So this season has been a disappointing one for your Denver Nuggets. Injuries have piled up and have led to a depleted roster. Losses have come in bunches and for the first time in a decade, the team will miss the playoffs, and worse yet, finish with a record under .500. Amidst all this frustration, though, there are a few reasons to keep on watching and supporting the Nuggets for the rest of the season.
Four of the last five games are against playoff teams. That fact alone might not be reason enough to watch, but when you add in the Nuggets’ free and easy playing style down the stretch has meant exciting games and a few upsets. Young guns like Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller are getting some serious run and Kenneth Faried has been straight balling the last 25 or so games. While it is most likely just the guys having fun and playing with zero pressure, there is the chance that these last few games are an indicator of next year’s style of play early on.
Another reason to tune in to the Nuggets’ last games is the business of the NBA. This could be the last few chances you get to see Aaron Brooks, Jan Vesely, Darrell Arthur, or even Kenneth Faried or Javale McGee, depending on the direction the offseason goes. Yes, this team has been a disappointment, but these are the last few games these Denver Nuggets, as currently assembled, will play together. That’s worth a watch, isn’t it?
The last reason to watch has nothing to do with anything on the court… yet. The last reason to watch the final five games of the Nuggets season is to see who wins the race to a worse record between the Mile High Crew and the New York Knicks. Their records are so similar that they’ll probably finish with the same draft lottery adds as their hugely disappointing counterparts, it would be nice to finish a game up on Carmelo’s team. It’ll all come down to the Ping-Pong balls in the lottery and hopefully one of the Nuggets can get a surprisingly high pick, but in such a loaded draft, a couple of spots might not make that big of a difference. Maybe the league will fix the lottery for the Knicks again and mistakenly give Andrew Wiggins to the Denver Nuggets. I can dream.
If you decide to join me in watching these last few Nuggets games, congratulations, you’re a die-hard. If not, be sure to stay tuned for what promises to be one hell of an offseason. Or maybe that’s just me dreaming again.