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Dissecting The Nuggets Losing Streak

The Denver Nuggets are in the midst of a dreadful five-game losing streak overall, as well as at home. To put it in contrast, it is the longest losing streak for the franchise since 2006 and the longest losing streak at home since 2003. Lets just say the Nuggets have played pretty poorly during their recent slide:  

  • The Nuggets have played five games in seven nights.
  • They are being outscored by 10.2 points during the streak.
  • They are averaged 94.2 points a contest.
  • They are averaging 15.8 turnovers.
  • They are shooting .265 from the 3-point line.
  • They are shooting .724 from the charity stripe.
  • Opponents are averaging 104.6 points.
  • Opponents are shooting .432 from behind the arc.
  • Opponents are shooting .49 from the field.
  • Opponents are averaging 28.4 points in the first quarter.
  • The Nuggets are being outscored by 2.8 points in the first quarter.
  • Opponents are averaging 28 points in the third quarter.
  • The Nuggets are being outscored by 4.8 points in the third quarter.
  • The Nuggets have played only a 1/2 game with their regular starting lineup.
  • They have had five different starting lineups.
  • They have had three different players start at shooting guard (Arron Afflalo, Julyan Stone, Rudy Fernandez).
  • They have had four different players start at center (Chris Andersen, Nene, Kosta Koufos, Timofey Mozgov).

WHO’S MISSING? 

  • Mozgov has missed 4 1/2 games due to a left ankle sprain.
  • Corey Brewer has missed 3 games due to the death of his father.
  • Danilo Gallinari has missed 2 1/2 games due to a left ankle sprain.
  • Afflalo has missed a game
  • Nene has missed a game

WHO GAVE THE NUGGETS FITS

  • LOS ANGELES LAKERS: Andrew Bynum had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
  • PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and nine rebounds
    BLAZERS:  Nicolas Batum went for a career high 33 points on nine 3-pointers. He hit 11 of 19 shots and made 8 of 11 from behind the arc.
  • HOUSTON ROCKETS: Luis Scola came into the game averaging 15.2 points and had 25 points and eight rebounds.
  • DALLAS MAVERICKS: Vince Carter, who is averaging 11 points, scored 17 points.
  • GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: Stephen Curry scored a season-high 36 points on six 3-pointers
    WARRIORS: Klay Thompson scored a career-best 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and made 3-4 from behind the arc.

The bottom line is the Nuggets aren’t dictating the game from the start, and it didn’t help when Andersen and Stone were in the starting lineup. Not to mention they aren’t rotating well on defense and are leaving very good shooters wide open for shots. Dorell Wright has hit 3-8 from behind the arc, Batum 9-14, Carter 3-7, Chase Budinger 4-7 and Kyle Lowry 5-6.

The Nuggets are also playing sloppy with the ball – as well as being very passive. The good news is the Nuggets at least showed fire in the Warriors game, Afflalo competed, while rookies Jordan Hamilton and Kenneth Faried showed signs of life as well. Nene has been solid in the last two games. But to get out of the slump the Nuggets need to start being aggressive, and it starts with Lawson who can create easy shots for his teammates and should be able to attack the basket at will. Hopefully a night off and a trip to Indiana will break the Nuggets slump.

Tags: Andrew Bynum Arron Afflalo Chris Andersen Corey Brewer Dallas Mavericks Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets George Karl Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets Jordan Hamilton Julyan Stone Kenneth Faried Klay Thompson Kosta Koufos LaMarcus Aldridge Luis Scola Nene Nicolas Batum Rudy Fernandez Stephen Curry Timofey Mozgov Ty Lawson Vince Carter

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