Following another really solid road win, Denver finds itself 8-6 on the season and now 8-3 since the doom-and-gloom of the 0-3 start to the season.
|J.J. Hickson, PF 19 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -13Hickson’s late game heroics, basically holding onto Pekovic for dear life down the stretch and becoming the beneficiary of some nice dribble penetration from Denver’s guards, pulled up what would probably have been an F-level game. Lets put it this way, his foul trouble early in the game served as perhaps Denver’s greatest boon in their first half explosion.|
|Kenneth Faried, PF 27 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +4A vintage Faried game. Shaw seems to have relented in attempted to shape Faried into something he’s not and it has been nice to see the Manimal unleashed in all his glory.|
|Wilson Chandler, SF 32 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -4Chandler, along with the entire team it seemed, was hitting everything in the first half but even when his shooting tailed off he still bolstered the offense with his cuts, his speed in transition, and the spacing that inherently comes with him anytime he’s on the floor.|
|Ty Lawson, PG 33 MIN | 7-15 FG | 8-10 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | 0We’ve gotten to the point where we must begin grading Lawson on a curve, as this stat line , while great, has become pedestrian for him at this point. When Denver needed a basket down the stretch, Lawson was there with a probing drive that drew two free throws to essentially ice the game.|
|Randy Foye, SG 19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -4Foye lost Martin off ball a few times but he’s a tough assignment for even the best of them, and Foye’s spot-up threes continue to add a deadly wrinkle into Denver’s half court offense.|
|Darrell Arthur, PF 22 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +13
Arthur FINALLY supplanted Hickson as the mainstay secondary big for much of this game, and although his stat line is rather meh, his defense was huge. Arthur remains Denver’s sole bastion for consistent defensive play and when given the minutes, he’s delivered.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 18 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +17
Hamilton had perhaps one of the best games of his young career, he was always making the right cut, he flared out behind the three point line when it was called for, and he took smart shots off the dribble when the flow of the offense called for it.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 23 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +3
Movgov had a pretty invisible 23 minutes on the offensive end, but he effectively pulled off his job of bodying up Pek when the rest of the bigs were too exhausted to do it.
|Andre Miller, PG 21 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +10
Dre Miller is going to be throwing inbound lobs and scoring on fools in the post long after our bones will have returned to the dust upon which they came. During the ever-adventuress Lawson-less minutes, Dre provided the steady hand that time and time again ended a pivotal Wolves run.
|Nate Robinson, PG 22 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +19
After his first few shots, Nate Rob descended into the worst version of himself, the one that takes 30 foot three points three seconds into the shot clock or dribbles innocently for 20 seconds before firing an ill advised jumper or tossing the ball to a hapless teammate. Still, his man defense Barea was pretty good so that’s something I guess.
|Evan Fournier, SG 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -10
Evan was a minus-10 in four minutes. That about sums it up.
While I thought the Nate Rob-Dre Miller backcourt was trusted for a bit too long early in the fourth and while I questioned JJ Hickson’s reentry into the lineup at the end of a close game, all-in-all its hard to complain about Shaw’s decision making during a game where the half court offense looked to be flowing so damn well.
Three Things We Saw
- Denver shot the ball at a 63 percent clip in the first half and the half court offense looked about as good as it has all year. But much of that was due to a decent number of difficult shots making their way through the net and the 40 percent second half represented that inevitable regression to the mean. Still, the process was sound throughout the game and that’s what really matters in the end. After the horrendous start to the season, Denver’s offense is scoring at a top four mark in the league in their last 11 games.
- Lawson’s game-sealing drive deserves a second look. After getting into the paint with an ease that has become ridiculous in its mundanity, Ty stopped, gathered himself, pump faked the hulking Pekovic and drew two easy ones at the line with a flick of the wrist. The foul may have been a bit questionable but Lawson’s utter trust in his own abilities once he makes his way into the paint continues to amaze.
- Happy Thanksgiving guys!
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