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