Denver Nuggets: Playing like Jekyll and Hyde

Nuggets PG Emmanuel Mudiay still has a lot to learn. Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch
Nuggets PG Emmanuel Mudiay still has a lot to learn. Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Denver Nuggets Overall Record: 17-27

The Denver Nuggets are the NBA’s Jekyll and Hyde team. The games they should win they lose and sometimes they beat a team that they shouldn’t. How do you beat the defending NBA champions and lose to the Grizzlies? Let’s take a look at the Nuggets lone victory and two losses last week.

Jan. 19 – Thunder 110 – Nuggets 104 – Loss
Denver scored 31 points in the first quarter to lead the Thunder going into the 2nd quarter. The Nuggets were down by 4 points at halftime and looked great. But foul shooting and turnovers slowed the team down. This was a winnable game but in the 4th quarter the guys got cold but kept it close at the foul line. Danilo Gallinari scored 27 while playing 39 minutes. Kenneth Faried played 28 minutes scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Jan. 21 – Grizzlies 102 – Nuggets 101 – Loss
Cold shooting cost the Nuggets on this night. The Nuggets were down by 7 points at the half but came out smoking in the 3rd quarter. Sending the Grizzlies to the line in the 4th cost the Nuggets the victory, losing by 1 point. It was a back breaker. Denver started shooting jump shots when they needed to take the ball to the rim. I found myself screaming at the TV through this one. Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried both scored 17 a piece while Emmanuel Mudiay and Will Barton added 14 respectively.

Jan. 23 – Nuggets 104 – Pistons 101 – Win
Let’s face it, I thought the guys would drop this one because they lost two straight winnable games earlier in the week. They had the Thunder and Grizzlies on the ropes but couldn’t finish the job. What’s surprising is that the Nuggets jumped on the Pistons early and didn’t let up. I was surprised to see great defense and rebounds by the most unlikely role players. Randy Foye had key steals that helped the team pull out the win. Instead of standing around watching the game, he gave the team the spark they needed. Who cares about how many points someone scores. All that mattered was playing good defense when it counted!

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