Denver Nuggets Still Finding Ways to Lose

It has been a rough 2015-16 season for the Denver Nuggets. Photo Courtesy: Michael Tipton
It has been a rough 2015-16 season for the Denver Nuggets. Photo Courtesy: Michael Tipton

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Denver Nuggets Overall Record: 33-48

The Denver Nuggets beat the Spurs on Friday but lost a pair of winnable games last week. As a fan, I’m dumbfounded on how a good team loses simple and winnable games. One game remaining on the schedule this week against the Trail Blazers to complete the 2015-16 season. Let’s review what happened this past week…

Apr. 5 – Thunder 124 – Nuggets 102 – Loss
It’s hard stopping Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Nuggets defense apparently can’t stop anyone at anytime. I know it sounds harsh, but it’s the truth. D.J. Augustin struggled guarding Russell Westbrook who is relentless on the offensive end which is a problem for anyone at the guard position. The latter part of the second quarter leading into the third is where the team fell apart. D.J. Augustin and Gary Harris led the team in scoring with 15 points each.

Apr. 8 – Nuggets 102 – Spurs 98 – Win
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 20 and dished out five assists against the Spurs in a close win. After watching Denver lose to OKC a few days prior, I knew the game against San Antonio was an automatic loss. But that didn’t happen. The Nuggets played the Spurs like they were gearing up for the playoffs. I was actually surprised to see how well the team played. Where was this Nuggets team during the season?

Apr. 10 – Jazz 100 – Nuggets 84 – Loss
Defense? Once again the team let another one slip away. Coaching 101… Long shots, equals to long rebounds. The Nuggets let the Jazz off the hook. Once the Nuggets took the lead they started shooting ill-advise jump shots! Taking care of a lead has been a problem all season long and this game was just another to add to the list of poor losses. The Nuggets had four players score in double figures and the Jazz had five. The numbers game wasn’t in favor of the Nuggets. It’s very disappointing watching the Nuggets give games like this away.

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