Archive for February, 2012
I do realize, he had 8 turnovers to his 27 points and 11 assists during the Raptors game. Yes, I do realize that the game should NOT have been that close, but keep in mind this is all occurring, and a 6-game winning streak along with that for the New York Knicks, while their offense, Carmelo Anthony, is out.
Saying all that, however, how can you NOT be excited for Jeremy Lin ….. that game winner was SILKY SMOOTH!!!!
Until next time,
Hey, alert the police!! The Denver Nuggets are going streaking!!
In my book, a two-game streak is better than a five-game losing streak any day. The Nuggets crew hammered the Phoenix Suns to the tune of 109-92. Of course, once it was known that Nash and Grant Hill, resting since they are in the middle of a back-to-back-to-back, wouldn’t be playing, it was certainly obvious this would be a Nuggets win even with all the injuries the crew is plagued with.
Denver had lost the past 5 games at home, so tonight had this feeling of “Okay, if we, the Nuggets, lose at home to the Suns without Nash or Hill, yeah, we REALLY REALLY suck.” So expecting a slow start, it was a refreshing change to see Denver come out of the gate, although by half-time Denver had only a 7-point lead. It was Michael Redd, after the break, that hit consecutive three-pointers that would tie the game up at 62 points.
Soon after, after a technical foul called on the Sun’s coach, Alvin Gentry, after a clear-path violation was called, combined with Denver hopping back on their defensive game, this mixed in with Arron Afflalo’s scoring, the Nuggets went full steam ahead. They went on a 24-8 run and in that, Afflalo scored 13 points.
It was smooth sailing for the Mile High squad, from there on out, as they tallied another victory in their win column.
WELCOME BACK ARRON AFFLALO!!
He is earning that hefty paycheck now, and I am eternally grateful!!! His past three games, he has averaged 20.3 PPG and is shooting 42% from downtown. He looks comfortable with the ball, but still aggressive in attacking the basic. Something that Denver fans had missed earlier in the season. This is the Arron that so many know and love. Arron led Denver with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field.
Ty Lawson also had a phenomenal night with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting and 5 assists. When Ty Lawson is aggressive and converts opponents turnovers, well, he is All-Star caliber. There isn’t one word to express how tremendous his play can be. What about Rudy??? He had 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting, and yes had poor shot selection, but was 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Although, Kenneth Faried had 4 turnovers, he also had 13 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. He will make rookie mistakes, it’s part of the process, but I’m still with the “unleash Manimal” movement.
MY GAME BALL goes to Birdman!!! Look at his stat line: 16 points on 6-or-9 shooting, 6 blocks and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes of play. Who’s waving their arms with me??? After sitting out games, this was SHEER JOY to watch him have one helluva game and the Valentine’s Day crowd was just eating it up. Plain and Simple: Birdman produced!!!
Other Nuggets Game Notes:
- Kosta went for 9 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocked shots
- 6 players in double figures, and one with 9 points
- Denver out rebounded Phoenix, 48-46
- Led in fast-break points, 25-13
- Led with points in the paint, 54-24
- I can never say enough about Corey Brewer’s energy!!!!!
One last thing, my PISSTRON award goes to Andre Miller. Yes, we know Andre Miller is a GRADE A facilitator, but …well….it’s getting old. What is exactly??? The bloody turnovers. During this game, he had 6 turnovers. Yeah Yeah, he had 7 assists and 5 rebounds, but come on now!!!!!
Another win in the books and tomorrow shall be another test for this young crew as they travel to Dallas and take on Dirk and company….
Personally, I want a revenge win, so flipping bad!!!!!!!
Until next time,
It doesn’t come as a big surprise that the two big contenders for J.R. Smith’s services have been the L.A. Clippers, whom can only offer him the veteran minimum, or the New York Knicks.
Chris Paul seems to think his best chances are with the clippers and told that very thing to ESPN yesterday:
“I think the chances are very high,” -CP3
“My relationship with J.R., Kenyon’s relationship with him and Chauncey’s relationship with him (help). Also he knows he’ll have the opportunity to play here. He can only make us better.” – CP3
While the New York Knicks can offer a prorated share of the $2.5 million MLE, but could another team be on the horizon for the former Denver Nuggets’ swingman??
You, the reader, can draw your own conclusions…
Until next time,
Some of my darling followers would like me to throw my hand and do Nuggets game-day previews. So, be patient, as this is my first preview and my thoughts may seem scatterbrained. Although, winning a game always comes down to four things for the Nuggets: 1.) Come out of the game strong. 2.) Defense leads to offense 3.) Make those damn free throws 4.) limit turnovers
Denver Nuggets: 16-12 (7-7 at home, 9-5 on the road) Streak: 1 Win
Phoenix Suns: 12-16 (5-7 at home, 7-9 on the road) Streak: 1 Loss
I know that some people are going to scoff at the Suns and go into tonight’s game thinking a Denver win is a sure thing, however, this season has taught me one thing: ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING can happen. The Suns can sneak right up on a team, if defense is lackadaisical, a squad is settling for shots and more importantly STEVE “MY HAIR IS FLIPPING PERFECT” NASH!!!
It is also good to note that this will be the Suns 4th game in 6 days, with that being said, I would fully appreciate to see Denver bury them early. Also, Phoenix is in the middle of a back-to-back-to-back. Denver SHOULD capitalize on this fact!
Past Matchup Breakdowns:
Phoenix has won 17 out of the last 26 matchups with Denver and 37 out of the last 55 meetings with the Nuggets crew. Denver won 3 out of 4 games during the 2010-2011 NBA season. Phoenix, however, has won 4 out of the LAST 7 meetings with Denver.
The Suns rank 15th in 3% to Denver’s 19th ranking, Suns rank 12th in blocks to the Nuggets 18th sitting. However, Denver still leads in the scoring and assist category as well as being second in the FG % category.
It’s fair to note something about Jared Dudley, this season he has scored 15or more points this season and in doing so Phoenix is 7-3 in these contests. Also, since Dudley has returned to his starting gig, he has been .500 from downtown. PLEASE, Denver,watch that perimeter!!! Dudley isn’t the only one, Marcin Gortat, obviously, is another Suns player that is having a terrific season. He is averaging 15.5 PPG and 10.1 RPG. Also, that dreaded Channing Frye is another player that can creep on a team, and put away those downtown shots. Last night, in GSW game, he was only 1-for-8 from downtown, but in his previous five games, he can go from 33% to 60% from the arc. Also, Channing, is typically a 50% FG shooter as well. Of course, there is Grant Hill, despite his age, and Robin Lopez. Let’s not forget Markieff Morris, whom has scored 10 and 18 in his past two games.
DO I EVEN HAVE TO MENTION STEVE “MY HAIR IS PERFECT” NASH!!!
Basically, Phoenix is a team that can sneak up on a team’s defense if it’s as lazy as we have seen Denver’s in that five-game losing streak that they had
Looks like there will be no Nene nor Mozzy, so a possible lineup could look look like the one in Indiana sans Nene. Brewer/Lawson/Afflalo/Kosta with Bird or Faried getting the start at PF. Personally, *I* would like to see Faried get the start over Bird. E-N-E-R-G-Y!!!
What Does Denver Need To Do To Win:
- FORCE Suns’ Turnovers and CONVERT! They were able to force the ball over 20 times in Indiana which led to 22 points.
- ENERGY!!! Denver needs ENERGETIC and POWERFUL games, which all starts with Corey Brewer!!
- DEFENSE LEADS TO OFFENSE. I can never stress this enough. Denver has lost 5 straight at home, and a win is MUCH NEEDED at home. No lazy defense and especially do NOT leave the perimeter open for FREE shots.
- ATTACK the basket as much as humanly possible. If it results in FT’s, make those MONEY shots.
- AGGRESSIVE offense.
- Make ALL those FT’s
- Denver needs AWESOME games from Afflalo and Lawson again
- Oh, and UNLEASH THE MANIMAL, Karl
I think I just blogged about all obvious things.
You tell me,
Until next time,
* Land of the 10,000 Lakers – Richard Barry
*The Rivalry – John Taylor
*The NBA Encyclopedia
It’s not a huge surprise that I’m not a fan of mainstream media, especially when it comes to my sports. ESPN, Sports Center, heck, even local media in Denver, always has a specified agenda to perpetuate. That’s not a surprise. It’s about that bottom line, however there is a line that should never be crossed.
I’m all for jokes, comedy, shits and giggles, sophomoric laughs and slander. Shoot, this is the whole basis of my twitter page, however, there is this thin line of what’s in good taste and what’s tactless. If you’re a nation wide sports journalist whom gets on his pedestal and condemns other’s about their racist comments, but then turn around and crack an Asian joke, how is that okay????
Here is the deal: After Friday night’s MONSTROUS game in which Jeremy Lin and his 38 points, TORCHED the Lakers, Fox Sports own Jason Whitlock took to twitter with this tweet:
I should’ve realized that Friday night when I watched Lin torch the Lakers. For Asian Americans and a lot of sports fans, his nationally televised 38-point outburst was the equivalent of Tiger’s first victory in The Masters. I got caught up in the excitement. I tweeted about what a great story Lin is and how he could rival Tim Tebow.
I then gave in to another part of my personality — my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature. It’s been with me since birth, a gift from my mother and honed as a child listening to my godmother’s Richard Pryor albums. I still want to be a standup comedian.
The couple-inches-of-pain tweet overshadowed my sincere celebration of Lin’s performance and the irony that the stereotype applies to pot-bellied, overweight male sports writers, too. As the Asian American Journalist Association pointed out, I debased a feel-good sports moment. For that, I’m truly sorry.