The Nuggets snapped a two-game skid with a solid win in Los Angeles, keeping the Lakers winless and moving to 2-2 on the season. Emmanuel Mudiay recorded his first career double-double while Kenneth Faried led the way with a monster 28-point, 15-rebound performance. Grades after the jump.
LAL DEN W-L 0-3 1-2 Avg Points 106.0 92.0 Avg Points Allowed 115.7 99.0 Home Record 0-2 0-1 Road Record 0-1 1-1 Current Streak L3 L2 Last 10 0-3 1-2 Points Rebounds Assists DEN Gallinari 16.0 Faried 8.7 Mudiay 5.3 LAL Bryant 17.3 Randle 9.3 Huertas 3.0 Kobe has struggled and the Lakers aren’t what […]
There was a point in Tuesday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers that I wondered out loud, i.e. on Twitter, whether Brian Shaw would make it through this weekend as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. It was a statement that received a variety of responses, most of which consisted of a resounding belief that […]
It’s another home loss for the Nuggets as Kobe Bryant’s triple-double lifts the Lakers to a 111-103 victory at Pepsi Center. Nurkic had a career night, but the Nuggets’ starters were embarrassed as the Lakers shot well over 50% the entire night. Denver falls to 13-19 and 9-8 at home.
In a high-scoring affair that didn’t feature much defense, the Nuggets ran up the score early on the Lakers and strung together their first consecutive wins in over a month. Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points, and Lawson matched his career high with 17 assists.
What. Just. Happened? I don’t know. I’ve tried to explain it below, through grades and numbers and analysis, but truth be told, I still have absolutely no clue as to what transpired this game. I honestly feel like I was abducted by a badass basketball UFO for like two hours or something, then dropped back […]
The Denver Nuggets kicked off the Brian Shaw era with a win Sunday night, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 97-88 in their first game of the preseason. While the score was close for most of the game, the Nuggets were able to ride their superior depth and a strong third quarter surge to a comfortable […]
During his days on the Washington Wizards, JaVale McGee became tragi-comically famous among NBA fans, known much better for his gaffe-packed blooper reels on YouTube than for the actual quality of basketball player he was. With frequent assists from Shaquille O’Neal’s “Shaqtin’ a Fool” segment on TNT, and the spread of the “That’s so JaVale!” […]
Los Angeles Lakers 108 Final Recap | Box Score 119 Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried, SF 32 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -6 Faried obliterated the Laker bigs on the boards. Earl Clark and Metta […]
Denver Nuggets 112 Final Recap | Box Score 105 Los Angeles Lakers Danilo Gallinari, SF 32 MIN | 6-20 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +1 Gallo had a strange game for sure. He didn’t shoot well from the field, but he hit the big shot and […]
Los Angeles Lakers 114 FinalRecap | Box Score 126 Denver Nuggets Danilo Gallinari, SF 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +11 Through the course of this game, keeping a mental tally of player grades, I was fully prepared to give Gallo a C […]
Denver Nuggets 103 Final Recap | Box Score 122 Los Angeles Lakers Danilo Gallinari, SF 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -2 Gallo finally hit some threes and it was nice to see him come out determined to assert himself against the Lakers. […]
The Nuggets have started their 3-game road trip with frustrating losses to Utah and Golden State in which they failed to close out games they had led by 15 or more points. The final leg of the trip doesn’t get any easier as they wind it up in Los Angeles to meet the Lakers for […]
Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it… Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as […]
Yesterday, Drew Goodman and Scott Hastings of Drew & Scott on Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan had an extensive interview with Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who was in Houston, where JaVale McGee is currently training with Hakeem Olajuwon. (On Twitter, please follow Drew here: @ROOTSPORTS_DG, and Scott here: @ScottHastings). They talked about the Andre Iguodala […]
First of all, what was Orlando thinking? The centerpiece of the long anticipated Dwight Howard trade ends up being Arron Afflalo? Yikes. Thanks to Orlando’s generosity the three other teams involved in the reported four team deal that will be finalized later today all received much more than they gave. Obviously the Lakers are thrilled […]
Los Angeles Lakers 96 Final Recap | Box Score 87 Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried, F 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -19 The Manimal was fantastic and helped allay my fears that he could not handle the Lakers size. He showed he is not […]
Los Angeles Lakers 96 Final Recap | Box Score 113 Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried, F 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +14 Faried’s personal growth and improvement throughout the series is something to see. While the Lakers size dominated game one and two, […]
I have been chided for being negative and pessimistic. To me the negative is simply providing objective analysis. As far as pessimistic, well, you’ve got me there. I have been a fan of the Nuggets for roughly two and a half decades. My personal conclusion is that Nuggets fan and optimist are mutually exclusive. However, […]