Living "The Life" After Melo

Posted by Ryan Rush | Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 0 comments »

It is all smiles in Denver, Colorado a month removed from the blockbuster deal that sent superstar Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks for an abundance of players; most notable Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Wilson Chandler.

The Denver Nuggets are 13-4 (45-29 overall) since the all-star break and more importantly they are winning without Melo. Many fans did not believe that the Nuggets would be as good as they are after losing 24 points a night (at the time) when Anthony was on the floor.

Personally, I did not believe that they would move up to the fifth spot in the always tough Western conference, but obviously they proved me wrong as well. The Nuggets aren't just winning, but they are winning as a team, and isn't that what teams do?

Everyone is scoring, there is lots of ball movement and there's a lot of energy in the already energized Pepsi center. Since Anthony was traded, eight Nugget players have been averaging double-digit points (three come off the bench). The team also averages 107.6 points a game, while holding their opponents to 103 points.

Eight players have led them in scoring in at least one game in their 13 wins after the break. Ty Lawson has been the leading scorer in five of those wins, J.R. Smith is second with three, Al Harrington and Nene are tied with two games and four other players led Denver in scoring in one game.

Denver will eventually clinch the fifth spot in the West and will have their hands full against the upcoming Oklahoma City Thunder in the first-round of the playoffs. The series may be tough, but the new-look Nuggets are capable of knocking off the Thunder.