Nuggets Update – Week of March 3rd
The Denver Nuggets continued to struggle last week, losing all three of
their contests. Two of their losses came at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, and while Denver played Portland tough
in both of those games it always hurts to lose twice to a team in such a small time frame. In the first match-up with the
Blazers, the Nuggets entered the fourth quarter with a significant deficit that they nearly erased, ultimately falling by
a score of 100-95. Denver forward JJ Hickson was a beast on the boards in this game, pulling down a monstrous 25 rebounds,
but struggled in his shooting from the field (6 of 16). Randy Foye continued his solid play filling it at the point for injured
Ty Lawson, but it was not quite enough to push the Nuggets over the top. Portland got 31 points, seven rebounds and nine assists
from a red-hot Damian Lillard, who is been playing out of his mind as of late.
The second contest in which Denver faced
Portland last week saw the return of Blazers star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge was solid in his return from an injury,
notching 16 points and seven boards, but this Portland win came as a result of stellar play all around from the Blazers. Nine
players scored at least seven points for Portland in this one, and the bench played very well in the contest. Denver saw six
players score in double figures, but it was not enough as the Blazers edged them out by a score of 102-96 despite the Nuggets
again winning the fourth quarter. The good news for Denver is that they'll have star point guard Ty Lawson back in the lineup
going forward. It's clear that they're a much different and better team when the UNC product is one the floor.
Update – Week of February 17th
The Denver Nuggets are on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western
Conference playoffs right now, and the team is looking to make a move for one of the final spots in the postseason. The team
is hoping to get back point guard Ty Lawson from a rib injury as soon as possible, as he is the best player on this Denver
team, and as the cog that makes this offense go his presence is certainly missed. The Nuggets headed into the All-Star break
with a string of four consecutive losses, the last one coming at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Denver was abused
by Minnesota power forward Kevin Love, who narrowly missed out on a triple-double when he posted 32 points, 11 rebounds and
eight assists in the contest. Love is one of the premier big men in the game and perhaps the craftiest rebounder in the National
Basketball Association right now. Denver's Jordan Hamilton was a bright spot for the Nuggets in this one, as he dropped 16
points, six rebounds and seven assists off the bench. Hamilton is a young player with considerable promise that could see
more run in the second half of the season for Denver.
The Nuggets came out of the All-Star break and hosted the Phoenix
Suns. Denver hung tough in this one, forcing overtime, but ultimately Phoenix came out on top. The Suns have been one of the
NBA's biggest surprise teams in 2013-14, and they look like they might have enough staying power to reach the postseason on
the competitive Western Conference. Phoenix's Gerald Green was unstoppable in this particular contest, as he dropped a game-high
36 points on Denver. Denver forward Kenneth Faried had himself a game in this one, notching 21 points, 10 boards and three
steals, but it wasn't enough to propel the Nuggets to victory.
Nuggets Update – Week of February 10th
Denver Nuggets are still trying to find their way this season, and they continued to show their inconsistency this past week.
The Nuggets started the week out with a bang by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the best teams in the Western Conference,
at home by a one-point margin. Los Angeles was without star point guard Chris Paul, but that does not diminish the value on
this victory. Forward Kenneth Faried led Denver in scoring in this contest, posting 28 points on an ultra-efficient 11 of
13 shooting from the floor. Faried also added 11 rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks to round out his night. Point
guard Ty Lawson posted 27 points in the game as he continued what has been a great season for the former North Carolina Tar
Heel. This game came down to the wire, with Clippers forward Blake Griffin keeping his team in it with 36 points on the night,
but the Nuggets were able to sink the Clippers thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer courtesy of Randy Foye. This was one
of the most exciting finishes of the season for Denver, as well as a huge momentum win.
However, just when it looked
like things were on the upswing for this Nuggets team, disaster struck. Lawson went down with a broken rib against the Detroit
Pistons and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break. Without Lawson, the Nuggets were unable to prevail against
a struggling Pistons team that has since fired their head coach. Randy Foye and Wilson Chandler both scoring at least 20 points
in the game, but the Denver defense was nowhere to be found as the Pistons racked up a staggering 126 points on the night.
Detroit point guard Brandon Jennings led the way for the Pistons with 35 points and 12 assists. Going forward, the Nuggets
will have to figure out a way to play well without their best player as Lawson gets healthy.
The Denver Nuggets
- Schedule in 2013-14
The Denver Nuggets will be mining for victories all season long as they face off with some of
the best teams in the league at the Pepsi Center in 2013-14. The Nuggets have a solid overall roster that features one of
the deepest collections of talent in the National Basketball Association. The Nuggets have their sights set on yet another
playoff run this season, but they're going to have to play consistent basketball throughout the long 82-game season to pull
that off. The Nuggets play in the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the NBA, a division that features some of
the best teams in the league. The Nuggets were able to finish second in the division last season, notching a 57-25 record
on their way to the third seed in the conference's playoffs. The Nuggets have experienced some significant changes in the
off-season, though, most notably at the head coaching position. Brian Shaw is now at the helm of this team. Fans might see
some changes in style of play and philosophy on the court, but the fact remains that the Nuggets have a plethora of good players
ready to tear things up on the hardwood. Denver will look for point guard Ty Lawson to lead this team, something that the
speedy Lawson is certainly capable of. This should be another good season for the Nuggets, but they've got to play well when
the toughest match-ups arise on their home schedule. That's why it would benefit to have their fans flock to the Pepsi Center
for the biggest games of the season in order to support the team.
The Nuggets will definitely have any and all match-ups
with the Oklahoma City Thunder circled on their calendars this season. The Thunder won the division title last season and
look like the favorite to do so yet again in 2013-14. The Thunder made it to the NBA Finals just two seasons ago, and they
appear to be a legitimate title contender again this time around. If the Nuggets are going to unseat OKC as the top team in
the Northwest, then they're going to have to defeat them at the Pepsi Center multiple times this season. That is easier said
than done, but the first order of business for the Nuggets will be to try to slow down offensive maven Kevin Durant. Durant
can score from just about anywhere on the court, but he's also a facilitator on offense and a good rebounder. Durant really
has no weakness in his game, so Denver will have to throw their entire game plan at him. If Denver can emerge victorious from
some of the match-ups with OKC at the Pepsi Center this season, it would go a long way in the divisional race.
team that the Nuggets have to worry about is the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers were a mediocre team in 2012-13, but
things have changed this season. The Blazers appear to be a real threat in the Northwest Division in 2013-14, thanks largely
in part to the season that LaMarcus Aldridge is putting together. Aldridge has become a double-double machine and a guy capable
of posting 30 points on any given night. He is flanked by emerging star guard Damian Lillard, who was voted as the Rookie
of the Year last season. These two star players have a nice third option with them in Nicolas Batum, an elite defender capable
of knocking down threes and having some big games when needed. The Nuggets are going to have to take down the Blazers more
often than not at home this season to get a good hold on at least the second spot in the divisional ranks.
The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball organization that is a part of the National Basketball Association.
The Nuggets play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference, and battle it out with the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah
Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder for the division title each and every season. The Nuggets had a very
solid 2012-13 season, but made a coaching change in the off-season, bringing in longtime Lakers assistant Brian Shaw. Shaw
is going to try to get this team over the hump this season, looking to bolster them to the upper echelon of the Western Conference.
The Nuggets have a star player in point guard Ty Lawson, a small but speedy spark plug that has emerged as one of the best
players in the league as his position. The show starts with Lawson, but he needs his supporting cast to step up and make this
team a legitimate contender in the Western Conference.
NBA basketball is incredibly exciting
to watch, especially if you're right there in the arena come tip off. While watching the game on TV can be fun, it pales in
comparison to the experience of seeing the best athletes in the world showcase their skills in person. The roar of the crowd
will show the excitement in the air, and you'll find yourself seeing why so many sports fans head out to arenas all over the
country to see NBA action in person.
Where did current Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson attend
The answer is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Denver Nuggets
are a franchise of the National Basketball Association, where basketball's elite come together to compete for the NBA Championship.
The Nuggets were founded in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association before joining the NBA as a part of the
ABA-NBA merger in 1976. The Nuggets have never been to the NBA Finals, though they're looking to change that fact this season
as they hit the court for another year of great hoops action.
Fans of the Denver Nuggets love
to get out to the Pepsi Center to be a part of a game. A lot can be gained from having a great home-court advantage, and it's
evident that Denver fans are well aware of this. Join them in the stands to cheer on the Nuggets this season.