Taking the pulse of the Nuggets at the end of the season
The Nuggets went undefeated in the last week of the season to clinch the third seed in the Western Conference. Kenneth Faried sprained his ankle early in Sunday’s game against Portland and sat out the rest of the week; he is listed as day-to-day entering the playoffs. In a closer than expected game against the Trailblazers, Evan Fournier capped his career high 24 point night with two late three pointers to seal the 118-109 win. The next night in Milwuakee, Ty Lawson hit a go-ahead jumper with nine seconds left and the defense held on for a 112-111 victory. The Nuggets jumped out to a big lead early against the Suns in the season finale on Wednesday, giving the end of the bench a chance to show their stuff. All twelve healthy Nuggets players made at least one basket and grabbed at least one rebound in the 118-98 win. Andre Iguodala averaged 20 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2.3 blocks for the week.
Record this week: 3-0 (2-0 home, 1-0 road)
Overall record and standings: 57-25, third seed in the West.
Upcoming: the Nuggets have home court advantage in a first round playoff series against Golden State. Game 1 is on Saturday.