Denver Nuggets Not Finding Gold

Nuggets Power Forward Kenneth faried plays with a lot of heart and athleticism but still has problems with some of the NBA's big men. Photo Courtesy: Howard Cheng
Nuggets Power Forward Kenneth Faried plays with a lot of heart and athleticism but still has problems with some of the NBA’s big men. Photo Courtesy: Howard Cheng

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Denver Nuggets Overall Record: 18-30

The Nuggets won a game and lost three this past week. They showed glimpses of promise but can’t seal the deal in close games. Let’s take a look at the past week and the week ahead.

Jan. 25 – Hawks 119 – Nuggets 105 – Loss
Denver scored 30 points in the first quarter and 20 points in the 2nd quarter. They were down by 16 at the half and that was the closest the team came until the end of the game with some meaningless buckets. The Nuggets gave up seven lay ups in a row. Points in the paint was the back breaker for the team on this night. Kenneth Faried was over-matched in the paint. He can’t match up with power forwards and centers when he has no help on the boards. Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris added 15 points while Will Barton led the team with 21 points.

Jan. 27 – Celtics 111- Nuggets 103 – Loss
Boston came out red hot and Denver was caught off guard turning the ball over on three straight possessions. Avery Bradley gave the Nuggets guards fits all night. He got into a flow and stayed there. Will Barton played a solid game, but defending aggressive wing players is a constant problem for this team. It was heart breaking, watching mediocre guards score at will against the Nuggets. If they play this way against John Wall and the Wizards in their next game the Nuggets will lose another one and it won’t even be this close.

Jan. 28 – Nuggets 117 – Wizards 113 – Win
The Nuggets played inspired basketball during this contest. They took the lead and didn’t relinquish it until late in the 4th. I was thinking they played hard, but like always they’ll lose it in the 4th. In this case Danilo Gallinari wouldn’t go away. He played inspired basketball and some pretty decent defense. He scored 26 points and had five rebounds in the 4-point win. I was happy to see the team play all four quarters.

Jan. 30 – Pacers 109 – Nuggets 105 – OT Loss
Can you say overtime? Denver scored 32 points in the 3rd to bring them back in an otherwise losing situation. The key to the come back was Kenneth Faried. He played awesome defense on the backside of the floor. The Pacers run a backside offense by throwing skip passes to wide open shooters. Kenneth Faried figured it out at critical points in the game. But the team only scored six points in overtime. I liked what I saw in this contest, perhaps it’ll be a moral victory.

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