The Nets lost by 44 points in Portland last night but as we have come to see the Nuggets were the perfect remedy for their problems as the Nuggets scored just 8 points in the first quarter and couldn’t stop the Nets all night ultimately falling by 23 points after trailing by 30 or more for parts of the second half.
Grades are live below the jump. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | -26
It is hard to give Faried anything more than a C because his team was down 30 at points in the second half and his match-up (Paul Pierce) outplayed him, but at least Faried played hard tonight. For a stretch in the second quarter it seemed like he was the only player on the floor for the Nuggets as he was everywhere.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 21 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -12
He started 0-6 from the field including a missed fairly wide open dunk. Through two games the Mozgov as a starting center thing hasn’t gone well at all.
|Aaron Brooks, PG 36 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -10
He scored well in the 4th quarter when Denver trailed by 30. Before then the only noteworthy thing he did was prompt Chris Dempsey to tweet that the other Nuggets were freezing him out of the offense. So the trade clearly is going well.
|Randy Foye, SG 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -28
What Faried did in the second half Foye did in the third quarter, except from the perimeter.
|Evan Fournier, SG 44 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -30
Four turnovers, five fouls and a 3-9 from the field all add up to an amazing -30 in 44 minutes. Fournier is a bit piece and nothing more and when the good players around him are out it becomes painfully obvious. Also, man oh man were a few of his defensive possessions awful tonight.
|Jan Vesely, PF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -16
We knew Jan was bad at basketball when Denver signed him but he has also been really entertaining in the minutes he has gotten since he arrived, even if it is not for the right reasons at times. That he got only 11 minutes in this monstrosity of a game was not fair to the fans.
|Quincy Miller, SF 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +9
Matt Moore tweeted during the game that Miller has been “talked to” by the coaching staff lately and clearly looked shook and it was hard not to notice. The poster dunk on Plumlee late was nice but when he got in the game early he looked completely uncomfortable and afraid of making a mistake. Not a good sign for a young guy whose career can go any way at the moment.
|Anthony Randolph, SF 25 MIN | 3-13 FG | 1-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -1
Everything was set up for Garbage Time Superstar Anthony Randolph to shine tonight as the game was never competitive after the first like six minutes, but it was so bad even he couldn’t perform well. Mostly because he stinks at basketball.
|J.J. Hickson, C 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-10 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -1
JJ got his numbers. They didn’t affect anything that went on but he got them.
I understand that Denver is missing 5 of their top 6 expectation rotation players but yet again the team that was on the floor was never competitive. I have no idea how much of that is on Shaw and how much is on the players so tonight basically everyone gets an F to make sure the culprit is punished.
Three Things We Saw
- We know Ty Lawson is very good. We think Danilo Gallinari can get there. We hope JaVale McGee can reach the amount of potential his athletic gifts seem to give him. What we don’t know is if Denver has the role players to put around those guys (and potentially a superstar young player they acquire in this season’s lottery) to become a true title contender. While it is stupid to judge them completely based on the last eight or nine games it has to be at least worrisome that they were unable to stay competitive at all in most of the contests. There are a lot of decisions coming in Denver soon and nights like tonight don’t make it any easier.
- This isn’t getting any better soon. We still have no idea when Ty Lawson will return and Denver has an absolutely brutal late season schedule. Losing will continue to happen; the real question is can Denver find ways to be competitive at all.
- David will have a post either later on tonight or in the morning inspired by this game so make sure to stay tuned to RMC to be able to catch it when it goes live.
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