Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 91 at Los Angeles Clippers 112

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.

Denver Nuggets 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 112 Los Angeles Clippers
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.

Brian Shaw
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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Tom Darrow

Fourth generation Denver native, stay-at-home dad with a masters degree in applied mathematics, and all-around geek with a passion for Nuggets basketball.
  • Sharkboy242

    If we’re going to suck can we at least have Fournier playing full SG minutes? Screw Foye and screw Shaw for playing him so damn much.

    • Tyler Stevens

      I want to see Quincy Miller getting minutes. More than that I want a lineup of Arthur and Hickson off the bench and Faried and Mozgov starting. We need more defense to start the games seriously.

      • Sharkboy242

        I agree, this team looks hopeless and at the very least we can be developing our young talent.

        • LBJ

          Agree. Wasn’t that one of Joshy’s complaints about Karl – not enough PT for our young guys?

    • heykyleinsf

      Never understood why we got him.. still don’t understand why he starts. Foye is a ridiculously poor player.. especially on defense.. (see Joel’s article)

    • Paul Griggs

      I agree we should bench Foye but Fournier looks like a mess this season. Karl sat him most of last year and played him when the team was playing well and Fournier played well. I can’t believe a team that was so deep last year looks devoid of options right now. Shaw’s game does not fit Faried at all.

      • googergieger

        Well few things. Fournier has played well during stretches and Shaw still hasn’t rewarded him for it. Just gives him poor minutes. So you know, inconsistent coach, inconsistent player. If you play good, bad minutes. If you play bad, bad minutes. Da eff? Still, if we are going to suck, at least play a kid that can and should get better.

  • Tyler Stevens

    Near the end of the 4th quarter with Quincy handling the ball as he tries to go behind his back and the ball flies out of bounds the camera flashed to Coach Shaw. When I saw him smirking I thought to myself “Ha, Look at Karl giggling at Quince.” Apparently I haven’t moved on from George Karl haha.

  • googergieger

    Don’t worry, Shaw has big stuff coming. Big changes are a-coming. Big changes!

    • Charliemyboy

      Wishful thinking? Or based on what facts.

      • googergieger

        Sarcasm, actually. Shaw keeps talking about changing up the starting line up, and playing guys who will give him effort at least, and he ain’t doing jack.

  • airvaid

    Either trade up or trade down. Team constructed as it is, is mediocre and setup for failure. There’s no magic wand in the coach’s hand to win with a wildly unbalanced roster. Front office is sitting on it’s ass.

  • heykyleinsf

    wonder how Erick Green is coming along in Sienna.. Don’t wonder if he would be better than Foye. I’m positive he would. Can we switch them now?

  • Richard Pesicka

    Our classed, Out played, Out coached.

  • Charliemyboy

    Can’t blame Shaw for not being Karl. Can blame Kronke for my disinterest in the team. Didn’t even know they were playing. Used to wait all day for the game. Thank goodness I don’t do that anymore. Thanks Josh. Sorry I have no patience for mediocrity. Sad, cause I’ve loved the NBA all my life and just have no team now.

  • Charliemyboy

    Oh, on NBA TV. Great! Now others can learn how smart Josh is. Sucking it up Josh?

  • Paul Griggs

    The Clippers are a solid team and they put is our place tonight. They did what we should be doing–thumping the teams worse than you at home. I hope the Nuggets are only out of sync and not finally getting solved by the rest of the league.

  • Darius

    Can we get rid of Hickson? My least favorite player.. We need to give Faried, Mozgov and Arthur more minutes

  • Darius

    Also I think we should trade McGee, Andre Miller/Nate Rob and Foye/Fournier and a pick for Joe Johnson

    • LBJ

      Why would Brooklyn want that collection of journeymen?

      • Darius

        Fournier and Javale are Journeymen? I agree Nate Robinson is but he’s a damn good journeyman if you ask me

  • David Acker

    A couple of weeks ago I said the Nuggets were a 4 or 5 seed. I am well and truly eating my words they will be lucky to make the playoffs. While they have a collection of talented players they don’t have that guy with the look in his eye that is willing to take a game over. I thought Ty would be the man but since he hurt his hamstring he has been a shell of himself. Not sure what the answer is. Wait until they are healthy and evaluate, will they be healthy or are they just a .500 team……………..