Friday, December 22, 2006

What Did You Expect, This?

(Boulder-CO) Ok, so I thought the Nuggets would win. What do you want from me? I didn’t know Camby broke his finger/hand. So, here come the excuses: Yakhouba shot dreadfully, DerMarr wasn’t much better, the Nuggets missed 14 free-throws and missed 23 three-pointers. At least I was there, right? Thanks again, Matty for the memory and the lift downtown! Denver lost to Sac-town 101-96.

The Nuggets saw the dawn of a new era with about three minutes left in the first quarter. Allen Iverson played the remaining 39 minutes of the game, posting a double-double of 22 points, ten dimes, and two rebounds. Not bad numbers, but what I was watching for was his demeanor on the court. That demeanor tonight was one that was putting his teammates first, (he could have hoisted a lot more shots, and probably should have), and if Nene didn’t have his feet in wet concrete and Yak could have hit a three. He could have finished with about 15 assists on the night. Oh well, it was still a nice showing despite the loss.

Now this is where it gets ugly, Nuggets fans and I am sorry I have to do this. If you have small children near the screen I strongly urge you to shoo them away, or continuing reading this after they have left the room…

Yakhouba Diawara was absolutely regretful shooting the ball and finished the night 3-15 from the field and 0-7 from deep. You would have thought that he might have utilized a head fake and tried to attack the rim, but for some reason he just kept throwing brick, after brick, after brick. Much to my antagonization and dismay. I am a big fan of the Yak, but tonight he was a dredge that just wouldn’t stop digging this team into a hole!

Earl Boykins, despite being the team’s high-scorer, was also el stinko from trey-land. The Mightiest Micro was 2-7 from downtown, 8-23 overall, and finished with 25 points and nine assists. I mention these ugly numbers from beyond the arch because Sac-town was rooted in a zone, and until the Nugget proved they could hit the long ball, were not coming out of it for any reason. They were content letting the Nuggets shoot themselves out of this one, and that is exactly what they did. From the free-throw line, from down town, and overall this was one game that just needed a few more minutes of shoot-around prior to. Denver finished 36-97 from the field, 7-30 from three, and 17-31 from the charity stripe. Ouch!

Denver was also out rebounded (51-48), out passed (28-23), and out blocked (7-6). The loss drops Denver to 14-10 overall, and the good news out of all of this is Utah lost to Charlotte tonight 101-89. So, the Nuggets stay 3 ½ games behind the Jazz for the division lead.

The Nuggs were missing exactly 60 points in average scoring tonight when you total the missing components (Melo, Camby, and Smith) into account. This loss sucks, but what can you do? AI’s debut is a loss, but it’s still better than not having the Answer!

6 comments:

Travis said...

Seeing Iverson playing for the Nuggets was giving me goosebumps. Once we have Melo, Camby, and JR back on this team we are going to be nasty... real nasty...

That being said, out of all the dismal performances you mentioned, I am most upset with Nene. He was absolutely terrible to watch: couldn't make an open basket in the paint, was wheezing on every run up the court, and got beat on countless plays underneath. Remind me again why we're paying this obese Brazilian $60 million?!?!?

At least we have IVERSON though, I'm really excited...

Knepster said...

I agree, Nene was terrible. So frustrating, and we really missed Camby inside. But it was great to be at the game and see Iverson. I guess I understand why he didn't start, but I thought it was sort of anti-climactic that he couldn't be introduced at the beginning. I also think Iverson was almost trying too hard to defer to the rest of the team. I can't believe I'm saying this about Allen Iverson, but he should have shot more.

Nugg Doctor said...

travis,

I have no concrete reasoning why the Nuggets are paying Nene a grand total of 60 Million dollars right now. He looked sloppy tonight, and had his lunch served down low. There was one time especially when he should of dunked the rock, but instead got it rejected in his face. I was really at ends with the Brazilian tonight.

Here is a concept I ran by my friend that he seemed to like. I would put a hold on Nene's pay until he lost twenty pounds. He would still get all his money, but only when he stopped tipping the scales over. Ten, maybe even twenty games, but I will tell you this damn much... He would lay off the buffet and be in shape when he went to the bank to cash those massive checks!!

What the hell do I know?

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor

mutoni said...

that yakoubha (sp?) kid cost you guys the game. oh and the fact that you played no defense. this team is going to win a LOT of games once the other guys return, but their lack of defense is going to cost them dearly in the playoffs.

Nugg Doctor said...

No question about it Mutoni, you hit the nail right on the head. Sometimes I do not understand what type of rotation the Nuggets are trying to employ, but what they doing is certainly going to get them bounced early if they don't straighten it out.

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor

Geerten said...

I ain't seen any footage of the game except the flicks on NBA.com. I hope I'll get to see the whole game, but until that moment I can't really judge about Denver's performance last friday.

But I still think we should give the team some credit. I mean... compare friday's starting lineup to the one used on their opening night. We were without EVERY SINGLE UNIT of that starting lineup. Kenyon: injured. Carmelo and JR: you know what... Camby: game-time injury. Miller: traded and his replacement just got there 60-somewhat minutes earlier... The guys who played aren't used to rackin' up that kinda minutes. We need to stay supportive! They're out there workin' their butts off, they'll grow...

I think the Nuggets will have a rough time the next couple of games, but the they have the brightest short-term future of any team in any sports anywhere on any planet!