The Denver Nuggets went from a team that couldn’t find the basket in Monday’s loss to the New Orleans Hornets to a squad that couldn’t defend in Wednesday’s shootout with the New Jersey Nets.
Lets hope that the real Nuggets are somewhere in between.
The Nets shot over .518 from the field, hit 20 of 35 treys and scored a season-best 115 points. This has become a common theme with the Nuggets, who after a week of locking down their opponents have allowed its previous three foes to shoot over .50 percent from the field. The Nuggets have also been struggling with their turnovers during that stretch, averaging nearly 17 turnovers a contest.
Not helping matters is the Nuggets top two players, Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari are hobbled. Lawson missed Wednesday’s game with a sprained foot, while Gallinari didn’t finish the contest after spraining his ankle in the second half.
And to make matters even worst is Denver gets to play host to the Miami Heat, who have dropped their previous two games in overtime.
- Corey Brewer, who was traded to the Nuggets from the Dallas Mavericks, was once again a bright spark for the Nuggets, he scored 17 of his 19 points in the second quarter and showed energy on both sides of the ball. Brewer hit a couple of big treys and played frustrating defense on Deron Williams.
- Rudy Fernandez, who also was dealt to the Nuggets with Brewer, was once again huge for the Nuggets. He scored 15 points and had eight assists, but his defense and smart decision-making helped the Nuggets hold off the hot-shooting Nets.
- Gallinari continued his recent success on offense. ‘Gallo’ had his fifth 20-point game of the season and fifth in seven games.
- Chris Andersen answered some recent criticism and stepped up big time Wednesday night. His defense led to easy fast breaks and helped Denver end the first quarter on a 12-0 run. Andersen finished the contest with nine points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks and steals.
- Andre Miller stepped in for the injured Lawson and had a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists, overcoming his most recent struggles.
- Nene is still rusty and it showed on Wednesday. He had six turnovers, some coming off really errant passes and missed 3 of 4 free throws. He did have nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks, but still needs to show more aggression on the offensive side of the ball.