Jan 19, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) holds the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) defends in the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns won 117-103. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets face Surprising Suns at Pepsi Center

The Denver Nuggets come off a much needed respite from NBA action due to the All Star break with a game at Pepsi Center against the Phoenix Suns who are one of the most surprising teams in the Western Conference this season.  The Suns come into the game at 30-21 on the season and tied for 2nd place in the Pacific Division with the Golden State Warriors.  The Suns are led by budding star, Goran Dragic who leads the team in scoring putting up 20.3 points per game, and in assists averaging 6.2 per game thus far.  Dragic doesn’t do it alone as youngster Miles Plumlee is coming into his own and leads the Suns in rebounding at a salty 8.5 per game.  The Suns lost their last game before the break but have been 6-4 in their last 10 and continue to hold off the Warriors in the Pacific.  They also find themselves only 5 games behind the Division leading L.A. Clippers in one of the better divisions in the NBA this year (except for the Lakers….).  The Nuggets come into the game licking their wounds as they completed the last 4 games before the break, and we all know what happened.  It was one of the ugliest road trips this team has endured since the “Bill Hanzlik Era”, or maybe the “Paul Westhead Era”  Either way, this team comes in licking some pretty deep and painful wounds from the last week before the break.  Things don’t get any easier for the Powder Blue Crew as they come into the game tonight against the Suns extremely shorthanded due to injuries and the suspension of Andre’ Miller.  The Nuggets will only suit up 9 players tonight as they will not get PG Ty Lawson back from injury just yet.  Jordan Hamilton will get the start in Lawson’s place and play the Shooting Guard tonight which moves Randy Foye over to Point Guard.  The situation has gotten so bad at Pepsi Center that Coach Brian Shaw had to lace up the sneakers yesterday so the team would have enough players to run 5 on 5.  This would be a nice win for a depleted Nuggets team but I think the most important thing to look for from them tonight is that they come back from the break with great energy and new outlook on the season and put that putrid road trip a long way in the rear view mirror.  Follow your Nuggets on Twitter @Nugg_Love

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