Monday, November 29, 2004

Anthony injured

From sports.yahoo.com:
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony sprained his right ankle after a hard fall in the third quarter Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.

Anthony was headed to the basket on a fast break when Bob Sura bear-hugged him and the two went tumbling out of bounds.

Anthony had to be helped to the locker room. X-rays were negative and his status is day to day.

Anthony had eight points when he left. He was replaced by Francisco Elson, who hit one of two free throws.

Although Anthony got about half his normal playing time, he still got 8 points 3 assists. It look slike MIller, Camby and Martin are going to have to step up inorder to fill up his presence. Heal fast Anthony and Lets get some wins Nuggets and make it 5-1!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Carmelo is ready to play!

From sports.yahoo.com:
Now Carmelo Anthony can concentrate entirely on basketball again. That means defenses all over the NBA better get focused, too.

Hours after prosecutors dropped a drug charge against him, Anthony scored 30 points to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the visiting Toronto Raptors 112-106 on Wednesday night.

``A little bit early in the season I was thinking about it, worrying about what they were going to do, but now I try to put basketball in the middle and work everything else around it,'' Anthony said.


The star forward was charged with possessing less than 1 ounce of marijuana on Oct. 15 after a bag with the drug was found in his backpack as the team waited to board a flight for a preseason game. A friend came forward and said the drugs were his, but the negative attention clearly affected Anthony early this season.

Not anymore.

After shooting 27 percent the first four games, Anthony has made 36 of 76 shots (47 percent) the past four, scoring at least 30 points twice. More importantly, he has been more aggressive, and the smile he flashed so often as a rookie last season has returned.

``Carmelo is active and not settling for jump shots,'' Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. ``He is taking balls to the hole and hitting the offensive glass, and those kinds of things are needed for him to be a complete scorer.''

In other games, it was: Detroit 93, Minnesota 85; Seattle 79, New Jersey 68; Orlando 107, Utah 92; Indiana 93, Atlanta 86; Washington 110, Boston 105 in overtime; Phoenix 95, New Orleans 84; Miami 113, Milwaukee 106; Memphis 101, Portland 82; Golden State 98, Chicago 85; and the Los Angeles Lakers 103, the Los Angeles Clippers 89.

Anthony also had a key block in the closing minutes and made all 16 free throws, including two with 5.6 seconds left to seal Denver's second win in three games since a 1-4 start.

Kenyon Martin added 24 points and 16 rebounds to give the Nuggets the electrifying 1-2 combination they were hoping for when Martin signed in the offseason.

Denver played without center Marcus Camby and power forward Nene due to hamstring injuries, and Martin did his best to make up for their absence with his usual aggressive play.

``People have been looking for that since the start of the season,'' Anthony said. ``We gave them what they want to see and hopefully we can carry it on to the next game and throughout the season.''

I hope that with his mind totally on basketball, he can play back up to his potential. It was clearly shown in the game against the Raptors, all we can do is just hope he can keep up the good work. Its good that he got out when he did, because who knows when we could be plagued with a serious injury. Luckily we have been limited to only Lenard this season. Lets pump it back up and hope that the drug charges can stay in the past!

Monday, November 08, 2004

Shimmering Pre-season wins, havn't come alive so far

From sports.yahoo.com
DENVER (AP) -- In an elevator with his entourage just after halftime, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was asked why he was leaving the Nuggets'
game so early. ``It's a bad show, man,'' he replied.
Bailey isn't the only one who thinks so.

The surprise of the NBA a year ago, the Denver Nuggets have been surprisingly bad this season. With a stagnant offense and not much more movement on defense, the Nuggets are 1-2 and hearing it from the hometown fans.
``We're just not playing, plain and simple,'' point guard Earl Boykins
said. The once-woeful Nuggets had a breakout season in 2003-04, finishing
43-39 to reach the playoffs for the first time in nine years. This from a team
that won 17 games the year before. The bar was raised even higher this season
because Denver added All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin and kept just about
everybody else.But the Nuggets were woeful in an 11-point loss at the Los
Angeles Lakers in the opener, eked out a sloppy victory against Minnesota on
Thursday, then were booed off their home court following Saturday's 106-82 loss
to Utah. And it doesn't get much easier. Next up is another game against the
Jazz, followed by Seattle, defending champion Detroit and a road game against
Sacramento. Making matters worse, the Nuggets lost shooting guard Voshon
Lenard for the season when he tore his Achilles' tendon against the Lakers.
Outside shooting was already a weak point.
Denver used DerMarr Johnson as Lenard's replacement against the Timberwolves, but he wasn't much of a factor, managing two points in 15 minutes. The Nuggets switched to defensive-minded Greg Buckner against the Jazz and had similar results from him -- four points in 17 minutes. With no one hitting shots from the perimeter for the Nuggets, opponents have been able to pack the paint against the Nuggets.
One of the league's top-5 scoring teams a year ago, the Nuggets rank 27th at 84.6 points a game -- 13 fewer than last year. Denver also has failed to shoot 40 percent in all three games and is at 37.3 for the season, third-worst in the league. ``We've abandoned everything we worked on in the preseason in terms of sharing and moving and playing together as a team with energy,'' coach Jeff Bzdelik said. Part of the problem is that the Nuggets have had a hard time getting into their offense, standing around until someone is forced to create something one-on one. Denver also hasn't been able to get out and run, a strong point last season, when it averaged 19 fast-break points. The Nuggets scored 28 against Minnesota but managed just 17 combined in the two losses.
``Everyone understands this team is built to run, it's built to move,''
general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said. ``It's a matter of 'OK, how do we get guys
do that?'''
Playing better defense might help.
The Nuggets are allowing
95 points per game and opponents are shooting 46 percent against them, providing
little chance to push the pace. After all, it's not easy to run when you're
pulling the ball out of the net so often.
``It should be a very good
defensive team, a very good defensive rebounding team and a great running
team,'' Vandeweghe said. ``We've done it at times, just not enough.''
Then
there's Carmelo Anthony.
Last year's rookie sensation didn't play much in
the Olympics, was involved in a scuffle at a bar and was ticketed for having
marijuana in his backpack while boarding the team's plane during the preseason.
It hasn't gotten much better now that the season has started
After
moving without the ball so well in the preseason, Anthony has been mostly
stationary so far, lingering around the wings and forcing long jumpers.
Most
have missed.
Anthony is averaging 15.3 points, but he's shooting just 25
percent -- 1-of-9 on 3-pointers. The star was even benched to start the second
half against the Jazz, sitting there most of the third quarter before finishing
off a 3-for-20 night.
``There's so much pressure on him to succeed that it's
getting to him,'' Martin said. ``He needs to relax. He played so well last year
that if he plays bad you guys go write stuff about him. The game doesn't change,
he just needs to relax.''
With a great high-scoring run of preseason games, it is a shame we have gotten off to such a slow start. The fact of the matter is that we just need to kick it into a higher gear. The game against Utah was sloppy going both ways and the mistakes piled up. They were holding our offense and crushing our defense. Carmelo Anthony had nothing going for him that game. They held him to 15% shooting. Earl Boykins played well but it wasn't close to enough to make up 24 points. I guess we have to hope for a better performance. GO Nuggets!

Monday, November 01, 2004

Nuggets Win; Pacers Lose Miller

From NBA.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 29 (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets played without Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby and Kenyon Martin in Friday's preseason finale.

The Indiana Pacers may be without Reggie Miller for much longer.The Indiana Pacers' veteran shooting guard suffered a broken bone in his left hand in the first quarter of a 98-79 loss to the Nuggets.

Miller, who is entering his 18th season with the club, was injured while running through a screen. The team did not immediately disclose how long Miller would be sidelined.

Without three of their top players, the Nuggets concluded a 7-1 preason. They open the regular season at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Led by NenĂª, who scored 17 points, the Nuggets had six players score in double figures. Rodney White added 16, Greg Buckner had 12 and Francisco Elson, Earl Boykins and DerMarr Johnson chipped in with 10 apiece.

Ron Artest scored 24 points and Stephen Jackson added 17 off the bench for Indiana (6-2), which opens the regular season at Cleveland on Wednesday.