The Denver Nuggets were blown out by the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, losing by 39 points and dropping their third straight game. Game grades can be found below.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -24
Regardless of what Faried did offensively and on the glass, he was once again abysmal defensively. David West dominated him in the post, his rotations were mostly non-existent and he was lost against whoever he guarded.
|Wilson Chandler, SF 30 MIN | 6-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -29
With Ty Lawson out, Chandler obviously had to step into a bigger offensive role. He mostly took off the dribble jumpers or spot-up threes and wasn’t all that efficient, but still led the team in scoring.
|Quincy Miller, SF 27 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -27
Miller started, but was mostly ineffective, turning the ball over and missing shots.
|J.J. Hickson, C 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -16
Hickson had a couple of good shots and hustled on the offensive glass, but picked up two quick fouls and couldn’t stop either Roy Hibbert or West. Just like his starting frontcourt partner, Hickson didn’t bother to ever really help or rotate defensively.
|Randy Foye, SG 34 MIN | 2-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -26
Despite shooting 2-13, Foye was arguably Denver’s best player. He filled in at the point guard position and did an admirable job finding open guys. His bounce passes to rolling big men were crisp and he also created some easy looks for his teammates off penetration. He had 10 assists, but could easily have had 15 if others made the shots he created for them.
|Darrell Arthur, PF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5
Arthur hit a jumper early and was significantly better defensively than both Hickson and Faried, yet didn’t play many minutes when they actually counted and the game was still within reach.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 25 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -13
Hamilton hit a couple of shots, but like many of his teammates, had very little impact on the game.
|Anthony Randolph, SF 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -12
Randolph was mostly invisible in the few minutes he played over the first three quarters.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -24
Mozgov didn’t show anything special. He was up against arguably the best rim protector in the league, so you wouldn’t expect him to accomplish much offensively. Shaw threw Mozgov on an extremely hot West early, but a decent portion of his minutes were in garbage time.
|Evan Fournier, SG 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -19
Fournier played limited minutes when they actually mattered and was mostly lost defensively. The majority of his minutes came in garbage time.
When you don’t have a point guard available, your best offensive player is injured, and you’re up against a team that has only lost at home twice all season long and boasts the best defense in the league, there isn’t much you can do. That being said, Shaw didn’t make adjustments quick enough when the game was still within reach. There is also something worrying about seeing your head coach laughing on the bench and seeming indifferent when his team is getting blown out and embarrassed.
Three Things We Saw
- The fact that the starting frontcourt of Faried and Hickson has been a defensive disaster this season has been well-documented at this point. There was one possession in particular which made it blatantly obvious why they should not be starting together. When the Nuggets decided to switch to zone defense, Lance Stephenson managed to beat his man off the dribble. Both Faried and Hickson were within range to come over and either contest the shot, or force Stephenson to give the ball up. Instead, both of them calmly stood and surrendered a completely uncontested layup.
- Faried started the game guarding David West, which allowed him to get going early. Even when the Nuggets threw Mozgov his way, it felt like it was a little too late. West scored 21 points on 10-12 shooting in the first half and barely needed to play in the second half.
- Depending on how much time Lawson misses, things could get even more out of hand moving forward for the Nuggets. Although Foye did a decent job filling in and finding teammates, his own looks offensively were nowhere near as efficient as when he shares the floor with Lawson. In general, the offense was often quite stagnant and mostly relied on off the dribble jumpers.
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