Denver Nuggets: Sluggish Since the All-Star Break

Denver Nuggets SF Will Barton came off the bench to score 20 points in the win against the Pistons. Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch
Nuggets SF Will Barton came off the bench to score 20 points in the win against the Pistons.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Denver Nuggets Overall Record: 22-34

The Denver Nuggets went 1-2 since the All-Star break with their only win being against the Pistons. I guess I’m the only person on the planet that sees that the defense is the problem. I know that I talk about defense all the time, but when a team shoots lay ups at crucial points in the game and no one stops them, losing games ends being the result. Let’s take a look at the Nuggets three games since the All-Star break.

Feb. 10 – Nuggets 103 – Pistons 92 – Win
Will Barton played a really good game. He stepped up on defense grabbing 5 of his 11 rebounds in the fourth. He finished the game with 20 points only playing 22 minutes. The team as a whole looked really good. Hopefully the break was what the team needed to make a run.

Feb. 19 – Kings 116 – Nuggets 110 – Loss
DeMarcus Cousins flexed his will all game long. No one could stop him. He scored 37 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. This is the reason why post defense is so important. Danilo Gallinari couldn’t stop him. The Nuggets on the offensive end shot 31% percent from the field and majority of the shots taken were jump shots. It’s hard watching 7-foot big men shooting jumpers because they’re afraid of contact. Gallinari led the team with 27 points.

Feb. 21 – Celtics 121 – Nuggets – 101 – Loss
Nikola Jokic played like a man tonight! The team lost it’s second game in a row since the All-Star break but Jokic still showed a lot of heart. He played well against the Celtics centers holding them to a combined 22 points. Now you might think that that’s a bad thing. Well it is not. Over the past two weeks he has given up an average of 20 points against mediocre centers in the league. He played 30 minutes scoring a team high 23 points with 13 rebounds and 4 assists. D. J. Augustin scored 13 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. He looked really good while coming off the bench.

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