The Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers shared the floor in a relatively ugly game, with Denver trailing most of the way. Without Ty Lawson in the lineup the Nuggets struggled to find offense, but managed to get over the hump thanks to a late explosion by Jordan Hamilton.
|J.J. Hickson, PF 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -5Hickson was inconsistent as ever defensively, but he did make a couple of good rotations. He recorded another double-double, though, and made a couple of big hustle plays down the stretch.|
|Kenneth Faried, PF 14 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -11It’s hard to grade Faried’s performance. He had 6 points and 5 rebounds in the first quarter and then just one rebound for the rest of the game. Shaw pulled him out of the game after he put up a 3-point attempt as the end of the shot clock and he never returned.|
|Wilson Chandler, SF 26 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +5It’s getting frustrating to watch Chandler. He had a terrific first quarter, attacking the basket and positioning himself well on the weak side of the floor. He did a solid job defensively but was pretty much invisible offensively for the rest of the night. With Lawson out you would expect him to step up more.|
|Andre Miller, PG 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +8Dre missed quite a few shots, but was great filling in for Lawson. He quietly filled up the stat sheet and made a lot of juicy passes, setting up his teammates in their comfort spots.|
|Randy Foye, SG 22 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -2You can’t fault the effort, as Foye came out looking for his shot and eager to step up in Lawson’s absence. However, his shot was off all night and he ended up playing just 22 minutes.|
|Darrell Arthur, PF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +11Arthur didn’t play that much and wasn’t that visible but he had a solid game. He only took four shots but did a decent job defensively. He could likely have put up a better game, but Shaw decided to put Anthony Randolph into the game, which cut into Arthur’s minutes a little bit.|
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 22 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +6Hamilton was relatively quiet for most of the night. That is until he decided to take the game over and put it to bed in the span of around a minute or so. J-Ham went crazy from beyond the arc and knocked down three straight 3-pointers, essentially putting the game out of reach.|
|Anthony Randolph, SF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +10The Nuggets fans collectively sighed when Shaw decided to give Randolph some run, but he did a pretty decent job. He got to the line, grabbed some rebounds and gave the Nuggets some energy.|
|Timofey Mozgov, C 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +14Mozgov had a decent game but was limited to just 18 minutes of action as he couldn’t stay away from foul trouble. He picked up two quick ones and finished the game with five. In his limited minutes he still put up a respectable stat line and was setting good screens.|
|Nate Robinson, PG 26 MIN | 6-14 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +13Robinson was one of the players that stepped up in Lawson’s absence. He got to the line early and often and was creating offense off the dribble and was very effective running high pick-and-rolls with Mozgov.|
|Evan Fournier, SG 21 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | +6Fournier had a great chance to earn some minutes with Lawson sidelined, but he blew his shot. He started the game off pretty well and got a nice basket in transition. He continued to get to the basket but couldn’t hit anything and finished with just two points in 21 minutes.|
A bit of a mixed performance on Shaw’s part. Some of his decisions, such as putting Anthony Randolph into the game, were questionable but somehow worked out. He decided to bench Faried, but it was a little weird that he opted to give Randolph some run instead of putting Arthur, who was putting up a decent performance, back into the game.
Three Things We Saw
- We saw just how much the Nuggets struggle to find offense without their two best players. Chandler seems to run out of gas after the first quarter these days and doesn’t appear to want the ball in his hands as much as he should. Denver played against one of the worst defenses in the league tonight yet shot just 39% from the field in the first half and 42.2% in the game.
- Anthony Randolph might have had a decent 15-minute stint and injected some energy, but having him play regular minutes would obviously be a problem. He can’t space the floor and defenses generally abuse that in pick-and-rolls by blitzing the ball handler when he sets the screens.
- Free throws have been a weakness of the Nuggets this season but not in this game. Denver got to the line 34 times while their opponents took just 14 free throws.
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