It’s getting tiring, folks.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -28It’s getting tiring watching entire possessions committed to posting up Faried and watching him brick a lefty-floater. It’s getting tiring watching stretch-fours of any caliber consistently light him up.|
|Wilson Chandler, SF 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -12It’s getting tiring watching Chandler take bad shot after bad shot. It’s getting tiring watching his reputation as a good wing defender precede him, but rarely seeing him pick up the opposing team’s best player. It’s getting tiring watching him get burned in the rare cases that he does.|
|J.J. Hickson, C 27 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -5It’s getting tiring watching J.J. Hickson gobble rebounds with insane aggression when there’s two other Nuggets players around him. It’s getting tiring watching that aggression fade into the ether when the guy he has to box out puts up any kind of fight. It’s getting tiring watching him not just over-hedge on a pick and roll, but over-hedge ON EVERY PICK AND ROLL. It’s getting tiring watching him flounder as he plays out of position, and watching him rack up starter-level minutes anyway.|
|Ty Lawson, PG 39 MIN | 9-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | -16It’s getting tiring watching Ty Lawson shoulder the entire offense. It’s getting tiring watching him start a fast break that no one bothers to follow up on. It’s getting tiring seeing him get tired playing close to 40 minutes a night. It’s getting tiring watching his pin-point passes slip out of a rolling big’s hands.|
|Randy Foye, SG 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -13It’s getting tiring watching Foye jack ridiculous pull up threes in transition (actually I’m lying, that never gets old). It’s getting tiring watching him have to run the offense when Lawson sits, and it’s tiring watching the offense crater when he’s at the helm.|
|Darrell Arthur, PF 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3It’s getting tiring watching Arthur’s minutes get jerked around like he’s Anthony Randolph. It’s getting tiring watching his patented mid-range jumper at the elbow hit the front of the rim. It’s getting tiring watching him play the only competent pick and roll defense on the team.|
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -10It’s getting tiring seeing Hamilton rise from the dead when things are going bad, and then put to rest again when things get worse.|
|Quincy Miller, SF 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -15It’s getting tiring watching Quincy Miller’s leash getting loosened, only to know that a string of bad games could make him go by way of Jordan Hamilton.|
|Anthony Randolph, SF 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -8It’s getting tiring watching Randolph come in for a brief, desperate stretch every three games and then watching him return to the bench when things only get worse.|
|Timofey Mozgov, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -13It’s tiring watching Mozgov languish on the bench while J.J. Hickson is on the opposite end of the court while his man is dunking. It’s getting tiring coming up with reasons as to why Shaw can’t see what seems so obvious to everyone else.|
|Evan Fournier, SG 20 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -12It’s getting tiring watching Fournier forced to play point guard when he just can’t do it. It’s getting tiring watching him fade into the background when he isn’t dominating the ball.|
|Brian ShawIt’s getting tiring watching Shaw throw darts at his rotation. It’s getting tiring watching him struggle with a roster he doesn’t seem to want. It’s getting tiring watching the offense wax and wane from game to game. It’s getting tiring watching him cite effort as a big issue and then not know how to solve it.|
One Thing We Saw
- We’ve hit the malaise of mediocrity hard, and there doesn’t seem to be any kind of respite on the horizon. What is there to look forward to on a team playing in a conference where the playoffs are looking more and more like an impossibility? When we’re relying on the team that just crushed Denver to lose enough to get a high lottery pick in the loaded draft. JaVale McGee is going to go another season as potential unfulfilled, and it’s likely going to take another for the team to realize that its something unlikely to ever be achieved. Gallo isn’t there to provide a hope for salvation in the future and Nate Robinson isn’t even here to provide his particular brand of enthralling theatrics. It’s getting tiring watching mediocrity perpetuate itself. It’s getting tiring watching the Denver Nuggets play basketball.
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