Feb 11, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) shoots the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (40) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets face 19-36 Kings at Pepsi Center

The Denver Nuggets come off of one of their most dissapoining losses of the year, a 117-89 drubbing at the hands of the Bulls in Chicago on Friday night, and take on the Hapless Sacramento Kings at 6:00 P.M. tonight at Pepsi Center.  The Nuggets were so bad in the game against the Bulls that Head Coach Brian Shaw had his first public meltdown after the game stating “We’re going to play the guys who put out the effort and act like Professionals and go out and earn their paycheck.”  Shaw was responding to the team’s apparent lack of effort recently especially Friday Night against the Bulls.  It will be interesting to see who gets the bulk of the minutes tonight as that will show who Shaw thinks is being “Professional” and”earning their paycheck”.  The Nuggets will likely still be without Point Guard Ty Lawson who is listed as doubtful for this game.  Darrell Arthur, who was injured in the Bulls game is listed as questionable for tonight’s contest as well.  The Nuggets come into the game a dissappointing 25-29 on the season in 11th place and 7 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  The Sacramento Kings currently hold the worst record in the Western Conference at 19-36 but are led by one of the NBA’s up and coming young stars in DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins leads the Kings in 5 statistical categories including Scoring at 22.3 per game, Rebounds and at 11.6 per contest while shooting 48.3% from the field.  He also holds the team lead in Steals and Blocked shots for the Kings.  Point Guard Isaiah Thomas has also been a bright spot for the lowly Kings as he averages 6.4 assists per game and is considered one of the rising young players at his position in the league.  The Kings come into the game tonight on the second game of back to backs as they beat the Celtics 105-98 in Sacramento last night.  This bodes well for the Nuggets if they can muster the energy that Coach Shaw is talking about.  The Nuggets are 51-8 since 2009 in games against teams on the second of back to backs at home.  Let’s hope they find the energy and cohesion as a team tonight and bring it in waves against the overmatched King and extend their success in that category.  I think after Shaw’s public, and most likely, private meltdown, after the Bulls game that the message gets across to his players and the Nuggets come away with a win.  My take is they will show up tonight against an inferior opponent and come away with a 106-96 win.  Follow your Nuggets on Twitter @Nugg_Love.

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