Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 129 -Boston Celtics 98

The Nuggets got up big early, extended the lead to huge in the middle and coasted late on their way to an absolute destruction of the Celtics tonight in Denver.

Boston Celtics 98 Final

Recap | Box Score

129 Denver Nuggets
J.J. Hickson, PF 28 MIN | 6-8 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +20

It is hard to fault anyone in a 30 point win and Hickson actually wasn’t terrible tonight. His only real fault was the lane violation he had on a Jeff Green missed free throw in the first quarter.

Kenneth Faried, PF 32 MIN | 6-8 FG | 9-12 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +27

Faried played one of, if not his best, game of the season on Tuesday. He was active on the glass, made smart cuts that led to a few alley-oops, made his free throws and even defended well.

Wilson Chandler, SF 23 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +24

Chandler didn’t shoot the ball well but he did just about everything else to help Denver. He made life on Jeff Green very difficult and rebounded the ball well to end Boston possessions.

Ty Lawson, PG 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 8-9 FT | 4 REB | 13 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +19

Ty Lawson is still really good.

Randy Foye, SG 39 MIN | 8-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | +31

As simple as it sounds, this team is SOOOO much better when Foye makes shots. His seven threes opened up space for everyone else and even himself to drive and kick to cutters and spotting up shooters, allowing him to tally five assists. Also one of the most entertaining part of a very boring game was Foye going iso on Keith Bogans because of the randomness of the two players involved.

Darrell Arthur, PF 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +10

Darrell did Darrell things (help defense, finding space for open jumpers) well and even rebounded the ball well tonight. He hit his first three but then missed his other two attempts really badly. I’m all for stopping the Arthur spotting up for three in the corner because when he misses it is often by a lot, which isn’t going to help Denver’s spacing.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

He was invisible in garbage time.

Quincy Miller, SF 3 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0

I asked on Twitter during the third quarter who would finish with more points Quincy or Garbage Time GOAT Anthony Randolph and Quincy won thanks to a really nice cut.

Anthony Randolph, SF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

Seriously, Randolph lives for garbage time shots.

Timofey Mozgov, C 18 MIN | 3-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +11

Mozgov is just good. Give him minutes and he produces in them. Really the only problem I had with him tonight is he didn’t finish the hammer dunk he tried on Vitor Faverani early in the game in transition. That would have been awesome.

Nate Robinson, PG 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +10

10 points, five assists, kept the offense running smoothly, Denver will take that from Nate any night.

Evan Fournier, SG 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +2

It is kind of amazing that it took this long for Fournier to get minutes. The pairing with Robinson where Fournier does a lot of the ball handling and initiating the early action in the halfcourt is really a great combination. I’m excited to see the chemistry between the two grow as they play more together.

Brian Shaw

Getting ejected while your team is up 28 points is weird, as even Randy Foye admitted after the game. But Denver won by a ton so it is hard to find flaws in anything else Shaw did tonight.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The last three games have been nice because big wins are always nice, but when addressing if the Nuggets are truly “fixed” there needs to be context added to all of them. Memphis was playing the second game of a back-to-back on the road, without their best player. The Lakers and Celtics are two of the worst teams in basketball at the moment. So while three straight wins is good in the standings and for team confidence Thursday’s contest against the Thunder and the upcoming games against the Warriors, Suns, Blazers and Pacers are all more important and will tell us way more about the state of the Nuggets.
  2. This team is incredibly fun when they get up and down the floor. Denver had 24 fast break points tonight and at least three alley-oop dunks. The roster is full of great athletes and good shooters so when the tempo picks up, as it has recently, the Nuggets really thrive.
  3. It is hard to glean anything real meaningful out of this game. Being that it got out of hand so early in the second half the game turned into a glorified pick-up game with the two teams just running around throwing up ridiculous shots and playing very little good defense. It actually was a fairly boring second half. (Also, my gosh does the Boston offense stink.)
  4. Shameless plug alert: I wrote this afternoon about how the Nuggets rotation players perform in wins compared to losses. Tonight was a perfect example of what happens in wins.

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  • Evan Woodruff

    Let’s keep this going. No Andre no problem. Both Andres.

  • Andrew

    Undefeated in convincing fashion since Mildew away. Coincidence?

  • googergieger

    So Chandler and Miller to Chicago for what?

    Oh great win. Payback against when they embarrassed us when we played them last time.

    • alex47666

      UM no not trading chandler, that would be stupid

      • googergieger

        No. I mean when Gallo gets back he’ll get most of the minutes at the three. We do need minutes for Evan. Not to mention minutes for Arthur. Chandler has exactly impressed now that he is starting and the team has needed him as a second option. His d is great, and I like when he comes off the bench and plays off Gallo and Ty, but he does want to start and Chicago is probably desperate for both a point guard and small forward right now. Then again they might just write this season off entirely and look towards the future. Though I think their goal is still title as soon as Rose is healthy.

        • alex47666

          Honestly I dont see the nuggets letting go of chandler, I believe they want to build around ty chandler gallo. they are our best 3 players and chandler best career ever was when he came of the bench to be out primary 6 man. and Evan minutes wont be effected with gallo back. it would just add 1 man to the 9 man rotation and that shoudlt effect what the team is doing now

          • alex47666

            also dont see gallo playing this year at all, I bet they are cautious with his injury and recovery and dont let him play

          • googergieger

            They clearly want to build around Ty and Gallo, how ever long that window is. In any case, how on earth does Gallo coming back, not even mentioning McGee not take away minutes from others? More than likely Shaw will close with Chandler at the two and Gallo at the three, meaning the occasional twenty minutes Evan gets will become a rarity at best.

            But yeah thanks for telling me why it was stupid to trade Chandler.

            • alex47666

              thanks for mentioning after gallo comes back to trade chandler.

              • googergieger

                Why would I have to? Clearly Gallo is coming back and clearly he is a better option at the three. Not to mention you can’t wait to trade Chandler for when Gallo comes back. As Gallo probably isn’t coming back before the trade deadline. Not to mention you have to take advantage of situations when they present themselves. Bulls might be willing to send some picks over and maybe something else of use.

  • heykyleinsf

    let the good times keep rolling!
    hope free up a roster spot soon
    hope we have a new Nugget soon
    a couple of hurt ones back
    (where are Javale and Gallo???)

  • Poz303

    Only bad news (potentially) is that Wilson Chandler will have an MRI tomorrow. Sounds like a groin but its the same side as his hip surgery so they are being cautious. Hopefully he will be alright. With the Thunder coming up, who will mark Durant if Chandler is out?

    • alex47666

      GOAT even, no but I could see arthur getting some major minutes if chandler doenst play

  • Andrew

    So, does anyone have any scoop on the potential Miller trade?

    • Poz303

      Nothing new. Sacramento in talks, some back and forth between Nuggets and Timberwolves, possible interest from a number of teams including GSW and Clippers.

      Most talk is around the Kings and Timberwolves so far.

      • heykyleinsf

        still don’t think that exception is going to happen?

        • Poz303

          Still skeptical. That would assume we take in a player with a large salary (Miller already makes $5million). I dont think we are going to get any significant player back. But I would like to be wrong.

  • Dan Sivertson

    First 30+ point blowout of the season. A great step in the right direction. Well done Nuggets!!!!

  • The Truth

    Amazing what smart, big man D can do for a team. Faried was a pleasure to watch in all phases tonight. JJ had 5 turnovers, that’s worth an A- at least. I’m telling y’all, if Shaw can get Faried, JJ, JaVale and Mozzy to consistently play smart D and rebound the ball they will make the playoffs and be dangerous. JaVale and JJ have the toughest road, in that order. JJ just needs to relax and feel at home, he must read this blog too much. I don’t remember these kind of struggles in Portland. I hope Foye’s recent “relaxation” continues.

  • heykyleinsf

    while it means less what players think.. .I still think.. there is a player out there that is keeping an eye on this Miller situation. They can see the potential in this team.. especially two starters coming back around the corner. If I’m on the wolves, knicks or kings.. I’m thinking Denver, with Shaw and the young talent… and the great city.. is an awesome possibility. I think we are going to soon get a player that will love being here, and be a great player and teammate accordingly.

    • Charliemyboy

      Can you say who? Or you don’t know?

      • Sharkboy242

        Andrew Bynum – He’s all about the legal marijuana.

      • heykyleinsf

        I totally don’t know.. I’m just saying in general..
        Denver may not have any championship history or elite club membership.. but everyone loves the city and Shaw is the type players want to play for.. except for Andre but screw him.

  • Cullen

    Shaw is still the worst coach ever, right? See, polar reactions are polar. Growing and building.

    • Poz303

      Well, in all honesty, he has abandoned the post game completely and reverted to the style of play the Nuggets are used to, that is, RUN. In fact, I have heard it said that currently the Nuggets are playing with even LESS of a scheme than they did with GK.

      • LBJ

        The Mike Woodson style of coaching – just let the players do whatever the hell they want to do

        • The Truth

          He’s not developing Mozzy and Faried as serviceable post players? The question is can they slow it down when they need to. I see more evidence of that ability with Shaw than with GK.

          • LBJ

            Neither one is getting enough minutes. Neither is Fournier – who has several DNP-CD.

  • Alex

    Does anyone know if Coach Shaw has a relationship with Andrew Bynum at all? I’m reading that 8 teams are showing interest. I wonder if Denver is one?

    • LBJ

      We have a need for an overpaid jaker?

      • Poz303

        I saw that, too funny, I hope they cant move him and he becomes a huge cancer in the locker room forcing the Knicks to completely implode and giving s the high draft pick :)

      • heykyleinsf

        I’m going to be completely alone in the world on this… but I would like to see JR back. Maybe Shaw can knock some sense in his incredibly talented.. but terminally immature package.

        • The Truth

          JR wouldn’t want to come back though, we’d really see how professional he is if that happened. The mile high is hard on some brothers. This might be the case with JJ.

  • heykyleinsf

    was hoping for Andre Miller news by now… anyone?

    • Poz303

      All the talk is Kings are offering Thornton and a second, OR Jimmer and a second and a possible third package involving Thompson.

      Personally, out of those three I would take Jimmer and a second. Utah would be interested in Jimmer. Getting Thornton may be a slight upgrade from Foye but still not a high caliber SG and a volume shooter. This would also force Fournier out of the rotation. Plus Thornton is on an 8 million/yr deal (two years left).

      • heykyleinsf

        agree with Jimmer and a 2nd… I’ll take just Jimmer…

        • LBJ

          Jimmer can’t play in the NBA.

      • LBJ

        $8 million a year? He has one helluva agent!
        I heard Jason Thompson might be available. You an never have enough PF.

        • Andrew

          So, I was wondering, would you rather have Thompson or Hickson? I don’t know enough about Thompson, but at least he’s 6’11″. Maybe he can guard bigs.

          • LBJ

            I would probably go with Thompson for the reason you cited. I’ve only seen him play a couple of times and he didn’t look that bad.

            • LBJ

              I would take Thornton as well and use some of our trade exception – or send Foye back to Sacramento to balance the deal

              • The Truth

                Why work in these players mid season while your attempting to establish a new culture in the first year? Houston is no where near the all around player Foye is and will be, not to mention Foye’s a true veteran. Thompson for JJ is whatever, we’re young enough in my opinion.

                How much do y’all think Dre is worth? His frustrations are due to his age creeping up on him more so than Shaw. We’d get one so so player, and maybe a second rounder. I hope Dre stays, this is the best place for him unless a serious contender wants him.

              • LBJ

                Andre wants to play for a contender not sit on the bench under a rookie coach – and watch Foye chuck up shots.
                I don’t know this who this Houston guy you are talking about is – but we need to improve our talent. This team full of journeymen is going nowhere. Foye is a below average talent and shouldn’t be playing more than 20 minutes a game for a team that has playoff hopes.

      • The Truth

        Stop it.