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,