Maybe it was because it was the eve of the All-Star break, maybe it was that the Nuggets couldn’t hit the ball side of the barn or maybe it was a little bit of payback for the Spurs. One thing is certain, the Spurs got a much needed win and Denver now has seven days to have a 111-92 loss hang over their heads.
One can analyze the game and blame the officials for not making the right calls and it got in the Nuggets heads. Or that combined, Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony, Arron Afflalo and JR Smith all shot 17-57 and missed 15 threes and eight free throws. But honestly, the Spurs outworked the Nuggets. Outhustling them for loose balls and offensive rebounds, they also played as a team. In fact a good sign that things aren’t going your way is when JR has a fastbreak dunk and he misses a layup or usually reliable Afflalo missed an open three.
But for me, win or lose, it was good seeing Antonio McDyess. Back in the 90s, ‘Dyce was the original Amar’e Stoudemire- only not as turnover prone and better defender. His athletic ability was LeBronesque and he was a consistent 20-10 player in the post. Just look at these clips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_DqnUg-i0k
It is hard not to just sit back and imagine how much fun a frontcourt of Dikembe Mutombo, Antonio McDyess and Carmelo Anthony would be. But hey, there is no crime in dreaming but it also won’t get you anywhere.
For tonight, though the lone bright spot from the game was the play of Nene in the post, the big Brazilian posted his second straight 20 point games, scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds and hitting 8-of-9 shots.
Tidbits from the game
- Broncos’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall was sitting near the Spurs bench.
- Late in the first quarter, Nuggets’ rookie Ty Lawson and San Antonio’s rookie DeJuan Blair checked into the game at the same time which probably gave a few Nuggets fan nausea. Denver had a chance to select Blair in the second round, but drafted an unknown player and then later traded the pick.
- Kenyon Martin missed his second straight game.
- Former Nuggets’ assistant coach Chip Engelland is currently a Spurs assistant.
- Tony Parker was scratched from the game after hurting himself during
- The Spurs quite honestly have to be the oldest team in the NBA, not only are their stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili 33 and 32 years old. They also have three players that were drafted in the 1995 Draft, McDyess, Theo Ratliff and Michael Finley and to put that in perspective only eight players from that draft are still in the NBA.
- JR Smith was playing with a pair of very bright yellow shoes.
- Coming out of the break Denver has to face the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are on a 13-game winning streak.