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.
|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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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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