Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 118- Portland Trailblazers 109

The Nuggets defeated a bad, tanking Trailblazer team to win their franchise record 55th game this season. The Nuggets were up 18 in the second half and let the game get closer in the fourth quarter but were able to put the game away thanks to a dominant effort from Andre Iguodala and a great game from Evan Fournier. On a down note Denver lost Kenneth Faired with an ankle injury which right now is being reported as a sprain. Faried is listed as day-to-day at this point.

Portland Trail Blazers 109 Final

Recap | Box Score

118 Denver Nuggets
Kenneth Faried, SF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +1

Faried got hurt very early in the game on a drive to the basket. The Nuggets announced the injury as a sprained ankle and that Faried was day-to-day.

Kosta Koufos, C 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +9

Koufos finished his chances inside but also had a bit of trouble with J.J. Hickson on the offensive glass. He also struggled to protect the rim as much of the night the Blazers were able to get pretty good looks inside. With the loss of Faried the Nuggets need Koufos to get back to where he was earlier in the year, super solid, as opposed to the recent stretch of a bit below average play.

Ty Lawson, PG 31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +22

In his first extended minutes since the injury Lawson played great. He created offense for himself and others and most importantly was able to handle the minutes and not lose any of his speed. After weeks off it was a nice game from Lawson and should give the Nuggets some confidence in the coming weeks.

Andre Iguodala, SG 37 MIN | 11-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | +23

One of the silver linings in the Danilo Gallinari injury may end up being that it unleashed Iguodala. He absolutely dominated Portland on both ends of the floor. Every time Iguodala stepped on the floor the Blazers runs seemed to end, typically at the hands of a play Iggy made. He made threes, foul shots and passed the ball exquisitely; he had many passes that led to foul shots for teammates and other passes that would be perfect examples of hockey assists. It was just fun to watch Iguodala do his thing.

Evan Fournier, SG 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | +8

In almost any other game Fournier would have been the star of the Nuggets but today he was overshadowed a bit by his veteran teammate. The only real flaw that I saw was a few of Fournier’s turnovers were plays where he just got into the air without a plan and was forced to try and squeeze a pass into too tight of a space. On the bright side he got to the rim great, finished when he got there, knocked down his free throws, was feisty on defense, and passed the ball better than his four assists show. The two big threes that he hit at the end to put the game completely away were the perfect exclamation points to his big day.

Anthony Randolph, PF 20 MIN | 6-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +8

The offensive numbers were great but everything in Randolph’s past makes me take them with a huge grain of salt. He has consistently throughout his career had game like this against bad teams and defensively today he was for the most part a mess. He was out of position a lot of times and it led to breakdowns in rotations as simple passing lanes were opened up by Randolph not being where he should have. I would worry if the Nuggets need to get big minutes from him against better more disciplined teams come playoff time.

Corey Brewer, SF 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -8

Brewer did a little bit of everything well but nothing really great. What was nice was his ball movement which in the last few games had slowed down a bit as he became a bit of a chucker. Today he seemed much more under control offensively and rebounded the ball well.

JaVale McGee, C 17 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +3

On the bright side JaVale was great finishing offensively including one of the sky hooks that he loves to take. He also did the best job of any Nugget big protecting the rim. On the bad side McGee didn’t do a good enough job on the glass and got so tired late in the fourth quarter that he had to come out. With Faried being injured JaVale will be looked to for more minutes, and in those minutes he will have to rebound better than he did today.

Andre Miller, PG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -18

Miller didn’t have an impact on the game offensively at all and as we know with Miller if that is the case he doesn’t impact the game in a good way at all. The fact that Fournier played so well allowed Karl to close without Miller on the floor which is a bad sign for Miller but probably a good one for the Nuggets.

Wilson Chandler, SG 33 MIN | 3-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -3

Chandler was too jump shot happy in this game despite being matched up with fours for most of his time on the floor. He needs to get back to what he was doing when paired with Gallo and attack the basket and finish at the rim before taking threes. Defensively he was ok but he typically struggled rebounding against Hickson which without Faried was very much needed.

George Karl

Karl went away from Miller late in the game, a decision that people have been clamoring for all year. He managed to get by without Faried who was injured early in the game and let Iguodala run the offense for stretches even with Lawson on the floor. The way he is adapting his team with Gallinari is fun to watch. My only complaint would be that I think he waited a bit too long to go to McGee in the second half as his team struggled to protect the rim and it came back to hurt him as McGee was not able to finish the game because he was too tired and did not have time to rest before the final three minutes.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Injuries. Again: Unfortunately the injury bug doesn’t quite seem done with the Nuggets yet. Faried’s injury will really test Karl and the Nuggets bigs. I am on record as saying I do not trust in Randolph to all of a sudden play well against good teams and for heavy minutes after he has yet to his entire career, so the burden will fall to Chandler, McGee and Koufos to pick up the slack. On the bright side Lawson looked good in heavy minutes, so now the Nuggets just have to wait to see how he feels tomorrow.
  2. The guard rotation: Fournier is making it almost impossible for Karl to not play him come the playoffs and harder and harder to justify Miller playing more minutes than him as well. I loved the passing and spacing of the Lawson, Iguodala, Fournier lineups and think it could be a great way to replace the spacing that was lost when Gallo went down.
  3. Iguodala’s minutes: There probably is not a player more important right now or maybe all season, to the Nuggets plans of success than Iguodala. The way he has played recently offensively is exactly what the Nuggets expected when they traded for him. Passing, slashing it has all been there since Gallo went down. While that is encouraging what is worrisome is the minutes he has played since that point. Including today and the game Gallinari was injured Iggy has played 41,37,43,43 and 37 minutes. Those numbers need to come down to give Iggy a bit of rest before the playoffs to allow him to be the best he can come that time.

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  • Ackdog

    #94 nuff said!

  • Scott

    David Stern needs to investigate the Portland Trailblazers. I swear they have a bounty system.

  • http://espn herpderpnuggets

    Wow Portland can thank miller for keeping this one close. Great night from fournier and iggy, ty looked solid as well….pretty sound night from everybody who played except for chandler and miller. One note though is cant help but notice the fact that the nuggets still dont seem to get any love from the refs whatsoever…a shame, but it can be lived. nice win.

    • Ackdog

      Hopefully GK will give #94 at least 10 of Miller’s minutes in the playoffs. Miller just loses the plot sometimes!

  • http://twitter.com/xantoniooo808x D3Ntilthe3ND

    Thank GOD GK benched Miller after those two wasted possessions.

    He needs to learn that if he’s not getting a call TO NOT KEEP DRIVING IN AND TURNING THE BALL OVER.

  • al68

    Que bueno parece Fournier y que daño hace al equipo la actitud del jugador más veterano Miller. Espero que hoy ya se haya dado cuenta GK. Deseo que lo regalen el año que viene a nuestro peor enemigo (los angeles lakers).

  • Ban Johnson

    Sub-par, Sunday afternoon stroll sort of effort from the Nuggets but some serious positives:
    1) Ty looks like he’s going to be fine in the playoffs. This is huge.
    2) Forget rookie. Forget 20 years old. Fournier is just really good. He may be in the starting lineup a long, long time. Hopefully GK has the stones to keep him there in the playoffs. Plus he’s a lights out shooter.
    3) George Karl is actually capable of sitting Andre Miller when he’s not playing well. Who knew?

    As long as Manimal is back near 100% by the playoffs…we’ll take it.

    Tomorrow night is the biggest game of the season. Milwaukee is a decent team but they have very little to play for at the moment (8th seed is already established.) Nuggets need to man up and win that thing.

    • Ackdog

      Fournier doesn’t even look twenty. He looks much older. Dude is just SMOOOOOOTH

  • googergieger

    Hope Faried will be okay for the playoffs. And just in general. Great kid.

    Game was harder than it had to be. Don’t want to bad mouth Karl but in short, “Miller can do no wrong. McGee can do no right.” That is essentially the problem more often than not. At least when it comes to Karl. Then again maybe he just has to manage Miller’s ego and doesn’t care if he offends McGee. Not sure about our chances without Faried tomorrow. Not to mention the bad games we’ve been getting from some lately. Hope we win out as we need to win out.

    • Charliemyboy

      Iggy steps up and is so capable. Randolf can do his job and then some. Fornier should start again. Ty will win the finals for us. I usually support Miller, but not so much now. Use him sparingly. George will win best coach in the NBA for a reason, so don’t back seat. He sees things we don’t….not perfect, but let’s not make fools of ourselves.

      • googergieger

        You’re right. Not everyone would have Andre Miller in the line up when you need a defensive stop. Some chess master shit in action right there, I tell you what.

    • http://espn herpderpnuggets

      Faried should be fine…only out for tomorrow I would think.

  • al68

    Muy buena defensa de el medallista olimpico Claver.
    Espero que mejore su ataque el proximo año.

  • Tonia01

    Still not clear to me why the Gods of basketball hate the Nuggets, i just hope the injury of Kenneth is not too serious. I really liked the idea to have Iggy at 3, with Founier at 2. And let’s hope the performance of the French rookie will convince GK to reduce drastically the minutes of the old slow man. Look at the statistics of the game, +/- he is -18, inna game where nobody else is the minus zone.

    • Nathan

      Well to be fair it’s not just the Nuggets dealing with injuries- the Spurs, Boston, Chicago are all having a lot of them as well. At least we only have one serious injury. Hopefully Denver can avoid any more.

  • Junior

    why is everyone surprised that fournier is a solid player? he has been a professional basketball player in his homeland for years…sure the competition isnt as good over there but he was still playing with grown ass men… anyways, its good to see him get some more play time, he has been playing well and having him start allows our bench to return to normal which is a great thing.

    • Jeff

      Sorry for being impressed by a 20 year old rookie from France who has played sparingly all year, I should have known a24 point game was par for the course!

      • heykyleinsf

        by all accounts.. he was scoutd and evaluated as a project.
        A lot of speculation was that he wouldn’t even suit up
        the first year and he would be in the development league.

        Don’t get me wrong.. everyone is deliriously happy.
        Just that, surprised at this point.. that we got steals
        in the draft for two consecutive years.. and looking
        how awesome Lawson has grown to be..
        We’re on a roll with the draft whereas years back
        before, we never had luck like this.. ever.

  • codizzle

    i’ve been a hardcore Nuggz fan since 2000. yeah, that was pre-Carmelo, ya’ll. this has been by far the most satisfying regular season to watch. so pumped on this team.

  • John

    i’ve been a hardcore Nuggz fan since 2003. no, that was not pre-Carmelo, ya’ll. this has been by far the most satisfying regular season to watch. so pumped on this team.

    • rpm5250

      I’ve been a hardcore Nuggets fan since 1988. That’s when my aunt took me to my first game at McNichols. I was 7. Alex English, Michael Adams, and good old Fat Lever were on that team.
      That’s pre-Carmelo, pre-McDyess, pre-Jackson/Rauf, pre-Mutombo.
      My beloved Nuggets have been through a lot since I became a fan, a lot of it not very good at all.
      So yes, I’d have to agree, this is the best season yet. A true team effort.

  • will

    how does andre miller get a C-? He had a plus/minus of -19 in 18 minutes and contributed nothing offensively.

  • Aaron

    I was at the game today. . and Karl coached well at times, but made some more head-scratchers at times. . a few observations:

    1) I’ve never heard the Pepsi Center that quiet when Faried went down. The air totally went out of the place. I’m hoping he just takes this week off. We don’t need bigs against the Suns. .the Bucks tomorrow might be a chore.

    2) Miller was terrible today. And, I can’t believe Karl went with the 3 pg lineup with TL, and Fournier. This just wasn’t the game for that because Iggy was creating everything anyway, which is why GK loves all the point guards. Didn’t need them today.

    3) Chandler mostly didn’t show up. Really bad turnovers, and just because he hits a few threes. . we need more than that; especially tomorrow. I hope the coaches are in his ear.

    4) I have absolutely no idea. . none. . why GK took out JVMcGee and put back in Chandler in the 4th after McGee had only played for about 2 minutes and Chandler had 4 fouls. When you’re up against a tanking team and up 17 points, . . that’s the time to let McGee play through it mature, and grow as a player. That was a heartless coaching move, and it didn’t even work, because JJ Hickson proceeded to abuse Randolph. I’m higher on Randolph than some posters above. But, I really think if GK would leave McGee in there, he’d atone for mistakes and make some more positives. He was really great today in the 1st half. And, he changes offenses because they stop driving when he’s in there. Now, tonight, Portland was hot from 3, so kudos to them for adjusting. But, that was a bad move. We needed more size tonight. Couldn’t figure that one out.

    5) Fournier is legit, he’s our best threat from 3, and he should absolutely get some of AMiller’s minutes because Ty is back and hitting his midrange game. If Ty does that, we’ll win games as long as Miller doesn’t get to have 4 turnovers. Heck, put Evan out there with Andre and Brewer/Chandler/McGee. The kid hits open shots and he drives well. What’s left to see?

  • Ryan

    I’m worried about tomorrow, with Faried out, we may get pushed around inside. It all depends on who plays for the Bucks. With nothing to play for, the Bucks might choose to rest Jennings and Sanders, which would be great news for the Nuggets, as we still kinda suck on the road. Need to win these next two or else we might be staring at no home-court advantage in round 1 and an early exit…

    • dynamo.joe

      I wouldn’t mind seeing a McGee/Koufos front court.

      • John in LA

        Karl has played them together a few times, McGee and Randolph a few, and 2K and Mozzy a few…. the only pairing that doesn’t seem to work is McGee and Faried.

      • nugswin

        I called for this relentlessly before the season started. Sadly, George Karl doesn’t read this blog.

  • Paul

    Fournier is good and all, but everyone take it with a grain of salt. Teams havent scouted him that much. Yes he does move well and shoot well. Yes he is a good defender, none of which should be taken away from him.

    No team has truly scouted his tendencies though. They havent had to because he only plays 8 minutes a game. He is gonna be a solid role player, but lets not get too ahead of ourselves.

    I have been a fan of the kid since he was drafted, liked the pick and am glad he is playing well, but hes still a nobody to other teams because he is (was?) a 3rd stringer.

  • TyroneH

    When can we start giving the Refs grades because as of late it seems like everytime we start pulling away all you hear is the whistle blow against the Nuggets. Just like in Dallas we got not one foul called for us in the 3rd quarter today it was made up calls and fouls just so they could try and make us work harder. Every game this season when we are bout to blow a team out all you hear is whistles blowing against us. Please start grading the refs, today’s game I give them a D- because they didn’t call the same calls on both teams and they were very inconsistent. I remember a play today when Brewer shot the ball missed badly but the ball still hit the rim and got the rebound they called it a self pass or some garbage but fortunately another ref who could actually see the play over turn the call but other than that it was horrible all night long.

    • http://espn herpderpnuggets

      I have been noticing that as well….not just for the nuggets but it sounds like the warriors got shafted as well. Hope it doesn’t carry over in the playoffs.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    The GOOD, THE BAD, and the UGLY:

    The good :
    Karl starting EVAN (my prayers answered), and EVAN producing BIG. Evan is proving to be the real deal, and MASAI looks more and more amazing each day. Thanks MASAI for RANDOLPH as well.

    The BAD:
    KARL for almost giving the game away by allowing MILLER to sleep walk his way through 19 pathetic minutes.. I was horrible to watch, but my prayers were answered again by KARL sitting MILLER’s lame self on the bench during the closing minutes…. Also BREWER was MIA, and bad Chandler showed up tonight..

    The UGLY:
    Kenneth Faried my favorite player going down.. When I heard his screams my heart sunk…. I pray manimal can come back by game 1 of the playoffs.

    Karl needs to realize that MILLER needs to sit against teams that shoot the three well.. Also BREWER needs to be told to chill-out on the gambling defense on these types of teams as well…. PROVE ME WRONG KARL (Thanks for the EVAN start.. My thank you card is in the mail)

    • mile high

      Nothing against you and your comments. Just wanted to say that we are running short of bodies and the 19 Miller minutes today may come in handy tomorrow when we play the 2nd game of a back-to-back.

  • Ckwizard

    If one thing is becoming very very clear to me it is this…

    In the debate of “Chandler Vs Gallo” and the comments a couple months ago about Gallo not being a facilitator or good creator, Chandler is a down right bad passer and setting up others for easy scores and Gallo is the better passer/facilitator between the two.

    I love the starting lineup today, Fournier is a “smart” basketball player and is showing some crafty passing that makes the Nuggets half court offense even more dynamic. Having Ty , Iggy, and Fournier all in the lineup is fun to watch.

  • CJP32

    Good to see Ty starting and Evan had a big game.

    Sad to see Faried injured, I pray its not bad

    You think Brewer took on GKs advice not to shoot? He was looking to pass way more today, 5 rebs, 3 asts and 7 pts is ok.

    Chandler took too many jumpers. Focus on driving.

    THIS is the Iggy we need for the Playoffs

    Dre – jesus, he really hares end of season games.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    I hate to bring this up.. But for looking at pictures it looks like FARIED was wearing ADIDAS shoes… If I was in the Association I would burn all other brands and break out the old faithfull NIKES… Someone needs to tell the nuggets medical crew……

    • CJP32

      I dont think shoes play a big role in injuries, 99% of NBA players would tape their ankles. It was an unlucky injury, it happens. Are you saying Kobe’s own Nike shoes tore his achilles??

  • 9Iggy9

    Igoudala played great yet again…I’m pretty sure all those who said brewer was better(who I like also and think is good) can fully admit they were wrong.

    • Ckwizard

      Give it time, One game proves nothing as those in the Brewer is the most important camp like to use everytime he does play great. They might be right even though Igoudala in my opinion is the Best player on the team!

      • CJP32

        I really don’t think anyone here has said that Brewer is better than Iggy???

        But both play important roles on this squad and hopefully both are back next year and beyond. Iggy has made Brewer and the other guys better players, by leading by example on the defensive end. You can see it when there is a turnover or a good defensive play, he gives them criticism and/or a compliment. Both of these guys have really stepped up since the Gallo injury, last 5 games:

        Iggy – 40.2 mpg, 8.2 rebs, 9.4 asts, 2.00 stls and 16.8 pts
        CBrew – 31.2 mpg, 3.0 rebs, 2.0 asts, 1.80 stls and 19.6 pts

        Both are equally important to this team for different reasons.

  • AaronCAPS

    Why the fuck would the refs favor Portland when the Nuggets are at home!?!? Only thing I can think of is to get the L.A. Clippers the #3 seed. But damn man! Why do we have to go threw this!? Everyone (including none Nuggets fans) say they enjoy watching the Nuggets, I know Denver is a smaller market but would Stern want Denver in the playoffs sense everyone enjoys them? Mind boggling man..

    • mile high

      Sure, Stern would want the Clippers over the Nuggets especially now that Kobe is out. Kroenke should give Stern a warning call now because I don’t think Stern would blatantly put himself at the wrong side of one of the most influential owners today.

      That being said, I think we can still win a series vs. the Clippers even if we don’t hv home court as long as the officiating is not too ridiculous.

  • heykyleinsf

    GK benching Miller gives me confidence.

    I am not so sure Miller has nothing to offer
    this team any more.. I think he will still
    help us.. but it’s huge .. monumentally..

    That GK benched a veteran like Miller for
    a rookie. That flies in the face of all conventional
    theory about GK’s mindset..

    I think this bodes well not only for our playoffs..
    but our long term future.

    Things could end tomorrow.. And this would be
    my happiest season from 20 years of being a fan.
    And we have greatness in front of us..

    But Ty back, Fournier arriving.. and I think in
    the worst case scenario.. Manimal back for the
    2nd round.. we’re looking good and a long long
    way from done.

    • dynamo.joe

      Well, maybe Evan said “look coach, I been a pro basketball player since 2009-2010”.

    • Ryan

      The thing I worry about now is Miller pouting even more than usual now (if that’s possible) because he was benched. Even when he was getting minutes, he complained that he wasn’t starting. If his minutes are significantly reduced, which really would mean playing him the amount of minutes he SHOULD play, we may see a full-on Andre Miller tumor emerge. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if Miller’s dismal attitude impacts the team, he should be banished like JR and KMart were in previous years… that would really determine who Karl’s loyalty lies with, Miller or the team

  • AaronCAPS

    Just thinking about this a little bit..Do we cut Hamilton? or trade him? Or do we keep him for depth reasons? Or…(What I’m hoping!) Nuggets are trying to teach him how to flow with an offense & not shoot quiet as much? I guess we’ll have to wait & see. Anyone else have any thoughts about this?

    • Nathan

      I would keep him for sure- you can never have too much depth. I think he might be the as good as Miller- he should be found 10 minutes a night as a 4th or 5th guard. If we get another injury, he will be vital in the playoffs.

  • Dubz

    I’m happy about the win but has Karl explained why Chandler didn’t start? I know the spacing hasn’t been great since Gallo’s gone down but I wanted to see how things were with Lawson as the starting PG as opposed to Miller. I think it’s really unfair to Chandler if he’s suddenly demoted to the bench again. He was playing very very well as our starting SF and it sends the wrong message to him and more importantly the team that he was benched in favor of a rookie. I adore that rookie and think he’s going to be a a very important piece in THIS YEARS playoff run, but he should be coming off the bench. Why would Karl want to screw with the psyche of a guy who’s arguably been playing the best ball on the team over the last couple of weeks?? I really don’t get it and it seems Chandler doesn’t either because he came out and played terribly today. I understand his fouling was an issue and he’s not a great passer but no one is perfect. I just wonder how he’ll respond to going back to the bench if that is in fact what GK plans on doing to close out the year. There’s no question that he should be a pro about it and take it in stride, but that’s a tough pill to swallow for him I’m sure. Hope it all works out, not to pleased with GK on this one unless he had a reason for doing it for this game specifically. Why does he play Fournier 8 minutes against the Mavs then has him start tonight? Total head scratcher.

    • http://Denverstiffs.com slader

      GK hasn’t got much time to figure out how best to overcome our various injuries, and I think the lineup was an experiment – more trying out Fournier than punishing Chandler. Will has had success as 6th man in the past in any case, and now we know that Evan can cover more minutes at need.
      As another experiment, I think Karl needs to risk a few minutes with Hamilton, just to be sure he’s not too rusty in case of emergency.
      We may well see Chandler starting again tonight, but I’m sure we will also see Ty, Evan and Iggy on the floor together for stretches – very effective.

  • Giovanni

    Another injuries??????

    Are you kidding me!!!!

    That sucks…

    55 win and again we don’t have locked the home court vantage…

    55 win and maybe we fight vs Memphis…

    55 win but karma turn bad…

    We are the Nuggets…

  • Nathan

    I was at the game, and I was really surprised we started out with a 3 guard lineup: Iguadala, Fournier, Lawson. I know Karl likes small ball; I wonder if this will be a recurring lineup with Gallo out.

  • Evan S

    I was really frustrated beforebthe game when I found out Fournier was starting in place of Chandler. But once again Karl proves he knows more about this team than I do. Fournier is really impressive on both sides of the ball and Chandler continues to gete in foul trouble.

  • http://MileHighSports Freddy

    Some thought on McGee from last night: When he came in the game, he was an offensive beast! He started 5/6, and was a big presence inside. He only had 2 rebs when he got taken out, but it was starting to look like we might be watching one of Javale’s good games. Karl however, doesn’t put Javale back in till more than halfway through the 2nd quarter.

    At this point he’s obviously lost the attitude he had earlier, but he’s still being agressive, and goes for a hook shot, (one he nicely made earlier), and misses. Literally 1 min of playtime, he misses a shot, and Karl yanks him out!!! That’s absurd! I know Javale can either be really good or really bad, but when it looks like he’s about to have one of his good games, Karl yanks him, sits him, and he only gets 16 mins and the same mediocre stat line.

    It’s just frustrating that Karl doesn’t even give him a chance to have a single great game or a single game with extended minutes, no matter how well he plays. If you never give a player a chance to succeed, how can you expect him to grow and mature?

    • googergieger

      Not to mention Koufos was playing like ass.

  • Z

    Coach Karl plays too many mind games with the players.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    KARL plays mind games with everyone except MILLER.. I am still amazed by the love affair…