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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