Bringing the Thunder

Posted by chazgarcia | Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 0 comments »

Bringing the Thunder


     Boy, it's always a great feeling to beat teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Nuggets did just that last Sunday night, escaping with a 121-118 overtime victory at the Pepsi Center.  Denver somehow survived a 37-point performance by Kevin Durant and 36 points from Russell Westbrook!  The Thunder also made 40 free throws!  Unbelievable.  The only way that the Nuggets could have won that game is if they had everyone contributing.  How about 7 Nuggets in double figures?  Yes, that's what Denver ended the game with, including 26 points from Corey Brewer off the bench!  Listen to what I'm about to tell you.  The Nuggets are UNBEATABLE if they play the way they did against the Thunder.  The win was very important for Denver as they suffered a tough loss to the Wizards 2 nights before.  The Thunder game was a good win, and so was the win against the Houston Rockets last Wednesday night.  The Nuggets extended their winning streak to 3 games after blowing the Sacremento Kings out of the arena on Saturday in Denver.  The Nuggets seemed to get their first rest of the season before the All-Star break as they only had 3 games in 7 days!  The Nuggets will take their 3-game winning streak into a game against the Indiana Pacers which is the first of 5 straight at home.  Don't look now, but Denver sits only 7.5 games back from first in the division which seems a lot closer than it did a month ago.  Even if the divison title is out of the question, a 4 or 5 seed in the Western Conference is within sight.  A long season is still ahead, but the Nuggets finally seem to be  coming together.

Golden Nugget Award


     It is getting more difficult every time for me to choose a winner of this fake award.  A different guy seems to step up for Denver in every win.  That being said, I will give the award to Ty Lawson this time:  9 big assists against the Thunder, 21 points against the Rockets, and 26 points against the Kings.  Lawson opens up the floor with his insane speed and allows other guys like Gallinari and Igoudala to get open looks.  Lawson needs to continue to force his will on the offensive end and up the tempo.

Looking Ahead

     Even though the next 5 games are going to be at home, it definitely will not be easy for the Nuggets coming up.  Indiana, Houston, and New Orleans are coming to the Pepsi Center this week.  Indiana has an amazing defense and is sitting pretty in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.  Houston has talent in its backcourt with James Harden and Jeremy Lin and are currently in 8th place in the Western Conference. New Orleans is a young, talented team led by the athletic rookie Anthony Davis from Kentucky.

Final Word


     The Nuggets have beaten the Kings 7 straight times and are 14-3 at home against Sacremento dating back to the 2003-2004 season.  Let's hope the Nuggets' winning ways against this franchise continues when the Kings move to Seattle.