Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 137, New Orleans Hornets 107

Nearly everybody on the roster came to play in what turned out to be one of the Nuggets’ best team performances of the year. Kenneth Faried scored a new career high, while Ty Lawson got back into the double-double category and Aaron Brooks put on yet another show off the bench. Now if the Nuggets could only do this for 82 games…

New Orleans Pelicans 107 Final

Recap | Box Score

137 Denver Nuggets
Kenneth Faried, PF 27 MIN | 14-19 FG | 6-8 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 34 PTS | +17

Faried set a new career high in points, but it wasn’t only his scoring that was impressive. He was all over the court blocking shots, hauling down rebounds, running the break and finding open teammates with point guard-like passes. This was without question the best overall game I’ve seen Faried play. It now seems like centuries ago (when in fact it was just a few months) when we were openly questioning Faried’s value outside of Karl’s run-and-gun offense.

Quincy Miller, SF 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +7

Miller blended in yet again. He has got to be more assertive if he wants to grow.

Timofey Mozgov, C 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +14

Mozgov had his token missed dunk of the game, but outside of that he played really good for the second contest in a row. His defense inside was much needed and he even hit another 3-pointer to make up for his botched one in the final seconds of the game against the Grizzlies.

Ty Lawson, PG 33 MIN | 3-7 FG | 8-10 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +29

Lawson only took seven shots but he was much more aggressive driving to the hoop where he often found his teammates for easy dunks or shots.

Randy Foye, SG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +19

Foye wasn’t deadly from long range but he had a solid game overall. He hit several midrange jumpers and distributed nicely, evident by his seven assists on the night.

Jan Vesely, PF 21 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +16

I give Vesely a lot of flack, but the truth is, he definitely has some talent — and that talent was on display against the Pelicans. He still had plays where I questioned his legitimacy as an NBA player, but he also had some pretty incredible blocks, passes and scoring opportunities. If he could get his body under control, his mind one step ahead of the next play and move with more fluidity, he could be a pretty damn solid NBA player. Unfortunately (or fortunately), that process likely won’t unfold in a Nuggets uniform.

Darrell Arthur, PF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +18

Arthur had a really good under-the-radar type of game, as he usually does. He stretched the floor, hitting two 3-pointers, and played good man defense.

Anthony Randolph, SF 9 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -1

Randolph owned garbage time, you will pay taxes this month and the sun will rise tomorrow. All guarantees.

Aaron Brooks, PG 30 MIN | 9-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +18

I love Aaron Brooks. I am not afraid to say it. I’ve followed the Nuggets and watched almost every game of every season (outside of this one) for the last decade. I’ve seen role players come and go and have grown fond of some while loathing others. Although I’ve only watched a small fraction of his career, I can comfortably say that Aaron Brooks is one of my favorite role players the Nuggets have had over the last decade. He’s intelligent, crafty, unselfish, an excellent shooter and plays hard on both ends of the floor. Count me in as a member of the “Re-sign Aaron Brooks” party.

Evan Fournier, SG 24 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +13

Fournier had an up-and-down game. He started off slow, then heated up and scored some silky 3-pointers; but he also missed his fair share of shots, got blocked at the rim several times and fumbled the ball on more than one occasion — sort of a microcosm of his second season with the Nuggets.

Brian Shaw

Everybody played well from the start. There was great ball movement from everyone and things just seemed to be clicking. These are the types of games that make me have faith in Shaw. Unfortunately, they don’t happen near as often as I’d like, but given injuries and this being his first season as a head coach, I’m willing to give Shaw some wiggle room. Let’s just hope the Nuggets can have a few more games like this down the stretch.

Three Things We Saw

  1. This season may be lost but I still enjoy watching the development of many of the players. Mozgov, Faried, Lawson, Arthur, Foye — these are guys who have shown great strides in their game and should give fans hope for the future.
  2. The Foye-Brooks backcourt is something to watch when its clicking. These guys are both deadly from long range and when their shots are falling they can really provide a scoring spark that’s difficult to withstand from an opponent’s standpoint.
  3. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but it’s hard to ignore the Knicks moving up into eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Knicks have been hot lately, and on the exact opposite projectile as the Hawks. At this point, it’s looking more and more like the Nuggets are going to be using their own pick in the upcoming draft.

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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • heykyleinsf

    Faried is For REAL.
    Brooks is For REAL.
    Fours even looked good.
    We get Javale developed, Gallo and Robinson 100%
    We’re going to be better than ever.
    Hang in there Ty… help is on the way.

    Tanking is dumb.
    Look at New Orleans.
    Same record as us two years post tanking..
    wait… worse record after we beat them by 30..
    The other bad news for tanking fans..
    this year’s draft is just not what it was hyped to be.
    We were never going to get a top 3 pick.
    Those three guys (Wiggins, Parker, Embiid) are
    not franchise savers.

    You can hate Shaw and this season all you want.
    I don’t really know what you were expecting though.
    We’ll be ok. You’ll see.

    • David Acker

      I agree with most of what you are saying. Faried wow!! We can’t keep Brooks though too many small guards when Nate comes back right????? Good to see the boys still fighting. There is a ton of talent not playing on this team right now. Defense still looks average at best though

      • heykyleinsf

        as far as Brooks fitting goes…
        Do we really want Foye over him?
        I’m sorry but my answer is no.
        He can play 2.. even though he’s smaller..

        A whole year of Foye later.. (season ave 12 pts/3 assists.. maybe the worst defensive starting 2 in the NBA)
        I’m ok with someone like Brooks instead.

        • David Acker

          I’d be interested if anybody could find some defensive stats on Foye and post them here. I thinks he has been okay not bad and not good but okay. I haven’t seen a ton of games this year so somebody help with the defensive stats please

          • heykyleinsf

            they did a breakdown here on RBMC a couple of months ago.. that’s where I’m drawing worst in the NBA from. He was at that point.

            • David Acker

              Cool I’ll try and dig it up. Ty, Nate, and Brooks. That’s small ball…… really small ball…… That’s not going to help the defensive side of things

              • heykyleinsf

                agreed. .. but still.. I stand by Brooks over Foye. I don’t think we lose out on that. But seriously we do need help in the worst way at the 2.

                With all the problems this year.. getting Foye (IMHO) was one thing that was a big negative aside from all the injuries. I think he’s been terrible and we can’t get better with him in the way.

          • Nugman

            I think he’s below average and has terrible fundamentals. He makes a few awesome plays, but gives up a lot of baskets with his poor fundamentals and what seems to be a lazy attitude

            • David Acker

              With this team moving forward we seem to be good at the 1 3 and 4. Questions remain at the 2 and 5. We need a 2 with size that can defend, are there one of those coming up in the draft?????

            • Dan Sivertson

              Faried is for real. Get used to it. :)

        • Kane

          I’d take him Foye and Brooks over Nate.

    • googergieger

      I like Ty, Gallo, and Faried starting. Even a healthy focused McGee. Chandler seems to thrive off the bench in a sixth man role, so no problems there. Like Arthur to back up Faried. Even Mozgov for McGee. Need a better option for the two though. Evan I’m big on, but seems like he can’t fit in whatever it is Shaw wants. Though sometimes I think he’d be miles better with refs that don’t hate on players like him. Team still needs a leader. Someone that won’t let the team coast, and will always compete. Too many low key easy going and nice guys on the team. Sometimes it felt like Gallo could be that leader last year, but think we need a straight up a-hole to fill that role. Team needs more defense in general as well. Still not sold on Shaw. Might be just first year jitters and all, but seems more often than not we’ve still seen ineptitude. Next year will hopefully be a lot better. Lots of teams getting better as well I reckon. That Hickson contract is going to hurt us for a while.

      • heykyleinsf

        just said the same thing about SG..
        I’m underwhelmed with Foye one season in.

    • Nugman

      I’m here. No MIA. The Nugs shot well, but you have to admit NO didn’t put up much D.

      • heykyleinsf

        two years post tanking..
        how’s that working out for the Pelicans?

        • Nugman

          I am NOT a tanking fan

          • heykyleinsf

            then I apologize. I think tanking is retarded. Literally.

    • Heisenberg

      Yeah, that Anthony Davis pick was terrible for them, rapidly improving on offense and should…no, WILL be the best PF in the league within the next 3 years.

      They’ve struggled with injuries this year, Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson have both been out for extended periods of time. Now Davis might be out as well.

      • heykyleinsf

        you can’t have it both ways in two different ways.. you’re trying to but it doesn’t work.

        first way…
        Tank.. get a player to save the franchise
        New Orleans among many other teams have done that.
        but case in point.. New Orleans are no better off for it and have
        a worse record than the Nuggets.

        second way…
        attribute the Pelicans poor record to injuries..
        while with the Nuggets.. it has no bearing..
        even though.. the Nuggets have won 31 more games
        And even though… The Pelicans were even worse
        last year with all their guys healthy

        Even though it’s transparent you want to disparage this team and give them no credit and no hope.. how you go out of your way in your double standards is silly

        • Heisenberg

          Many teams don’t have a plan after they tank. They also don’t have a capable HC. Hell, look at the Nuggets. Even though they got a top 15 player in Melo, they didn’t get a good secondary player to accompany him until they got Chauncey. Which, coincidentally, had them make a run to the WCF. The Cavs probably would’ve won a title if they could’ve gotten a better player than Mo Williams or Larry Hughes to accompany LeBron.

          The Nuggets have a solid supporting cast for a superstar. Lawson, Faried, and Gallo (assuming he returns to what he was) is very solid. But that core isn’t enough to win a playoff series in a difficult Western Conference. Realistically they’re a top 15 player away from being a serious contender. As of now, they’re a low playoff seed at best.

  • Richard Pesicka

    Nobody is talking about the Knicks.

    • heykyleinsf

      JR Smith!! They are a playoff team.. I don’t have any doubt now.

  • Nugman

    Nuggets are amazing and Shaw is great….why couldn’t they do this against the Spurs?

    • heykyleinsf

      You mean the team that’s won 19 in a row?
      We were supposed to be them.. like no one else is doing?
      with half our roster out?

      GREAT FREAKING POINT AS USUAL.

      • Nugman

        Ok, why couldn’t we do this against the Griz?

        • heykyleinsf

          We have beat the Griz. We also beat the Mavs thrice, beat the Thunder, Raptors, Warriors, Pacers, Clippers twice and the Heat.

          • Nugman

            And why did we lose to all the other teams?

            • heykyleinsf

              you’re right this is the worst season ever..
              do you have any cyanide left?

              Everything seemed like it was perfect
              they threw it all away
              how could they just give up like that?

              • gimpcom187

                Incomparison to the previous season it is the worst nugs season. Good call. Cyanide seems drastic though.

              • Heisenberg

                Doesn’t get much worse than that 11 win team…..

              • gimpcom187

                What I was getting at was the team has dropped from 57 wins to 35. The season they won 11 they won 21 the previous season. They had a severe lack of talent for numerous years in the late 90s.

                I would actually say this is a worse season to watch. Lots of false hope. At least with an 11 win season it was easy not to waste your time.

                For example this thread of people lauding a domination of a team that after it lost davis was essentially Tyreke Evans, Anthony Morrow and a bunch of borderline d-leaguers/11th 12th men off the bench (withey may be decent, i haven’t seen him play much). People like you and me see the fact that the Nugs were so deep in legit NBA talent that they still run out 7 or 8 legitimate NBA rotation players (top 8-9 on a healthy team) despite losing 4 legit players (though only one is a legit starter, gallo).

                Others on here say well the pelicans lost 4-5 guys on the season so they are equal (and that hoping to get a guy of Davis’ caliber is “retarded.”). But when you look at quality of depth and quality of players lost it’s not that close. This team is talented enough to make some people think there is potential in the team to make a run with some minor tweaks. It’s like running in place. Personally I consider that worse.

      • Kane

        yeah why couldnt they do this against the best team in the nba!?

        please.

  • Heisenberg

    Decent win, should enjoy it because they probably won’t win another one until the Utah game. Don’t let it give you delusions of this squad, though. They’re still a low end playoff seed at best. Still aren’t beating the top 5 or 6 of the West in a playoff series (please don’t bring in regular season results, that isn’t the same as playoff basketball).

    “We matched our season high of points and 2nd highest margin of victory.” Davis played 11 minutes, Gordon, Anderson, and Holiday were all out. Not to be all negative or anything but, given the circumstances, Denver SHOULD beat these guys fairly easily.

    Again, nice win, but call it for what it is.

    • heykyleinsf

      how about 30 points over a team with the same record as us? A team that tanked to get a “superstar” “franchise saver”…

      And news flash!!!!

      We’ve got some missing players too.

      • Heisenberg

        Who, other than Gallo, is better than those four? Please don’t say McGoof or Hickson.

        • heykyleinsf

          Why not? What’s their record again?
          what was it last year? and they are superior?
          by what metric?
          what kind of freaking sense does that make?
          NONE.

          • Heisenberg

            They’re a fringe playoff team WITH those guys IMO and without them they’re a bottom five NBA team.

            And let’s be real, Davis is better than anyone on Denver’s roster. Including Gallo.

            • heykyleinsf

              we also beat them with Gordon, Holliday and Anderson all starting back on Dec 15th.

              You want to trivialize everything positive about your supposed favorite team. It gets ridiculous.

              • Heisenberg

                Sorry for being realistic. But teams don’t win often in the playoffs without a superstar.

                Oh, and they didn’t have Davis on December 15th….

              • heykyleinsf

                you mean the superstar that led them to a 27-55 record last year? and the same superstars that have a worse record than ours this year? right now between this year and last year we have 31 more wins.

                But they’re WAAAAAYYYY better than us.

                i know you’re typing ..
                but.. but.. but… but.. but..

                but whatever..

                nighty nite.

              • Heisenberg

                Well, he was a rookie last year and his offensive game needed a lot of development. He’s an elite rim protector and has made huge strides offensively.

                New Orleans is a fringe playoff team with everyone healthy. Never really said that they were better than Denver if both are healthy as I think they are in the same boat. They need a Center and need more production out of their bench. If you asked me which team I’d rather be it’s New Orleans because they have more cap flexibility and their problems are easier to fix than Denver’s. Both teams have questionable coaches though.

              • heykyleinsf

                never really said they were better than Denver…
                except these parts…

                “Davis played 11 minutes, Gordon, Anderson, and Holiday were all out. Not to be all negative or anything but, given the circumstances, Denver SHOULD beat these guys fairly easily.

                Again, nice win, but call it for what it is.
                Who, other than Gallo, is better than those four? Please don’t say McGoof or Hickson.”

                so yeah.. you kinda did.
                you quoteth me.. so I quoteth you.

              • Heisenberg

                Actually if you read the full quote I talked about where both teams stood if they were healthy. Both teams have been hit hard by injury, but Denver’s injury situation at the moment is much better than the Pelicans.

                They played a team that was missing 4/5 of its starting lineup, and some pretty productive players at that. I think both teams healthy are low end playoff teams at best. The lineup NO had for most of tonight’s game consisted of borderline D-League talent. Gallo, McGoof, Hickson and Robinson really doesn’t compare to Holiday, Davis, Ryan Anderson, and Eric Gordon.

              • heykyleinsf

                and again.. with their team healthy .. with their team with injuries.. with my team ( it is not yours.. I’m not being generous any more.,., When you go out of your way to make disparaging remarks.. you’re not a fan)
                like I was saying.. my team.. has 31 more wins over the past two years between my team.. and the team you like better.

                Say oh!! lucky win. They were too banged up.
                Say oh!! it doesn’t matter who on the Nuggets had or didn’t have…

                Any way you slice it.. you are two sandwiches shy of a picnic. Nuggets have 31 more wins.

              • Heisenberg

                So if I make critical comments about a team I root for, I’m no longer a fan? Good lord, learn some perspective. I had the ten game package for close to a decade. Out of curiosity, who in the West could you see them beating in a playoff series? San Antonio? OKC? Houston? Golden State (who they couldn’t beat with a better coach and Iggy)? Clippers? The West is just too good. You come across as a blind homer. The facts about this team are:

                1. They don’t have a top 15 player, or even a top 30 player. History shows that you need a superstar to be a contender.

                2. Shaw has been below average and worse than most of the rookie HC’s this year. Jason Kidd was horrible to start but has made huge strides. He’s also had to deal with injuries.

                3. The Nuggets cap situation is terrible. Not as bad as the Nets, but still one of the worst in the league.

                Guess I can’t criticize the Rockies either. Have to believe that the Monforts are the best owners in the league, and O’Dowd is the best GM. Give me a break….

              • heykyleinsf

                I could not care less about the Rockies.
                Baseball bores me to sobbing tears.
                The Rockies will never seriously compete and I noticed they are already 1-2. They will finish last again I’m sure.

                Hockey is way more exciting.

                As for this team competing and time frame..
                I don’t see why not next year.
                We’ll see with a new year, a more experienced coach and
                a healthy team for once. Really? my hopes were to get in to the playoffs and maybe out of the first round.. maybe revenge against the Warriors. When I knew Gallo wasn’t coming back.. I knew it was over.
                Next year though.. I expect great things. Not a championship.. but maybe a 4th seed playoff team.

              • Heisenberg

                For them to get the 4th seed that would require close to 55 wins. When they won 57 they had Iggy and a much better coach. They also didn’t have Gallinari coming off a very long layoff (I still think he can come back strong, but he’s definitely a question). They’re going to need Shaw to be A LOT better.

                I really doubt they could beat GS at this point. They had Iggy to shut down Thompson but now don’t have anyone to guard him. Plus Iggy would be a problem for Gallo…..

                I see them finishing behind the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Rockets, and Warriors. And that’s not even factoring in the Lakers who will have Kobe back, a top five pick, and a ton of cap room in the upcoming offseason. Portland is also a solid team.

              • heykyleinsf

                you can look at GSW as well as the Rockets
                and even some of the frustration and urgency
                that surely resides in the Thunder and Clippers camp.

                I hate to say this.. but I can’t wait for some team’s heart
                to be broken. Arguably… the Clippers had a worse letdown
                last year. Are the Warriors all that much better with Iggy now?? right now with 7 games left.. the answer is yes..
                by a whopping three games. Wow. He makes $12M a year.. he’s costing them a lot of money to be better by three games. But that’s still meaningless because they are still the 6th seed and are three games back of Portland with 7 games to go.

                TRANSLATION.. IGGY WAS NOT AND IS NOT WORTH IT.

                It’s good to see that the Warriors overpaid and we didn’t.

              • Heisenberg

                GS is 7-9 without him which makes them 39-20 with him in the lineup.

                I’m not sure if he’s worth $12 Million but he certainly makes Golden State better. In fact, he makes them arguably a top 4 team in the West.

              • heykyleinsf

                I could laugh so hard ..
                you really went out of your way to point out..
                they were 7-9 without him?

                OMG STOP.

              • Heisenberg

                New Orleans biggest problems have been front office related. They should have extended the protection on their first round pick traded to Philly. Trading away Robin Lopez wasn’t wise either.

                The injuries haven’t helped matters either.

              • heykyleinsf

                but injuries are no excuse for us..

                now I get it.

              • Heisenberg

                They’re an excuse, but only to a certain degree. Shaw deserves some blame for this season. Jason Kidd has substantially improved, and he’s had injuries to deal with too.

                NO was basically without 4 starters tonight, all pretty productive players. McGoof is a clown who makes way too many appearances on Shaqtin a fool. I’d trade him for a bag of rocks. Gallo’s good, but not better than Davis.

              • LBJ

                Glad to see Joshy helped out NO by hiring one of their front office geniuses to help him run the nuggets.

  • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

    That was a right thumping! And finally we were on the right side of it. We can argue all we want about Shaw’s coaching and Mozgov’s three-point shooting, but the fact is that the team are truly trying to learn something about themselves in the stretch run, when there isn’t much to compete for anymore, and develop for the future. And for what it’s worth, the players seem to have bought into Shaw’s message and those who are showing true effort to get better and learn are making a case for a roster spot next year, in a team that will hopefully be considerably healthier, hopefully with a talented rookie starter at the 2 or the 5. This year’s results might not look too hot, but I’m optimistic about the future.

    • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

      Oh, and re-sign Aaron Brooks, please! If a televised one-on-one between him and Nate is needed to sort out the #2 PG situation, then so be it.

      • Andrew

        Ha! Great idea!

        • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

          This year’s Decision on ESPN!

  • Furious_Stylez

    Nice win. If the front office has any brains, they will offer Faried a 4yr-$45m extension in the offseason. I’ve never been the biggest Faried fan, but he has grown so much as a PF and at his age, he can still develop his game (mostly defense and mid range jumpers). His up tempo style is perfect for playing at altitude. Unlike the terrible McGee signing (thanks Masai!), the Manimal has earned his extension. If he hits free agency, he’s more than likely gone b/c he will probably be the second most coveted PF on the market (after Kevin Love).

    Brooks has been good lately, but with NRob under contract for another year, I doubt the Nuggs will resign him. As others have pointed out, he’s tiny like Ty and Nate and that won’t work if this team wants to get back to the playoffs. The back court needs a defensive specialist in the worst way (my FA suggestion is Thabo Sefolosha). Also, don’t forget about Erick Green (last year’s second round pick). He’s 6-3 and led the NCAA in scoring in the ’12-’13 season. He’s playing in Europe now, but the Nuggs own his NBA rights.

    • Andrew

      Like all your ideas, especially Thabo. Has anyone heard how Erick Green is dong? Nuggets won’t get a top 3 pick, but maybe they can trade up (Chando? Next year’s #1? other?) and get Randall somewhere in the 4-6th spot. I still like that kid as a big PF. He could do some damage and develop behind the Manimal.

      • Andrew

        doing.

        • heykyleinsf

          the report I got on Green in mid February is that he was struggling in Italy. He’s not coming along like it was hoped. So we’ll have to see what happens with him in summer league.. but as of right now.. wish the news was better.

      • Heisenberg

        Sadly, I don’t see anyone trading down, especially since Denver will likely pick in the 10-12 range.

        I’d imagine it’d take a hefty price to move up.

  • disqus_Zof8sHWvOp

    over pay Faried for ever miss the playoffs

    • heykyleinsf

      you’re completely out of your mind on this.

  • disqus_Zof8sHWvOp

    season over Faried stacking numbers lol how much is a energy guy really worth? no jumper no post moves horrible defender on the ball and passer! respect his hustle though

    • Andrew

      I don’t know. I think he has been getting better as the season has gone on. However, I still think the Nuggets should make a move to get Randall, the PF from Kentucky. Could develop behind Faried until he’s ready to pummel some people.

  • ny nugs fan

    haven’t watched the nugs in over a month or so since they started stinking up the joint… however, with these last 7 games and a few looking to be on national tv, i’m gonna try to catch a couple to see how they’re looking; if they’ve bought into what b. shaw is trying to get across to them (hopefully defense) and also to see if b. shaw has improved on his rotations and game management

    was a big fan of the aaron brooks pick-up…. always liked the guy; nugs are gonna be hard pressed to let him go; i could see the nugs keeping him to relieve ty and moving nate to the 2 with fourniers/foye (that’s if they keep all of those dudes); they have played nate with ty

    well… in all seriousness i’m hoping that in these last 7 games we can ruin the warriors season like they did ours last year; either dropping them to a 7 / 8 seed to play the spurs or okc in 1st round; or knock them out of the playoffs alltogether (which is the dream best-case and would mean the suns get in)

    let’s go!

  • heykyleinsf

    I honestly don’t have any urgent need in my lifetime for the Nuggets to win a championship. I’ve been aboard 20 years.. I’ve had fun watching them each and every year no matter what. Honestly the way last year ended was the worst in 20 years for me. That was sad. The team and the coaching and the expectation just crushed me. For that reason alone.. I’m forever at peace with GK gone and Brian Shaw getting a chance.

    And it’s no secret that I don’t like Iguodala. I don’t like what he did, how he did it, what kind of predicament it left us in, and how sleazy it was. You can blame ANYONE else.. and I’ll call BS. The dude took less money to bail. He had absolutely ZERO intention of staying.. and he could have said as much.. but he strung us along.. ASSHOLE.

    Many of you won’t remember though.. he sucked the first half of the season. SUCKED. SUCKED. Like we’re doing now.. (once in awhile) we won anyway until he started being a part of the season.. but he never felt at home.. and bailed as such.

    But we do miss him. Obviously. Foye? OMG.. OMG.. ugghhhh
    Gallo gone, Javale gone (say what you want.. it MATTERS) and Robinson was awesome for us as a 6th man. That and growing pains with a huge roster turnover and a new coach.. We would be ok to suffer growing pains.. but that.. with injuries.. sunk us. This season is hardly a disappointment or surprise with all that in consideration. I’m not discouraged.. I’ve learned to be cautious about my expectations. I expect a lot better next year. Call me a homer if nothing changes.. you know what? I am. I’ll still love this team.

    I don’t get the attitude and entitlement.
    All I can gather.. is that you haven’t been doing this for long.

    • Heisenberg

      Iguodala is a decent all around player offensively and one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. While I agree he might be somewhat overrated by people, he’s still a solid player and was one of the Nuggets best players last year.

      I’ve given up on Javale McGee. He’s an idiot. You can’t fix that as a coach. I’m sure the Wizards are laughing that Denver took him. Say what you will about Nene (who they also overpaid for), but he’s much better than McGee.

      It has to be at least a little concerning that Shaw hasn’t shown much improvement. I know he’s had to deal with injuries but that still doesn’t entirely excuse him. I’d bet if Gallo came back tomorrow Shaw would have him play 40 minutes…..

      • heykyleinsf

        you have to look at Faried, Mozgov, Quincy and Brooks.. how they’re playing better than they ever have in their career.
        Wouldn’t Shaw maybe get at least some credit for that?
        McGee only played a few weeks and hurt at that.
        I don’t think he is any genius .. but to think he will never learn or improve is also just cynical.
        Nene.. marshmallow man… I loved his smile and his time here… but it’s not like he is making the Wizards better than McGee was.
        I’m not a fan of Foye. Hated it when we picked him up.. hate the fact that he is starting.. hate that we’re stuck with him.
        Chandler had arguably his most disappointing year ever. Not sure what’s up with that.. just hope he is better when he is back on the bench.
        The Hickson signing also bothers me. We won’t have him for most of next year though.
        Darrel Arthur seems to be at least even with K2.

        I am more concerned with FO management than with Shaw.
        If we’re going to compete.. we have to do better than what we’re getting on our roster.

  • wordcat

    Kalen, surprised you still have a job after your really subpar takes over the past few years.