Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 89-Brooklyn Nets 112

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.

Brooklyn Nets 112 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Denver Nuggets
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.

Brian Shaw

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Next up: Saturday, Mar. 1, 8 p.m. (MST) @ Portland. Going to the game? Save money and get cheap Denver Nuggets tickets here.

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  • Sharkboy242

    Next season starting lineup

    Gallinari
    Wiggins
    McGee
    Foye
    Lawson

    • DraftGuy

      Can we really get that good of a pick ?!!?!? wow nice … Or was it a joke lol

      • LBJ

        We would have to be lucky to land Wiggins.

        • trank

          LA is clearly tanking. that means they will get 1st pick even if they end up 5 worst.

          • LBJ

            Rumor is that Exum is trying to “pull a Kobe” – and demand to only play for the Lakers.

            • trank

              that makes him a jerk and unworthy of being a nugget, by default

      • Sharkboy242

        Considering we have the hardest remaining schedule and the Knicks aren’t getting better, its not unrealistic.

      • Pickles1731

        With the way the Knicks and Nuggets are playing we are doubling our chances to get a top 3 pick. So yes, we can get that good of a pick.

        • LBJ

          Perhaps 10%? Even with our tough schedule, we can’t catch the Bucks or 76ers, and probably not the Lakers. These 3 tankers got even weaker at the deadline.

          • Pickles1731

            We won’t catch them, but we still could have a great shot. Every year there is a team (or two) that is in the 4-9 range that cracks the top 3.

            2013: Wizards Pre-Lottery (8th spot), Post-Lottery (3rd spot)
            2012: Pelicans Pre-Lottery (4th), Post-Lottery (1st)
            2011: Cavs Pre-Lottery (8th), Post-Lottery (1st)
            Jazz Pre-Lottery (6th), Post-Lottery (3rd)
            2010: Wizards Pre-Lottery (5th), Post-Lottery (1st)
            Sixers Pre-Lottery (6th), Post-Lottery (2nd)
            And so on….

            It happens every single year. We won’t have top 3 odds, but if we get in that 4-9 range you never know where our luck will land (especially with two chances). Here is a link to every year:

            http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/lottery_results/2013

          • Andrew

            Agree. Boston’s doing its best, too. If the Fakers or Celdicks win the lottery, the fix is in.

    • etlord1

      Wiggins has been playing the 2 a lot this year, so it would be more like: Lawson, Wiggins, Gallo, Faried, McGee. And yes, the 2nd or 3rd pick is realistic.

    • Heisenberg

      I’m a bit nervous about the draft being rigged. It seems that in every big draft the perfect team wins. The Rose lottery in particular sticks out, along with when the Hornets won the Davis lottery.

      • Pickles1731

        You make a great point, but I disagree simply because the Cavs have won twice in the last three years. If the league WAS rigging it, they wouldn’t be trying to send potential franchise players/all-stars to a terrible market like Cleveland.

        • Heisenberg

          I think one of those could have been for LeBron’s departure.

        • gimpcom187

          Not to mention Durant ended up in Seattle when they knew they were leaving to a small market and Anthony Davis is in New Orleans. Conspiracy stuff on the NBA is silly

    • Nugman

      And you want Shaw to coach them?

  • Evan Fiala

    i hate that i’m not even phased by losing this bad to mediocre teams anymore. is it march madness yet?

  • Darian Williams

    Now the whole country knows how shitty we are lol. bad/good loss

  • LBJ

    I was a little concerned going into the game – playing a mediocre, aging team on a back-to-back. But Shaw had the team ready to lay down and we secured another ass kicking!

  • LBJ

    I wonder if our snot nosed, boy wonder owner – who inherited the team – even watches these debacles? He clearly has succeeded in changing the direction of the franchise.

    • Pickles1731

      Seriously man, I miss Masai more than anyone. He traded Bargnani and got a 1st round pick. A 1ST ROUND PICK! Got rid of Gay without hurting their team too.
      Thanks for giving away one of the top 5 GMs in the league Josh, thank you.

      • Heisenberg

        Ujiri wasn’t interested in staying. He wanted to go back to Toronto.

        • gimpcom187

          Actually, He probably sticks around if they don’t fire Karl.

          • sherlock

            I dunno man, it’s not like Toronto has a top 10 coach. I don’t think Karl had much to do with it. I think he was pissed they didn’t extend him the year before, that was the writing on the wall.

            • gimpcom187

              It’s unlikely he leaves a situation where the team is at 57 wins and limited changeover. Toronto had what he considered a rebuild situation but with a staff he felt he would probably have more power or cohesion . Denver offered a rebuild situation with an owner that disagreed with him on keeping a top 10 coach to replace him with an unknown. Essentially the nuggets ownership decided to rebuild without actually doing anything to get young talent to develop. It’s the worst case scenario and smart fans can see that from a mile away. A guy as smart as Ujiri isn’t going to waste his time in that scenario if he has a better choice at all and obviously the Toronto situation was borderline ideal in terms of the Front office and all right in terms of the current roster. In addition Toronto was offering significantly more money. It became an easy call once Karl was let go.

              • LBJ

                Not to mention he doesn’t have to deal with an owner meddling in personnel decisions.

              • gimpcom187

                Agreed, that’s what I was trying to indicate by the power cohesion comment though maybe it was too subtle. :-)

      • LBJ

        Plus, when Ujiri left, Joshy let Pete D walk to the Kings – where he is acquiring talent and dumping bad contracts. Stuff that improves the team.

        Joshy and Timmy’s big in-season moves – add another midget PG and the only Euro in the NBA that can’t shoot.

        • Pickles1731

          I completely agree. D’alessandro was a legit secondhand man and perfect successor for Masai.
          And he left our situation for the Kings? A perennial lottery team with terrible contracts, selfish players, and terrible ownership decisions (at the time).
          That alone shows how much respect (or lack thereof) our management had for the Kroenkes.

    • etlord1

      He joined the team in 2007. In 2007, he worked for Lehman Brothers, which was the firm that collapsed a year later. When it collapsed, the bottom of the financial industry fell out. Now he’s bringing that brilliance to the Nuggets.

      • LBJ

        I guess siting on the bench for Missouri provided him with more basketball expertise than our coach and front office personnel – who have spent their careers working their way up the ladder in the NBA. No wonder Ujiri wanted to move on.

  • Pickles1731

    The Nuggs still have these teams remaining on their schedule: Blazers, Wolves, Mavs (twice), Heat, Wizards, Thunder, Clippers (twice), Spurs (twice), Grizzlies (twice), Rockets (twice), and the Warriors (twice).

    All aboard the tank train! Choo-choooooo!

  • Poz303

    Nuggets players must hate national TV. This performance was an embarrassment for the entire Nuggets association. Players, coaches, FO.

    They should all take a good look in the mirror.

  • Andrew

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL ABOARD the Tank Train to Wigginsville, but I just do not see the Nuggets finishing in any better position than 8th, especially if Ty comes back. The Knicks? Maybe, what, 5th or 6th? So, that gives Nuggs somewhere around 10-12% chance? Could happen, but I don’t want to get my hopes up. Even 5th-8th should get a pretty good player. What happens if their number comes up and the best available player is a Marcus Smart or Tyler Ennis? Do you take the PG and try to have Ty work with him for at least a few years as an understudy? Try to immediately trade for another player or pick, reach down and pick up whoever’s next, like a Vonleh?
    Also, the black mask that Lebron wore tonight made me laugh out loud. He looked like he was wearing a beauty mask or maybe he was a jewel thief. I wish he had cut some of it off the top and bottom to make himself look like the Lone Ranger. That would have been funny, too. Maybe next game.

    • nugzin2040

      We have a 14% chance now of landing a Top 3 pick. If we move to 8th, and the Knicks to 5th it’d be up to 39.2%.

      I’d like it if Denver could get Vonleh. Lot of potential and could step in right away

      • Andrew

        I like Vonleh, too.
        39%? That can’t be right, can it? The 8th spot only has a 3-5% chance and 5th is around 10%, I thought? If you are right, 39% is gold.

    • Pickles1731

      (I posted this earlier, but it applies to what you are talking about)

      Every year there is a team (or two) that is in the 4-9 range that cracks the top 3.

      2013: Wizards Pre-Lottery (8th spot), Post-Lottery (3rd spot)
      2012: Pelicans Pre-Lottery (4th), Post-Lottery (1st)
      2011: Cavs Pre-Lottery (8th), Post-Lottery (1st)
      Jazz Pre-Lottery (6th), Post-Lottery (3rd)
      2010: Wizards Pre-Lottery (5th), Post-Lottery (1st)
      Sixers Pre-Lottery (6th), Post-Lottery (2nd)
      And so on….

      It happens every single year. We won’t have top 3 odds, but if we get in that 4-9 range you never know where our luck will land (especially with two chances). Here is a link to every year:

      http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/lottery_results/2013

      • Andrew

        Wow. I did not know that happened that often. I’m thinking of reserving a Dining Car on the Tank Train!

      • bmac

        Are you familiar with Denver’s luck in the lottery? I will all but guarantee you we could tank to the point of being the absolute worst team somehow, and someone else would magically get that first pick, a la NO/Charlotte. So don’t get your hopes up that Denver would somehow luck into that situation.

        • Pickles1731

          The last time we were in the lottery we got the 3rd pick. So we have some pretty good luck if you ask me! (Granted we did have the worst record that year).
          Current Denver fans are not used to the lottery because the last 10 years we have been picking in the 16-24 range. The sample size isn’t too big for the lottery for modern day fans.

          • Old Timer

            I am all for tanking, but I cannot get the memory out of my mind that the Nuggets have never, never, not once, moved up in the lottery. As mentioned by Pickles1731, Denver was third in 2003, but they were tied with Cleveland for the worst record so even though their combination came up third, they actually dropped in the draft order relative to their record.

            That has to change someday though doesn’t it?

  • Nugman

    I know we have a lot of injuries, but Shaw sure is getting a free pass on here. Doesn’t anyone think he is somewhat responsible for this incredibly unmotivated play? I was at the game and it was pathetic. I also hope that all of you who are so joyous about the Nugs failure get the savior in the draft you are anticipating. Many top draft picks turn out bad.

    • Pickles1731

      Though for the most part I agree, I think that this draft is different. Wiggins, Parker, and Embiid WILL succeed in the NBA unless they get hurt.
      Wiggins worst case scenario – a great, athletic NBA defender with flashes of offensive star power. (Demarr Derozan at worst, Paul George at best.)
      Parker worst case – premier NBA scorer with absolutely no defensive capabilities. (Think Rudy Gay at worst, Melo at best.)
      Embiid worst case – top 5 shot blocker, great rebounder, and solid low post threat. (Marc Gasol at worst, Dwight/Hibbert combo at best.)
      I could be very wrong, but these guys are just too dominant at 18 years old to not succeed at the next level.

      • Andrew

        I agree. Also, Randall doesn’t get mentioned as much with the other three, but he seems like he will be an awesome PF.

    • Andrew

      We’re just trying to make the best of a bad situation. Shaw does not get a free pass in my book, but at the same time, I am not sure what else he could do that is going to result in the Nuggets winning more games at this point. I’ve never seen a team have so many starters and key role players out. Starting PG, starting SF, backup C, backup PG, plus 3rd string PG takes himself out with a tantrum because he didn’t play. What is that? Their two best guys, all 3 PGs, 3 of their top 6 scorers, 5 of their top 8 or 9? That’s a lot of decimation.
      That said, there is no excuse for not playing hard. Hopefully you had a few beers…

    • Heisenberg

      Tanking worked out pretty well for the Spurs when they got Duncan…

      And this is the best draft since LeBron-Melo-Wade

      • Pickles1731

        They lost David Robinson to injury that year, so their team naturally became terrible. It’s kind of what is happening with Lawson this year. He has been hurt and we have looked terrible. The longer he is out, the better our odds of getting a high pick get. Plus, Lawson needs some rest from the insane amount of minutes he plays.

      • Nugman

        Yes, it worked for the Spurs and the Cavs with Lebron, sorta, but there are a lot more examples of where it didn’t work

    • Dan Sivertson

      Shaw is part of the reason why his players are getting injured. He is overplaying people. He’s not managing to an 82 game schedule. He’s inexperienced.

  • Adam Kunce

    You have no idea what you are talking about Fournier. You wanna talk about +/- look over the stats again, not just this game the season, and get back to me on Fournier. Then, just maybe your basketball I.Q will go up a bit. Bit piece my ass.

    • MattRMC

      As anyone who consistently reads my recaps know I don’t actually put any stock in single game plus/minus as noise can swing it to far one way or the other. But -30 was funny so I mentioned it. As for him being more than a bit piece (ie an ok role player) this season has been a fairly huge showing that Fournier is nothing more then probably a 3 and D guy off the bench. He is a guard who has more turnovers than assists this season. Any minutes he has played without a true point guard typically end in disaster because he has to do more than score in transition or shoot spot up threes. But it is hard to watch him play this season and see anything more than an ok role player hence my calling him a bit piece. If he was a great player we would have seen it this year. Instead it looks more likely he is someone like Courtney Lee.