.356%, that was what the Denver Nuggets shot from the field Thursday night in Portland in a 90-83 losing effort to the Trail Blazers.
And it wasn’t like all the Nuggets shot bad. Carmelo Anthony, Ty Lawson, Nene, Chauncey Billups and Arron Afflalo combined to shoot 13 of 40 from the field. In fact, JR Smith (shockingly) had the best game for the Nuggets. He shot 4-of-7 from the field and made one of two treys for nine points in 12 minutes.
Anthony may have been trying to force the Nuggets hand to trade him, he missed 17 of 23 shots, but still attempted eight free throws (making seven of them). However, he did grab seven boards and had three steals.
- Shelden Williams was solid, but wasn’t spectacular. He had eight points and six rebounds in the loss.
- Nene played sparingly in order to keep him healthy with the Nuggets lack of frountcourt depth, only eight early minutes and had four points and two rebounds.
- Chauncey Billups made only 1 of 7 shots and finished the game with six points, three rebounds and four assists. He missed all five of his treys, but made all four of his free throws.
- With Eric Boateng being waived on Wednesday, most likely means that veteran big man Melvin Ely will make the Nuggets final roster. Ely was solid in the loss with seven boards, a block and a steal, but he also had three turnovers and three personal fouls.
- Gary Forbes may have made the roster as well, he showed his versatility in the contest with six points, three rebounds and two assists. Forbes would be a good addition at the end of the bench for the Nuggets.
Sources coming out of the woodwork
You know it is a desperate nature when media outlets start using Bleacher Report as real journalism. But that is what seems to be happening. The article actually makes sense with a proposed trade featured around Melo to New York and the Nuggets getting Anderson Varajeo. But the sources don’t end there. Within the last two days, a source has said Melo would only play with the Knicks. However, that same day another refuted it and said he would play for the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets and New York. A source said the Nuggets would trade Melo with the main importance was financial flexibility (which the Nuggets would have if they let Anthony leave as a free agent) . However, another said the Nuggets were interested in getting Gerald Wallace, Andre Iguodala or Andrei Kirilenko in return. It is getting so ridiculous that it is hard to believe what any source says and fans should wait until Anthony requests a trade before jumping to conclusion.
The Nuggets made a step ahead Thursday by making the non-braining move of extending Lawson’s contract.