Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 111, Brooklyn Nets 87

Timofey Mozgov. Domination. Calamity. Explosions. Bazookas. Lasers. Apocalypse. Superhero. Awesomeness. What do all these words have in common? They’re all nouns and verbs and things that describe Mozgov’s upcoming Russian action-hero movie where he completely destroys all opponents in his path. But until then he’s still a basketball player for the Denver Nuggets. Confused? You should be. Read on for further explanation…

Denver Nuggets 111 Final

Recap | Box Score

87 Brooklyn Nets
J.J. Hickson, PF 16 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +4

Hickson was pedestrian. He did nothing to jump off the TV screen, but he had some nice dunks and several jumpers.

Kenneth Faried, PF 25 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-6 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +10

Faried played with enthusiasm all night but it was his offense that really impressed. He hit some hooks and displayed footwork in the post that we don’t often see from him. As is often the case, Faried was everywhere and had a very positive impact on his team as a whole.

Wilson Chandler, SF 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10

Chandler was AWOL most of the evening. He had some nice defensive stints but hardly worked at all for his shot. This was yet another game where you’re left wondering just how much he wants to push himself to be the scorer he’s capable of becoming.

Ty Lawson, PG 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-7 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +9

Lawson turned the ball over one too many times but I loved his aggression. He made some pretty incredible buckets and controlled the pace of the game like a true point guard should. He’s finally taking that next step in his game that we all knew he could get to, specifically by using his dribble to access different areas of the floor and create opportunities for his teammates.

Randy Foye, SG 21 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +7

Foye’s two back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter were what blew this game open. The value of his long-distance shooting cannot be overstated. He also played solid defense throughout and had some nice assists.

Darrell Arthur, PF 17 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +15

Arthur was all over the place early on, especially on defense. Then as the game unfurled his shot began to fall. He hit midrange jumpers from all over the place and once again gave the Nuggets that deep 2-point threat they had been missing for the last few years.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 17 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +18

I sometimes don’t even know if Hamilton’s operating in the same dimension as we are. He’s like a video-game caricature. The shots he makes are ridiculous. The shots he misses are grotesque. He’s the new J.R. Smith, just not quite as talented. He hit all kinds of feathery floaters and tough jump shots against the Nets. He also had his fair share of boneheaded mistakes. That’s what you get with Hamilton. That’s what you will always get with Hamilton.

Quincy Miller, SF 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Put the “garbage” in garbage time.

Anthony Randolph, SF 7 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -1

Actually played really well in garbage time.

Timofey Mozgov, C 31 MIN | 6-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 20 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +18

Never, never, never in a million years did I think I’d see the day Mozgov would flirt with a 20-20 game. Seriously. That is not hyperbole. I really don’t know how to describe what I just saw. The rebounds were insane, yes, but Brooklyn was awful on the glass. What really impressed me about Mozgov this game was how he finally put it all together for one single, dominating performance. Outside of a few bad fouls and fumbled passes early on, Mozgov was outstanding in every aspect of the game. He had a left-handed bank hook early on that I almost dropped my jaw at. His energy was palpable. His passes were crisp and well thought out. His blocks were powerful and perfectly timed. He finally played like a real, legitimate, starting NBA center. And for that, I owe him a big apology for never believing in him. Good stuff Mozzy, good stuff.

Andre Miller, PG 22 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +15

Miller was all about distributing, which is exactly the role he needs to play for the Nuggets this season. He’s not trying to go one on five anymore. He’s exercising his vision and intelligence for the greater good of the team. This is good.

Nate Robinson, PG 20 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +18

Nate played with lots of energy. He took some ill-advised shots but not too many of them. If he can continue to limit his bad shots he’ll prove to be a valuable asset off the bench.

Evan Fournier, SG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

N/A

Brian Shaw

I’d missed the last few games being on vacation, and man how things have changed! This was impressive. This was the type of win — even though it came against a bad team — that gives you faith. You can feel this type of win in your gut. Everything was clicking for this team. Everyone was playing as a unit, thinking as one. This brand of basketball is promising. It’s not a gimmick. Shaw’s system is finally paying off in the form of impressive, quality, convincing wins. That’s something worth cheering for.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Nuggets are scoring in so many different ways. Under George Karl there was one way to score the basketball: run. Under Shaw the Nuggets can run, they can also slow the game down, they can run plays and they can improvise when all else fails. And they do it on a consistent basis. It’s how they play. It’s in their DNA. Again, this is what gives me faith as a fan. It’s not only fun to watch, but incredibly refreshing after nearly a decade of the same old humdrum brand of basketball.
  2. One thing I’ve noticed this year is how the Nuggets are playing with a collective gusto. Everyone hustles, everyone dives for loose balls, everyone rebounds, everyone plays with their heart. This was on display against the Nets. Yes, the Nuggets are a much better team than the Nets, but they played with much more passion than the Nets did. That’s what broke the game open and ultimately sealed the deal for the Nuggets.
  3. Had the Nuggets not strangled the Nets in the third quarter you have to wonder if Evan Fournier would have seen minutes this game. It would have been his first DNP-CD of the season, yet even without that nominal box-score designation his absence from the rotation seems to be a portent for upcoming games. With Nate Robinson and Jordan Hamilton playing well, Fournier seems to be on the outside looking in. This is a very interesting development given how popular he was to supplant Foye as the starting shooting guard in the beginning of the year.

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  • Sharkboy242

    Started 4-6 now we here.

    • Josh M

      No, we started from the bottom now our whole team if is F-ing here!!!

  • Charliemyboy

    And living in Reno, I didn’t buy a league-pass! Wish I knew how to get streaming. Nugs are suprising. Shaw west coach of week/month? Moz? Moz!

    • Andrew Wolfe

      vipbox.tv, or firstrowsports.eu

      • http://americablog.com magster

        Don’t get the blog in trouble posting links.

    • random900

      You just need to be a VIP and have a box my friend ;)

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      • Anonymous Brooklynite

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    • Tyler Stevens

      If you get this… vipbox . tv

  • Scott

    #MozGod #MozVP #TheRussianHammer #Moz4Prez #TheRussianDikembe #HakeemofeyMozlijuwon

  • Scott

    #MozGod #MozVP #TheRussianHammer #Moz4Prez #TheRussianDikembe #HakeemofeyMozlijuwon

  • TomRMC

    I want to point out how well Randy Foye played tonight.

    He had a big block on Brook Lopez that made him cry. He hit three triples — two of them during that key stretch in the third when the lead ballooned from 6 to 15. During that stretch he also had 2 really nice steals, a rebound, and 2 assists. He seemed to be involved in every single stop and every single score to help the Nuggets pull away.

    (Also, Mozgov was a beast, but do I really need to say that?)

    • David Acker

      Becoming a big Foye fan. Not for his shooting but for what you have mentioned. He doesn’t force the shots plays good D and good team basketball. He also seems to be a good team mate as well. A few games ago Shaw was going to sub Fournier out with Foye and Foye told the coach to leave him in because he was playing well. Nice point Tom

  • Kody R

    Mozgod!!!! Oh my goodness, seems to be yet another nice game from Hamiltion.. wish we picked up his option. He’s proving he can be a solid bench contributor on this team. Other teams are going to want him in the off-season

    • Josh M

      Yes – Ham is coming along well. He needed a Shaw to bring out his game. Good half court player who can spread the floor and penetrate with his quick first step.

  • Shawn Liu

    Am very excited about the chemistry on the team right now. Think it is a coincidence that our run coincided with Javale’s absence? I worry we will have playing time issues when he comes back.

    Also, I’m really happy to see J-Ham getting minutes and playing well. His potential ranges anywhere from a bad version of JR Smith to a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard. If he keeps getting boards and grows defensively…baby-Kawhi!

  • abrut

    Timofey Moz “oh my” gov. Are you serious? I don’t believe this right now. I know these are weaker teams, but he’s dominating. Ty only had to play 30 min. tonight. Darrel “get a hand up” Arthur. sick.

  • googergieger

    Needed an easy game like tonight. Glad Ty only played a few minutes. Was worried he was going to be over worked at the start of the season. Not much really negative to talk about tonight, if anything. Hope we continue this mini streak tomorrow.

  • abrut

    In all seriousness, how dumb does George Karl look right now for sitting Mosgov? At least getting some minutes from Kofous. The kid just needed some burn and some confidence from being on the court during the regular season, instead of throwing him to the lions in the playoffs. Maybe JVMG needs to come off the bench when he gets back? I don’t expect NateDog to keep his pace up, or Arthur/Hickson. But, that’s ok because WE STILL DON’T HAVE OUR 2ND BEST PLAYER. When Gallo gets back, look out.

    • alex47666

      He even looks more stupid for not giving J ham a chance against the Warriors when they implemented the zone on us

  • Mario Ramos

    Fingers crossed the Knicks keep imploding. Lottery pick added to this core could be huge next year

    • Shawn Liu

      That is a great point. It’s not often that you get to tank and root for the playoffs at the same time. We get to do both by rooting for the Knicks to tank and our Nugs to win. RBMC should start a “Knicks Tank-O Meter.”

      As far as I can tell, the Knicks pick is not protected, so at this rate, Nugs could end up with one of the top 3 picks.

      Tank On, Knicks!

      • Mario Ramos

        Need to send a thank you to masai ujiri

      • Pickles1731

        All the picks we have from the Knicks are unprotected, luckily. The only thing I am worried about is how bad the Atlantic division is this year. I wish the Knicks were in the same division as the Heat or Pacers, then the playoffs would be gone. Still though, the Celtics, Raptors, and Sixers all won tonight (sorry Nets). Lets pick it up Atlantic division!

        • Shawn Liu

          Ah, too true. That would be a great injustice if the Knicks “won” the division and 4 seed with 40 wins (they need to go 37-29 in their last 66 games for that to happen).

          So I think we root for the Celtics/Sixers to win (so that they’re attempted tanking fails) and the Knicks to lose (so that they’re attempted winning fails).

          This gives me a great map for how to root on League Pass.

          • Michael Gross

            According to Hoopsworld we have the option to switch the 1 pick with the Knicks in 2016. More tanking action to look forward to.

            Masai rules.

  • alex47666

    The nuggets are just playing team basketball, team defense passing and sharing to each other and playing their strengths. Karl haters dont have anything to say now do they, and shaw is showing he can get the nuggets to a spurs type team and be dominate. He really is a great coach If he can get Faried to improve his defense

  • random900

    Where has the George Karl fanclub been? haven’t seen any of em comment in nearly a month.

    • Pickles1731

      Agreed. I loved Karl as much as the next guy, but this move to get Shaw was something our organization needed in order to play playoff basketball all year. If we still had Iggy, man this would be a great defensive team. Great to see a guy like Foye (known for offense) buying into Shaw’s d. You never would have had that with Karl.

    • David Acker

      I’m not a Karl fan but it’s kind of hard to bash him. 57 wins was good but he has never been a good post season coach in my opinion(look at Golden State last year he panicked and got out coached by MJ). The front office did the right thing in letting him go. Karl was a good coach but not he right fit for Denver the last couple of years.

  • Andrew

    Go GO, there goes Tokyo, GO GO MOZILLA!
    I thought Mozilla’s breakout game was Toronto, where he really dominated down the stretch. This gem…well, here’s to more of the same. I echo the sentiments of the folks saying wait until Gallo is back healthy and REALLY wait til we get that knick’s pick next year!
    There might very well be a coming back down to earth, but this team, unlike all but the C Bill teams under Karl, feels like it could actually win a post season series.

  • LegalizeDenverNuggets

    “All we do, we just try to bring energy in the game and play hard. The
    harder you play, the more you stay on the court I want
    to stay on the court 49 minutes, but I know that’s not possible. But I
    want to stay on the court as much as possible, so I’m going to just push
    hard. That’s it.” -Mozgod

    This kind of performance is what happens when players believe their extra-effort will be rewarded. This is new with Brian Shaw. Cheers!

    • matymaddog

      Well said. Shaw has shown that he is not afraid to play the hot hand and bench guys when they aren’t performing well on any given night. As we saw with JJ Hickson having a 16 minute game and 17 minute game the past two nights well under his season average of 25. While Moz has had 31 both nights well above his 18 minute average. It’s really crowded at every position. Really hope Moz keeps it up. We still have Gallo and JaVale to come back and Chandler to get back to full strength. This team is deadly when they know what to do when running the court doesn’t work.

  • Daniel McDonald

    Was at Barclay Center tonight, loved every minute of it. Mozgov looked unstoppable and I thought Faried had a big impact even though his numbers weren’t great. Brooklyn is a disaster right now but a good win nonetheless.

  • David Acker

    Nice grades for the most part but not sure if I agree with Chandler’s grade. He is a better player when not forcing the offense and played decent defense against Joe Johnson. A C+ for me but that’s just my opinion.

  • ABQPat

    Mozgodzilla !

    • Andrew

      Ha ha. I could not decide if I liked Mozilla or Mozgod better. Thanks for solving the problem!

  • alex47666

    I know we shouldnt be looking ahead for the draft yet, but I hope teams overlook wiggins and give him to us. He would be perfect for this team he is deadly in transition solid defense and attacks the paint well. But for know way to go nuggets keep on proving the haters wrong

    • Pickles1731

      I am just gonna bank on the Knicks having a disaster season and hoping they get a top 5 pick. Getting Wiggins, Parker, or Randle would be amazing and we could make any of them fit on this team.

      • matymaddog

        Joel Embiid is another guy I would love to have. Huge upside and the way he plays I believe he can attain that potential. He shows what I believe to be a lot more hustle and heart than JaVale when it comes to playing as a team. He would give us some flexibility with trading assets but at the very least he would be a great project behind McGee and Moz. Dante Exum would also be perfect for this team as a scoring guard. He can play the 1, 2, and maybe in time the 3.

      • Shawn Liu

        Tyson Chandler needs to just stay injured for a bit longer. Knicks defense is absolutely atrocious without him.

    • James Murray

      Are you watching CBB at all? … Jabari PArker is he best player in the country hands down. Randle and Smart are a close second, but with Faried and Lawson set for the future, it will make no sense to take either unless we play Smart at the 2. Wiggins is way too raw and seriously overhyped, he will be a project. I know we are on a good run, but make no mistake we are no contenders and i would rather have Jabari in a playoff game than Wiggins.

      • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/ Kalen

        I agree with this. Parker looks much better than Wiggins right now. He’s way more well rounded. But Randle is right there with him. It is early though. Wiggins athletic potential is insane.

        • Andrew

          The other thing about Parker is that he really seems to be well grounded, stable. I’d take him or Randle first.

  • NuggZeit

    That was fun! Let’s run it to 8 boys!

  • heykyleinsf

    Mozzy is flooring me beyond belief. I was such a hater and I’ll admit.. I wanted him gone so bad.
    This has got to be a lot of Shaw.
    I can’t believe how much we lucked out!

  • COfoEVA

    Iguodala is looking back at the team he betrayed and having some second thoughts I imagine.

    • Kody R

      I can only hope we blow them out

      • COfoEVA

        Seriously, that would just be so fitting. Its amazing how much our D has improved this year too. Looks like the talking heads on TV were wrong, again.

        • Kody R

          We’re proving everyone wrong and winning under the radar right now. I watched NBA Gametime this morning, they showed the highlights from the game last night but all they could talk about is how bad the Nets are & Jason Kidd and the circus that’s going on in NY. Honestly I love it, we’ll be right there come playoff time. Denver never gets respect from the national media. It’s a damn shame, this is the funnest team to watch in basketball

          • COfoEVA

            Ya they do have quite the circus there in NY, with both teams hahaha. I agree flying under the radar is always best, but wait till we extend this streak to 10+, they will start talking. It’s up to Shaw to keep the team focused no matter what they fools on TV say. I’m so excited to see our team grow this year, we can be so deadly come playoff time.

    • heykyleinsf

      I think it’s awesome.
      I hate Iggy with a fkg passion.

  • tytechortz

    Lots of C’s and D’s after a blowout on the road. Sure, it’s a bad Nets team, but if the Nuggets are grading our pretty low overall after stomping a team on the road, that is a great sign.

  • Trevor

    Good to see the Nuggets playing well. Hopefully we keep it up.

  • tigglon

    “The shots he makes are ridiculous. The shots he misses are grotesque.”

    This made me happy today.