoopshype and see if we’ve delivered chandler/brewer/miller/moz for JJred. yet :D

  • Nugznazty

    lol andre iguodala B+? Can I enroll at whatever school you’re at? His defense was good, but he made the other team look like elite defenders too, he had a turnover that led to fast break in the middle of the 2nd that would make GK bench Mcgee until we have a white president…

  • Woobly o Balls

    There is no reason why Lawson can’t be a 20 and 7 guy in this league. And for us to make it the 2nd round and push one of those top 3 teams, we need him to be that guy (as has been mentioned on this blog a thousand times)

    He’s the guy that needs to be the #1. Gallo is a potentially excellent scorer and often puts points up with ease but when Lawson plays up to his talent, it’s scary at times.

  • AaronCAPS

    Hey guys I don’t have a link but go to “HoopsHype” then click on “Rumors” Then click on “Nuggets”

    I saw 2 rumored trade proposes.

    Denver offered Mozgov For Brandon Roy & a First-Round-Pick. But got turned down by Minnisota sadly.

    Toronto Offered Rudy Gay straight up for Gallinari, but guess who rejected that trade? Us. Does Ujiri really think Gallo is better then Gay?

    • AaronCAPS

      Wow Nvm, We were actually the ones that turned Minnisota down. WTF?

      • Michael (anotheraussienuggzfan)

        Ujiri is a savvy GM, he is holding out right up to the deadline to see what other offers he can get. Just like when he got all the assets back for Melo.
        Roy’s contract isn’t fully guaranteed next year so there is potential to drop some salary, still it isn’t a great trade for us as we don’t really need any more draft picks, especially not in a weak draft.
        Gay wasn’t having a great season in Memphis, although he has been playing well with the Raptors. Gallo has found form and has been playing consistent over the last month or so.

    • Nugznazty

      why would we want to take on brandon roy’s 5 million salary and busted legs on our bench??— pretty sure minny will end up having to pay him for next year too. they are just trying to package him with a pick so someone will pay him. they won’t be able to pay pekovic in the offseason so they need an insurance big like mozgov to cover the weakness. they have a busted roster right now. a player on their roster i like is JJ barea–playoff experience and speedy as shit, hits 81% of FT’s.

      Galo is much better than Rudy Gay.

    • nugswin

      I’d take Gallo over Gay 7 days a week. Sure, Rudy is very athletic but he’s basically a one-on-one jump shooter who doesn’t play any defense. Gallo is more versatile, bigger at the same position, and plays defense. Plus, Danilo doesn’t have a max contract.

  • Robxxx

    @Matt

    Non arrampicarti sugli specchi…

    Don’t clutch at straws…

  • monimo

    @Matt

    I agree with A- (and not A+) for Gallo, but I really can’t understand the reasons you give. Basically, your saying that Gallo did his job last night but you don’t trust him to do so it in the future. So your quote is about future and trust ?? and not about what he did last night ?? A- is ok because he missed too many open shots (and too many free throws for his standards). I think Gallo’s impact on the game is often underrated (even if he gets a A-). Last night, the offense was completely stagnant with him on the bench in the 4th quarter. With Gallo on the floor, everything became fluid and easier for him and his teammates (Gallo finished with a spectular game high +20). If he had knocked down 2 more open shots, we would speak about a stellar game, now it’s just a very good one.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND
  • GIANLUCA

    BUT … 2 MONTH AGO …

    if I SAYD : GALLO > IGGY ..
    all kill me ..

    now ??? i’m an IDIOT ??

  • CoryW

    Only caught second half, but Gallo and Ty held up together last night. Gallo hitting threes (some he missed) Lawson penetrating and the defense great. only complaint are free throws and rotations. Yes we should make more to help close out games, but as far as rotations GK was killing me. Lawson>Miller all day right? Miller spends a ton of time dribbling, kills 12 seconds and now we have a hurried offense that can lead to bad shots. why play miller down the stretch he’s a bench player. Put a lineup out there that can be effective on offense and solid on defense. se not miller at the two. Cant wait until this team’s lineups make sense.

  • Giovanni

    I don’tunderstand why Ty after a run of 7 points stop to play and wait the game?
    Why?

    His a personal reason or Karl?

    So good win not great..

    Andre Miller is a cancer in the clutch..

    Stop the run plays,stop the ball and don’t have a mid range or three shot..
    His perfect when we have to recovery but dangerous when we have the lead..

    In Italy the game is finished 5 minutes ago!!!!

    Go Nugs!!!!

  • Evan

    All of these grades are fine. There is more to the game than scoring and stats.

  • heykyleinsf

    only ziggy the pinhead would get a ridiculous B+

    COME ON!!!!!!!

    0-7 including and EMBARRASSING AIRBALL from 3??

    1-4 at the FT line!!!

    1 point??

    B+????

    every time the dude takes a shot.. it’s a turnover!!!

    and B+???

    Kool Aid much????

  • heykyleinsf

    I also need to add.. C+ is ridiculously generous for Chandler. He was the defender for the 3’s by Green that kept the Celtics in the game, in addiction to the 0-7 shooting.

    What does a guy need to do to get an “F” around here?

  • Z

    2 for 14 gets you a B remember that!
    The Blog Blame changes in Denver from game to game so Brewer will be next to take a Fall, Gallo is due for a worst nugget on the team game. Trade Chandler he’s not happy and the Blog is not happy with him.

  • Z

    Wins dont matter in Denver i see with all those Championship season i guess you guys are spoiled.

  • AaronCAPS

    Timberwolves Get: Andre Miller, Timofey Mozgov & Corey Brewer.

    Nuggets Get: J.J. Beara, Derrick Williams & 1 First- Round-Pick (Whatever Year).

  • AaronCAPS

    Timberwolves Get: Andre Miller, Timofey Mozgov & Wilson Chandler.

    Nuggets Get: J.J. Beara, Derrick Williams & 2 First- Round-Pick (Whatever Years).

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    Chandler is getting paid too much to have 1 good game every five or six games , and then shooting like a 1st grader the rest. DUMP HIM!!!!!!! Miller still makes boneheaded turnovers, PLAYS NO DEFENSE, wants to play like power forward in the paint… We do not need him.. We need to develop our young CHEAP players.. Chandler, Brewer, MILLER are expendable.. If MASAI fails to trade Chandler & MILLER for a 3 point shooter, (or picks) then he is listening far to much to KARL… And that my friends makes our future look far less appealing.
    (No need for the KARL is a HALL of Fame Coach crap.. I get that alot of people are KARL half-FUll fans.)

    • nugswin

      I’m genuinely curious, which 3-point shooter do you propose Masai can get for Chandler and Miller? It’s not like 3-point shooters who are good enough to play in the L grow on trees. And those that are out there, as far as I can tell, are not going to be moved for an aging malcontent backup point guard and a defender shooting 37% from the field 32.5% from three. At least as far as I can tell.

      • http://yahoo.com prospector

        Chandler and Miller have value, and are valuable for alot of teams in the league lacking depth. There are 3 point shooters to be found, but quite frankly I would rather trade these cats for draft picks. I know that JHAM could develop into a scorer off the bench if he is given playing time. IS HE PERFECT? What young players are? Both you can see his potential.. He has a sweet stroke, and rebounds, as well as blocks shots. Remember he is coming off the bench.. If he makes mistakes on defense I am cool with that, I think the threat of his outside shot would help spacing on the floor with the second unit… Brewer is playing as good as he will ever play… JHAM can drive to the rim, and he HAS UPSIDE!! So let’s review… You lose Chandler and Miller, force KARL’S Hand… JHAM gets minutes, Stone gets minutes, randolph gets some… Karl is forced out of his comfort zone…. Come playoff time JHAM could be a X-factor that we may need in a game.. Also our small ball lineup would look nicer with Stone out there instead of Miller.. Stone can play some defense.. Please review last season’s game against Minnesota where Karl emptied the bench and JHAM, STONE, FARIED, and KK made a game of it.. I will post a link later to the boxscore of that game if I can find it.

  • Trip

    How do both centers end up with 2 rebounds, 1 gets an “A-” and the other gets a “C+” You cant use Faried as an excuse to help out Koufas, he is a terrible rebounder, and yet again most of his points are because Lawson creates or Miller creates wide open dunks.

    Miller deserved a better grade, he played excellent in a crucial part in the first half. This game was close to being a laugher by Boston, up 9 and Green and Bradley scoring mos of the points. Miller helped set the tone in the come back, by hitting as Hastings and Marlowe put it, the same shot he missed in the OT loss. And the biggest thing I saw him sprint as fast as he could back on defense one possession

  • AaronCAPS

    I got 2 more rumors.

    J.J. Hickson straight up for Timofey Mozgov.

    Gerald Henderson straight up for Timofey Mozgov.

    I personally love the J.J. Hickson rumor.

  • AaronCAPS

    Looks like the Rockets traded away 2 backups & 1 scrub for an upcoming PF named Thomas Robinson. Hope we do something like that.

  • Mark from Charlotte

    Good trade AaronCAPS

    • AaronCAPS

      Thanks. Trying to enjoy this boring ass trade deadline man haha. Only 1 trade so far. That’s it.