Monday, March 6, 2006

Memphis Gets Handled By Denver With Ease

(FortCollins-CO) The Denver Nuggets jumped all over the Memphis Grizzlies like a hobo on a ham sandwich tonight. Denver won the jump ball and never looked back by bombarding the Grizzlies with pestering defense, clearing the defensive glass, and running them into the ground. The Nuggets 115-101 handily won the game. Both Andre Miller and Earl Boykins recorded double doubles in points and assists, and Carmelo scored a game high 35 points in 34 minutes. I like this potential playoff match-up. Memphis has yet to come to Pepsi Center and win. This loss makes them 0-14 in Denver.

The Denver Nuggets only allowed the Memphis Grizzlies 17 first quarter points and followed that defensive effort up by only allowing 23 in the second. They were comfortably in the lead going into half 57-40. Pau Gasol was frustrated all night long by Francisco Elson, Marcus Camby, and believe it or not, Rueben Patterson. Gasol would finish the game with only ten points and one rebound.

The reserves would extend the lead to nearly thirty points by the end of the third quarter and with the starters resting to start the fourth Memphis was led back to within fifteen with five minutes left in the game. One time Nugget Bobby Jackson and rookie high-flyer Hakim Warrick sparked the Grizzlies, but it was too little too late. Jackson would end the game with a team high 22 points while Hakim contributed 14 points in 18 minutes. These numbers may have indicated a defensive breakdown but with the game so far out of reach, and the starters waiting to finish it out, there was no need to panic. It was good for the starting five to sit and let the bench players log some minutes with the looming seven game eastern road trip starting later this week against Philadelphia.

Denver is starting to cash in on a consistent rhythm of playable personnel. Rueben Patterson is filling the void nicely at shooting guard, and is not taking away from Carmelo’s flow to the game. Having Reggie Evans coming off the bench and providing consistent rebounding and an interior presence is also catapulting the Nuggets. Adding Earl Boykins and Greg Buckner is just sprinkles on an already sweet situation. It is scary for would be opponents to think about the possibilities this team is capable of with a healthy Kenyon Martin in the starting line up soon

The momentum right now is heavily in the Nuggets favor. This is the first time all season long that they are five games above .500, and three of the next four road games are against teams with losing records. This road trip is going to be the defining chapter to the regular season for the Nuggets. If they can win five of the next seven games on this eastern odyssey they can look forward to being eight games above .500, and have a comfortable lead in the Northwest Division with only 14 games left in the regular season. Of these 14 games, eight are at home in Denver.

The regular season workload is laid out in front of you Denver. The path is clear. The objective is stated. Finish out this regular season strong, build on this budding chemistry, and get ready for the playoffs. The city of Denver is ready and waiting. Please Nuggets, don’t let us down.

6 comments:

nanananana said...

sparkle....now that is what is called a dominant game and what the nugg's are capable of but precision is what it takes to continue to get the job done. So what is it going to take to get them to it? Piss's me off!!! Great game though....thanks Dr Nugg and love that banner!!!!

Nugg Doctor said...

Nananana,

The key to the Nuggets prolonged success is going to be consistency. Right now the Nuggets are looking good and that is due to the consistency of the starters and the bench. We are all waiting for Kenyon to make his presence felt on a regular basis. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I hope that he is resting that knee for the playoffs. He is already shown this season that his knee is weak. The Nuggets can ill afford a part time schedule from Kmart this post season. All other things considered, I am still optimistic about the overall outlook on the Nuggets situation.

nanananana said...

your prognosis is weak, but understood. KMart does need to participate with enthusiasm and passion, as they all do. I am with you and pesimistically optimistic indeed, and want to feel more sure about them but at this point wondering if they can pull it out...come on Nugg's do it!!!

Nugg Doctor said...

Nananana,

Prognosis weak? All I can do is answer the questions you ask. Now I have a question for you. How can you be "pesimistically optimistic?" The previous statement is oxymoronical. Is that like secretly wishing for the Nuggets to lose while betting on them to win? I am completely confused by your last comment.

nanananana said...

testing you doc.
Pesimistically optimistic, want them to win but won't bet on it.

Nugg Doctor said...

nananana,

I hope I passed the test. I guess I understand now what you meant by pesimistically optimistic. Keep the faith Nananana, the Nuggets are going to surprise you and you want to be able to say you were with 'em all the way. Go nuggies, and thanks for your loyalty as a reader!