'Tis the Season

Posted by chazgarcia | Tuesday, December 25, 2012 | 0 comments »

'Tis the Season

 

     'Tis the season to be jolly!  That, of course, unless you're the Denver Nuggets on the road this season.  Already with 19 road games this season it is fitting that the Nuggets will play on the road on Christmas Day.  Denver is 7-12 on the road this year and they will face the red-hot L.A. Clippers who are looking for their 14th straight win.  Although Denver is playing on Christmas, they should take this game as a compliment because 9 other top teams are playing on Christmas too.  What Nuggets fans may not think as a compliment is the inability to buy their new Christmas gear on nbastore.com!  Unless I'm mistaken the store only carries the other 9 teams' special edition uniforms!  If I'm wrong, please let me know.  If you do want to look at the uniforms Denver will wear then check out the link below.  New uniforms or not, the Nuggets will have their hands full with the high-flying Clippers.  The Christmas-night game will be the first of 4 games in 5 nights for the Nuggets!  That's a happy holidays card from the NBA, Denver!  Now, here's my predictions for the 5 NBA games on Christmas (yes, I do watch a lot more than just Nuggets games).  Merry Christmas everyone!
 
 
 

2012 Christmas Predictions

 

Game 1-  Celtics at Nets
 
     Celtics not looking great this year.  The Nets have already beaten Boston twice this year.  Brooklyn will have the home advantage in this one.
 
                Nets 107, Celtics 101
 
 
Game 2- Knicks at Lakers
 
     Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are both back for the Lakers.  Carmelo Anthony vs Kobe Bryant might be the best match up of the day.  Knicks will out-shoot Kobe.
 
                Knicks 119, Lakers 104
 
 
Game 3- Thunder at Heat
 
     The most anticipated game of the day.  LeBron vs Durant.  Heat seem to be slipping as of late.  I think they get up for this game though.
 
                Heat 105, Thunder 102 
 

Game 4- Rockets at Bulls

     James Harden's beard vs the Chicago Bulls' defense.  This game would have been more intriguing with Rose in the game.  That being said I pick the home team.

                Bulls 97, Rockets 93


Game 5- Nuggets at Clippers

     I don't think anyone is picking Denver to end the Clippers win streak.  The Nuggets will have to make some long-range buckets to keep up.  Sadly, the Nuggets are a sub-par from outside the key.

                Clippers 112, Nuggets 105





Nuggets Christmas jersey: http://www.altitudeauthentics.com/s-6-jerseys.aspx




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Cold Pizza

Posted by chazgarcia | Monday, December 10, 2012 | 0 comments »

Cold Pizza

 
 
 
     The Denver Nuggets have been really hard for me to watch this season.  At times they appear to be a team with a chance to go deep in the playoffs, and at other times they do not even look like a playoff team.  Right now the Nuggets sit at 10-11 which is not at all terrible, but also is not at all good!  This reminds me of cold pizza.  To most people, cold pizza is good, but would anyone prefer cold, leftover pizza over hot, fresh pizza?  Cold pizza is similar to the Nuggets' first 21 games.  They haven't played badly, but they also haven't played well.  On Sunday,  Denver traveled to Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks who were 7-0 at home.  New York is playing good basketball, don't get me wrong, but it's Denver who gave the game away in a 112-106 loss.  The Knicks ended up with 14 more shots from the field than the Nuggets. Why?  The Knicks had 13 offensive rebounds!  Match that with Denver turning the ball over 16 times and I think we can find a 6-point deficit somewhere.  Even with Denver shooting 55% from the field, they were only 5/17 from deep as their 3-point shooting woes drag on.  Blame the bad scheduling. Blame the bad shooting.  Maybe blame both.  Right now, as Nuggets fans, we must ride out the storm.  I still have hope for this team.  Whether my hope is fading or not, it is still there.  Now, excuse me while I repair a hole in my wall.  Don't ask.  
 
 
 

Golden Nugget Award

 

     I have to give the award this week to Mr.Thin-as-a-Skewer Corey Brewer!  Brewer is averaging 18 points per game the last 3 games off the bench.  Scoring is not all he brings from the bench.  Brewer seems to provide energy on both ends of the floor.  I believe he is an underrated defender who uses his long lanky arms to block passing lanes.  Congrats, Corey.  Now go eat a steak!
 
 
 

Looking Ahead

 
    
     The Nuggets continue their road trip as they travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons.  This is a game Denver should win, but Detroit is a better team than when Denver first saw them at home back in November when the Nuggets handled them 109-97.  The Nuggets then play another team they have already beat at home earlier in the year.  They travel to Minnesota to take on Kevin Love and the Timberwolves.  Denver can't let Love get going as he had 34 points against Denver in a 101-94 Nuggets win.  Denver comes home Friday night to play the tough Memphis Grizzlies before heading out to Sacremento to play the Kings for the first time this season.  3 to 4 wins does not seem out of reach for Denver the next 4 games.
 
 
 


Last Word

 
     The Nuggets are 1-5 this season on national television.  That is a lot of people witnessing a lot of cold pizza.  Denver will look to improve that record this Friday against Memphis.  Friday is a good day for some hot, fresh pizza wouldn't you say?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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4 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back

Posted by chazgarcia | Tuesday, December 04, 2012 | 0 comments »

4 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back

 

     The Denver Nuggets opened up the 2012-2013 season with 3 straight losses.  They then bounced back with 4 straight wins. After winning 4 straight, they decided to take a few games off and lose 3 more games consecutively.  Next the Nuggets realized they had better get things going in the right direction again and won another 4 straight games.  But, Denver must have forgotten how they won those 4 games in a row and went on to lose another--you guessed it--3 straight games!  Denver now is back even with a record of 9-9 after surviving the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.  This kind of trend must end for the Nuggets if they hope to secure a playoff spot in the top 5 instead of scraping for a bottom seed at the end of the season.  Granted, the Nuggets did lose some tough games on the road which included 2 single-point losses to Golden State and to Utah, but they must find a way to win the close games on the road as their upcoming schedule in December is brutal!  10 of the Nuggets' next 14 games in December are on the road!  The journey starts in Atlanta on Wednesday, which will be the first of 5 straight games on the road with 4 of them being against the Eastern conference.  A good way to win close games on the road is to shoot well from the free throw line, something Denver has not done all year by shooting just 67% which is 29th in the league!  Another area that could use some cleaning up is turnovers.  Denver is 27th in the league in turnovers per game at 16.4.  Little things make all the difference in close games.  With so many road games ahead, the Nuggets must get back to the basics to survive.  Buckle your seatbelts, ladies and gentleman.  It could be a bumpy ride!
 
 
 

Golden Nugget Award

 
     With such inconsistency for the Nuggets over the last couple weeks, it has been hard to tell who would be deserving of the award.  If I had to give it to someone, I would give the award to Danilo Gallinari.  Danilo has struggled shooting for most of the year, but he seems to be getting his stroke back from deep as he is 50% his last 3 games.  Besides, he has the best hair on the team!


 

Looking Ahead

 
     4 of the next 5 games on the road are against playoff contenders.  In my mind, coming out of those games 3-2 would be a success.  Also, the Nuggets must play better defense since they allowed 126 to San Antonio and 122 to the Lakers. 
 
 
 

Final Word

 
     Nuggets head coach George Karl had to wear a bandaid on his head for a few games after shutting his car's trunk door on the top of his noggin.  The Nuggets can only hope that their shooting woes from the line will heal just as quickly as Karl's head.


On The Rebound

Posted by chazgarcia | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 0 comments »

On The Rebound

 

      After dropping their first three games, the Denver Nuggets were in desperate need of a win; and they did win--four games in a row to be exact.  Denver received their first win of the season against the struggling Detroit Pistons, 109-97.  Although the Pistons are not a good team, the win seemed to have given Denver a newly-found confidence as they went on to win 3 more games in 4 days.  Denver got by Houston on the road, steam-rolled Utah at home, and won a tough-fought game in Golden State that took 2 overtimes to pull out the victory.  Denver's winning streak was snapped Monday night in a 110-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns.  A big reason for the Nuggets' 4 straight wins was rebounding.  The Nuggets out-rebounded opponents 219-177 during those 4 games.  Kenneth Faried was an absolute beast on the boards, hauling in an average of 12.75 rebounds including an average of 6.25 offensive rebounds during the winning streak!  Offensive rebounds mean more chances to score for the offense which is a great way to score more points!  More points can, in turn, mean more wins as Denver struggled to score the first part of the season starting 0-3.  If Denver can somehow start knocking down the 3-pointers and shooting better than 64% from the free-throw line, they can be a very dangerous team!  Corey Brewer has shown he can be George Karl's go-to guy off the bench when he shot 5-8 from deep while scoring a game-high 20 points against the Jazz.  Although Denver seems to be coming together as a team, a true go-to guy who can take over games remains to be seen.  Do Ty Lawson or Andre Igoudala fit that description?  Will someone else rise to the occasion?  Or will Denver keep strolling through the season riding whoever may be hot?  Regardless, Denver has won 4 of their last 5 and should be a legitimate threat in the West.
 
 

Golden Nugget Award

 
     This week's award goes to the "Manimal," Kenneth Faried.  Kenneth was an animal on the court helping the Nuggets with 3 double-doubles during the winning streak.  Denver will need him to continue to play larger than his 6'8" frame to contend with the larger, more physical teams in the NBA.
 
 
 

Looking Ahead

 
 
     Denver has a challenging few games on deck for this week.  On Thursday night in Denver they will look to avenge their disappointing 3-point loss in Miami to the Heat.  They will then travel to San Antonio to play Tony Parker and the Spurs on Saturday and continue on to Memphis for a game with the Grizzlies on Monday night.

 

 

Final Word

 

     Heat? Spurs? Grizzlies?  Sounds like a very early playoff test to me!
 
 
 
 
 
 


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No 3's Equals 0 and 3

Posted by chazgarcia | Monday, November 05, 2012 | 0 comments »


   

No 3's Equals 0 and 3


      Three.  3 is the number for the Denver Nuggets through the first three games of the season.  The Nuggets are 0-3 to start the year.  That's 3 up and 3 down.  Oh, and many 3-pointers are going up, but not many are falling down.  Heading into their game on Tuesday against Detroit, Denver is shooting just under 25% from deep, including a 5-21 performance beyond the arc against the defending champions, the Miami Heat.  By the way, the Nuggets lost the game by, yep, 3.  That is just not going to cut it in today's NBA.  Danilo Gallinari is leading the way in the sub-par shooting going 3-18 from 3 in just two games.  But let's cut him some slack since he did miss the first game of the season due to an ankle injury.  That's a legitmate excuse, right?  Well, the Nuggets are hoping that is the case as they are searching for their first win.  There were many promising things in the first few games, though.  One thing I noticed was the amount of hustle that was given to the offensive glass.  Kenneth Faried has ripped down an average of 4.7 offensive boards in the first 3 games.  Also, I enjoyed the appearance of the Nuggets' first-round draft choice Evan Fournier in the season-opener loss to Philadelphia.  The 19-year-old has talent that still has yet to be seen.  Newly-acquired Andre Igoudala has been exciting to watch; however, he has 12 turnovers to start the season while the Nuggets as a team are averaging 17 a game! Ty Lawson has been fairly solid, averaging 6.7 assists through the first 3 games. Coach George Karl believes that Lawson needs to take the reigns of the team this year, having a larger role in the locker room and on the court. The Nuggets management must believe this also since they signed the North Carolina star to a 4-year, 48-million-dollar contract extension earlier this week. Denver's success this season depends greatly on Lawson's leadership and performance.  The Nuggets must rely on a number 3, Ty Lawson's jersey number.  How ironic.



Golden Nugget Award



     This year I will be rewarding a Nuggets player for his performance during the previous week with the weekly "Golden Nugget" award.  Yes, this award is fake; but still, who doesn't want a fake Golden Nugget?  This week's award goes to "Old-Man Miller," that is, Andre Miller.  He's 36 years young and still doing work on the basketball court! The 13-year veteran point guard is averaging 27 minutes off the bench, 12.7 points, and is shooting just under 55% from the field!  Congrats, Andre.

    Looking Ahead


     The Nuggets have four games on the slate this upcoming week including their home-opener against the Pistons.  My highlighted game of the week is Denver's first meeting with Utah on Friday.  It's always good to beat a division rival.

    

Final Word


Do not panic, Nuggets fans!  I mean, after all, the Lakers started 0-3, too.







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