Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 88-Sacramento Kings 90

Thanks to an unstoppable night from DeMarcus Cousins and a late Ty Lawson miss, the Nuggets dropped their 2013-2014 season opener 90-88 to the Sacramento Kings.

Denver Nuggets 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Sacramento Kings

 

J.J. Hickson, PF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +1

Early on Hickson struggled defensively, at one point he literally spun in a circle off the ball, but his late game defense on DeMarcus Cousins kept the Nuggets in the game. Offensively he for the most part kept himself inside the paint and finished pretty well there.

Anthony Randolph, PF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -6

Remember all preseason when people tried to warn against getting too excited for Anthony Randolph? That was because of things like tonight. Offensively, he just stood around outside the three point line all night and defensively he lost his man and John Salmons blew right by him. He shouldn’t have played 5 minutes, let alone 15.

JaVale McGee, C 10 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

The Nuggets want this to be JaVale McGee’s team. Part of why George Karl is gone is because he wouldn’t play McGee enough. McGee played 10 terrible minutes tonight. Maybe it wasn’t all George.

Ty Lawson, PG 36 MIN | 5-15 FG | 8-8 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +12

Early in the second half Lawson looked terrific, exploding in the open court and finding shots at the rim. Then it all abruptly stopped. Denver needed Lawson to take the game over late and he didn’t deliver. The missed layup at the end hurt but he needed to be better before that shot as well.

Randy Foye, SG 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +7

Foye played his role exactly like Denver wants him too. He hit a few threes and a long two. He did ruin Denver’s possession with a lazy pass that Isiah Thomas knocked to half court and almost stole, setting up a chaotic sequence that ended in an Evan Fournier missed three.

Darrell Arthur, PF 18 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -8

Arthur played ok defensively for the most part but his indecisiveness cost Denver greatly. He waited too long to go and double DeMarcus Cousins which led to Ty Lawson not rotating down fast enough to box out Arthur’s man (Jason Thompson) who dunked home the eventual game winning basket. But he closed the game because he can defend and spread the floor and did well for the most part.

Kenneth Faried, SF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -3

Faried just doesn’t seem comfortable. He tried to post up throughout the night but his teammates never seemed to actually look for him. His one highlight was ripping an offensive rebound from DeMarcus Cousins for a basket. He just needs to stick to energy things to be effective because trying to do more than that made him invisible tonight.

Timofey Mozgov, C 20 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4

Mozgov was terrific for the Nuggets and it was a surprise he only played 20 minutes. He was physical on both ends of the floor and did a great job of staying vertical and not swatting at the ball, leading to three blocks and just two fouls. Now he has to build off it.

Andre Miller, PG 21 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -13

Miller is going to be so important for Denver. He arguably the best half court offensive player on the roster and tonight showed how important that is for a Nuggets team that will at times struggle to score. He jolted the Nuggets awake when he entered and helped them stay in the game throughout the night.

Nate Robinson, PG 18 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Nate seems lost. Playing off the ball isn’t his forte. It will be interesting to see how things develop in regards to his role and minutes as the season goes along.

Evan Fournier, SG 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | 0

Fournier was rocked with bouts of indecisiveness and after a few turnovers, a lack of confidence leading to a rough shooting night and as many turnovers as assists. He may be the type of player who needs to start quick to be effective.

Brian Shaw

I had two main gripes with Shaw on the night. One was his closing lineup which left JJ Hickson trying to defend DeMarcus Cousins. It worked but I’m still not sure it was the right move as Cousins got a few good looks. It seemed like a time for Mozgov who was playing well on the night. The bigger one was how the Nuggets shot selection broke down but more on that below.

Four Things We Saw

  1. This Nuggets offense is very different and not as good as George Karl’s. The Nuggets took 21 mid-range shots and 26 shots at the rim. That just isn’t a good way to build an offense. I know Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are both out with injuries but that that doesn’t change the fact that Denver needs to get to the rim more. We will see if it was just a one game thing or not.
  2. DeMarcus Cousins is very good. But interior defense was a worry of Denver’s before the season and tonight didn’t do anything but make it worse. It also continued the trend the Nuggets showed in the preseason of getting lit up by the opponent’s best player (CP3, Eric Bledsoe, Kevin Durant). Again, it is game one but it also has to at least be watched.
  3. The power forward rotation shook out with JJ Hickson playing over double the minutes of Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur seeing three more minutes than the Manimal, including the most important ones of the night. Faried didn’t do anything with the minutes he played to really earn more minutes in the next game, so it will be interesting to see how Shaw handles the matter. In the end Faried has to show he fits with this new style of play or he could find himself buried as Shaw cuts down the rotation.
  4. It’s time to stop the Anthony Randolph is a small forward and Anthony Randolph is a rotation player on a playoff team ideas. I know Denver is injured but Randolph has already been in the league four years and has never played important minutes. He is a player that wows at practice, in the preseason and in summer league. Give those minutes to Quincy Miller or Evan Fournier. Or Shaw can play more three guard lineups with Miller, Lawson and Foye like he did tonight. Randolph just cramps spacing too much and is such a negative defensively to consider giving him 15 minutes again this year.

 

  • pgwarner

    That was a system? Shaw’s system. Don’t tell me that its early. That was pathetic. McGee 10 mins, Faried 15. It took JJ over thirty mins to get 10 points.

    • Branden Gloudeman

      That’s total bogus what u just said…. shaw system is using the bigs he has to work the paint…. it’s one game… we didn’t have our 2 best wing players…… and on top of that Shaw recognized miller was killing us in the 4th and took his ass out when we were down 6 that’s major improvement from cruddy George karl

      • pgwarner

        Shaw does not have a system. Phil Jackson does. For the record he won with HOF players.The bigs he has are not going to different when Danilo and Chandler get back. The are SF, not bigs. You are NOT going to turn McGee into a post player. Dude, its a players league. It matters squat what his system is.

        • Branden Gloudeman

          I disagree…. Mcgee has the potential to be very good if he stays out of foul trouble… and Hickson had some brilliant post moves. ….. but the fact of the matter is cuzins was eating up everybody that guarded him we had no answer…. but Gallo and chandler are play makers I would much rather be playing a lineup that goes 1-5 not the 3 guard small lineup we were playing tonight but that’s because shaw had no choice unless he put miller in because Hamilton choked it for himself in the preseason…

          • pgwarner

            Look, having Gallo and Chandler will make the team better. With them we might beat Sac with this system. We won’t beat anybody good. We made Cousins look all world. Hickson does not post up! What planet are you from?

            • Branden Gloudeman

              So all those post up plays Hickson was doing weren’t real? Cousins has always been great against us its not like that’s gonna change unless we got a lock down center and how many of those are on the market? Mcgee will come into his own just takes time

              • pgwarner

                Dude do you know what a post move is? If you did then you would not have said what you just did! He scored on DUNKS from put backs and breaks. He made a few jumpers. If there was a post move I missed it.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Dude u gotta re watch the game then cuz he made a few good moves back to basket in the fourth against cuzins

              • Chain Breaker

                You’re losing sight of what the real issue is, the lack of chemistry between the players and the lack of confidence between Shaw and his players. I think as the season goes on he will learn which guys deserve to play. And for Faried, if he doesn’t add another dimension to his game he will never play in this system.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Honestly I would put faried up for trade I love him but he won’t adjust to this system…. He can’t post up!

              • pgwarner

                The question is, and I am sure I am not missing it, is can Shaw win with this system here? Further and please listen, its a players league. He is not going to shoot an angle with his coaching skills. Is Pau Gasol on this team? Is Hibbert? Is Shaq? Do I need to mention the Bulls? Those are the Triangles systems.

              • LBJ

                I will say no. This team was built for a totally different system. Lawson, Faried and McGee are not half court players – we may as well back up the truck now.

              • pgwarner

                My reply to you is a few down because I am too stupid to click the right box

              • Charliemyboy

                Two more years? Three? Karl didn’t know what he was doing?

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Not in the play offs nope he sure didnt

          • Charliemyboy

            Wait a minute. Didn’t we sign McGee for $44 million and fire the coach of the year?

            • Branden Gloudeman

              Coach of the year for season but what has he done for us in the playoffs? Get out coached by a 2nd year coach in Jackson last year… oh and let Andrew miller guard step curry?! Cmon man u can’t tell me u liked George karl?!

              • Charliemyboy

                Enjoy your tacos.

              • trank

                george was a season or two away from championship because of TEAM. nuggets got hurt, curry got hot, that was all. this team will never win a championship because they will play like everyone else, with ORDER instead of freedom, and the rich teams will usually get the best players to make that work. i’d rather win regular season games like last year, with the most fun TEAM in decades in the NBA, than hear the whining about not having enough star players and set plays and always get beat by the NBA’s favored teams.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Ur out of Ur mind if u think it was just cause steph curry got hot because when iggy was guarding him he didn’t do that what so ever he just took advantage of chappy ass Andre millers defense.. and I’m the only one who thinks this system is gonna work so let’s just play some more games then we will see who was wrong lol

              • Charliemyboy

                I agree with trank… last years team was fun and just a shot away from great things…. w/Gallo and a healthy Faried, we could have prevailed. GS was peaking; they almost beat SA and look what they are doing now with our Iggy. BTW, Miller is still carrying this team at 37. No lol here, you may be crying by the end of the season. Are we going to beat Portland Friday? You going to put money on this ‘system’? BTW, our favorite, Faried, with his incredible athleticism and accolades, is being put out to pasture by this ‘system’. So is JaVale.

      • LBJ

        Yeah, that worker well. Karl has hammered on this site for playing McGoof only 18 minutes – yet Shaw plays him less in his vaunted big attack?? We have $16 million tied up in our 2 posts, but we play Hickson at center most of the 4th quarter???

        • Branden Gloudeman

          Mcgee had 4 fouls!!!!!! What do u want from shaw?! Hickson was holding his own on the offensive end and trying his best to stop cuzins what more do u want?!

          • LBJ

            Where was Mozgof??? He was actually playing decent tonight.

            • Branden Gloudeman

              I agree with u there but u don’t think Hickson was playing well offensively ?I think that’s why shaw kept him in honestly

              • LBJ

                Move him to the 4 – Arthur is pretty worthless. Plus the 3 that doofus Randolph shot should earn him a nice warm spot on the bench.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Darrel Arthur is in for defense! And yah Randolph getting minutes didn’t look good this game… I wanna see quincy miller get some play

          • pgwarner

            McGee sat on the bench for 21 straight mins with 4 fouls. Hickson had 12 points in 30 mins. Hardly a force.

            • LBJ

              And if he fouls out – who cares?

            • Branden Gloudeman

              So u don’t think Hickson was playing well enough in the 4th to stay on the floor? If anything I’ll agree with yall and slide him to the 4 and put Mcgee in took Arthur out that fair?

              • LBJ

                Yes, that would have been better. When you are purportedly running a low post offense – and paying your 2 centers a combined $16 million a year – it would be nice to actually play one of them in the 4th quarter.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                U got me there sir but It looked like she was just getting a feel for his players in the regular season pre season doesn’t show much.. I watched them against the clips and I didn’t see the system I saw tonight

          • Charliemyboy

            Oh Mcgee didn’t commit those fouls? He should have known better that that was going to happen. Maybe we should have paid him more.

      • Charliemyboy

        Cruddy George Karl would have won by 20.

        • Branden Gloudeman

          We win by 20 with karl in a regular season game we get to the playoffs under shaw and actually make some noise and not get bounced out in the 1st that’s how bad I thought karl was he ran no type of set plays In the half court for offense In the playoffs where In the hell is thar gonna get us? Oh yah a first round bounce by anybody and everybody and our best defender recognizing who had the better coach and offense and bolted to gs sound familiar?

          • LBJ

            Of course, firing Karl and Joshy attempting to cheapskate him on the last year of the deal didn’t have anything to do with Iggy leaving.

            • Branden Gloudeman

              Iggy left because he saw how food the Warriors played against them in the playoffs point blank…… He made his decision that series I bet

          • Charliemyboy

            At this point you won’t have to worry about getting bounced in the 1st game of the playoffs. Looks like GS can’t play this year either.

            • LBJ

              GS beat the Lakers by 30. That crappy Klay Thompson put up 38 (15-19).

            • Branden Gloudeman

              Gs destroyed the Lakers by 30 and there defense was ridiculously good

        • trank

          yup

        • Cullen

          Shooting percentage was low. Does George Karl shoot the ball? We got killed in the post. Does George Karl play post? Did any of Karl’s team actually play ANY defense? Nope. So, yeah. Stupid.

          • Charliemyboy

            Did Karl win games? Will Shaw make the playoffs at #17 in the league? Was Karl #3 at the end of the year with much the same team? Get real.

          • Charliemyboy

            Denver was in top 10 in defence differential at end of last year, and #1 in offence, points in paint, fast break points… where will this team end up with much the same players… or, Josh’s improvements? A banner? Give them time, give them time…

  • LBJ

    Lottery – here we come! Glad we got rid of Karl and our fast breaking offense to watch that slop!

  • Josh G

    Team was totally unprepared. Shaw isn’t going to last long if he doesn’t understand that a system should be designed based on your teams’ talents, not vise versa. Not to mention not pushing the ball is a total waste of altitude advantage for the nuggets once home court comes

    • Branden Gloudeman

      We still beat the kings in fast break points? Shaw is implementing a system that will work for us in the playoffs the ridiculous fast break bs Will not work there the game slows down drastically. ….. I loved what I saw

      • LBJ

        Put down the crack pipe – we aren’t making the playoffs!

        • Branden Gloudeman

          Friendly wager we do!

          • LBJ

            You got it!

        • Cullen

          Do you seriously think George Karl was that good of a coach? We will make the playoffs. Do you REALLY love George Karl this much that you are doubting your team like this? It is pathetic. Have some confidence in our boys!

          • LBJ

            Yes, Karl was a good coach. He had the post-Melo version of the Nuggets in place for team in place for 2.5 years – and it was improving every season. Had we kept Karl/Ujiri we would have accomplished something this year. Now, we are headed for the lottery – and we will see what kind of coach Karl was.

            • Branden Gloudeman

              Strongly disagree…… Melo wouldn’t have got us a championship he’s a ball stopper….. The only reason we starting playing well in the Melo era was when chauncey Billups got there before thar we were a .500 team period.

              • LBJ

                I’m not sure why you say you disagree – I never said the Melo version of the Nuggets was anything that would win big. In fact, I pretty much agree with your entire statement.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Because u said Karl was a good coach and I strongly disagree he never developed players and he never fixed the issue of what was the root of the problems during the off season each year which was u can’t make a deep run in the play offs without a half court set offense that fast break bs only flies in the regular season in post season teams will eat Ur heart out if u try thar bologna yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it’s flashy and fun to watch but I want a ship and I think shaw has that offense that will get us there maybe not this year but a few more acquisitions and we will be set… Andre miller flat out needs to go he is a ball stopper and hurts the team so much when he wants to play hero ball… faried is expandable now because he can’t post up… my wants are a lock down center with some decent post moves and a couple more shooters and I think we will be set… maybe a nice wing defender r.i.p. iggy but ty lawson is gonna shine in this offense once he gets it down because this will help become more of a distributor than he ever has before and I saw several glimpses of that last night… He can score at will…. nothing but up for us

              • LBJ

                How are we going to land this big time post player with $16 million tied up in contracts for our current posts?
                Lawson is an above average PG – he is not a superstar. He certainly hasn’t proven he can hit the big shot at the end of the game. We lost 2 games to GS when he dribbled the ball off his knee and missed a wide open 3 in the closing seconds. In contrast, the guy you want to get rid of won game 1 at the end.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                And we lost the series because Karls love for miller defending there best player for majority of the time got us KILLED

              • LBJ

                Was Andre the only guy guarding Steph Curry and/or Jarrett Jack? I’m pretty sure Lawson, Fournier, C-Brew all had their shots at them also – and I don’t remember any of them having a lot of success.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Ummmmmm I just said miller was guarding steph when steph went on a rampage… lawson was guarding Thompson if u recall and they kept running isos for him because George karl love running that b.s. small ball …. and u really need to watch those games again because when iggy or brew was on hime steph was shooting way less and being a lot more hesitant and that’s a fact!

              • LBJ

                Maybe you should review the games – Iggy was guarding Thompson. Lawson tried his hand on Jack and Curry. We played “small ball” because of a lack of personnel (Gallo and Faried hurt) and to match up – as GS was starting 3 guards and Barnes at the 4.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Lawson guarded Thompson several times what are u talking about!

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Ur missing the point miller primarily guarded steph and we got burned every time as oppose to other defenders

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Ty lawson has hit several game winners already what are u talking about! And the play where he dribbled the off his leg was when the guy (I forgot his name) was pushing him towards the out of bounds line! Cmon u really wanna keep miller have u not seen him cost us games day in and day out with his hero ball?!

              • LBJ

                I remember Lawson hitting his first game winner ever as a Nugget at the end of last regular season.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Must have not watched the season before where he hit like 2 or three can’t recall in a span of 6 games

              • LBJ

                Actually, I did watch the season. Plus, I watched the post game interview where Lawson was interviewed about hitting his first ever game winner!

              • Branden Gloudeman

                It wasn’t tho… watch the previous season it was like against the spurs and some other team 2 go ahead threes less than like 10 sec if I recall

              • Branden Gloudeman

                He also had a game winner against the bucks last season…. dude I’m not argue with u lol lawson has like 5 game winners in hid career

              • LBJ

                March 2, 2013 versus the Thunder. I’ll give you the Bucks, which happened later that season and was with 9 seconds left.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                I’ll look up the rest for u

            • Cullen

              Losing Uijiri was not Shaw’s fault?

              Give the new GM and new coach a chance.

              You are exactly like every other alarmist person who is butt hurt about Shaw.

              Plus, you have just repeated “going to the lottery” over and over again. Why, why are we worse than the teams at the bottom of both conferences? Really? Burden of proof is on you to prove otherwise.

              On every post I have seen of yours, you just say this with no logic behind it. Why will we always get journeyman? Etc

              I am legitimately curious about a lot of your reasoning, and then would engage in a legitimate discussion.

              • LBJ

                Where did I say losing Ujiri was Shaw’s fault??? My opinion on the lottery is supported by numerous NBA experts (far more have us finishing out of the playoffs than in). Yes, we really are in the bottom 7 teams in the West.

              • Cullen

                Still, not really explaining anything….

                But okay, I will post several links describing why you are wrong.

                Predicting 7th seed:
                http://espn.go.com/nba/preview2013/story/_/id/9896200/2013-fall-forecast-west-standings?ex_cid=espnapi_public

                Predicting 7th seed:
                http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/preview2013/story/_/page/den-1314forecast/denver-nuggets-outlook?src=mobile

                And there are tons more articles like ths.

                There are a few that I have seen that argue what you argue, but I still dont really understand why you see it this way.

                I dont think they will because there are still several teams in the west much worse than them:

                Sacramento, Utah, Dallas, Portland, Phoenix, New Orleans, La Lakers, and probably Minnesota.

                We still have a pretty deep tea that will find a stride and will play well together. I like the combo of Arthur/Hickson pick and roll/pick and pops. Chandler and Gallo paired with those two with the offense being ran by Ty Lawson? Yeah, that offense will work. McGee playing a legitimate role? Yes. Sure, he is not an all star, but he can majorly contribute. Mosgov? Fits the system. Our guards will fit well with the rest of the lineups, too. Foye, Fournier, Robinson and Miller? All runs well with the other lineups.

                More time and a system that can slow it down sometimes and play half court offense and maybe play a little D even? Yeah, not a lottery team.

                I am willing to bet Faried does not finish the season on our squad, but that is my surprise.

                I think we will go out in the first round, but hey… we did that with Karl? Give him a few years and we will be a legit contender.

                You will probably say no because what free agents can we draw here…? But through trades and smaller pick ups and a great coach, it is possible.

              • LBJ

                You are way more optimistic than I am. I think we will finish ahead of Utah, Phoenix, and Sacramento (after last night, I may reconsider). I see Portland, Minnesota and New Orleans as much improved over last year – while we have regressed. Finally, the Lakers and Dallas – it just depends upon the health of their superstars. In order to avoid the lottery we will have to finish ahead of all but 1 of these teams.

      • Josh G

        There’s no question that the half-court offense needed, and still needs improvement, but that shouldn’t mean less pushing the ball. When Ty Lawson is your franchise and Mcgee is your center, you better be running a lot of fast breaks

        • Branden Gloudeman

          We had like 28 fast break points dude!!!!!!!! Cmon u can’t be this negative after one game!

          • Charliemyboy

            I heard that about the pre-season too. Other beginning coaches are getting wins, like, Sacramento! Let’s be patient, and just wait a few years to that we can replace all our players with hall of famers to help Josh and his team out.

            • Branden Gloudeman

              Ur so negative man lol

              • Charliemyboy

                Give me something to be positive about. No one wants to be part of a winning team than I do. Results and facts, not wishes and intentions.

        • Brian

          It’s not even that we weren’t running enough, it’s that our half-court system is stupid. We cannot build our offense around post-ups when our bigs aren’t that skilled. Everything should be focused on getting Ty or our other guards into the paint and making things happen.

          • Josh G

            Yes, I agree, He’s trying to run a specific system rather than adjusting his strategies to fit the team’s personnel

  • herpderpnuggets

    My only thought, Demarcus cousins is now my all time hated player. On a serious note, I think today’s game was a serious crash test for shaw, the lineups and chemistry were shaky, but there were some bright spots. I just think the nuggets were caught off guard by there being more than 20 people in sacs arena. Oh well. I guess we’ll wait for Friday to see if anything changes.

  • heykyleinsf

    Ty could have won this game a couple of times..
    he usually does.. but tonight.. in the last few minutes
    he choked. I know that’s not going to happen routinely.
    McGee and Faried with just 25 minutes and
    Cousins with 30 pts and 14 boards..
    Shaw better have a different plan other than waiting
    on Chandler and Gallo.
    This team looked schizophrenic..
    But I think a lot is growing pains..
    I don’t think we can make any judgements in this game yet.

    • Branden Gloudeman

      Ty got mauled by cuzins and Thompson on the last 2 plays!

      • heykyleinsf

        I know.. but he missed a few shots, took way too long with that last drive that ate up the 24 seconds.. was out of defensive position for that follow up dunk that broke the tie… don’t get me wrong.. he had way too much to shoulder tonight.. but he usually comes through.. he just didn’t tonight. This loss isn’t all on him by any means.. just saying he could have won it and didn’t.

        • Branden Gloudeman

          When u give up 30 to cuzins it’s gonna be hard to get the dub and he was hurting everybody on our team so we will execute better down the stretch. …

          • LBJ

            Huh? Are you saying we won’t be facing players as talented as Cousins?

            • Branden Gloudeman

              How many post players u know that play there back to the basket like that in all of the league?

              • LBJ

                Actually, there a quite a few players that can play at least as good as that jackass. Unfortunately, we will get to watch a lot of them this year against our pathetic interior D.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Cousins has great post moves!!!! And at the top of my head I can only think of 10 legit post players that give us trouble for years

              • pgwarner

                This is the last time I respond to you because I think you are earnest but…. Its a question of who on the Nuggets can post up because its central to Shaw’s system. Cousin’s has ok post moves.

              • Branden Gloudeman

                I disagree cousins has good post moves otherwise sac town wouldn’t have made him a franchise player

              • Branden Gloudeman

                Ur kind of rude

  • Scott

    The lineups were awful. Randolph does not deserve to play at all let alone start. If he shoots one more three… And I understand javale was in foul trouble but you have to risk it at some point!

    I don’t understand why if they would want to trade Kenneth, they let shaw only play him 15 minutes and ruin his potential value. I guess I shouldn’t complain because I want to keep him but it seems like no one has any clue what they’re doing.

    • nugzin2040

      Randolph’s starting because there aren’t really any other options. Gallo and Chandler are hurt. Even Quincy was unavailable. It was Randolph or Hamilton, and Randolph got the nod by default.

  • plattinum

    Wow calm down people. We started out 0-3 last year. IT WILL take this team awhile especially with a new system. It also hurts not having 2 out of your best 3 players (Chandler, Gallo) Sac played like this was a playoff game and their crowd was more hyped than I’ve seen in a long while. We were a missed Ty layup away from sending it to OT. This is the type of crap I’ve been seeing with Denver fans. 2 comments already sending this Nuggets team down the shtter, what loyal fans we have.

    • Branden Gloudeman

      Lol I loved what I saw from Brian Shaws offense … I’m nothing but optimistic especially with miller riding the pine at the end and we erased that 6 poi the deficit quick

    • Charliemyboy

      Loyalty, like respect, must be earned. Josh makes the calls. Let’s bury Faried and Javale and make them crawl back up. Does that bring loyalty to Josh? I feel for our players.

  • Vitor Lago

    We started 0-3 last season, just be patient. I like the Hickson/Arthur combo a lot better than Faried. We just need Chandler back and Lawson to shoot better than 5-15. For a rookie coach on the road in an emotional building it wasn’t a terrible effort. Mozgov played well. Lol why did we sign Nate?

    • LBJ

      Good question – I wondered the very same thing in July…

    • Branden Gloudeman

      We signed nate so as soon as miller keeps screwing us in the 4th like he did tonight he’ll realize that Robinson was making all the correct passes into the post and wasn’t being selfish one bit his shots will fall WATCH

      • Charliemyboy

        We were down 15, Miller came in, we then we’re down 5. He has his place and understands the game. He is not young.

  • ZShelt

    On a positive note… team free throw percentage ~88%

    • pgwarner

      LOL You found it!

    • Scott

      Good point but we didn’t get there enough. A lot of no calls. Not complaining about the refs in this game but when Kevin Durant gets 24 FTs you know the NBA has a problem…

    • heykyleinsf

      That is huge.

  • Charliemyboy

    Doesn’t Sac have a new coach? And 4 all stars? We would have lost by 25 if we had Karl, right? How many balloons popped? Josh, real happy now? Need some more excuses. Hey, did we get tacos?

    • pgwarner

      Charlie I love it. If we played two more quarters we would have gotten Tacos!

      • LBJ

        Taco Bell is going to have to lower the taco threshold!!!

    • Cullen

      Jesus Christ, it is ONE GAME. Holy God, George Karl didnt go 738-0. He lost his fair share of games to bad teams… I dont care how you feel about Karl or Shaw. ONE GAME. Shaw is a brand new coach, there will be some learning. And learning as a team regardless. Shuddup.

      • Charliemyboy

        One game and how many preseason? I guess Chicago, who we beat last year, is saying the preseason doesn’t matter, with 7-0. It’s called coaching. They are adjusting, right? Come on my friend, it is nighttime and you don’t need your rose colored sunglasses. Hope I’m wrong, but it seems to be getting worse with each game.

        • Cullen

          George Karl coached for closed to 800 GAMES for the Nuggets… not to mention his work for other teams I am not sure how you are more willing to give a coach with 800 GAMES like a 10th opportunity (with our team) than you are a coach who has coached LESS THAN 10 GAMES AS AN NBA HEAD COACH.

          No real evaluations of what kind of coach he will be can be made in the preseason plus the opener… so chill out. Yall are over alarmists who would run an NBA franchise into the ground.

          Yall are so afraid of change. Yes, Shaw is going to force us to play a different style of ball than you all have seen in a decade… get over it? We know what the old style gets us, first round exists and poor fundamentals. We are still going to play fast, we are just going to slow it down, too and play the sort of offense that you will need to, to win a 7 games series.

          I am also incredibly tired of saying, why play the style that doesnt fit the roster? It can fit our roster, he is just toying with the system and will find a fit. And if the players are so hell bent on playing “their” basketball, then why do we want those players?

          For over a decade we catered a roster for what Karl wanted, why not do the same for Shaw? Give him a shot.

          • Branden Gloudeman

            I think we should be friends lol we have the exact same view on the team lol

    • Cullen

      Also we started 0-3 last year. WHY DIDNT WE FIRE KARL RIGHT THEN ARE YOU KIDDING ME THAT IS LIKE… 3 GAMES IN A ROW. Oh yeah, we didnt because normal people are not over alarmist. And we improved on free throw shooting… a critical improvement. Lots of bright spots and some stuff to work on.

      • Charliemyboy

        Good, let’s just get free throw shooters and practice free throws.
        That should do it.

  • Greg Boyarko

    Hard to judge considering we’re missing 2 of our best players and it is the beginning of the season with new personnel and a new coach. I knew we would start out slow, but still, it sucks to lose to the Kings.

    We have no one who can defend in the post, though. So if we run into Houston, SA, or Memphis in the playoffs(assuming we make it), we’re fucked.

    • Charliemyboy

      To put it bluntly.

  • nugzin2040

    Cousins dominated our bigs. Not going to win many games when you allow an opponents best big to go for 30/14 on 50% shooting

  • Chain Breaker

    Nuggets are in for long season if they cannot play defense. Cousins is a good big man but he isn’t shaq. McGee got a few bad calls called on him early or else he probably would have had a bigger impact

    • nugzin2040

      McGee was basically lost the entire game. Mozgov had a much better game, but still Cousins ate all night long.

      I’m more concerned with the offense then the defense. We shot 43% against a team that isn’t even average defensively. This half court offense is not going to work.

  • heykyleinsf

    Just for no other reason but fun… I thought I would collect how our ex players fared tonight… in no particular order…
    Julyan Stone DNP
    Nene 12 pts 3 reb
    Al Harrington 4 pts 0 reb
    Chauncey Billups 16 pts 5 assists 3 reb (I TOLD YOU SO!!)
    Carmelo 19 pts 10 reb
    JR DNP sus by NBA
    AAA 28 pts 9 reb 5 assists
    C-Brew 16 pts 2 assists 3 reb
    K2 11 pts 3 reb
    Iggy 7 pts 4 reb 4 assists

    IDK if I missed anyone?

    • dagus1976

      Iverson…Retired.

  • Branden Gloudeman

    Matt Ur tripping for giving Andre miller an A Minus lol

  • CD Pascual

    Calm down. The Kings need to win in this brand new era and in front of their fans, and I thought the Nuggets were one shot away (missed all those four) from pissing off the fan base.

  • Tonia01

    Andre Miller A- …… is going to be so important …….. Really …… As in the past ….. +/- -13. He is the only player of the team with such a bad number. If he is not traded he will be definitely important, he will make us losing many matches as he has always done. Randolph many useless minutes at 3, Miller many useless minutes, Faried asked to play in a way he cannot contribute at best, McGee is a ghost…. I am not amused by the choices of Brian Show so far.

  • Cullen

    Meta thoughts:

    Offense looked sloopy. The transition to a team that plays half court offense is going to be a struggle for most of the season. I think the mix of running and half court offense will be pretty important, and we need to run a little more. Overall, I wasnt depressed by how the offense played, it just was a little rough and will need a lot of work. I think having Chandler and/or Gallo will help tremendously. Provide a slashing presence that can score the ball in a more natural way. This will free up people like Foye for more oustide shots, Robinson to be a little more energetic and play his game. Having Chandler/Gallo will also help take the pressure off the bigs and free them up to a play a little more aggressive and run more pick and rolls pick and pops, etc.

    Defense was not good, but I see a lot of potential in it. I am predicting an improving defense moving forward. The mistakes were not unfixable or very large, I am not concerned.

    Player evaluations:

    Mcgee was bad. Just awful. He got into foul trouble early and played pretty uninspired when he was in. We know Mcgee is inconsistent, but I think he will develop over the year to be a more every night kind of player. He was incredibly frustrating tonight.

    Hickson/Arthur: I love the combination. Hickson played great. Just thinking how much better he will get as he gets used to the system makes me so happy. Arthur was surprisingly good. He played strong, just needs to sure up the D and play more aggressively on offense.

    Evan: Love his game, he just got a little shaken near the end.

    Robinson: Was a really frustrating game for him. He was not awful, but he needs to take a more aggressive stance on offense and play his game.

    Overall: A tough game, but tons of potential for this squad. Really excited for Shaw and how this year will go. Yes, it wont be last year… but exciting nonetheless. A good future here. A few pieces and time away from being something special..

    • Guest

      thank you. Most reasonable analysis I’ve seen so far. I like the
      pick and pop potential with hickson and arthur (both have nice mid-range games)
      and agree that our slashers (ty, fournier, gallo, and chandler) will open up
      the three ball for guys like foye and robinson and allow the bigs to space
      better. I was also impressed with mozgov and think he will play a role going
      forward. I can’t really say the same for javale and faried…both look lost and
      don’t seem to have a role in the new system. Overall, the offense needs a lot
      of work but I see the potential for it to be much less one dimensional than
      what we saw with Karl. We have a lot of different pieces so it should be
      interesting to see what Shaw puts together and how a potential trade may shape
      up going forward.

      • Branden Gloudeman

        Faried on the block

      • Branden Gloudeman

        Trading block

      • Branden Gloudeman

        Package miller faried randolph for a nice post defender and decent post moves? And another shooter … what u think?

    • Colin

      thank you. Most reasonable analysis I’ve seen so far. I like the
      pick and pop potential with hickson and arthur (both have nice mid-range games)
      and agree that our slashers (ty, fournier, gallo, and chandler) will open up
      the three ball for guys like foye and robinson and allow the bigs to space
      better. I was also impressed with mozgov and think he will play a role going
      forward. I can’t really say the same for javale and faried…both look lost and
      don’t seem to have a role in the new system. Overall, the offense needs a lot
      of work but I see the potential for it to be much less one dimensional than
      what we saw with Karl. We have a lot of different pieces so it should be
      interesting to see what Shaw puts together and how a potential trade may shape
      up going forward.

  • mmj5280

    I’m starting to think McGee might be a bust! Hope I’m wrong. I’m guessing d. Cousins told him something similar at the end of the game

  • dagus1976

    IT’S ONE GAME. ONE GAME. STOP IT!

  • Anthony

    It’s not shaws fault we lost tonight or that we will be lucky to win 20games this season. It’s Josh’s fault for hiring a GM who has NO structure in building this team to the system it wants to play by. We will be no good until the front office is changed and a group is bought in who knows how to build a team, not just get players who he rates from other teams.

  • Paul Griggs

    It’s early, give Shaw a chance and this is from a huge George Karl fan. Bad loss to a bad team but fans have to realize we are without 2 of our best players and Faried and Lawson weren’t 100%. We also lost 3 of our best players from last year because of the FO. We are in total makeover mode and it will take time. I hope it’s not a mistake. I agree with the player rankings except for Andre. He did provide a spark but was defensively overmatched.

    • LBJ

      Totally agree. The nuggets are screwed as long as Joshy keeps meddling in front office basketball decisions. Any GM worth his salt is going to bolt for a better job. We are going to lose our best players – and will be stuck acquiring a bunch of journeymen. Count on last offseason becoming the new norm.

  • Dom-Chain Breaker-Buckley

    Ok a few grades I disagree with:
    Javale McGee gets an “F”?? He only played 10mins and was called for 4 bogus fouls in the process.
    Nate Robinson gets a “C-” ??? He deserved an F!!
    Fournier gets a “c-” I know he’s young but he played dreadful down the stretch.

  • Charliemyboy

    If we go undefeated, or, I mean totally defeated for a few games, Shaw better put on the breaks before lottery. He better let the players do what they do best, not plug them into a system that doesn’t fit their make up. Tell me I’m wrong. Look at what Karl did and incorporate it, then, slowly add his style. Otherwise?

  • Chris

    Other than the final outcome there was much to be pleased about with this game, as well as some obvious reasons for concern. My grades and comments:
    Hickson (A-) played great and did what he could against a much bigger Cousins down the stretch. He should not have been placed in that situation for the extended time that he was.
    Randolph (F) just doesn’t belong in a regular rotation, I really want him to succeed but he doesn’t and is nothing more than a placeholder while we await the return of Chandler and Gallo. His minutes should be dispersed to Arthur/Faried/Fournier (even though none of them are 3’s or we should see what Q. Miller has).
    McGee (F) didn’t play much and committed stupid fouls when he did. Really thought he or Mozgov should have been in during the stretch run.
    Lawson (A-) looked impressive, definitely when he was pushing it. I’ll take 20 and 8 from my starting PG any night. Didn’t come through in the clutch this time but am confident he will. Still waiting for him to be THE leader that he should be, maybe that will never come.
    Foye (B) was a very pleasant surprise. All I noticed was him hustling and playing hard, contrary to all the previous discussion about him.
    Faried (D+) looked awkward, hope he finds his place in the rotation and system.
    Arthur (C+) played well but his down-the-stretch minutes should have gone to McGee or Mozgov though.
    Fournier (C+) looked good early but completely lost himself after getting rejected in the 4th. I expect that he will continue to mature and be a solid player.
    Mozgov (B+) was great off the bench. Hit his shots, blocked some shots and I think earned the crunch time minutes that he did not receive.
    Robinson (F) obviously didn’t have it and that was unfortunate. I believe he will be fine and the 10-15 points that he will regularly contribute would have changed the outcome of this game.
    Miller (C) was Miller. Came in and settled things down early, then became a liability late when he decided that he was our primary scoring threat and quit playing defense. It’s hard to argue against the -13 on the +/-. Unlike years past though he was removed once this became apparent which was so wonderful, thank you Shaw!
    I am very excited for this season. We will continue to learn, gel, and get healthy. McGee will hopefully improve, but if he does not it is apparent that Shaw will not allow this team to live and die by his performance alone.
    Not a bad first showing for a team with 2 of its 3 best players out, so many new players, and a new, first time coach.

  • Trevor

    Sigh… A loss to the King is loss to the Kings no matter how you want to paint it. They have been one of the worst teams in recent seasons and we looked pretty evenly matched.

  • Darren

    YMCA with a -13… This looks familiar… As much help as he was on the offensive end, I have to use a John Madden quote to refute those stats: “If you give up points on every possession, you’re probably not going to win.”

    • Chris

      Very familiar, loved it when we came back from commercial with just under 5 minutes left and he was on the bench. Never would have seen that previously, definitely one positive change.

  • Chris

    Not sure in what alternate reality Andre Miller receives an A- for this game. Thank goodness Shaw pulled him when he did or we would have probably lost going away.

    • Branden Gloudeman

      Yup we were down by 6 and then as soon as miller rode the pine and Fournier was put in defense picked ty became the play maker and the lead was erased in a Min … just from that alone I already support shaw because he realized how bad miller was hurting him in the 4th….

  • CD Pascual

    “I know Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are both out with injuries
    but that that doesn’t change the fact that Denver needs to get to the
    rim more.”

    Matt I disagree, given the new rule about prohibiting big men to stand out of bounds, big men tend to clog the lane, lessening driving opportunities, which is why nothing was wrong with us running Shaw’s post-up-heavy offense. This is where Gallo and Chandler would have been useful, they both space the floor well

  • slugdugg

    I have to say that i kinda enjoyed watching this game. Maybe it’s because i have reset my expectations that our team will be battling for the 7th/8th seeds already… but regardless. Considering it’s a whole new system on both ends and we were without 3 of our best 5 players from last year i thought we played admirably. The Kings and fans were fired up thanks to all their off-season stuff, so i’m fine with a 2 point loss with plenty of chances to win in the end.

  • Sharkboy242

    So are the Karl apologists going to be out in full force everytime we lose a game? Thats going to get annoying fast.

    • LBJ

      Probably about as annoying as all the Karl-haters rationalizing losses to one of the worse teams in the NBA

      • disqus_mThEJaZCaB

        You mean just like last year when people were rationalizing when we lost to the 6ers and Magic? And started the season 0-3?

        • LBJ

          Those will be 2 of the teams that we might actually be able to beat this year – considering they have totally thrown in the towel. I’m pretty confident we won’t be recovering to win 57 games this season.

          • Sharkboy242

            Considering the west is a lot stronger this year and we arguably got worse I agree. There’s no good reason for getting home court advantage if you’re going to get bounced in the first round though.

  • disqus_mThEJaZCaB

    Not sure why people are reacting like this. It was the teams first real game under Shaw, new system, new players, getting used to/trying to figure out their roles, Shaw trying to figure out lineups, and we were without 2 of our 3 best players. Not really that surprising we lost.

    • LBJ

      Weren’t Gallo and Faried (partially) missing for loss to GS in the playoffs? Plus, the Kings had a new coach, new system, players trying to figure out their roles – and key injuries as well.

  • alex47666

    Guys it may suck to lose to a bad team like kings, but we didnt have gallo or chandler. Its A new system just relax, and be patient on how the new system works its self out

  • Drewbueno

    The Kings have won the season opener the last 13 times they have opened the season at home. This was a more difficult matchup against their team than it would have been later in the season. Let’s just all take a deep breath and relax. I don’t think we’ll win 57 games this year, but over the course of the season we’re going to find out if our team can build a real identity with Shaw and some of the important pieces we have. Let’s enjoy the ride.

  • heykyleinsf

    Michael Carter-Williams had a pretty damn good NBA debut…

    http://deadspin.com/michael-carter-williams-just-misses-quadruple-double-in-1455947788

  • Drew

    I want Wiggins, Randle or Parker. Denver won’t get past the first round in the playoffs no matter how well they play in the regular season, so what’s the point? Time to dump this season and start from scratch.

  • Thomas

    We just don’t have any good defenders to become a threat to anyone in the playoffs.

    The Celtics would listen to a Lawson – Rondo trade, if we add something enticing for them. Just saying… also, Bass is one of the best mid-range shooters in the game, much better than our current options.

    Our guards are just not good on defense. Add to the fact that our center and forwards are also not very good defenders and you start worrying that this idea of becoming a good defensive unit is far fetched with the players we have on our roster. Rondo would be a start.

    • LBJ

      Maybe we could get Danny Ainge boozed up and get him to take McGee off our hands!

      • Thomas

        We would have to take Humphries…one year only, though
        they probably want Faried…as everyone here is down on Faried, maybe that will fly with the FO

        • LBJ

          I agree – the odds that Faried is a Nugget next year are virtually nil.

          • Thomas

            that would be a shame. we may get more buckets, but we will get less wins.

  • L J Moloney

    1. Last year the nuggets got beat by Philadelphia on opening night and looked horrible. They looked worse in game two getting destroyed at Charlotte. They played better but lost at Miami in game three. At that point I tweeted that the nuggets would be lucky to be in contention for the last playoff spot in the west.

    2. After the crappy start, the Nuggets were, as far as I was concerned, the most entertaining team in the NBA. I watched every game that was on TV and really enjoyed (for the most part) watching them.

    3. Last year is over. I would like to see this team relentlessly push the ball up court but I fear that is not going to be the case. On offense, the rotations are all up in the air and will be until Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler get back to playing every day. The more structured offense Coach Shaw wants to play will suffer on this fact alone. I think its a lot easier to (try to) play defense and then run a push the ball at all costs offense, than one which sets up and runs plays or pick and roll.

    4. Cousins was the best ballplayer on the court last night. Had he been with the Nuggets and McGee and Mozgov on the Kings Nuggets would have won by 30.
    McGee was just bad bad bad,

    5. Outside of a poor effort defending Cousins in the post its hard to judge the defensive effort of the Nuggets. Holding a team to 90 for the up tempo nuggets of last year would be judged a good defensive effort, on the other hand Sacramento outside of Cousins was no great shakes. I never had the impression that the Nuggets were playing good defense, it was more a case of poor play by the Kings

    6. Offensively EVERYONE needed to make a few more buckets. and in the 4th quarter the nuggets half court sets were easily defended by the kings. Fournier, Robinson and Faried need to make more buckets. combined the had 11 points in 54 mins.
    Foye had 12 points in 32.5 mins. it sure seemed like he was on the court a lot less than 32 mins.

    7. Overall I thought that Hickson and Arthur are going to be good additions. Foye nor Robinson made as good an impression, they both have reputations as shooters. They need to make shots when it makes a difference. Fournier is still a work in progress I don’t think he is quite ready to be a #2 2 guard quite yet. He needs to become a much more accomplished defender. As (If) he gets better defensively he can stay on the court longer to develop his offensive game which has great upside.

    8. Mozgof has improved his hands, at least it seemed so last night. He was dropping half the passes made to him the previous two years. the bottom line on the Nuggets center position is this they have two guys who you hope will get better as the season goes on. both of them have been in the league more than 4 years. I don’t see how you can count on them for very much on a night to night basis outside of a combined 15 points 10 rebounds and that in itself is a positive stretch

    9. Bottom line for me. I want to be entertained, its not the end of the world if they don’t go past the first round of the playoffs. They were an entertaining team to watch last year. if this year is going to be about learning a system they won’t be near as entertaining.

  • Len Nunes

    1st Quarter Smiles

    Andre Miller came into the game with approximately 4:20 remaining
    in the 1st quarter and the score 18-13 for the Kings. Of the final
    nine points scored by the Nugs, he scored six and assisted on Fournier’s
    only shot attempt. Sure his defense was shoddy as ever but he and the
    next Nugget I will be mentioning gave the Nuggets the boost to overcome
    the expected strong start by Sacramento.

    Timmy Mozgov a spark plug off the bench? Really? Tonight in the
    first quarter he sorta was! Mozgov came into the game with the Nugs
    down 14-5 and promptly scored to make it 14-7. He followed up the
    bucket with a nice defensive play. The prettiest bucket of the quarter
    was a sweet give and go with himself and Lawson.

    1st Quarter Frowns

    Neither Hickson or Faried got the memo that the regular
    season had started. Hickson is here for his offense which in the
    opening seven minutes of 2013 included being stripped off the ball and
    going 0-2 shooting with both his shots coming outside the paint. Faried
    is known for his rebounding and twice Sacramento scored off rebounds
    where Faried was simply beat to the ball. Why the hell was he taking the buzzer beating three point attempt??

    I had hopes that Anthony Randolph playing at his ceiling would
    match up well versus a declining John Salmons. I wouldn’t go out and
    trade for Salmons but Randolph lost that quarter.

    1st Quarter Frustration

    When Coach Shaw called his first timeout at the 4:05 mark, Denver had
    attempted all of one shot from the paint. Sadly it took Andre Miller to
    show the Nugs that there were no allergy concerns in regards to the
    paint in Sacramento.

    I counted six three point attempts by the Sacramento Kings. ALL of which were wide open looks!

    2nd Quarter Smiles

    The last three minutes of the half showed Ty Lawson at his quickest and hitting 4 of 4 free throws.

    Until Lawson’s strong finish to the have the only Nugget with any offensive flow to his game was Andre Miller. Miller is showing why George Karl put too much faith in him.

    2nd Quarter Frowns

    Randolph was benched for almost the entire third quarter. This
    meant we saw Fournier and Foye spend time at the three. Both of them
    struggled covering Salmons. I do not have a hate-on for Salmons but of
    29 NBA small forwards, he is not the top 20 so it’s disheartening seeing
    the game he is having against our three’s. At least Foye drained a
    couple long bombs.

    For the first five minutes of the quarter, Arthur was your
    Nuggets center. His stretch shooting was 0 for 2. Is it Shaw’s plan to
    play three centers but use Arthur only when the starting center for the
    opposition is on the bench?

    2nd Quarter Frustration

    Of three 3-point attempts by the Kings, two of them the shooter had time
    to sing the Canadian National Anthem before releasing the ball.

    Nugs go 7 of 7 from the free throw. Shame the apparent allergy of
    Sacramento paint (minus Lawson/A Miller) made us wait until the final
    three minutes to see the first attempt.

    3rd Quarter Smiles

    Ty Lawson and Randy Foye willed the Nuggets to their
    biggest lead of the game in the first couple of minutes of the quarter.
    Both players scored at the rim and from the outside pushing the Nugs
    into 54-50 lead.

    Timmy Mozgov, getting extended minutes because of McGee’s foul
    trouble, played a solid quarter including better defensive coverage on
    Cousins (who got some help from the rim on a couple of his baskets)

    3rd Quarter Frowns

    Anthony Randolph, open 3’s on defense and missing open 3’s on offense. Please hurry back Wilson Chandler.

    McGee with his 4th foul 2:27 into the half. At least there have been no goaltending violations or Shaqtin-a-fool moments.

    3rd Quarter Credit Where It’s Due

    Only one of the Kings attempted 3’s was uncontested.

    Hickson and Faried both played solid quarters. More effort than results but results will come with that type of effort.

    at this point it’s been 5 hours of trying to watch the game on League Pass, did not have it in me to watch the final quarter.
    I know the Nugs lost 90-88 and played the almost the second half without
    McGee. The focus on the positive has to be that the Nugs went 15-17
    from the free throw line.

  • Bryan

    To those of you on the ledge, how bad were you freaking out when Denver lost to Philadelphia AND Orlando (both abysmal teams) to start the season last year? Especially, when the high flying, fast paced, George Karl offense only put up 75 pts against Philly?

    Just curious.

    • LBJ

      To be accurate – the 76ers were not an abysmal teams to start last season. They were coming off a season where they lost in the second round of the playoffs in seven games (after ousting the#1 seeded Bulls). They had just acquired one of the top centers in the NBA (Bynum) and had pretty high hopes. They now suck because they dumped Holiday – and are clearly tanking. However, they did beat the Heat and probably will be better than the Kings – a truly horrible team with one NBA starter on the whole roster.

      • LBJ

        However, looking at the positive – the Kings claim they have 5-6 teams interested in Jimmer. Maybe our crackerjack front office is in the process of dealing Faried for him!!!!

      • Bryan

        You do realize that Bynum did not play against the Nuggets (or at all) last season and that to get him, they traded away an all-star player and their best defender, right? Not to mention that they only won that playoff series because Derek Rose tore his ACL.

        The 76’ers were an abysmal team last year, the season aptly demonstrated that. That is why they were in the lottery and able to draft Michael Carter Williams who after a very impressive game (his PER is 44 something after that game) that contributed greatly to the victory over the Heat.

        Facts are facts. And the fact is George Karl’s high powered offensive “system” simply wasn’t able to expose the 76’ers for what they were (garbage) because the Nuggets only put up 75 pts against them. .

        And my question wasn’t answered: since so many people seem so distraught at the Nuggets only scoring 88 pts (against a team that was nearly taken from a town and who was celebrating its continued stay there), what was the reaction to the Nuggets pitiful performance against Philly?

        • LBJ

          Yes, facts are facts – and you are ignoring them. Losing to Philly to open the season last year, while disappointing, is no where near losing the Kings (a dreadful team – with 1 quality NBA starter). I was viewing the loss at the time it happened – not a year later. The 76ers entered last season with high hopes for a young team that completed a very good playoff run (Ask the Nets how easy it is to beat the Bulls without Rose and you ignored the 7 game series against the Celtics).
          Of course if the Kings win the NBA championship – I can take your approach and come back and say the loss wasn’t so bad after all.

          • Bryan

            You’re the one ignoring facts. Even accepting that Philly had high hopes going into the season, those high hopes were pinned on the shoulders of Andrew Bynum. Who, again, did not play against the Nuggets (or at all).

            Because they traded Iggy, without Bynum playing, Philly did not have anyone special on its team. This is how they wound up in the lottery.

            And yeah, if the Kings win the NBA championship this season it would be a really good demonstration that it wasn’t as bad of a loss as you’ve made it out to be.

            Your entire argument is that Philly had high hopes going into the season. But that’s an incredibly weak argument since reality demonstrated those high hopes were unwarranted. Repeat after me, Its best player did not play.

            The Nuggets only scored 75 pts against a lottery team they then lost another game to Orlando. And it was clear that Orlando was tanking before the season began. And this was from a supposed offensive guru whose system is designed to score a lot of points.

            The point is you and the fellow ledge walkers freaking out after one game need to chill out. The Nuggets got off to an abysmal start last season, losing to terrible teams, and ended up winning the most games in franchise history. Games in October and even early November don’t necessarily dictate what your team will be in March and April.