Rapid Reaction: Phoenix Suns 114, Denver Nuggets 103

Although Ty Lawson turned in one of his best performances as a young Denver Nugget, his team couldn’t find any form of consistency on the defensive side of the ball and once again allowed the opponent’s front line to have career days all around. The Nuggets are now 1-4 on the season and looking more and more like a lottery team.

Denver Nuggets 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Phoenix Suns
Kenneth Faried, PF 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -19

Most players I keep notes on throughout the game. I had nothing for Faried. He seemed lost, uninspired and submissive. In no way did he resemble his normal self.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 32 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 19 PTS | +2

This might have been Jordan Hamilton’s best game as a pro. It was without question his best game this year. Instead of camping behind the arc, nervous, and taking dubious 3-pointers, he actually tried to get into the lane and score off cuts to the basket — which he did successfully. He even played pretty darn good defense most of the night.

JaVale McGee, C 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -9

This was McGee’s worst game of the year — by far. He almost did nothing right. It was like he had a force-field of terribleness surrounding him the entire game, as every time he got near the ball something bad happened: a turnover, foul, airball, you name it. Shaqtin’ A Fool could have a field day with this one.

Ty Lawson, PG 41 MIN | 10-21 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -8

For the second game in a row Ty Lawson entered the phone booth during a break and came out with his red cape flapping in the wind, fully transformed from Clark Kent to Superman — only this time it didn’t result in a win. He scored 21 points in the third quarter and got the Nuggets back in the game almost by himself. During this time Lawson was actively searching for his shot more than I’ve ever seen. It was glorious.

Randy Foye, SG 30 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -3

Foye had an OK night. He hit a few big shots and played solid defense, but his impact was still relatively minimal.

Darrell Arthur, PF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +11

Funny how Arthur had one of the most underwhelming stat lines of anybody on the team (especially considering how many minutes he played), yet his presence was key for the Nuggets all night long. His man defense and awareness on the defensive side of the ball might be the best on the roster, yet up until tonight he was logging the fewest average minutes of anybody outside Quincy Miller. His effort and attention to detail on defense are two things the Nuggets desperately need moving forward.

J.J. Hickson, PF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -5

Hickson didn’t play too much and in the minutes he did play he did Hickson things, which… well, I don’t know exactly what those are, but they’re usually not so good. I do know that.

Anthony Randolph, SF 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +4

This was Randolph’s best game with the Nuggets, probably ever. There were a few plays where his defensive effort and shot selection could have been questioned (OK, should have been questioned), but overall he played well for a player coming off the bench. His man defense was solid, he rebounded at a decent rate and he even had active hands which led to a few steals for himself and for his teammates.

Timofey Mozgov, C 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -10

N/A

Andre Miller, PG 14 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -17

Miller is one of the best players on this team. He’s also one of the savviest. When he came in he didn’t save the Nuggets from their inevitable downfall, but he also didn’t giftwrap the game for the Suns by turning the ball over and hoisting up awful shots like a lot of his teammates. If the Nuggets want to start winning basketball games, it would be wise to start playing Miller more.

Nate Robinson, PG 7 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3

It’s too hard to tell what Nate would have done with more minutes, but in the first half he played with lots of energy on both ends of the floor.

Evan Fournier, SG 7 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +2

Fournier looked great in the early going. He hit a three and slammed down a monster dunk after slicing through multiple Suns defenders — then we never heard from him again. Why? I have no idea. After the way he played against the Hawks, then again in the first quarter of this game, you’d think he would have been a shoe-in for extended minutes down he stretch. You’d think…

Brian Shaw

I don’t know what to say or think about Shaw right now. I’m trying really hard, just like a lot of fans, to be patient and let this thing play out. But there’s been so much awfulness surrounding this team in the first handful of games this season, I just don’t see how it can be categorized as a “system” problem or something else that just takes time to sort out and play through. Shaw deserves blame. He’s earned it. Against the Suns the Nuggets did almost nothing on a professional level. Their defense was once again atrocious and his lineups (more on this below) — they nearly left me speechless being they were so bad and inconsistent and random. He’s still got tons of time to improve, but he’s certainly not doing it right now because the Nuggets are not learning from their mistakes.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Can we start manufacturing “This is your brain on Nuggets basketball” posters yet? You know, like the ones you saw for the anti-drug movement in the early 90′s with the fried egg? That’s exactly how I feel after watching the Nuggets: completely fried. And a lot of this has to do with their bi-polar mannerisms on the floor. There’s no discipline with this team. There’s no mental stamina or fortitude. Too many guys aren’t able to focus for extended periods at a time and this often results in huge runs, both positive and negative. For example: After falling behind early and finally pulling ahead by one in the second quarter, the Nuggets promptly let the Suns go on a 10-0 run… in less than a two-minute span. In this same period the Nuggets also went four minutes without a single made field goal. Then, after being down 17 at half, the Nuggets fought back with a 27-3 run to take the lead by only the 4:30 mark of the third quarter. Not much longer after that the Nuggets allowed Phoenix to go on a 13-0 run to take back the lead and ultimately win the game. This team is not a roller-coaster ride; it’s a projectile slingshot into outer space.
  2. Part (or most) of the above problem can be attributed to the carousel-like lineup system Shaw has employed through the first few weeks of the season. There is no continuity or predictability to what he does, and every three to four minutes it’s as if the Nuggets trot out an entire new lineup similar to a shift change in hockey. Right now Lawson is the only Nuggets player averaging over 30 minutes per game — and he’s closer to 40 than 30. After him the Nuggets have 10 guys logging between 15 and 22 minutes per game. This is a formula that simply does not translate to success in the NBA. The best players must play the most amount of minutes. Sacrifices must be met. Certain guys who probably deserve minutes must sit. The 10th man in your rotation cannot be averaging 15 minutes per game. If Shaw keeps rationing playing time like its bread for a starving horde of nomads he’s never gonna get the type of consistency out of his players that’s required to win basketball games.
  3. Once again the Nuggets’ defense was horrible. For a team with a new head coach, this is somewhat scary. The Suns had 50 points after less than a quarter and a half of playing time and at one point the Nuggets gave up a dunk off a missed free throw to “complete the whole card on awful basketball bingo,” as Matt put it on Twitter. The Nuggets finally got their act together out of halftime, putting together a big run in the third quarter with better defensive players on the floor like Arthur, Randolph (yes, he’s better than Faried, Hickson and McGee — sadly), Foye, Lawson, and even Hamilton. But once the fourth quarter rolled around it was back to the basics (and by basics, I mean craptastic defense) where the Nuggets allowed yet another 30-point quarter culminating in 114 points total for the Suns on the night.
  4. I’ll fully admit that this was the first game I actually thought about the Nuggets possibly calling it a year and tanking for Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle or Jabari Parker. It’s not that I’m pessimistic about the rest of the season — there’s still plenty of time to turn this thing around — it’s just that that’s what happens when you evaluate the quality of a team: You think about what’s next. Last year, all we could think about was the playoffs, because that’s what we saw when we watched the Nuggets: a playoff team that had the potential to actually win a series or two. This year, when I watch the Nuggets what I see is: lottery team. Perhaps this can change, but as things stand, right now, that’s just what the Nuggets are… a lottery team.

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  • herpderpnuggets

    On the verge of a mental breakdown right now. I should probably take a break from this team for a little bit. Lots of players stepped up tonight while others shit the bed. Letting a Morris brother score more than 10 points automatically means a L for any team.

  • gimpcom187

    They almost tricked me with that 3rd quarter. But I kept the faith. Tank baby Tank.

  • Darren

    Ok, I hope I’m the first to post so everyone can see this. The Nuggets need to trade Kenneth Faried while he still holds some value. He does not fit into the offense and his defense is absent a majority of the time. I know he’s a fan favorite, but he could also fetch a decent role playing wing defender right now. I can complain about Andre’s lack of defense til the cows come home, but if one of our stars is going to give us 3 points, 5 boards, and -19, something needs to be done.

    • Branden Gloudeman

      Can’t agree more I’d package faried miller and randolph for a shooter and a wing defender

    • Benjamin

      Yes, I also think that a Faried trade is at hand, I really like the guy put he plays collegehoop. He wasn’t a top prospect, but he can win games as a third go to guy. I think he would fit better with Golden State and OKC.

  • DavidRMC

    My thoughts:

  • Sharkboy242

    Pathetic, that’s all I can say.

    • ryanvdonk

      and drink some milk mr weak bones!

  • Greg Boyarko

    If you guys think it’s ugly now, just take a look at the upcoming schedule. Hey though at this rate we’ll have a top 10 pick easily

  • Branden Gloudeman

    What I saw in the 3rd quarter is what the nuggets could be if we continue to buy Into the defensive side… The last few min we let up but at one point in that quarter the Suns hadnt scored for 10 freaking min….. Arthur is amazing….. mozgov had a bad game but I would pair him with arthur and we would have some nice interior defense going forward…. we lost our legs in the 4th on a back to back especially ty his jumpers were short a couple times In the 4th… I see so much potential tho… Jordan Hamilton also played great bball on both sides for once he can score and rebound Love it

  • Vitor Lago

    Keep Ty Lawson and Jordan Hamilton, everyone else can go.

    • Sharkboy242

      JHam is a turnover machine.

      • Vitor Lago

        2.3 Turnovers per game isn’t a turnover machine, that’s pretty good for a guy with the ball in his hands a lot. A turnover machine would be a guy like Russell Westbrook or James Harden who are averaging 4.5 a game.

        • Sharkboy242

          Those guys have an excuse though – they handle the ball a lot. I’ve seen Jordan Hamilton enough to know that he makes a lot of stupid moves and struggles badly at passing the ball. With that being said I would still like to see him get more minutes, confidence and experience are the only things that will solve those woes.

  • pgwarner

    Don’t talk about anyone doing anything right during any quarter. The Suns are designed to tank. They are horrible. Take a look at the next 10 games. If they win 2 they will be lucky. That is even with Chandler.
    Please quit talking about a system. Shaw has none.

  • googergieger

    No options as far as trades and such go right now. I don’t think Gallo and Chandler will be able to fix all of our problems. Right now I just have no idea what Shaw is trying to do. He seemingly is doing everything bad Karl did with none of the good.

  • gallogallo88

    their schedule at the start is supposedly easy.. I hope they get it all together asap…

  • CUstudent

    is DeMar DeRozan someone we could trade for?

    • nugzin2040

      You don’t want to trade with Masai.

  • nugzin2040

    Brutal game, other then the 3rd quarter. Don’t get why Fournier was playing so few minutes, as he was playing fairly well.

    Denver vs Utah should tell us a lot about this team. Almost a must win game, considering the rest of our schedule in November.

    • ryanvdonk

      he was getting abused on the defensive end…he needs to gain 15 pounds ASAP, bacon diet, just add 4 strips to everything he eats. extra thick.

  • Leo

    so wiggins, randle, parker, and gordon all had great debuts tonight. Tank on

    • Pickles1731

      Sadly I agree. This is the rarest of years where the top-5 picks are all franchise type players. Closest thing since the LeBron, Melo, Bosh, and Wade 03′ draft.

      • LBJ

        Don’t forget Darko!!! Why do I get the feeling that Timmy and Joshy will bungle a high pick?

        • Cullen

          What positive do you advocate the Nuggets do? I have never seen you positively comment or contribute to a productive discussion. What can the Nuggets positively do the create a better organization into the future?

          • LBJ

            The most positive thing that could happen to the nuggets is the kroenke selling the team. The harm that was done this offseason will reverberate for years. We have $16 million tied up in untradable centers for the next 3 years. We have 4 below average PFs – which I contend is chandler’s best position. We desperately need a SG. Even if we somehow land a franchise player in the draft, we won’t be able to provide him much help with the salary cap situation.

  • Pickles1731

    We should definitely trade some of our guys with value for more draft picks. If we can flip a proven energy guy like Faried (doesn’t work for Shaw) to a team like Phoenix (with 4-5 first round picks) who says they won’t do it. We need young talent and this draft is exploding with it. Imagine if the Nuggets had a couple of lottery picks next year? You could get something like Jabari Parker and Gary Harris, and be set for years. Too bad we traded a pick to the Magic.

    • LBJ

      No one is trading a lottery pick for Faried. You can forget about that pipe dream.

  • ryanvdonk

    the forward situation is frustrating right now, we have 4 PFs who all have the ability to be solid rotation players. on top of that it will become more complicated when we get gallo and chandler back as there is already a minutes problem on the team. What i’ve seen so far:

    Faried: He is what he is, offense will never be great though pick and roll could suit him alright if he learns to hit open midrange shots. actually have seen some glimpses of improvement on the glass with boxing out instead of just trying to out-jump everyone. He really needs to figure out how to use his speed against bigger slower guys else he will continue to get dominated on defense. get the man some rodman game film.

    Hickson: You can tell he wants to do the right thing, but he just has sooo many bad habits right now that it’s shift to shift whether his talent or his mental lapses will prevail. Has the body and skill set to be a good 4 but he needs a team that’s willing to work through these bad habits and keep playing him as he works through it.

    Arthur: Solid is most areas, but doesn’t wow you much. He’s still adjusting to a faster pace on offense and this was the first game he started to look comfortable. he brings a ferocity on defense that seems to make his teammates follow suit. good midrange shot and solid screens=pick and pop.

    Randolph: When karl let him in last year we saw it, he plays hard and aggressive. Long and athletic with a decent midrange shot (though not to 3 point range, yikes), but can be prone to mental lapses that usually result in bad fouls and shots. while he can certainly defend the small forward adequately he’s just doesn’t have the range with his shot to keep defenses honest from the wing. the more he plays the more confidence he gets which i like.

    no team can have this many PFs getting minutes, at least one has to go, and all things point to faried or hickson as both need work and it will be too much strain on the team to try to swallow the lumps with developing both.

    • Guest

      Playoffs???? You talking about playoffs???? This season is about ping pong balls!

      • ryanvdonk

        playoffs was not mentioned once in my attempt to summarize the nuggets power forward jumble… that, said getting our two SFs back and a trade to get rid of this excess of depth (they could stand to loose some decent players to have one good one to pair with Ty) you never know who could sneak into a 7 or 8 seed.

        • LBJ

          We are losing to teams that are tanking! No one is giving us a quality SG for any of our “excess depth” – most of which no one wanted in the offseason.

          • ryanvdonk

            no teams are tanking this early in the season…and as the nuggets are constructed right now they are not a playoff team (i never said they were), though they will probably not be a top 5 pick type of team either. Denver is not exactly the type of city that the NBA will help beat the odds either when it comes to the draft lottery.

            • LBJ

              Clearly we have different definitions of “tanking.” Mine is trading players that would make you better now for the opportunity to be much better in the future. It is not intentionally losing games. Phoenix trade of Gortat meets that test. Add Utah and Philly to the tank list also.

  • Blaze Gunn

    All i Know is Nugget’s need to make up there mind either we make the playoffs and get out the 1st round or we tank for a top 10 pick. I’m worried that we might just barely miss the playoffs, if we barely miss the playoffs that alone is the worst thing that could happen to the Nuggets, rather then losing and being in the lottery. Problem is this team atm has alot of potential (If Chandler and gallo get back and do something) we could and just might almost make the playoffs or get 7th or 8th seed and get put out of the playoffs… So far the javale mcgee project was just a fantasy and i dont think Mozgov will ever become a quality starting center. We need Gallo back healthy and wilson chandler just hasn’t been staying healthy since he got here, Ty Lawson Is our best player and Kenneth faried is inconsistent and doesnt fit Brian Shaw’s System. Signing Nate robinson was a mistake and Brian shaw can’t continue to play andre miller and nate robinson one of them should get traded later on in the season. Darrell Arthur and JJ Hickson with Kenneth faried is a logjam at the power forward spot i personally don’t like JJ hickson at all but Kenneth faried does make have decent trade value. Ty Lawson,Evan Fournier?, Danilo Gallinari,Faried???,____ in the future could be a quality starting lineup then we’d just have to worry about the bench Javale mcgee needs to step or he’s going to continue making mistakes and not averaging over 15mins per game. Kenneth Faried sometimes just doesn’t show up at all he doesnt have an offensive game and his defense is pretty bad

    • LBJ

      Playoffs? You talking about playoffs?

  • airvaid

    Kalen wants Andre Miller to play more after killing Karl all last season for, playing Andre Miller. And I quote “If the Nuggets want to start winning basketball games, it would be wise to start playing Miller more.”

    Oh and wait, Fire George Karl. What an awful job he is doing. McGee only got 12 minutes, how can he show anything in that. Karl is awful. 44 million center gets only 12 minutes.

    • rob c.

      Last year the Nuggets had Gallo and Iggy starting with Brewer coming in for one of them. This year the Nuggets are running a wing combo of Randolph, Foye, and JHam, there is a big drop off in talent entering this season at these positions. It is also a much slower group in the open court, which is why the Nuggets have been poor at getting fast break points this season.

      The best unit the Nuggets could run right now going by stats is:

      pg: Lawsome
      sg: Andre
      sf: JHam
      pf: Faried
      c: Mozgov

      • gimpcom187

        stop making excuses for Kalen. The team isn’t quite as talented, but there were stretches the team was missing ty or gallo last season that the team did well with Karl. Kalen and a few other people on this site did not understand that this team had good talent and Karl is an extremely good coach who allowed them to look as if they were a legit contender partially with smoke and mirrors. Instead of praising him for having a vision and playing to his team’s strengths they whined about losing a series that was reasonable for them to lose. And then didn’t recant after the GSW/Spurs series where it became OBVIOUS that GSW was very talented and well coached. I called Kalen out at the time and gave a very cogent reply addressing most of his concerns and was shouted down by him and a few others. They were clearly wrong.

        • rob c.

          Lawson missed 9 games, Gallo missed 11 and while Gallo was out Chandler finally started playing, so my comment stands. Maybe you should stop living in the past or stop trying to get an “I told you so” into your posts. It is petty and you come off looking like a moron. Kalen didn’t fire GK, Josh kroenke did, go stalk him.

          • gimpcom187

            Hi Kalen’s mommy. You are defending him like a den mother. Your comment stands where. When they had less talent last season they were still able to win. Lawson went out and I think they went 7-2.

            Kalen should write a post at some point this season (assuming it stays on the path it is now) about what he learned. Look at the time it was obvious to anyone who watches more than 5 basketball games a year that the talent on this team was deep in above average to good talent. Nothing approaching an All-star. This team is less talented than that, but Not by leaps and bounds. When you go from a 57 win season to what is likely to be no better than 35 things should be learned. The MAIN reason this team looks worse is because they have gone from a HOF coach to a below average one. This was predictable.

            I have no interaction with Josh K. When I have an email conversation with a person I expect them to take some responsibility when they were completely incorrect. What Accountablility? My bad.

            • LBJ

              Shaw’s high school style tryouts has caused me to lower my win prediction from 35 to 30. This assumes that Gallo returns before Christmas.

  • Fingolfin

    Last year 0 3

    Now with a new coach without Chandler and gallo is time to panic after 4 games?

    Patience guys….

    • Paul Griggs

      Only for your name

    • Poz303

      Can we say… Sixers? I was for Brett Brown to come to Denver. I just hope Shaw is doing this to figure out the “system” he hopes to use. Right now there is no system.

  • VytisRMC

    28-10 Morris. 18-10 Plumlee. Basically, if you are an NBA big man and are looking for a game to have a career-night, pull out the calendar, circle in your next game against the Nuggets and count down the days. Frustrating to watch.

    • LBJ

      Considering we have $16 million tied up in our 2 bigs – that is a source of a lot of our problems.

  • Paul Griggs

    It’s beginning to smell a lot like…well, just smell a lot

  • Poz303

    I too wonder why Fournier did not get more playing time. He did struggle on D but offensively he hit the open shots. Is Shaw playing favorites with Foye?

    I also thought Ty ran out of gas in the 4th and thought it would have been a good time to bring in Nate to try and go on a scoring streak. Nothing to lose at that point. We all know Nate can score quickly.

    • LBJ

      Playing Ty 40 minutes a night on back to backs – we will be lucky if he makes it thru the season.

      • Branden Gloudeman

        Couldn’t agree more….. nate shoulda stayed in

  • Len Nunes

    Here’s what I saw:

    1st Quarter Smiles

    All Nug starters not named McGee have scored from the paint.

    Phoneix helping Hickson and Randolph by fouling them on
    shots that were not going in and sending them to the free line.
    Randolph went 2/2 from the line and did add another basket.

    1st Quarter Frustration

    It took three attempts from beyond the arc for the Suns to drain their
    first three ball. It took six Phoenix attempted three balls before the
    Nugs can be credited with contesting the shot.

    Miles Plumlee embarrassed Timmy Mozgov on back to back scores sending Mozzy back to the bench after two minutes of floor time.

    JJ Hickson has keep his season long streak of being stuffed on a
    drive to the basket intact. Does any other player in the NBA get
    rejected as often as Hickson??

    McGee’s Shaq’tin A Fool Moment

    On McGee’s last offensive possession before going to the bench he was at
    the top of the key and noticed the lane was wide open for him to
    drive. Which he did but he forgot the damned ball at the free throw
    line.

    2nd Quarter MISERY

    JaVale McGee scores a basket just after four minutes into the 2nd
    quarter. This would be the last basket made by the Nuggets in the
    quarter. Andre Miller would twice go the charity stripe and connect on
    all four of his attempts then Nuggets fans had to wait 7:09 before Foye
    would score from the free throw line. The saddest part of seven minute
    scoreless stretch, Phoenix was in the penalty for five minutes of it.
    PATHETIC!

    2nd Quarter Smiles

    The quarter started so well with THREE consecutive Anthony Randolph steals powering the Nugs to their first lead since the opening minutes.

    Jordan Hamilton played a good defensive quarter. He may actually be turning into a viable backup to the long awaited return of Chandler.

    2nd Quarter Shaw Surprise

    With 7:26 remaining McGee goes to the bench and Mozgov does NOT replace him. Hickson
    comes in to play center (and does a surprisingly nice job collecting
    rebounds under the defensive rim). I read it as Shaw sending a message
    for the how bad Plumlee made Mozgov look in the first. Mozzy failing to
    box out on a missed free throw and getting dunked on probably doesn’t
    help his situation.

    3rd Quarter Who Needs 7 Footers?

    JaVale McGee played an un-inspiring 2:30 then took a seat with Randolph subbing in for him. McGee and Mozgov
    would stay seated the duration of the quarter. Randolph still has one
    of the ugliest looking shots on the Nugs roster but did play well
    defensively.

    3rd Quarter All Star Push

    Ty freakin Lawson EXPLODED! 21 points, a rebound, an assist, a steal.

    3rd Quarter Smiles

    Jordan Hamilton went 3 for 3 from the paint, 1 of 2 from beyond the are and MOST IMPORTANTLY played solid defensively.

    A guy keeps reading that the Nugs want Randy Foye to attack the rim which he
    did three times, twice getting fouled and sent to the free throw line
    draining 3/4. He also went 1/2 on his beyond the arc attempts.

    Darrel Arthur lived up to his billing of being a “good defender”

    3rd Quarter Reality Check

    The Phoenix Suns are widely regarded as a team in serious contention for
    Wiggins. The Nugs should never have found themselves needing to
    outscore them 40-20 in a quarter to take the lead.

    4th Quarter Reality Check

    Okay I understand JJ Hickson and Kenneth Faried COMBINING to only play 6 minutes in the 4th quarter is because you want to run with the best defensive four the team has in Darrell Arthur BUT

    Anthony Randolph should not play the entire 12 minutes.

    JaVale McGee did not see the floor in the quarter and Timmy Mozgov did not see the floor in the second half. George Karl
    would be getting his butt handed to him by his haters for not running
    with management’s poster boy McGee and keeping Mozgov stapled to the
    bench after a poor first half. Just sayin!

    4th Quarter Frustration

    It took the Nugs 2:30 into the quarter to score their first points. If
    we back track a little, the Nugs did not score in the final two minutes
    of the third making it near five minutes of scoreless basketball. If
    you want to excuse the drought because of the quarter break, the Nuggets
    would suffer another almost 5 minute scoring drought later in the
    quarter. Jham scored to make 95-93 Nugs then we had to wait until Randolph scored a 3 to make it 105-98 Suns. INEXCUSABLE!

    Lesson from Captain Obvious

    As Ty Lawson goes, the Denver Nuggets go.

    4th Quarter Smile

    Jordan Hamilton showed improved maturity. After taking a
    traveling foul and turning the ball over after a steal, a man that was
    trying to hard, settled himself down. Hamilton would collect another
    steal and drained a pretty looking three.

  • heykyleinsf
    • gimpcom187

      Obsessed?

      • heykyleinsf

        with the truth.

        • gimpcom187

          Or:
          “Hey if your team decides to forfeit next season by getting rid of a top notch GM, HOF coach and it’s starting center we’d love to have you on this team.”

    • heykyleinsf

      caption..
      “You been working out dawg? Nice? Hey.. if any part of my body would give you pleasure…”

    • ryanvdonk

      hey steph, can i come shoot bricks in GS?

  • Richard Pesicka

    My wife summed up a nuggets game like this. I watch basketball for fun. This hasn’t been fun. Take good players, add a bad coach and this is what you get.

  • JED89

    People really need to relax, it’s almost impossible to win in this league without good wing players and right now we have none. This team thrived off the play of Iggy and Gallo last year and later Iggy and Chandler, Gallo and Chandler can be better offensively though worse defensively. Chandler himself is not enough to right this ship, he would have to average like 20 6 3 to make us a playoff team. I admit I am worried about Faried but honestly I would rather stick with Faried than McGee. If we have a top 5 pick I’d love to get Randle 1a, Embiid, 1b or we stand pat with Faried and McGee if they show something and we draft Exum. Those 3 guys would fit in beautifully with what this team is trying to do.

  • Richard Pesicka

    Why look for a lottery pick when you can’t do jack squat with the players you have. WE NEED A COACH. Wait, we had a coach, Coach of the year so they fired him. If you fire a coach of the year, then a coach who can’t get past one win should what, be given an extension. Worked for the Rockies Coach. Why not then the nuggets.