Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 111, Minnesota Timberwolves 88

Minnesota Timberwolves 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

111 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +22

Gallo didn’t get a lot of touches tonight, but he did something positive almost every time he touched the ball. He was solid on defense and especially on the defensive glass. After one particularly strong rebound he threw a great full-court pass to a leaking Brewer that started the 16-2 run to put the game away. He found several other teammates in easy position to score, as evidenced by his team high six assists. The only negative was his inability to finish in the paint.

Kenneth Faried, SF 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +13

Faried’s rebounding was great most of this game, but two runouts from near the free throw line allowed the Wolves to pick up long offensive rebounds in that area. His lone assist came on another great full-court pass to a leaking Brewer. His defense contributed both to Derrick Williams’ bad shooting night and Mickael Geleable’s good shooting night.

Kosta Koufos, C 22 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +14

Yet another solid but unspectacular night for the Nuggets’ starting center. He made a couple of small mistakes like failing to adequately contest one Rubio layup and committing offensive basket interference. He also made a number of good under-the-radar plays, like setting a great screen to give Ty Lawson a wide open look at a three pointer.

Ty Lawson, PG 34 MIN | 12-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 32 PTS | +21

Ty’s jumper was on the money tonight. He was also able to get by defenders and into the paint pretty regularly. When he looked to score, he was nearly unstoppable, dropping in twelve points in a four and a half minute stretch of the fourth quarter. The only reason he doesn’t score an A+ for tonight’s game is his four turnovers, including an offensive foul for a kickout (on a three pointer he made).

Andre Iguodala, SG 32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +10

Iguodala’s strength is his ability to keep the other team off the scoreboard, and he did so in a variety of ways tonight. He had one spectacular JaVale-type block and stripped a Wolves player after an offensive rebound as two of his combined seven blocks plus steals. He also had a highlight-reel dunk and took a lot of contact (with no call) on what should have been another.

Anthony Randolph, PF 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

With his only offensive opportunity, Randolph chose to look for his own shot, and missed. He balanced it out by making a good defensive effort and coming up with a blocked shot.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 4 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0

Hamilton had a clean look from three that he buried, and hit another long jumper. He tried to force the action a bit when he went to the rim against multiple defenders.

Andre Miller, PG 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +15

I cringed when Andre attempted his only three pointer of the night. But I cheered three times as much when he was finding JaVale McGee above the rim, or throwing a great long-distance pass to a leaking Corey Brewer for an easy dunk. His “wily old man” game was on full display twice late in the game, when he got multiple defenders turned around with crossover moves on successive plays.

Corey Brewer, SF 25 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +8

There was a little bit of bad Corey Brewer tonight: a pair of long, contested two shots with plenty of time on the clock, missed threes, a missed free throw, a bad bailout foul, and a defensive possession where he simply stepped aside and let his man drive unimpeded to the rim. But there was much more good Corey Brewer: energetic, chaos-bringing, beating the defense upcourt and catching all those long passes mentioned elsewhere in these grades.

Timofey Mozgov, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +1

Coming in early to replace an ineffective JaVale McGee, Mozgov put on an equally terrible performance. He made one positive play, blocking a shot by Gelebale, and then committed a lazy foul and fumbled the ball into Barea’s hands. He did nothing else of note when he returned late in the game.

JaVale McGee, C 12 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -8

In the first half, JaVale earned a D- with play so bad that Timofey Mozgov got some early playing time. In the second half, he earned a B+ for a much better, but still uneven, performance. His steal on Rubio that he took the other way for a dunk was incredible, but his attempted behind the back pass into three defenders was the other kind of incredible.

Evan Fournier, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

In his few minutes on the court, Fourner twice got the best of J.J. Barea, forcing a missed layup and drawing a foul.

Wilson Chandler, SG 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +17

This was a frustrating outing for Wilson Chandler. He got whistled for seemingly every kind of foul possible, often within seconds of checking into the game. He played tentatively on defense and never seemed to find a rhythm on offense.

George Karl

I was really pleased with Karl’s quick benching of McGee, and then Mozgov, after both came out looking awful in the first quarter. He also seemed to make the right adjustments coming out of halftime. His well-earned technical foul late in the third quarter seemed to bring the team to life, and they closed the door on the Wolves’ mini-rally shortly thereafter.

One Thing We Saw

  1. Home Sweet Home: the Nuggets are again tied with the Miami Heat for the best home record in the league at 28-3. The Nuggets are within 1.5 games of Memphis, and would earn homecourt in the first round of the playoffs by passing them.
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Tom Darrow

Fourth generation Denver native, stay-at-home dad with a masters degree in applied mathematics, and all-around geek with a passion for Nuggets basketball.
  • Fraser

    Pretty sloppy 1st half, but got the important W and keep on rolling!

  • Tyler

    Avenging the last loss to the T-Wolves. Great job Nuggs. How are people going to rip George Karl this time?

    • magster


      Chandler tweet (for real):

      Wilson Chandler ‏@wilsonchandler
      About to dress up in all black and catch George Karl outside. Putting his hands on me like he about that life lol

      • magster

        More, this time from Hochmann:

        ” Furious George.

        He typhooned onto the court, pushing aside an assistant coach — and a power forward — all the while spewing expletives with the fury of a drunk Snooki.”

  • googergieger

    We blew out a team we should have blown out. No complaints here. I mean if I wanted to be a jerk about it, I guess I could complain, but we’re on a nice streak. Again blew out a team we should. So, I’ll be happy about it. Hope we win on Monday which we should.

  • http://kylewurtz.com Kyle

    Agree with both Fraser and googergieger. Nuggets have a habit of playing slow and uninspired in the first half, especially against teams that are weaker than they are. The difference this season is that they’ve been much better taking their game to the next level when the time is right. A+ for Lawson (Ast to TO ratio doesn’t really matter when you’re winning by 20) who is playing with the level of confidence he needs to play at for the Nuggets to be a serious playoff contender.

    • heykyleinsf

      … and they keep saying we don’t have a superstar….

      let them keep saying that..

      … and let #3 keep destroying everyone…

    • magster

      Our depth wears people out.

  • heykyleinsf

    I don’t think I’ve ever liked GK more than that moment
    tonight… where he tore through Wilson Chandler livid
    about that ridiculous call on Ty.

    Just like when Knowshon Moreno hurdled Ed Reed…
    this was a watershed moment for me…

    I am totally in GK’s corner again!!!

    • Ackdog

      GK can frustrate us but that move was for the rest of the season. He just put the refs on notice that this is TY’s team and calls like that against TY will no longer be tolerated. Well done GK

      This is Ty’s team now for better or for worse

  • Bobby

    Since when did we start shooting 3s so well? Ty is playing great. Its nice to blow out teams we should blow out.

  • DAN

    What was up with the refs in this game? So many crazy calls. But we got the win!

    • Scott

      Barea is literally dragging Will by the jersey and its an offensive foul? And Ty should have 35 because of that dumb offensive foul as well.

      • Dan

        I kind of felt like both of those calls, while questionable, were hardly egregious. Chandler pulled barea back by the soldier to get position and the call on ty is just a tough call to make.

        The real issue was the stupid charging call on ty, he was headed in a straight line and beat Rubio to the spot, that was a horrible call and I’m glad Karl got the tech for that, he really stuck his neck out for ty.

  • Cephus

    Whenever I feel the slightest bit ungrateful for the product the Nuggets put out. There’s the consideration of what it must be like to be a fan in Minnesota, Sacramento or Charlotte where mediocrity pervades year after year. The late Bickerstaff era, Westhead and a fair amount of the Issel era are like a bad dream.

    I freely confess to being perplexed & outraged as to the managemt muddle that seemed to be in place post Vandeweghe’s displacement. Now Masai’s competency is Bill Simmons certified. Please get this guy signed long-term before some dregs team comes head hunting.

    Growing up in Cleveland during the Ted Steptien era & can’t handle a third tear down, excavate and retool Hoops job for at least the next decade.

    • Andrew K

      No kidding. Ujiri is an architect comparable to the one in The Matrix. He is a mastermind.

  • googergieger

    Looks like Sportscenter isn’t going to talk about Denver at all tonight. Makes sense. Not like we’re on another win streak and are one of the top teams since the start of the new year or anything.

    Swear to Bob we could win the title and we’d barely get ten seconds on that four letter network acknowledging it.

    • heykyleinsf


      They suck.

      Don’t forget..they were the ones
      wholly responsible for the Tebow mess.

      They suck.

      If you want to hate them a little more…
      just wait until they cover a Nugs game..
      and listen to Jon Barry
      it took my hate for ESPN to a whole new level.

      • googergieger

        Don’t get me started on Barry. It isn’t just the fact that he is a total Nuggets hater, but he is just so completely and utterly clueless and uneducated when it comes to Denver and most teams in general. I mean he’s supposed to be the entertaining part of the commentating team but he is just so boring and ignorant to most things out there. Know how bad he is? He used to do that half time show with Magic and company, but he was so bad they decided to keep Jalen Rose and add Bill Simmons and get rid of him.

        I mean the play by play when Ty hit the game winner over Thabo pretty much showcases how much of a hater he is, but beyond that just how clueless he is when it comes to the sport.

        He’s just the worst kind of person.

    • TheBigEnglish

      I was wondering if they were ever going to show anything. Looks like they just announced the score during the ‘Top 10’

    • Zack

      It sickens me. I search for content nuggets related on their website and we are lucky to see more than one article a month on the nuggets. The

    • Zack

      It sickens me. I search for content nuggets related on their website and we are lucky to see more than one article a month on the nuggets. The pacers see faaar more, and we have more or less the same record. In fact that is the case on almost all major sports sites. I don’t understand the hate for Denver sports teams. Small markets like SA, OKC, and IND get more coverage than us. Announcers brush us off like the nuggs are no threat. It would be immensely satisfying to watch the nugs go the the WCf or finals with some luck.

      • Graham

        We might not get awesome, in-depth articles on ESPN but gosh darnit if we don’t get the Dunk of the Night practically every time we play.

  • theo

    Yeah, pretty much. Fun to watch all the national media and the local media of teams we’re beating headline or center their stories around ‘Rare Air,’ ‘Ran out of breath in Denver,’ etc. Pretty funny.

    5280 is the same as it ever was. Few stories about the altitude over the decades the Nuggets were really bad. Just got to go .500 on the road to ‘level out’ the coverage.

  • theo

    Some nice numbers and arguments done here recently on 5 man units/rotations, defense and shooting.

    Been interested in the effect our poor free throw and 3 shooting has had on our chances to contend. Strong take by Mike the other day trying to break it down. Dominated another game tonight because we’re shooting well recently from the line and perimeter.

    Took a look at our shooting percentages from 3 and free for every game this year and compared those results to the 15th best free throw and 3 point shooting teams in the league by percentage as of right now. Basically, counted the number of games we won and lost this year when we shot better from either (not both) the arc or the free throw line than the 15th best—the definition of mediocre in a 30 team league—teams do. To be more specific, the current 15th best 3 point shooting team by percentage shoots 35.7 % while the Nugs shoot 33.4% to place 25th in the league from deep. The 15th best free throw shooting team makes 76.4% while we make 69%–dead last in the NBA.

    When we shoot better than 35.7% from deep or better than 76.4% from the free throw line in games this year—again, we don’t have to do better than mediocre in just one of those categories—we’re 26-8 (63 win pace). When we shoot worse than mediocrity from both the line and the arc we’re 16-14. The difference between a contender and a lottery team.

    Among the 8 games we lost while shooting better than mediocre from either 3 and free, most were the result of such atrocious shooting from either 3 or free that we couldn’t overcome it. 0 for 22 from the arc at Portland while making a lot of frees, for example, and other games when we shot ok from 3 but were shockingly bad from the free throw line.

    The remarkable thing about this team is that we’re 16-14 in games when we shoot like crap from the free throw line and 3. Overcoming those dramatic basic skill weaknesses in those games and still having a record over .500 is all about the system and the athleticism.

    When our guys start shooting mediocre from 3 and free—either through trades or development of our current roster or both–look out.

  • AaronCAPS

    Who cares if their on an 9 win streak while dominating every they play, its just the Nuggets.


  • Tom

    Prediction: Nuggets will lose 2 of the next 5 games.

    • Dan

      Well considering the competition going 3-2 in the next 5 games would be pretty good.

  • googergieger

    We might lose to the Knicks because of their three point shooting, but when we tend to play great three point shooting teams we tend to make an effort to take that away from them. Also we can play small against The Knicks because they have no big to make you pay for it. Still if Melo plays refs are going to give him and that team everything, so it is going to take us fighting through it like the Thunder games to win that one, I reckon.

    We match up great against the Grizz truthfully. Only reason we lose the third meeting was because Karl decided to go away from McGee on Randolph and let Memphis go on a substantial run to win that game. I’m sure he’s learned his lesson or at least our players have gotten better since then. They are better defensively now though and a better shooting team, but I still think we match up great with them. Just have to try to run them out of the gym from the beginning. Chicago might be a toss up but even when Rose was there we matched up great with them. One of the few teams in the league where our switch everything defense works.

  • heykyleinsf


    IGGY A+
    Ty A


    Take it out of your mouth once in a while.

    • heykyleinsf

      I’m sorry Tom and Kalen (per PSA which I read)

      but this is a slight on Ty Lawson..

      Iggy is great.. but damn!!
      You guys are too in love with them.

      I have no doubt they read this to.

      Which is why I plead to you…
      Show some respect yourselves.

      • Tom

        >> “this is a slight on Ty Lawson”

        I love Ty Lawson. My little boy rocks a Ty Lawson faux jersey on occasion. In the six times I’ve graded him, I’ve given him 2 A+’s, 1 A, and 3 A-‘s.

        I don’t think he needs to be coddled by being told “you played an A+ game” every time he touches the court. He’s been really good since about mid-January (averaging 22, 3, and 8 with 1.8 steals on 51/44/78% shooting per basketball-reference), and he was scoring really well last night, but his passing was a little shaky. I have a hard time giving a guy an A+ when he struggles in one of the two most important parts of his game.

        • heykyleinsf

          gosh Tom…
          last time I checked..

          the winner of the game was
          the team with the most points.

          I won’t dispute Iggy’s defense..

          but wow.. how can you say that
          with a straight face?

          I adore Iggy as well..

          but you guys..

          it gets a bit much.

          • heykyleinsf

            it’s just proof you guys grade
            on a lot more than individual games.

            Iggy has deserved a lot of A+
            but pound for pound..
            Ty is this team’s best player
            without a question..

            and Ty played far more of an
            important role in the TWolves win.

            I am just saying..
            that game and that game alone..

            giving Iggy A+
            and Ty just A

            I find it completely ridiculous..
            and transparently disparate favoritism

            I would like to believe your judgements
            and follow and appreciate your efforts
            as a fan just like you..

            But I can’t take it seriously when
            night in and night out..
            the $9 million dollar man
            can do absolutely no wrong.

            He’s great..
            thank god.

            but A+ is a reach
            and yes.. a slap in Ty’s face

            For this one night in particular…
            but it’s an ongoing general trend.

            Even it up some… yeah??

            • Tom

              “even it up some”? “ongoing general trend”? “disparate favoritism”? The evidence is quite to the contrary.

              Grades I’ve given to Ty Lawson: A+, A+, A, A-, A-, A-

              Grades I’ve given to Iggy: A+, A, A, A-, D+, D

              Times I’ve graded Iggy higher than Ty: 2 out of 6 opportunities

              Times I’ve graded Ty higher than Iggy: 4 out of 6

              Times I’ve mentioned Ty as the Nuggets best player in my weekly recap: 2 out of 2 opportunities

              Times I’ve mentioned Iggy in my weekly recap: zero

              I absolutely agree that Ty is our best and most important player. That’s also why I can’t give him an A+ for his performance against the Wolves. Our best player, who has the ball in his hands virtually every play and is responsible for both scoring himself and setting up good scoring opportunities for his teammates, should do better than 3 assists and 4 turnovers.

              Iggy, as our best and most important defender, is responsible for limiting the opponents’ best wing player and taking points off the board. He kept his assignments under control, and had at least 4 plays that would have been easy Wolves scores that he erased (his huge block, stripping the ball from a guy with an easy layup, etc.) He was a beast on both of his primary responsibilities, and was even a decent third or fourth option on offense. So for one night, he got a slightly higher grade than Ty Lawson.

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    Kind of off-topic, I know, but:

    I hope the seeding works out like this: 1. Spurs 2. OKpussC 3. Clippers 4. Nuggets 5. Grizzlies 6. Rockets 7. Lakers 8. Warriors.

    I know 6-8 is a stretch, but it’s our best shot of missing old faithful (spurs) & dealing with the refs against OKC.

    Warriors probably best match-up to knock out Spurs.

    & Lakers have a chance to knock out OKC.

    We probably handle the Grizz in 6 if, like Theo always says haha, we shoot decently like we have been lately.

    Im curious, who do you guys think gets their mins chopped should we switch to an 8 man playoff rotation? Or you think we stick with the 9….

  • Ckwizard

    Denver may not lose again this season as the hardest and most likely loss is to OKC on the back end of Devers last back to back. As for the Bulls come on they only have a chance against Denver if Rose plays, outside of that they do not match up with Denver at all. Denver might have an off game here or there but the maturity level is rising and Ty is starting to lead which can help steady the ship and keep the team on track. The growth that I hope to see in this team is how they respond to more physical play which they will get in the playoffs. The game against the Grizzlies is basically a playoff game and should be physical but again the Nuggets should win. The Wild Card in every game is George Karl but he is starting to coach like he believes they can and should win every game, if he can continue to bring passion to the games and act like he cares then the team becomes even better. The best thing I have read is that Ty believes this team can win a championship and while Gallo and Iggy think they are playing well both see room for improvement. 18 games left and the Nuggets will get better still!

    • John in LA

      Are you high??? We play the Grizz, OKC, Houston, the Knicks, San Antonio TWICE, and Chicago with a high probability of a Derek Rose sighting. Not to mention some “pretty good” teams as well in Dallas, Portland, and Utah (usually)

      I’d be happy with winning 60-65% of our remaining games.

      • John in LA

        and I even forgot the Nets who are pretty good too…

        There is absolutely NO WAY we win out. 0% chance. It is more likely that I walk into my bedroom right now to find Mila Kunis waiting nekkid in bed for me..

        • Ckwizard

          Nope not high, been posting on this sight for awhile now and people said I was stupid for saying despite the Nuggets record after the first 4 weeks or so of the season they would still get the 3rd sead in the west. I also said after the all star break the Nuggets would have the best second half of the season record. Nuggets will probably not win out but seriously it wouldn’t surprise me. This team has gotten better as this season went on and Team wise they are the best team in the west yes better than OKC and better than the spurs without Parker. Better than the Clippers, better than the Grizzlies. Hell the nuggets almost beat the nets without Iggoudala and Gallo so you think the Nuggets are going to lose to them when their healthy.

  • Tom2

    Using Morey’s pythagorean projection combined with the last 25 point differential numbers extrapolated out through the last 18 games, the Nuggets should win 55-56 games and finish with a final point differential of +5.1. That should be good enough for the 4th-seed, but the Clippers would have to go 11-7 and the Grizz would have to go 13-8 in order to get the 3rd-seed. That seems unlikely, but possible.

    • Tom2

      Basically, I think 56-57 wins is the magic number for the 3rd-seed. The Nuggets would have to go 14-4 or 15-3 the rest of the way to get there. Not inconceivable since the Nuggets have done it before with less talent, but there are still a handful of tough games. The road games will be the true test to really see how well they’re playing right now.

  • Giovanni

    The bad news is the injuries of Stoudemire…

    The good is the level of play of Lawson…

  • Tonia01

    Not a particurarly brilliant game, but we have been always in control. The press and the televisions keep making a big fuzz about Rubio…. I hope they watched Ty yesterday…… The next few games are fundamental. The Grizlies have a very nasty road trip, if we keep rolling, we might have make a big step in the seeding in a couple of weeks. Go Nuggets

  • Tonia01

    Not a particurarly brilliant game, but we have been always in control. The press and the televisions keep making a big fuzz about Rubio…. I hope they watched Ty yesterday…… The next few games are fundamental. The Grizlies have a very nasty road trip, if we keep rolling, we might make a big step in the seeding in a couple of weeks. Go Nuggets

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    The only reason faried played 25 mins was because CHANDLER picked up his 5th foul… It’s clear from here on out regardless of how Chandler is performing Faried will be playing less minutes than Chandler…. The quick rotation between the two early in the game threw both of them off a BIT.. You need some time to get into a rythm…Faried was pressing a bit and took some bad shots.. Chander as well… NOTE: Chandler plays much, much, much better at small forward.. OK….
    Also if Chandler or BREWER happen to be having an off night, WHY NOT JHAM???? He has a sweet stroke… He hits the three despite having more rust than a 89 honda in Compton…

    We won against a crappy team that suited up only 9 dudes… HURRAY…

    Positives: TY LAWSON is has grown up AND I LIKE IT ALOT! IGGY is a Scottie Pippen team first, stats mean nothing guy… The way those two have been playing, my 8 year old kid could be running the show…

    KARL is still KARL his bigs all played less than BREWER… How the HELL is that even possible??? I forget.. Karl’s dream lineup is SF,SF, SG, PG, and PG.. This may work at home against the crap teams but come playoff time, we need to man up and play BIG BOY basketball…

  • Tim Noblin

    The Nuggets will finish the season 13-5. Which will put them at 55-27. I don’t think that will be enough to get them into the #3 seed BUT it will get them the #4 seed and the 1st round home series. I think we match up pretty well against both Clips and Griz. So no matter who ends up in the #5 seed I think we take down in 6 games. Then we will have to play the Spurs. We have to figure out how to stop Danny Green. Manu and Duncan and Parker are going to get theres BUT we can’t let a Danny Green type beat us. We play them TWo more times this season and it will go along way in deciding if we will be able to COMPETE with them OR be able to BEAT them.

    Faried can rebound the ball like no other BUT he ends up out of position alot on defense and has a hard time with the pick and rolls. McGee can Block shots anywhere on the court BUT he is ALWAYS out of position and can’t seem to rebound, even though he is 7 foot and has a hugh wingspan, it doesn’t make sense.

    I don’t like the small ball BUT 2 of your BIG MEN are lost all the time on defense so if that it what you have, that is what you have.

    • theo

      Looking at the same crystal ball. I’m more concerned about the Clips than Memphis, though. Any team that shoots really well from 3 and executes the pick and roll at a high level is trouble for us because of our defensive liabilities. Clips didn’t have Crawford in this last game. Memphis has nobody at this point that we even have to respect from the perimeter and we have lots of long guys with lots of fouls to give to neutralize Gasol and Z. I don’t think they can score enough points to beat us in a series. Once into the second round, it’s anybody’s guess. If we’re on a roll, who knows?

    • dynamo.joe

      McGee leaks out all the time. He thinks he is Corey Brewer. I think that explains his lack of rebounding, to some degree.

  • Cephus

    I agree and yet disagree with prior posted comments about Nuggets getting shortchanged in terms of ESPN coverage. We do deserve more love then Knicks & Lakers in terms of being a better team.

    Yet as a amauter student of sports media , we won’t get spotlight till playoff series are won. Cue up Bruce Hornsby’s ” It’s Just the Way It Is”.

  • http://espn gg

    Have said it before, saying it again: All else being equal, If we shoot just league average from beyond the arc and behind the charity stripe, we are a top 3 team in the league and probably top2 in the West. The thing is can they do it consistently enough to win multiple playoff series?
    And of course the X factor always remains the Karl-Miller love affair !!