Future All-Star

Posted by chazgarcia | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | 0 comments »

Future All-Star

 

     After soaring their way to a season-high 6-straight wins, the Denver Nuggets took a big loss last night in Oklahoma City.  The Nuggets seemed to be sleep-walking and, to be honest, that game was over by the end of the first quarter.  Granted, Denver was coming off a tough overtime win over Portland at home the night before, and in a way it wasn't really fair to play the best team in the NBA the next night.  But such is the NBA schedule.  I am encouraged how Denver is playing, however.  It was nice to see Wilson Chandler back from his hip injury that has sidelined him for most of the season.  He looked a little rusty at times but hit a clutch trey near the end of overtime to help lift his team to a win.  Chandler rested last night against the Thunder as he watched his team fall at the hands of Russell Westbrook's 32 points (16 came in the first quarter).  Although it was a bad loss, there is no reason to really worry.  Danilo Gallinari is heating up lately as he has scored more than 20 points in 5 of the last 7 games.  Ty Lawson seems to be playing more inspired and was a big reason for the Nuggets win against Portland, dropping 24 points and dishing out 12 assists!  He also put up 20 points against Golden State in a win.  It gets me every game with Lawson.  Does he not know that maybe 1 or 2 guys in the league can even guard him?  He should be able to drive at will!  Kosta Koufos had a solid game against Cleveland, scoring 21 points to go along with 6 boards.  I'd like to see more consistency from George Karl's rotation of his big men.  Sometimes it seems that I'm watching a game and all of a sudden I realize that Kenneth Faried is playing center!  Now, I understand the concept of small-ball, but come on--a 6' 8" center?  Speaking of Faried, it does not bode well with the Nuggets when Faried has more personal fouls than rebounds.  He had only 5 points to go with a measly 2 boards last night in the 20-point loss.  Other than last night's loss, I am fairly pleased with the Nuggets' position currently.  I was not happy with Denver's 20-point whoopin', but hey, look on the bright side, I will never wear that Carmelo Anthony shirt again!
 
 
 
 

Golden Nugget Award

 

     The award has to go to Danilo Gallinari.  I legitimately think that Gallinari has the potential to be an all-star.  He just has not proven it yet.  Let's hope he starts playing like an all-star so we Nuggets fans can pretend we had a representative in Houston at all-star weekend.
 
 
 
 

Looking Ahead

 

     Don't look now!  OKC is coming to town! Can Denver redeem themselves?  Oh wait!  I might have overlooked something. . . . Oh ya, the Wizards come to the Pepsi Center tomorrow.  That's right. It's the return of the one, the only, NENE!  It will be interesting to see JaVale McGee posting up with the Nuggets' former center in Nene's first game back to Denver since a trade that sent him to Washington for McGee.  The Nuggets absolutely can not overlook a team like the Wizards.  John Wall is back from injury, and the Wizards obviously have inside presence.  Get the job done, hold Nene in check, and come out with a win.  After OKC on Sunday, the Nuggets will get a couple days off before they head to Houston to take on Jeremy Lin, James Harden and the Rockets. 
 
 
 
 

Final Word

 

     Does anyone else scream out "Uh oh!" every time JaVale McGee gets the ball in the post?  Don't shoot! Just throw it down, young man!

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