The Nuggets shot poorly all night, and forgot to defend the three point line, on the way to a big loss to the Clippers on a back to back.
|J.J. Hickson, PF 21 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -10
Hickson was turned away at the rim several times by Clippers defenders, and several other times he looked afraid to challenge them. He had a couple of good rebounds, but was out of position or simply outworked by the Clippers frontcourt on at least four of their offensive rebounds.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7
Faried left the game early with an ankle injury.
|Wilson Chandler, SF 30 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | -11
Chandler single-handedly kept the Nuggets in the game in the first half by scoring in a variety of ways, started the third quarter with rebounds and hustle plays, and then completely disappeared.
|Ty Lawson, PG 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -17
The Clippers defense was effective in keeping Ty from getting open scoring looks for himself. He did make several good passes off of dribble penetration throughout tonight’s game, and could have easily finished with a double double if his teammates made their shots.
|Randy Foye, SG 16 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -2
I counted two positive contributions from Randy Foye tonight: one good defensive play and one rebound. On a night when his shot isn’t falling, he needs to play with defensive intensity, but instead was too often caught far away from his own guy and out of position to help on anyone else.
|Darrell Arthur, PF 16 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -9
Arthur’s shot wasn’t falling tonight, but he did everything else right. He made it hard for his man to score, hedged well on Chris Paul, set good screens, and even made a pretty good pass that resulted in free throws.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 27 MIN | 1-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -19
Hamilton did a lot of good things tonight. He finished with a game high five steals, creating several opportunities for the Nuggets to get back in the game. But his shot wasn’t falling, and he had a stretch late in the game where he couldn’t hold on to the ball and couldn’t find anyone to defend on the other end.
|Quincy Miller, SF 10 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | 0
The best grade of the night goes to the one Nuggets player who set a career high (8 points) and played hard every minute he was in. Objectively, Quincy Miller didn’t have any effect on the game’s outcome, but subjectively, he made garbage time fun to watch.
|Anthony Randolph, SF 12 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 6 PTS | -17
I want to give Anthony Randolph two grades tonight. His hustle and toughness in the second quarter was B+ worthy, but an end-of-the-half turnover and a couple of stupid fouls were mental mistakes deserving of a D-.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 26 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | 0
Mozgov had some trouble hanging on to the ball at times tonight. But he brought good energy, took the ball to the rim, and generally made his presence felt. He was one of the keys to the third quarter stretch where the Nuggets temporarily closed the gap to six points.
|Andre Miller, PG 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5
YMCAndre probably should have finished with more assists, but suffered from the same problem as Ty Lawson: his teammates couldn’t finish. Aside from a few good passes that didn’t pan out, he was nearly invisible.
|Nate Robinson, PG 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -3
Don’t let garbage time stats fool you. Nate Robinson was bad tonight when the game was still in doubt, leading Brian Shaw to pull him early. He finally got it going late in the fourth.
|Evan Fournier, SG 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -5
Fournier was the last Nugget off the bench tonight, despite Randy Foye’s terrible showing. On the season, he has more fouls and turnovers than rebounds and assists.
He made some adjustments, such as starting Mozgov in the second half and bringing Hamilton in for Foye in the third. But his team kept running the same ineffective plays, such as throwing the ball to Hickson in the post or leaving Crawford open. This was a game where coach Shaw needed to light a fire under his guys, and that never happened.
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