The Nuggets’ woes continue on the road, as they now full-strength Pelicans handed the Nuggets their fifth straight loss. It’s getting ugly, folks.
|J.J. Hickson, PF 36 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -4J.J
Hickson is like bread — his double-doubles are empty calories.
|Wilson Chandler, SF 37 MIN | 7-20 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | -11
Chandler was far and away the best player tonight, not to mention of the few that didn’t appear hungover. He didn’t shoot the ball all that well, but we’ll forgive that in light of his aggression.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -5
Good for Hamilton. He gets his first start, and provides a nice shooting lift sorely lacking the past month or so. 5-13 isn’t a terrific shooting line, but knocking down shots as a starter has to give Hamilton some confidence going forward.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -3
I honestly have nothing to say about Mozgov, positive, negative, or otherwise. Except this: in theory, starting Mozgov next to a defensive sieve such as Hickson isn’t a bad idea. However, Hickson is SUCH a horrendous defender that Mozgov is constantly clearing up his mistakes, which then leaves openings for Mozgov’s man. This is why the Mozgov/Arthur pairing works so well — both are at the very, very least adept on defense.
|Ty Lawson, PG 36 MIN | 3-12 FG | 8-8 FT | 1 REB | 12 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 14 PTS | -9
Just an odd, off night for Lawson. Getting to the line eight times is nice, as is knocking all of them down, but his poor shooting and eight turnovers are troubling. It almost feels as if Lawson’s struggling to find a balance between finding his shot and finding shots for others. It’s caused him to over-think at points, to pass when he should shoot, shoot when he should pass. Hopefully, Lawson regains his comfort soon.
|Quincy Miller, SF 13 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -3
Shaw, looking for any sort of spark, went to Miller in the third quarter, and lo and behold, Miller actually did things! Good things! No, I promise, I saw it with my own eyes! Miller hasn’t had much of an opportunity to play this season, and maybe this performance is the one that opens the door to more minutes.
|Anthony Randolph, SF 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -11
|Andre Miller, PG 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -10
Matching up with Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and even Brian Roberts spelled doom for Miller from the get-go.
|Nate Robinson, PG 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -16
16 ineffective minutes for Nate, as the size of the Pellie’s back court proved too much even for his fiery self.
|Randy Foye, SG 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8
The struggle is real, and it continues.
|Darrell Arthur, PF DNP QUAD INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Miss you, Darrell.
Look, the Pelicans are a good, talented team. When last the Nuggets faced them, they were without Anthony Davis, destroyer of worlds and offenses. Davis was back in the starting line up tonight, and performed to the tune of 17 points, 7 rebounds, four blocks, and approximately 1000 shots altered. Thus, the Nuggets can be forgiven somewhat for not performing as they did in Denver.
Granted, Darrell Arthur’s absence hurt the defense, but 89 points from this offense, with the weapons at its disposal just won’t cut it. Simply put, the offense is completely out of sync. There’s no flow to their ball movement, picks are set seemingly without purpose, and it’s tough to tell what the desired end result is of any play.
One Thing We Saw
- This isn’t necessarily a terrible roster. What it is, however, is an ill-fit roster for the current coach. Shaw wants a back to the basket big man. JJ Hickson will never be that player, no matter how much Shaw wants him to be. Kenneth Faried will never be that player, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t on this roster at the end of the season. JaVale McGee will never be that player, because it’s JaVale McGee. The bench unit remains one of the best defensive second units in the league, but the defense Shaw wants to implement just doesn’t work with the likes of Hickson, Faried and Foye.
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