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