Denver went down big early and couldn’t quite ever get back into the game and fell to the Celtics 106-98. Most importantly Ty Lawson left the game with a left hamstring injury. Stay tuned at RMC for more information as it comes out.
|J.J. Hickson, PF 25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +9
Hickson remains the master of the misleading stat line. The 17 points and 7 rebounds were nice but Boston built their big lead thanks to the awful rim protection that Hickson and Faried combined to not provide in the first quarter.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +5
Faried was bad tonight. Offensively the cuts he normally makes weren’t there, and like Hickson his defense was really bad, especially in help. The Celtics bigs aren’t good and somehow Denver made them look great.
|Wilson Chandler, SF 33 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +6
When was the last time Chandler was a factor in a game? Denver desperately needed Chandler to step up and help Ty Lawson create open looks for his offensively challenged teammates like Andre Iguodala did last season and he hasn’t come close to doing it yet. On defense Jeff Green dominated him. It has been a really ugly season so far from Chandler.
|Ty Lawson, PG 28 MIN | 6-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +3
Ty started slow offensively thanks to the constant pressure of Avery Bradley and because of it the Denver offense never got going in the first quarter. He eventually got things going in the second and third quarters before leaving injured, and not coincidentally the Nuggets had their two best offensive quarters. But yet again Ty’s defense fell somewhere between awful and terrible. Bradley, who isn’t good on offense, finished 8-11 from the field and many of the makes were wide open jumpers.
|Randy Foye, SG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +4
Foye made some shots but his defense on Jordan Crawford was about as bad as Lawson’s on Bradley. Asking Foye to be a stopper is unfair to him, especially as he is undersized, but he should be able to hold Crawford below 9-13 shooting.
|Darrell Arthur, PF 21 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -19
I am a big Arthur guy but he was bad tonight. For some random reason he struggled badly to defend Kris Humphries and on offense his jumpers didn’t fall. It was ugly.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 15 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -14
When Jordan Hamilton is good, he is good. When he is bad, it is ugly. The perfect summation of why Hamilton is so frustrating was when he was beat backdoor, on the strong side of the floor, by Gerald Wallace who dunked home a big basket. That just can’t happen and for Hamilton it happens too often.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -16
After a few great games Mozgov was very average tonight. He got absolutely abused in the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop by Faverani and Humphries. Offensively he had some nice finishes but also fumbled away a few passes. He wasn’t the worst Nugget on the night but he wasn’t good.
|Andre Miller, PG 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -6
Dre was Dre tonight. On offense he used his old man game to find himself easy buckets though tonight he didn’t create any for teammates. Defensively he lost shooters behind the arc and got beat for easy buckets.
|Nate Robinson, PG 24 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -12
Nate came crashing back down to earth tonight and as it did early in the season it really hurt the Denver offense. Initially he provided a spark but eventually the shots stopped falling.
I’m honestly not really sure what Shaw could have done to change the outcome tonight. Boston took advantage of every single weakness Denver has. They attacked Ty and Foye, the put the Denver bigs into pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops all night and they made life miserable for Ty which stifled the Nuggets offense in the first quarter. It is now on Shaw to fix those things before more teams can exploit them.
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