First and foremost, the city of Denver is already jamming like a Phish concert as six o’clock can not come soon enough. I expect the Pepsi Center to be on the verge of explosion when the lights go out for the players’ introductions and Marcus Camby being officially presented with the Defensive Player of the Year award by El Capitan David Stern is going to be the cherry on top.
Add in the fact that the Nuggets made the Spurs sweat, albeit for only a few minutes down the stretch, in game two and there is no question that Denver believes they can win this game and this series. I still like all the match-ups I have previously dissected, and I feel that as long as the Nuggets toss a few lay-ups in here and there. They are going to be just fine. Hell, look what happen to Mavericks when they entered the dragon’s lair, otherwise known as the Oracle Center in Golden State!
All kidding aside though, the two main aspects of this critical game three are going to be the shooting percentages for the Denver Nuggets and how many points they can limit the Spurs bench to in the scoring column. I phrase the bench aspect of the Nuggets agenda in such a fashion because it has become very apparent that George Karl is not going to be playing much of the Nuggets reserves because they have not been able to produce in games one or two. San Antonio’s second line has outscored the Nuggets back-ups, 66-13, while sometimes playing six deep off the pine, whereas the Nuggets only substitute the trio of Eduardo Najera, J.R. Smith, and Linas Kleiza.
Remember, Nuggets Nation, this has now become a five-game series with the Nuggets having three of the remaining five games at home. Tonight poses an opportunity to remain in the driver’s seat and put the Spurs into another must-win situation in game four. Time to squash the Spurs!