Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 111-Los Angeles Lakers 99

Thanks to a dominating performance from Timofey Mozgov the Nuggets played well late and defeated the Lakers 111-99.

Los Angeles Lakers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Denver Nuggets
J.J. Hickson, PF 17 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5

Hickson was there. He wasn’t good, but he was there. Pau Gasol got whatever shot he wanted tonight when Hickson was responsible for him, whether it was in the post or in the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop. Luckily for Denver, Pau is a shell of his former self and he missed a bunch of good looks. When Hickson was responsible for Jordan Hill, Hill dominated JJ on the glass. As we have said for a while, JJ Hickson just isn’t good.

Kenneth Faried, PF 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 5-9 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +5

This game was a really good example of what Faried should and shouldn’t do on offense. Within the first 6 minutes of the game Faried took 5 shots from the field for just 6 points on 1-5 shooting. There was a post-up, a few runners, and just a general feeling that Faried was doing too much. But he stopped all that and started to limit himself to trying to score off cuts and offensive rebounds and he finished with a great offensive night. Defensively he still isn’t very good and he was also responsible for Jordan Hill for long stretches and Hill finished with 8 offensive rebounds which kept Faried from an A.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 12 MIN | 1-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3

For a supposed shooter 1-6 from the field and 0-3 from three isn’t good, but the six rebounds are big. Hamilton missed a rotation here and there as well but overall it wasn’t a disaster.

Ty Lawson, PG 34 MIN | 7-17 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | 0

Lawson’s offense remained good with the 19 points and 7 assists but his defense is really starting become a problem. Steve Blake is an ok point guard but he shouldn’t be able to get to any point he wants on the floor and post a 15 and 11 line. Lawson can, and should, be better than this.

Randy Foye, SG 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | 0

Foye is doing exactly what he was brought in to do. Find open spaces and knock down threes to provide floor spacing.

Darrell Arthur, PF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +7

The offense is still a work in progress as Arthur finds himself catching the ball a little higher than he probably prefers too, but his defense, especially in the pick-and-roll, is so valuable to this team. The Arthur/Mozgov pairing felt great on that end tonight.

Wilson Chandler, SF 21 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +12

Chandler hitting the dagger was a nice way to close his season debut, but his night was full of ups-and-downs. On his first touch of the game he missed a dunk, and he also airballed at least two three pointers, and he looked a bit lost on defense. It was clearly rust and Chandler should be back to his normal self soon, in fact his shot selection seems there already.

Timofey Mozgov, C 28 MIN | 8-12 FG | 7-9 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | 0

It is time to start the Mozgod. He was the best player on the floor tonight and none of it was different from what he has been doing all season. His hands are better than ever before and it shows as he continues to catch the ball on the move and finish in pick-and-roll situations, and his touch hasn’t abandoned him as he knocked down jumpers and baby hooks tonight. It was fun to watch.

Andre Miller, PG 21 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +8

Dre was Dre tonight. He created looks for others, missed his own shots and even missed his threes which he hasn’t done all year. Nothing major either way.

Nate Robinson, PG 19 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +10

Nate continued his season long stretch of bad play. He missed shots,turned the ball over, and had a bad foul before the ball was inbounded. He seems to be struggling to find out exactly how he fits in Denver right now and it is showing in his play.

Evan Fournier, SG 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +10

Fournier hustled well but outside of that he just doesn’t seem confident when he gets on the floor. He fumbled a few balls out of bounds and just floated at other points. Hopefully he gets it together soon.

Brian Shaw

I promised on Twitter if Shaw kept Anthony Randolph on the bench all game he would get an A and he did so. The only real problems I had were Hickson starting over Mozgov, which ended up not mattering much as Mozzy played 11 more minutes, and the small ball lineup late in the game with Chandler at the 4 and Faried at the 5. But it didn’t last long so I can’t really penalize him too much.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Tonight was a game that Denver should have won and they did. The Lakers played last night in LA and late in the game it started to show. Denver did a good job of running plenty to wear the Lakers down and it worked out. The game finished the four game stretch where Denver needed to win a few games and they came out of it 2-2. They now move on for a seven game stretch that will really tell us just how good this team is. That starts with a back-to-back Friday and Saturday with a home game against the Timberwolves and an away game in Houston against the Rockets.
  2. I really have liked what I have seen of the offense when Darrell Arthur checks into the game. The threat that Arthur brings as a jump shooter really opens up the lane for Ty Lawson and he seems to take advantage, immediately getting into the paint every time Arthur comes into the game for either a bucket or a pass to an open teammate. If I were Brian Shaw I would try to find a bit more time together for the two of them.

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  • Vitor Lago


  • Scott

    TiMichael Mozgov

  • heykyleinsf


  • googergieger

    Mozgov earned the right to start tonight. Problem is this team is already struggling with chemistry, so he may look a bit lost starting, but still. Effort and the fact he is an actual center should give him the start. Glad Shaw didn’t reward Hickson with minutes despite his poor play tonight. Our defense still needs help, but when Chandler gets back into game shape and more minutes for Arthur, our D should look much better. Ty needs to step up in the department, but considering how much our offense is reliant on him, you can forgive him his bad D at times. Much needed blowout win over the much hated Lakers.

  • Branden Gloudeman

    Wilson Chandler way to make Ur presence know right AWAY! but this game is all mozgov jesus he dominated…. besides the 2nd when we kept getting out rebounded I thought our defense was good yah they shot well from the 3 line but I thought we closed out alot better and our interior defense just looked so much more energetic… very happy with the easy win

  • Pickles1731

    This is the Mozzy that we have all seen glimpses of for years. He has always been a solid defender and can block/rebound. I could see a stat line of 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game if he keeps this up. Has great potential in Shaw’s system!

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  • pgwarner

    Its sad to see the Lakers look this bad. Gasol is two steps slow. Yet his line was 25 with 12 boards. Hill was 18 and 15. So on a night when Mozgov goes 23 and 9 with Faried 21 and 13 you need to take the Lakers bigs play into account too.
    They beat an old and very tired team whose only decent players are hurt or playing hurt.
    The Nuggets shot 40% from the floor and 68% from line.They won by 12. That should tell you how bad the Lakers played.
    The Nuggets have played teams in their first seven games that have a combined record of something like 15-25. Lets see what happens in the next eight games. The weakest team is Dallas.
    The bright spot is that Shaw seems to be giving the team their head more.

    • Stompy

      JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, GUY! Be happy with a win, and a fairly dominant win at that. They held another team under 100 points, won their second straight, and Mozzy and Faried showed some things. Enjoy watching these team develop, you pessimistic fuck.

      • Branden Gloudeman

        Damn that’s a lil harsh man …. he’s a die hard nugs fan

        • Stompy

          Can’t tell if sarcastic…

        • pgwarner

          Thanks Branden. I appreciate that.

          • Branden Gloudeman

            Everybody entitled to there opinion…. that’s what debates are for lol

      • pgwarner

        I have been a Nuggets fan for 35 years. Being a fan does not mean you need to be a cheerleader. A fan can analyze a game or a player in a rational way. You don’t need to be a “RAH, RAH” Pollyanna about things to root for a team. If you want to refute what I said then thats fine. Try to. If you think because I gave an honest appraisal it makes me a negative hater who wishes the Nuggets ill then you are a fool.
        Its a pity. This site used to be filled with fans who loved the game as well as the Nuggets. They OP from Roundball Mining would make comments in the threads. Now its filled with tirades like yours.

      • Charliemyboy

        How about realistic. Your mouth (written) shows what is in your mind and heart. Pretty sick, isn’t it.

      • Warner Dean

        I can’t stand guys like you on here. He voiced his opinions which he’s entitled to. This is the play to do it. Back the hell off and don’t be so damn sensitive and emotional

  • evan

    what does everyone think about the shumpert-faried trade? i dont know anything abt shumpert … is he any good on defense?

    • alex47666

      You should just know, its not worth it

    • ryanvdonk

      can defend, is athletic…kind of a poor man’s iggy, and like iggy can’t really shoot but can be a decent passer for a wing.

    • ny nugs fan

      i’d rather have faried over shumpert any day of the week

      + shumpert is a gunner

      i’d pass on this

      • Branden Gloudeman

        We have no defensive back court players tho?

        • googergieger

          Chandler and Gallo can guard most twos, most threes, and some fours. And Evan has potential, just needs to get his head together. Faried I think has potential defensively. Seen flashes every now and again, just needs someone to actually work with him. Keep wondering if Shaw is working with the team on defense or he is just worrying about his needlessly complicated offense. On offense Faried just needs to develop a decent midrange to go along with his cutting/moving without the ball. Needs to learn how to set screens as well. Still with a healthy Chandler and Gallinari, Shumpert is just unnecessary.

          • Branden Gloudeman

            Couldn’t agree more with Ur view on that! But shaw has shown major improvements as far as coaching D on defnese than Karl right?!

  • ryanvdonk

    shaw should experiment with nate NOT playing alongside dre and/or ty. let the point guards play the ball and not the wing. he might find some rythym if he played alongside people who can actually space the court.
    hamilton was cold, but he really attacks the boards hard, which is something that can’t be said for any of our other wings. also wasn’t afraid to go contest a few shots at the rim on his rotations which is refreshing after watching so many of our guys just watch the other team lay it up, afraid of getting a foul.
    fournier needs to be aggressive, he looks like he’s afraid to step on his teammates toes all the time…he also got his nose a little dirty and dove in for some rebounds and loose balls, that type of hustle is great.
    i like how foye plays hard, he’s a much better defender than i thought, especially when it comes to disrupting shooters, and is most definitely passable on that end. Still tries to do a bit much at times on offense, but his spacing makes a world of difference for ty.

    • pgwarner

      Did you catch how quickly Nate loses his temper? That is a worry.
      Shaw still had 11 players with 15 mins or more. Some of the things you bring out might be solved with some kind of flow.

      • ryanvdonk

        Part of that might be his frustration with how he’s being played…also wasn’t getting calls, all that combined with a bad shooting night. he may have a bit of a temper, but it doesn’t seem to be a JR type thing you have to worry about, and he seemed to get himself back in check after the foul on the pass in.

      • Branden Gloudeman

        U don’t think that’s passion for the game?

        • pgwarner

          I am not saying he is a bad person. He has had to fight for everything he has ever gotten in this league. Its a question of him being able to control it. Hopefully he has matured and can focus it.

  • Thomas

    Lottery-bound -losing team playing the second night of a back-to-back, in Denver. Hold off on the fireworks.

    • Branden Gloudeman

      A win is a win!

      • Dikembe

        I have this site as my homepage and am thinking of changing it because of how negative the writers are. I agree with some but when it comes to certain players they are straight out bias. Sad to say but this may be my last post. GO nuggets u always start a season out rocky but its very understandable with all that has gone on, and i have faith u will exceed Matt’s expectations. Lottery team my ass just give them a bit to figure out a completely new system, which Matt seems to think should happen immediately, and at least wait till mid season to make your comments on what is so wrong with this team, cuz they might surprise u.

        • Branden Gloudeman

          Couldn’t agree more

        • gimpcom187

          Nope. Lottery team playing 2 other lottery teams including the worst in league. Realistic and pessimistic are not synonyms.

  • Blaze Gunn

    People Are overlooking one flaw in Timofey Mozgov game,he isn’t a good rebounder and doesn’t have the instinct to go after the ball. Most of the time he doesn’t fight for it just waits for the ball to come to him which will lead to offensive rebounds he’ll need to be played next to Kenneth Faried to hide this imo

  • Richard Pesicka

    Minnesota by at least ten. They have some good players. A player named Brewer.

    • Andrew

      Brew dog has been playing well for them, too. I miss that guy. I like the Nuggets, but they definitely need Chando and Gallo both all the way back, and they definitely need a starting 2 (unless Fournier turns it around and gets in a groove) and a starting 4 (I love Faried as a 6th man on a championship team, but he is just too short to play a bigger PF, and I don’t think he will ever develop a consistent jumper….maybe, but…). How good would this team look with Julius Randle at PF and/or Andrew Wiggins at SG? Ha ha. Pipe dream, but call me an optimist!