Thursday, April 17, 2008
First Time Since 1988
(Boulder-CO) The Denver Nuggets beat the Grizzlies didn't change anything in the Western Conference's playoff landscape, but for the city of Denver, the Nuggets, and their fans beating the Memphis Grizzlies for the franchise's fist 50-win season in 20 years is a big deal.
Denver defeated Memphis, 120-111, with a balanced team attack consisting of seven double figure scoring efforts with all twelve suited players scoring. Allen Iverson led the way with 21 points in a quick 20 minutes and 'Melo, fresh of of Monday's DUI charge, scored 17 points in 21 minutes.
But, to no thanks of the New Orleans Hornets who could have beaten the Mavericks and bumped the Nuggets up to the seventh seed, the Nuggets will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1-8 match-up this weekend. The same Lakers that swept the Nuggets during the regular season 3-0.
I'll have Playoff Previews for each game and will be teaming up with other Lakers blogs to comprehensively cover the series. For now, Nuggets Nation, take today and Friday to bask in the warmth of 50 wins. It's the first time the Nuggets have hit that many wins since 1988 for crying out loud! I was six. Fat Lever and Micheal Adams were my favorite players. Good times.