Apr 16, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye (4) during the second half at Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 116-112. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets finish off season with 116-112 loss to Warriors

The 2013-2014 Denver Nuggets season has mercifully come to an end.  The season finished up much as it had began with the Nuggets playing hard and undermanned but losing to a superior opponent, the Golden State Warriors, 116-112.  This game was a microcosm of the Nuggets season as they played with only 8 healthy bodies once again.  They were also playing on the second night of back to back games against playoff teams, and just didn’t have enough gas in the tank to finish a very impressive rally in the 2nd half.   The 6th seeded Warriors chose not to play their starters as Klay Thompson was the only starter that saw action in the game, playing only the first 8 minutes and notching 8 points for his efforts.  The Warriors bench was summoned to play big minutes in the contest as Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson rested his starters for their upcoming playoff series against the 3rd seeded LA Clippers.  The Nuggets had no answer for reserve forward Jordan Crawford as he went completely off the reservation with a career high 41 points against a bevy of Nuggets defenders.  Harrison Barnes got the start and poured in 30 points for the Warriors including shooting 3-5 from behind the 3 point arc.  One other problem the Nuggets ran into in this game was their only true point guard, Aaron Brooks, was ejected from the game with 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter thus pushing Randy Foye into the point guard position.  It didn’t hinder Foye’s production though as he finished the game with 32 points and 11 assists to lead the Nuggets charge back from a double digit deficit in the first half.  Kenneth Faried added 15 points and 13 rebounds to finish his hot streak to end the season.  Anthony Randolph chipped in with 19 points for the Powder Blue Crew but it wasn’t enough to beat the Warriors 2nd unit on this night.  In the interview session after the game, Head Coach Brian Shaw said, “I just told the guys that this is the last time that we want to end our season on the last game of the regular season”.   He added,  “I encouraged them to watch a lot of playoff basketball so that they can see the things that we didn’t do that allowed the teams that are going to continue on and play after today be the ones that are continuing to play.”  This contest was the final  game that will include long time Nuggets Trainer Jim Gillen.  He is retiring from the rigors of the NBA after 23 years as Nuggets Trainer.  He has not missed a single game or practice in his time in this position and many Nuggets employees and the crew on Altitude donned Gillen’s signature Argyle Sweater in honor of him.  The offseason will be very interesting for this team seeing which of the Nuggets injured players return to health for next year and what moves they make to strengthen their roster.  We will have much more on the Nuggets offseason activities right here @Nugg_Love so keep following us on Twitter and check this site for all your Nuggets information.

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