|Danilo Gallinari, SF 32 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +3
His shot selection could be a lot better since returning from an ankle injury, but it’s just Gallo’s second game back. The zero free throw attempts is concerning but otherwise Gallo looks like he’s still rusty and working his way back. If he doesn’t figure it out offensively, Denver will struggle to keep up with the better teams in the league
|Kenneth Faried, SF 23 MIN | 7-10 FG | 1-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +8
The Manimal looks to be back to his normal efficient self and chipped in an extremely energetic 23 minutes tonight. Defensively he struggled along with the rest of the bigs but his energy continues to have a profound effect on the rest of the team. Denver was quicker to every loose ball tonight tonight and a lot of that can be credited to the presence of Faried.
|Kosta Koufos, C 30 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | 0
A poor second half and lackluster rebounding effort spoil an otherwise solid performance. He had three blocks but looked lost protecting the lane and limiting Detroit’s penetration. As a starter Koufos hasn’t had a bad game but the Nuggets lackluster defense has looked soft with him in the middle.
|Ty Lawson, PG 39 MIN | 3-8 FG | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | +21
Ty seems to be settling down into a role nicely and for the first time was able to affect the game with his raw speed. Lawson needs to do a lot more offensively but the fact he earned ten three throws after shooting none if Miami is a huge improvement.
|Andre Iguodala, SG 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +6
Solid double double and all around production from Iguodala. Strangely, Denver has looked like a much better half-court team with Iguodala on the floor. While Gallo continues to provide unreliable scoring the Nuggets have relied on Iguodala’s willingness to take big shots.
|Corey Brewer, SF 20 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +5
He seems to be sticking in his newfound 3-and-D role with the Nuggets this season. Brewer dribbling still scares me and he isn’t a lockdown defender by any means, but as long as Brewer is hitting spot-up threes he’s very valuable. Fans of J-Ham might not want hear it, but Brewer’s strong play is the main reason he’s being squeezed out.
|JaVale McGee, C 18 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +9
Progress has been slow for JaVale. He had a great overall game outside of a mini blooper reel segment in the middle of the second quarter. Denver’s a different team with JaVale on the floor but he’s been unable to play a steady 20 minutes without mental mistakes and frustration piling up.
|Andre Miller, PG 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | +1
As expected, Andre delivered some indifferent defense along with wizard-like passing and floor general skills. Solid game but at this point in his career, Miller can’t stay in front of the average guard who’s at least a decade younger than him.
|Wilson Chandler, SG 16 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +7
Liked his hustle, but he continues to force difficult shots and pass up good ones. I do consider this game progress for Chandler but he’s been tough to watch since attempting to return from hip surgery. Would like to see him be a lot more active on defense but we still don’t know what Chandler is able to provide yet.
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Tonight the Nuggets notched their first win in Phoenix since 2004, and for George Karl it was his first win in the desert since 1997. Whatever has kept the Nuggets from winning in the US Airway Center in years past certainly was not preset this evening as the Nuggets took it to the Suns from the get-go, and did not let up all game.
Recap by GoldenNugget
Watching the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons go at it tonight, seemed eerily similar to the match we saw Tuesday against the Washington Wizards. Both teams had many highlight plays, pushed the pace and couldn’t figure out how to get a stop if it’s life depended on it. Yet once again, the Nuggets came out victorious, which is usually the case when this style of ball is implemented.
How close is Carmelo Anthony to becoming a member of the New Jersey Nets? Close enough that the Nets and Pistons “were surprised on Sunday night when Denver allowed the players included in the proposed trade to play in a game against the New Orleans Hornets.” That sounds like a deal that is all but done.
You can find thoughts on tonight’s 101-99 loss to the Pistons in the Daily Dime from both Dan Feldman of Piston Powered and myself. Judging from the quote from Chancey in box five under “Quote of the Night” he agrees with the premise of my comments.
The Denver Nuggets just cannot beat the Detroit Pistons. They dropped another winnable game on the road and it is officially time to really start to be concerned about this team.
The Pistons started the game off on fire making six of their first eight shots, and they were able to collect the offensive rebound on both of the misses and eventually convert. Fortunately for the Nuggets Chauncey was making everything he threw up too. Billups clearly felt comfortable returning to Detroit and he lit up his former team scoring 21 first half points on 7-11 shooting. The first half was not just all about Chauncey though as Denver was able to find a lot of holes in the Piston defense on their way to 54 first half points.
The Nuggets started the second half out strong as well using the pick and roll to continue to create holes in the defense. Chauncey made a three, his fourth of the game, with 8:26 left that put the Nuggets up 65-54 and gave him 26 points on the night.
At that point Richard Hamilton had seen enough. After the ensuing Pistons possession Hamilton stood under the basket, made a gesture to Rodney Stuckey who had been covering Billups that communicated, “This is not working, you guard Dahntay Jones because he cannot score” and he began hounding Chauncey all over the court. Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess then began trapping Chauncey off of screens and that really slowed down the Nuggets attack. For the rest of the night the Nuggets struggled to score. In fact, from the time Hamilton started covering Billups the Nuggets only scored 12 points over the next 12 minutes and only scored 30 points over the final 20 minutes. The only reason they managed to score that many points was because J.R. Smith put up ten points in the final five minutes of the game.
Even with the limited offense if J.R. converts on a dunk attempt, on which he may or may not have been fouled by McDyess (Altitude never showed a replay of what may have been the most important play in the game, but after watching it a few times it did not look like McDyess touched the ball at all), The Nuggets might have pulled this game out.
In a game without Carmelo the Nuggets’ supporting cast was just not strong enough. Linas Kleiza started, but was virtually useless scoring only two points in 26 minutes proving his one point performance in the first meeting was not a fluke. Kenyon Martin shot 3-13 and scored a measly six points. Chris Andersen missed jumpers and tip ins alike to finish 1-8. Even with his strong finish J.R. was a sorry 6-16. A major key to the game was in the second half Chauncey, Nene and J.R. scored all but five points for Denver. A team with only a couple of weapons can be easily defended.
In the third quarter Detroit only had to worry about Chauncey and Nene. After Nene made a jumper less than a minute into the fourth quarter he only attempted two more shots and one of those was a meaningless three at the final horn. After Nene’s final bucket early in the fourth Chauncey and J.R. scored all of the Nuggets points, but one, a free throw by Anthony Carter. You want your best players to shine down the stretch, but the lack of diversity in the Nuggets offense played into the Piston’s hands.
Defensively the Nuggets played hard for most of the game, but they did not play together. Almost all of the Pistons’ shots were uncontested as defenders either blew assignments and rotations or were simply out of position.
I was worried about how the Nuggets would respond to the suspension of Carmelo and I thought they played hard. I think that the fact it was Chauncey’s homecoming game helped keep the effort up. Unfortunately the focus and determination just was not there, especially on defense.
Up next the Nuggets return home for a Thursday battle with the second place Trail Blazers and then follow that up the next night with a battle against the surging Jazz in Utah.
Additional Game 61 Nuggets
Mindboggling Game Stats
Pace Factor: 79.4 – Very slow partly due to the lack of turnovers, only 17 combined, and offensive rebounds, 28 total.
Defensive Efficiency: 126.0 – Very poor.
Offensive Efficiency: 119.7 – This number belies how bad they were in the second half thanks to Billups hot first half and J.R.’s hot final five minutes.