Somethings never change.
The Nuggets proved that with another high-scoring no defensive effort Tuesday night, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-115.
And Chris Sheridan proved that Tuesday night as well with yet another source-led Carmelo Anthony rumor. Sheridan stated that the New York Knicks are making headway in acquiring Melo. Stating that the Knicks would add Anthony Randolph and Danilo Gallinari to go along with Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and a first round draft pick. Toney Douglas would fit into the mix as well.
While a trade could happen, it isn’t very likely for either party. First, the Nuggets would have to receive a top draft pick back, as well as a solid player to go with it and there are few teams that would offer a top draft pick for either Randolph or Gallinari. And on the Knicks part, they would be gutting their team and so if they do acquire Anthony they would be very short handed and with little depth. While putting the duo of Amar’e Stoudemire and Anthony would look great on paper, it probably wouldn’t be as successful on the floor without any depth. New York would be smarter to wait until the end of the season and add Anthony via free agency.
Alan Hahn of New York Daily News said that the Nuggets are starting to come to the realization that they can’t get what they want for Anthony and the Knicks don’t want to wait until the end of the year to sign Anthony with fear of losing him to the New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls. They believe that Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and Anthony would make them a playoff contender, but it would be very unlikely if their only true big man off the bench is Ronny Turiaf and Roger Mason and Bill Walker being the top guards off the bench.
Anthony, himself, said staying in Denver is still an option - but of course it probably isn’t one of his top options.
Before the game, coach George Karl said Chris ‘The Birdman’ Andersen should return from his injury Dec. 1 and Kenyon Martin should be healthy enough to play on Jan. 1.
Nuggets down Thunder
- Arron Afflalo had another monster game for the Nuggets, 22 points and hitting all seven of his free throws.
- JR Smith, should be nick named ‘Inconsistent’, after three straight drab performances Smith was lights out against the Thunder. He finished the contest with 21 points and hitting 5 of 10 treys. He also had seven boards and five assists. He also hit a pair of threes to beat the first quarter and third quarter buzzers.
- Anthony wasn’t bad himself, he had 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
- Chauncey Billups, who spent much of the first half finding his teammates got his jumper going in the second half and finished with 15 points and eight assists.
- Shelden Williams was solid, he had 11 points and eight rebounds.
- Ty Lawson scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
- Nene was pretty disappointing, scoring a mere nine points and only grabbing two rebounds. The Thunder are an ideal matchup that Nene should dominate.
- Renaldo Balkman continues to prove he deserves minutes, scoring 11 points in 20 minutes. He also had four rebounds and three assists.
- Eric Boateng seems to have the inside track to make the final roster spot on the Nuggets. He played key minutes throughout the game while Gary Forbes and Melvin Ely each saw limited action. While Boateng wasn’t steller (he did have three turnovers and five fouls), his defense and aggressiveness is catching the eyes of his teammates and his coaches.