Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 118 Phoenix Suns 98

The Denver Nuggets clinched the three seed after smashing the Suns by 20 points in their final home game of the year. The sun sets on a historic regular season as the Nuggets now await their first round playoff opponent, either Houston or Golden State.

UPDATE: The Nuggets will face the Golden State Warriors in a 3-6 first round matchup with home court advantage. Playoffs start Saturday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m. MST, then continue on Tuesday, April 23, at 8:30 p.m. MST; Friday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m. MST; and Sunday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. MST. All other games are TBD.

Phoenix Suns 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 118 Denver Nuggets
Kosta Koufos, C 17 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +15

I haven’t loved Koufos’ energy as of late but he continues to provide the most solid perimeter defense of all Nuggets bigs and really proved why his steadiness has made him the starter all season long. Kosta finally finished a few shots and provided some toughness inside, encouraging signs as he works his way back into form for the playoffs.

Ty Lawson, PG 23 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +15

He came in, took care of business and got the Nuggets through it with the least amount of work necessary. Lawson has been superb since returning from a torn plantar fascia in his right foot and was able to get a comfortable amount of rest after burying the Suns early on in the action.

Wilson Chandler, SG 25 MIN | 8-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +15

Chandler also destroyed Phoenix from the outset and was able to cruise the rest of the way. His energy has been big for the starting lineup. He continues to play well and look healthy at the right time of the year. Offensively, he’s really hitting his stride and finishing everything at a very high rate.

Andre Iguodala, SG 31 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +14

A dominating performance. It doesn’t look it, but he was all over the young Suns guards so badly it just didn’t look fair. See my additional notes in the ‘things we saw’ section for more on Iguodala’s award-worthy regular season.

Evan Fournier, SG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +19

Fournier did a little less with his minutes than usual but was still fantastic. He is proving to be one of the best system players on Denver’s roster, often finding himself in the right place at the right time to finish an easy shot or make the proper defensive rotation. He may have forced one or two shots which had me bump his grade down a notch.

Anthony Randolph, PF 22 MIN | 4-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +3

Randolph was honestly a mix. Offensively he had a great night after an epic disaster against Milwaukee. Defensively he alternated between soft and great. He recorded some nice chase down blocks, but didn’t really body up any of the Suns bigs inside and gave up too many easy second shot opportunities. This was one of his better stats games of the year and the Nuggets won big, but for me it wasn’t the confidence-booster it could have been.

Quincy Miller, SF 4 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -1

Incomplete.

Corey Brewer, SF 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +7

Still not a factor offensively, but I like him shooting less and focusing more on the in between parts of his game. He cannot be amazing in transition every game and we have seen him try and give a better effort in making positive things happen in the half-court. You want him to be playing better right now but he has not been a negative since hitting another slump on offense.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 11 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | 0

This guy can play and make shots, he just hasn’t fit into the rest of the picture enough to warrant a role. It’s good to see the forgotten man of the roster get a little bit of burn in the final game of the season.

Timofey Mozgov, C 20 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -1

Solid. A double-double after not having played any significant minutes all season is incredible. It took not only hard work but confidence for Mozgov to have this kind of game despite clear signs of rust all over his game. He likely won’t do much except bolster Denver’s depth in playoffs but I loved Mozgov’s game tonight.

JaVale McGee, C 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +8

A bad game, full of frustration fouls and predictably sloppy effort on the defensive end. He was routinely abused on the glass and eventually lost his cool in the third quarter as the Nuggets were nursing a 20-point lead. That kind of volatility casts some doubts over his reliability come playoff time.

Andre Miller, PG 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6

Not much better than he’s been playing recently, which has been really bad. Andre Miller made some nice plays at the end of the Milwaukee game and marginally increased his effort against Phoenix, but he’s just playing poorly as the playoffs approach. There’s no nice way to put it. Hopefully something changes and he gets it going in the postseason.

George Karl

Should Karl win Coach of the Year? He at least deserves to be considered on equal footing with anyone else. This is an incredibly strong finish to a wildly successful season. Honestly no one deserves more immediate credit for it than Karl. There have been so many obstacles and excuses to pack in it at the end of a weird season, and Karl figured out a way to pull through.

Three Things We Saw

  1. One for the Ages: Here’s just a few of the new franchise records set by the 2012-2013 Denver Nuggets: 15 straight overall, 23 straight at home, and of course a record 57 wins, Denver’s most ever in the NBA. The Nuggets also finished with a dominant 38-3 home record, one of the best on record in NBA history. This team has been special and we may never see another Nuggets squad make so much history in a single season.
  2. Getting defensive: It was a comfortable win with seemingly no cause for alarm, but Denver’s performance on the defensive boards was shockingly bad. They allowed a tired, undermanned Suns squad to grab 15 offensive boards in the first half following a tough back-to-back. The second half was better, but the Nuggets clearly need Faried back or there’s no reason they won’t continue to give up tons of second shot opportunities without much of a fight. JaVale and Randolph in particular have to be much better at keeping their man off the glass.
  3. DPOY: Iguodala made several spectacular defensive plays highlighting a deserving campaign to win defensive player of the year. He stopped multiple fast breaks by himself and once again showed that on an individual level, he wins his defensive matchup more consistently than just about any player in basketball. It’s very unfortunate the defensive shortcomings of the rest of his team so often obscure his monumental impact on that end of the floor. If he comes in any lower than second in the voting it’s an even bigger travesty.
  • Cory

    So we finished how many games back of the Spurs…..Great Regular season though! Lets go Nugs!

    • Chris D

      Had we showed up in those two losses to the Wizards, we’d be the two seed. Can’t knock a session with a franchise record winning streak though. Can’t wait for the playoffs!

  • casper

    Great game by a great team. When your reserves are getting double doubles you know life is good. I’ve been a fan since 1970 and this is the best tam I’ve seen.

    • Chris

      Fan since the 90s. Truly a great finish to a great season!

  • GB

    So…do the Nuggets actually have anyone on their roster that couldn’t start for an above-average team, somewhere in the NBA?
    Maybe Masai could package some of our bench together and get another shooter?
    After watching the last half of the season, especially since Ty and Gallo went down, I really think it’s a toss-up between them and OKC for getting out of the West, and the Nuggets match up better than anyone else in the NBA against the Heat (apart from maybe Memphis).

    • Dan

      Memphis wouldn’t do as well when Miami goes small, that’s where the Nuggets have an advantage they can go “small” without really losing much size and keep a big man in without losing much speed at the position. They do matchup better against the Heat than anybody else and if they play the way they have been recently and they get a healthy faried back, they have the ability to beat anybody in a seven game series.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, home court doesn’t mean as much as everyone seems to think. I have more faith in the Nuggets ability to beat anybody on the road than I do in anybody else winning a game in Denver.

  • Tom2

    Well, the Nuggets performed slightly under my expectations this year; I thought they would win 58, but they only won 57, what a bunch of scrubs.

    I know GK gets a lot of grief for not being successful in the playoffs, but it should be noted that the Nuggets have won every playoff series they’ve been favored to win under his tenure. In other words, only fans with unreasonable expectations should really be disappointed with how the Nuggets have performed. Even the series that the Nuggets have lost have been very well contested; they’ve performed quite admirably under Karl, but just have never been the best in the west. This year is different than previous years, however. They should be favored against any team except the Heat, the Thunder, and maybe the Spurs (though, the Spurs haven’t been playing very well lately). For that reason, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect them to make the conference finals.

    • Ryan

      The grief about GK’s playoff record in Denver stems not so much from losing as a 7 or 8 seed, but from not getting a higher seed to begin with due to complacency during the regular season. This team, however, just kept finding ways to win close games that, in years past, they would find ways to lose. Karl does deserve some credit in that aspect, as this team truly does have a “never say die” attitude…

      • SmokinNugs

        Tebow taught Denver to never say never. I legitimately believe he changed the way a lot of people view the game. It’s really not over until the clock his 0:00:00. Blowouts are great, but winning the close ones are what builds the true fan base.

  • Cory

    Who wants to see Iggy check LeBron in the Finals? This guy does. ‘Cause the Nuggets can beat ANY-BODY 4 times!

    • http://lycos.com MellowCaveman

      Agree a lot! I really do think the Nuggets match up very well against the heat and would love to see it, just first things first take care of GS. Would love to have Houston but don’t think it’s gonna roll that way. Either way great season for the team and a great looking schedule to the WCF.

    • Also Cory

      I totally agree, we can definitely beat anybody. Except for.. the refs. I am just trying not to get my hopes up, because if we end up making it to the finals, we all know the refs are going to give LeBron foul calls every time he gets touched and forget to blow their whistle when the Nuggets get hammered.

  • http://lycos.com MellowCaveman

    Really liked how GK went through the possible lineups the first half. (Seeing how they gel) Read every ones posts a lot, first time on. Also like how well the bench stepped up. Know it was a crappy team but just watching how deep this team is, and, woe to the team that gets caught behind the Nuggets when they can start to have fun and streetball you. Great game and awesome momentum builder for the whole team.

  • Scott

    Just think how if we beat SA away a few weeks ago we would have the 2nd seed right now…

    Either way PROUD of this team!

    • Cory

      That’s what I’m saying man. More of a thing where it would look better ya know don’t necessarily need the 2 seed. We would just be playing a different first round opponent and meet the Spurs in the 2 round anyway(who we can beat).

    • http://lycos.com MellowCaveman

      I know a little too late. Wish we (GK) and the team would have realized we have a Duncan killer on the bench. The Spurs could give us a run but I think how McGee shut down Duncan gives us the edge. Not shutting down but forcing him to jump shots instead of a post-game, that along with the emergence of F-94 on the outside and we can shut the spurs down. I also loved the first two rotations tonight where GK only switched out the centers, thought it gave us a whole new dynamic but kept every threat available.

    • Ryan

      In that regard, there are a number of bad losses early in the season (Phoenix, Philadelphia, Orlando, etc.) that may have been the difference between finishing above OKC and being the 1 seed. However, they got really lucky in several games they should have lost. In any case, they are still in a good position to advance deep into the playoffs. How far they go depends greatly on Faried coming back healthy and Ty’s foot not flaring up at any point. If Gallo was healthy, there would be no excuse at all not to win the western conference…

  • Ernie

    Only negative was giving up 20 Offensive Rebounds. Any idea when Faried can come back?

    The injuries are such a shame. This might be the best Nuggets team in history. Most wins, efficient scoring, better defense, depth. I just don’t know if they will have enough fire power to get to the Finals without two starters. Certainly nobody else would, maybe ex-Miami if it was the non big-3.

    • Dan

      I think Faried will be back for the first round, they said he was walking without a limp already and you know he wants to play.

  • googergieger

    Really proud of this team. Sad that Gallo won’t be part of our play off run. Still like our chances to get to the conference finals. Just hope we play up to our potential and dominate like I know we can’t. Can’t take any nights off or possessions off come playoffs!

    • Evan Woodruff

      Gallo will be apart of the Playoff run. A player, especially one like Gallo, does a lot more then play. He will help them win in every way possible, and WILL make a difference. Mark my words.

  • doop snog

    “What if I told you that team basketball really did win championships?”
    ESPN 30 for 30 presents “Denver: LeBron’s Kryptonite” ::cue in Michael Jordan laughing in a high-back chair in a top floor downtown Charlotte office::

    • Ernie

      There is no way…that Michael Jordan would be in Charlotte.

    • Ryan

      I like the way you’re thinking, but that’s a bit premature, given that Miami beat us both times this year (although both games could have gone either way)

      • Ernie

        Those games against Miami were pretty early in the season. I wouldn’t read too much into if the Nuggets continued this run into the finals.

  • googergieger

    We’re also setting a record for most points in the paint in a season, period. While we do miss Faried as well, he isn’t going to be the cure to the defensive rebounding issue. We need more people to box out. Iggy, Gallo, and Miller are about the only people that consistently box out on this team.

    • Ernie

      Looked to me like Mozgov was banging bodies as well, which led to his 10 boards.

      • magster

        Someone at stiffs said Mozgov broke his thumb tonight.

    • Tom2

      The poor defensive rebounding is the direct result of the team’s leaking-out and running policy. Once a shot goes up, the perimeter guys are already thinking fast break, not about securing the rebound. It’s a double-edged sword, but I think it works well when you know you have a super-rebounder in Faried.

    • mike

      faried is the best defensive rebounder on the team so he may not “cure” the nugs defensive rebounding issues, but they become significantly worse without him. and they were already 4th worst in the league with him. Faried is 33rd in the league in Defensive Rebound rate and Koufus is 50th. Chandler is the next nugget at 97th. Ugly.

      • googergieger

        I’m glad you agree.

  • Tom2

    Crazy season in the Western Conference this year. OKC, Denver, LAC, and Memphis all crushed their franchise records for wins in a season: +5, +3, +6-7, +6.

  • googergieger

    I feel really bad for Sacramento. Might be the last time that team plays there and the refs are still screwing them over. Two horrible charge calls where Jordan and Griffin were still moving their feet something obvious and falling to the ground before contact happened. Meanwhile Paul keeps molesting Thomas and nothing is done to stop it. Not to mention he straight up grabbed Cousins by the groin and yanked, and still nothing! What are the odds the league suspends Paul for a game like they did for Cousins? Heck Ibaka wasn’t suspended for his hit either right? If you’re a “star” or on a “star team” you can get away with effin murder.

  • googergieger

    Honestly if we had a fair schedule or if OKC had our schedule(though with their refs who knows) we probably would have had the first seed. Heck probably even challenge Miami for best over all record. There was a reason the NBA nerds were saying we would have the best record in the west before the start of the season. They and we, just never expected the horrible schedule we had.

    • mike

      The schedule evens out mostly. The records being predicted were around 55-58 wins from the statistically oriented prognosticators. OKC was predicted in that general range too 53-59. OKC just has had 2 straight seasons with ridiculous health. They are really only 8-9 deep with NBA caliber talent and if Westbrook or Durant are out it really leaves them in a bind for who initiates the offense. They didn’t get those injuries which is why they ended up at 60+. That and kevin martin was amazingly efficient.

      • googergieger

        Five at home then five on the road is a lot different from seventeen of your first twenty three on the road.

      • Ckwizard

        Biggest problem with the starting schedule was lack of Quality Practice time. After real games started and because Igoudala wa added the team would have become better faster if they didn’t have to spend he first part of the schedule traveling all the tie and trying to build everything through live game action. Nuggets would have won more games with the Thunders schedule because the Nuggets would have developed the “Teamness” and “Chemistry” they have now faster because of quality practice time.

        • Ryan

          I agree to a certain extent, but there should have been a little more emphasis on working as a team during the preseason. Their preseason showings were terrible and it was like they still were playing preseason games when the season began. With how bad Philadelphia and Orlando were this year, getting beaten soundly by both to start the season was unacceptable, even if there is a requisite team period for a team to truly gel

  • John in LA

    ….aaaaand Mozzy’s got a broken thumb. Dammit. This is just ridiculous. Can we have something go our way…. please?

    • Ernie

      The weird thing about all these injuries is Nuggets players have so much less time to wear down because the team is so deep. I can see it where Kobe plays 45 minutes a night and gets an injury. But our guys are playing less than 35 minutes a night. Just bad luck.

      • googergieger

        We also got worn down by the early season part of our schedule. So many back to backs. So much traveling. Body needs time to rest. We were given none. I mean sure everyone looked healthy but it adds up. Not to mention the way we attack the paint, we take so much punishment and the refs let a lot of it slide. We don’t get protected like other teams in the league. We get hit hard and for every five hits we get, only one is called.

    • Tom2

      Dang. So Gallo torn ACL, Stone sprained MCL, Mozgov broken thumb, Faried sprained ankle, Lawson torn heel, Chandler separated shoulder and hip stuff.

    • will

      KK and McGee are much better than Mozzy. If he got minutes Nuggets would be in trouble.

      • John in LA

        yeah… McGee looked great last night(sarcasm)

    • Ryan

      The only positive is that Mozgov had no hands to begin with, so he could probably play about the same with a broken thumb lol…

  • heykyleinsf

    Mike Shanahan was a fascist perfectionist for
    the Broncos before he got fired… word came
    out that nobody ever got to enjoy anything..
    when they were winning..the players were
    treated like they were losing…

    And I don’t want these guys to not be proud
    of who they are and what they have done..

    BUT STILL…

    WTF with opponents offensive rebounds????

    Goog..

    If you didn’t see what I was talking about
    with McGee tonight… You are too blindly in love.

    If McGee had Faried’s motor..
    OMG.. he WOULD be Wilt Chamberlain the 2nd.

    But WTF??
    A little effort JaVale??

    It’s starting to become a problem.

    • googergieger

      He played poorly tonight. He didn’t play poorly against the Bucks. Faried has had plenty of nights like this. You were wrong last time. End of.

      • heykyleinsf

        No I was not wrong.
        He played worse tonight..
        but he did the exact same thing.
        He does not consistently apply himself.

        If we want to go the extra step this year..
        I can’t think of a more shaky and dubious
        vulnerability.. I am all over him right now
        because I know how capable he is.
        Effort. It’s not forthcoming.

        • googergieger

          He had seventeen rebounds. Multiple blocks. Multiple influences on shots. Had the Bucks afraid to attack the paint when he was in there in general. And was smart offensively. Had two bad plays that entire game and one was because a foul wasn’t called. He was great in that Bucks game and you have nothing to argue against it. End of.

  • heykyleinsf

    Great games!
    Clippers had a little dogfight from the Kings..
    but won.

    Lakers and Rockets in OT as we speak!
    We’re rolling on these playoffs right now!

  • googergieger

    Can’t believe people think Harden is a top ten player. Honestly don’t think he’d even be the best player on this team. Just no effort on defense. Constantly over dribbles and puts his team mates in really bad situations. He’ll get to the line a lot. And is smart offensively all in all. Not to mention he is a good passer. But his faults are many. People really need to stop falling in love with offense and look at the all around more.

    • heykyleinsf

      I got something even crazier to say…

      here it goes…

      WE ALL JUST BECAME BIG LAKER FANS.

      Temporary.. but true.

      Lakers took 7th seed.
      They will play the Spurs.
      AND??
      They just beat them the other day.
      Easily.
      That’s right.. without Kobe.
      Lakers beat the Spurs..
      We beat the Warriors..
      (which we will)
      Then..
      We get the 2nd round with home court.

      Speaking of without Kobe?
      WEIRD THING HAPPENED.
      I will admit it.
      I found myself actually liking the team.
      Not a lot.. mind you.. but definitely a little more.
      ANOTHER WEIRD THING?
      I’m not shitting you..
      I sincerely think they are a better team now.
      WITHOUT KOBE.

      • heykyleinsf

        wait a minute.. I’m not done..
        thought I was..

        Lakers beat the Thunder in 2nd round?

        We host the Lakers in the 3rd round
        with home court advantage.

        Then we break their hearts..
        on the way to breaking the Heat’s hearts.

        Why not?

        • Jeff

          The Spurs will destroy the Lakers. Spurs in 4, average margin of victory: 15 points. Spurs were resting their players, they didn’t care about that game

          • heykyleinsf

            I’m inclined to agree..
            got caught up in the moment..
            Was unaware that the bracketing
            doesn’t go by seeding..
            Goog pointed that out to me.

            But the Lakers did beat the Spurs
            on Sunday.. And the Spurs did have
            something to play for.
            The Lakers have actually been pretty
            scary in the 4th quarter..

            But yeah.. Spurs in 6.

            • Evan Woodruff

              All of these guy’s posts are poetic in form. Quite memorizing.

  • googergieger

    Lakers can’t face OKC before we do and without beating us. We face whoever wins in the second seed versus seventh seed match up. We can beat the Lakers. We can even beat the Lakers with the refs. So, bring it on. Important to win the first two games in our house against Golden State however. Hope our guys come focused and ready, and not high.

    • heykyleinsf

      I thought that the highest seed plays the lowest seed throughout.

      • heykyleinsf

        You’re right.
        I just looked it up on Wiki..

        That’s what I get for having
        a favorite team that dies in
        the first round.

        The NHL does it that way..
        not the NBA.

        • heykyleinsf

          It still could work though..
          If Lakers somehow beat the Spurs..
          then the Rockets, Clippers or Grizzlies
          beat the Thunder.

  • CJP32

    Looking forward to watching Denver vs Warriors – this team is ready to roll. Winners of 23 of our last 26 games – 88%. Won 38 of 41 at home – 93%.

    Warriors BIG 3 vs DEN this season:

    Curry – 18.5 ppg, 67% 3PT
    Klay – 18.3 ppg, 31% 3PT
    Lee – 10.3 rebs, 5.0 asts and 23.3 ppg

    Nuggets top players vs Warriors:

    Ty – 16.0 ppg, 8.3 asts
    Iggy – 6.3 rebs, 5.0 asts, 20.0 ppg
    Faried – 11.5 rebs, 11.3 pts

    Chandler only played once vs Warriors, CBrew averaged 11.3 ppg

  • AaronCAPS

    Ha. So much for having amazing depth. Everyone is hurt, We lost our security Center & PG now (Sense Stone & Mozgov are now hurt) with Faried & Gallo hurt that means the security in Fournier & Randolph are gone. Stupid basketball Gods….

    Great win tonight though, should be awesome & a hell of a series against GSW starting Saturday! Go Nuggets!

    • Mufasa

      Fournier provides enough security at the guard position, and Mozgov would have barely played anyway. Nuggets beat GSW in 5, I would hardly call it a ‘hell of a series’

      • AaronCAPS

        Yeah, obviously those 2 are security enough, but there’s nothing behind them. I like Hamilton but GK doesn’t. & quite honestly I meant “hell of a series” for the Nuggets, not the Warriors. Lol. I agree with you as well, Nuggz in 5 maybe maybe somehow 6 but no way in hell 7.

  • http://Denverstiffs.com slader

    Mozzy is listed as day to day, so it can’t be too bad. If he sits for the Ist round (probable anyway) he should be fine if we advance. A few mpg of Randolph will fill the gap, hopefully w/o doing much harm.

    More problematic if Faried isn’t 100% or re-tweaks that ankle. I hope GK is ready to give Hamilton a brief stint at need.

    Between Miller, Fournier and Iguodala, we have plenty of playmaking ability w/o Stone.

    Predicting the finals makes me nervous. Let’s concentrate on spanking the Warriors. No prisoners! No Nuggets!

  • http://Denverstiffs.com slader

    * Yikes!! GO Nuggets!! Mamma mia…

  • MMZ

    I remember thinking in the days before the Broncos playoff game this year how I just wanted to savor their season a little more. I youtubed Peyton Manning 2012 highlights and got all giddy. Then I remember being struck by the thought that the only thing sweeter than the them winning the Super Bowl would be a Nuggets championship season. Here’s to hoping that now plays out!

    And no more injuries please!!!

  • OriginalJakeSauce

    We got flat out robbed against the Heat twice this year, and Andre’s late bucket (where Gallo passed up the 18 footer) was in and out for a one point loss. Two games crappily played against the wizards….. could’ve been in the convo for 1 seed. All that said, I think even without Gallo we are the in the top 4 teams all year. Golden State is gonna be a toughie without Kenny at full strength, but if we can close out on Curry Thompson and Barnes on the 3 point line, it’s our series to lose. If not, they are more than formidable.

    With Gallo I would be chanting for the Heat right now, without we are relatively an unknown quantity. (Which could really help)

  • idlejack

    Ok lets keep it simple:just win Golden state.
    Thats all that matters right now.
    Its allways trouble when you cant concentrate in your immediate goal.

  • TyroneH

    WE CAN MAKE IT TO THE FINALS PERIOD!!!!!!!

  • Giovanni

    One step at times boys…

    Win the first round first!!!!

    In ten years only once we pass the first round….

    Great season but the time is now…

    Go Nugz!!!!!

  • Yeazy303

    McGee play better in big games, he has his problems but who doesn’t on the Nuggets. If he gets involved early in games he is much better.

  • ny nugs fan

    looking forward to seeing a. randolph go up against his old team the warriors

    let’s go