Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 101 – Milwaukee Bucks 90

Well the Bucks seem to be the cure for the common losing streak as Denver handled them with relative ease.

Denver Nuggets 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Milwaukee Bucks
Kenneth Faried, PF 39 MIN | 11-15 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +12

This may have well been Faried’s best game as a pro. He showed a poise in the post that we rarely see from him and the offense spent the majority of the second half flowing through his post-ups. The Bucks bigs did a poor job forcing him to use his offhand, a strategy the majority of the league has adopted and employed frequently against Faried, but the performance was encouraging nonetheless.

Wilson Chandler, SF 32 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +4

Chandler’s shot selection was excellent in this game, everything came either at the rim or from the corner. This is Chandler at his most ideal, a wing that can hit spot up threes and break the defense down off the dribble when needed.

Anthony Randolph, SF 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2

Randolph was his normal Anthony Randolph self. Extremely energetic, exuded a lot of effort on defense but ultimately was rarely where he needed to be.

J.J. Hickson, C 29 MIN | 6-9 FG | 2-7 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +9

Hickson fed off the attention Faried eventually drew from the Buck’s defense and his lanes to the basket off pick and rolls were generally free-and-clear. He still made some patented JJ mistakes on defense but he was solid overall.

Randy Foye, SG 40 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +18

The lack of available point guards in this recent stretch has affected no individual player worse than Foye. He’s asked to carry a load he isn’t built to burden and his strengths – mainly off ball shooting – are being mitigated for the sake running point. But tonight Foye had his best game as a PG, he got into the lane and kept the flow of the offense going.

Darrell Arthur, PF 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +3

The jumper still looks worryingly broken.

Timofey Mozgov, C 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 8-10 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +5

Mozzy completed the trio of Denver bigs that just manhandled the Bucks on both ends of the court down low.

Evan Fournier, SG 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +6

Fournier still doesn’t understand the nuances that come with running a team, Faried was so exasperated with his lack of acknowledgment of the picks he set that I half expected him to strangle Evan before the game was over.

Jan Vesely, PF DNP TRADE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

#AIRWOLF

Brian Shaw
Not much to say here, Denver – even as hobbled as they are – took care of a team they were supposed to. It will be interesting to see what Shaw does in this second half of the season, the pressure of expectations should – theoretically – be lifted with all the unlucky injuries the Nuggets have suffered. All he can do now is exceed lowered expectations. That’s not too bad a spot to be in.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks are the kind of team so bad that they create a very convincing illusion that everything’s all right. The Nuggets team that took the court tonight looked miles more energized and competent than the one of the last two weeks but how much of that credit belongs to the opponent remains to be seen.
  2. Its rather odd rooting for a team that doesn’t really have a hope to make the playoffs. Say what you will about the last eight years, they all featured at least a postseason appearance. This is a new kind of mediocrity, one that makes tanking not just a viable option but likely the best one. So how are we supposed to respond to this game, is this a bad win? Are supposed to be striving for “good” losses? What exactly is a good loss? What’s the point of watching if that’s the desired goal? It’s all pretty confusing.

 

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  • LBJ

    Damn – I was hoping our journeymen could lose one to their D leaguers…

  • Scott

    Kenneth is finally showing what he can be. He’s improving on offense against some pretty decent Bucks big men. He also sounded focused and hungry in that post game interview. I’m glad we kept him.

  • heykyleinsf

    Faried seemed to just respond to surviving the trade deadline.
    I for one.. never once wanted to see him go.
    This to me.. makes the trade deadline a success.
    I love Manimal. Hoping he’s in powder blue indefinitely.

  • Nugman

    D-League scores: Nuggets 101, Bucks 90. All Nugget players get an At for beating the D-league Bucks. Coach Brian Shaw gets an Att for coaching an incredible game. Watch out Miami!!!

  • Sharkboy242

    Is it bad that I want us to lose? We’re not getting into the playoffs… The smart thing to do would get higher odds in the lottery. Shaw needs to play Randolph 40+ minutes a game from now on

    • Nugman

      Is it bad that I want us to lose so Shaw gets fired? But I worry Josh couldn’t ever admit to that big of a mistake and actually fire him.

      • Sharkboy242

        Coaches get fired when a team isn’t meeting an expectation. The Nuggets don’t have any expectations.

        • Darian Williams

          nice

        • Nugman

          Damn! Then Shaws safe?

          • Pickles1731

            They won’t fire Shaw this year. Their excuse will be that our team was never at full strength and how Galo/Javale missed the entire season. They will give Shaw at least one more year with Ty, Foye, Galo, Faried, and Javale. If we suck again with that lineup then he is probably out the door.

            • Bryan

              Injuries seem like a pretty good excuse. That excuse seemed to be the go to one for the George Karl apologists when they were making excuses for more of his playoff failures.

        • ryanvdonk

          it’s not like george or any other coach would be doing much better with zero point guards and gallo and javale missing for the season.

  • googergieger

    Yay?

  • Kody R

    It’s ok guys, we can’t make the tanking too obvious. We lose a bunch, win one, lose a bunch. It’ll be ok, we can just write off this season

  • Darian Williams

    Boooo. just lose every game. its not hard.

    • Darius

      Why? The Knicks are already doing that for us.

      • Darian Williams

        it should actually be easier for us tank since 5 teams in the east are tanking and doing a good job. 76ers have lost 9 in a row!

        • Darius

          Yeah but we have more talent than the Knicks even with our injuries

          • Darian Williams

            ehhhhh. healthy, maybe. Now, not so much. they still have good pieces just pieces that don’t fit together.

            • Aaron Durkin

              Name two good palyers not named Melo on the Knicks. Worst team with no hope in the league. Even there coach is trying to get fired. Nuggets have a better summer league team!!

              • Darian Williams

                Bargani if his contract wasn’t ridiculous, JR if some coach and team could handle him, Shumpert has potential, Tyson chandler, Amar’e is ok. Name one person on the nuggs that is half the scorer Melo is.

              • Aaron Durkin

                Melo has degreased since he left denver. If he did not play in New York he would ba a afterthought in this league. He can still score but he does not rebound, pass, or play even a min of defense. His plus minus is pathetic so if you take all of that into consideration I would take Lawson or Gallo over him. Watch the highlights of the Knicks loss to the magic last night and tell me they are not the worst team in the league.

              • Darian Williams

                The Knicks are definitely not the worst team in the league. They have a lot of bad contracts which has fucked them or else they could have a decent bench and better role players.

      • Duke

        If we tank as well then our overall percentage of getting a top 3 pick goes up.

  • Darius

    You guys are crazy, even if the Nuggets were 0-81 I’d still be rooting for them in that 82nd game. Go Nuggets, good win!

    • Nugman

      I even watch summer league, so I’ll be watching and rooting for them. But that doesn’t mean we have tp approve of them losing 82 games, or of not putting a team together that has a chance to compete. It’s much more fun when it’s a meaningful game in the playoffs.

      • Darius

        Yes, but even if the Nuggets have the smallest glimmer of hope to still make the playoffs.. you gotta root for ‘em!

    • heykyleinsf

      Can’t believe someone voted this down.

      Oh wait a minute.. yeah. I can.
      Thank you though Darius.
      I agree.

  • Nugman

    David, do you think the FO actually made attempts to trade JJ and Foye? It would’ve made me feel much better if I had at least heard a rumor about these two. I hope they aren’t planning on keeping them for their entire contracts. It’s just really depressing to think of watching these two play big minutes for the next few years. I don’t think I can take it!

  • heykyleinsf

    good point about being grateful for the last 8 years David. This team will be back. We were fighting when we had everyone healthy. We’ll be back.

  • Richard Pesicka

    You want the coach to be gone, then vote for him to be the coach of the year. Worked before. And we know the Nuggets are not making any playoffs now or in the next 3 years.

  • LBJ

    Missed most of the game last night – I was watching real NBA games. The TNT crew was mourning McGee’s surgery, as it was Killing their “Shaqtin the fool” feature.

    Remember, this is the guy that Joshy wants to build the team around….

  • ny nugs fan

    despite all of the injuries; major change; new coach; players getting to know each other; andre miller and his issues (think about all of the injuries)

    the nugs made some nice moves at the deadline… always always liked aaron brooks and vesy aint a bum (from the little i’ve seen)

    we bout ta see whats good with these foolz the bulls tonite

    lets go nugs!!!