Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Question Time

A new debate has aroused my thoughts, a debate that will probably continue for ages to come. The question being; who is better Shaquille O’Neal or Wilt Chamberlin?

Now before anyone decides to answer this question, one should take time to think about it. To think about all the factors that comes into play, and consider it was two different eras and two different styles.

What do you all think?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

2004-05 REGULAR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Greg Buckner

- from the official site of the Denver Nuggets

Played in 70 games, starting 41 times … Averaged 6.2 ppg, tying his career-best (also in ’00-01) … Also averaged 3.0 rpg, a career-high 1.9 apg and 1.07 spg in 21.7 minutes … Ranked 17th in the NBA in steals per 48 minutes (2.37) … Shot a career-best .528 (160-303) from the field and a career-high .405 (49-121) from three-point range … Ended the season making 21 of his last 43 (.488) … Made 49 treys after making 44 in his first five seasons combined … Scored in double figures 15 times with one game of 20+ … Led the Nuggets in scoring once … Had a season-high four steals five times … Tied a career high with six assists (third time) vs. Atlanta on 3/1 … Missed 12 games due to injury: five due to a 3rd metacarpal fracture in his right hand (4/2-4/6; 4/13-4/15), two (2/16-2/23) due to a left foot strain and five due to a right groin strain (12/31-1/9) … Enjoyed his best month in March, averaging 7.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.79 spg in 14 contests … Scored 12 points in a season-high 43 minutes vs. Phoenix on 12/20 … Scored a career-high 28 points (10-13 FG, 2-4 3FG, 6-8 FT), grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and collected four steals in 32 minutes vs. Dallas on 11/21 … Previous high was 25 vs. Boston on 3/18/00 … Field goals made were a career high, while field goal and free-throw attempts tied career bests.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Kenyon Martin Recap

Now that we are in the off-season, it’s a good time to take a look back on the positive things of our season. One of these positive notes would be Kenyon Martin. Martin came to the NBA after the 2000 draft where he was the first overall choice by the New Jersey Nets. He played with the Nets for four seasons before moving to the Denver Nuggets.

During the regular season, Martin was able to average 15.5 ppg, with 7.3 rpg, and 1.43 spg. Martin participated in all 5 of Denver’s Playoff games and averaged 12.4 ppg in postseason.

Martin put in his career-high 27 points in a game against the New York Knicks on February 1st.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Marcus Camby

Respected recently by being named one of the top NBA defenders, Marcus Camby has been an extremely prolific center for the Denver Nuggets. They have not had anyone named from this position since Dikembe Mutombo.

Camby was able to average 10.3 ppg with an average of 10 rebounding and 2.3 assists. One of Camby’s most prolific games was against the San Antonio Spurs on April 30th, where he made 14 defensive rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 blocks.

Camby has been with the Nuggets since 2002 when he came over from New York.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Kenyon Martin

- from the official site of the Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. Dr. Steve Traina, the Nuggets team physician, performed the surgery.

Martin will begin rehabilitation in 10 days to two weeks. His prognosis is excellent for next season.

Martin appeared in 70 games for the Nuggets this past season, averaging 15.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.43 spg and 1.11 bpg.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Camby Named One of NBA's Top Defenders

- from the official site of the Denver Nuggets

Nuggets center Marcus Camby was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2004-05 regular season. Camby becomes the first Nuggets player since Dikembe Mutombo to be recognized by the league for defense.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Season End

After winning one and losing the four thereafter, it’s officially time for the Denver Nuggets to hang up the reins and watch the San Antonio Spurs advance. The Spurs will be taking on the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round, which should begin fairly soon. The final game of the series (Game 5) ended with a score of 99-89.

"We played a great team. We shook them in game one, but then they shook off the rust and got better after that. We had two games in Denver which were crucial to us, and we didn't get either one of them."
- George Karl

Monday, May 02, 2005

2-1

- from FOXSports.com

San Antonio led by nine at the half, but had to stave off a late Nuggets' rally to take an 86-78 win in Game 3 and a 2-1 series lead on Saturday. The story of the game was the Spurs' bench, which scored 53 of their 86 points. Manu Ginobili connected on 10-of-21 shots for a game-high 32 points. Denver will try to even the series at 2-2 in Game 4 on Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Game 1

- from the official site of the Denver Nuggets

Denver relied on tough defense, timely rebounding and clutch shooting to pull away from San Antonio in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 93-87 Game 1 win. The visiting Nuggets, who got 31 points from Andre Miller, allowed only one field goal in the game's final 10 minutes and forced San Antonio to miss 17 straight shots. The loss is just the Spurs' fourth at home this season. Game 2 will be in San Antonio on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TNT).

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Suns Smokin’

The Phoenix Suns have been starting a streak. Taking the fifth victory for the streak over the Nuggets, the Suns have officially tied up a record that they have not hit since the 1992-93 season (62-20). The Suns have clinched their record as the top for the Western Conference.

The Nuggets are seated in the seventh seed. This puts them as competitors to San Antonio in the first round. The Spurs are a very well-rounded team and will most likely eliminate the Nuggets during this round.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Nuggets/Rockets Preview

- from FOXSports.com

Denver is on runs of 10-0 straight-up and 8-1-1 versus the spread following last night's 111-102 home triumph against Memphis. The Nuggets are 19-2-1 against the number in their last 22 games.

Denver has covered three of its last four versus the Rockets.

The Nuggets have gone over in four straight overall and in five of its last six in this series.

Houston has won and covered four straight with Wednesday's 100-92 home victory over the Grizzlies.

The Rockets are on a 9-4 spread run overall, but are just 1-3-1 against the number in their last five at home versus Denver.

Houston has stayed under in 24 of its last 37 home games.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The 6th Seed

- from FOXSports.com

No race may be more important than the race for sixth in the West between the Nuggets and Rockets. The sixth seed gets the Sonics in the first round, the seventh is likely to get the Spurs. The way the Sonics are limping to the finish line, facing them in the first round would be far less of a challenge than dealing with the Spurs. The matter could be settled on the court because the Rockets play host to the Nuggets on Saturday night. With the season series tied 1-1, the game essentially is worth two games in the standings. If the teams end up with the same record at the end of the season, the winner of Saturday's game will be the higher seed.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Streakin

The Denver Nuggets have hit a little bit of a hot spot. The team has rallied together to put in a five game winning streak. Mainly, every team has clinched their spot in the lineup. The setup of the games has been initially posted, with openings for the possibility of change.

With a record of 9-1 in the last 10 games, Denver proves that they are still fighting. The Nuggets begin their battle anew from the 7th spot, with Minnesota trying to advance to the 8th spot. Can we do it? Can we go all the way?

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

George Karl

- from the official site of the Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for March, the NBA announced today. Karl also earned Western Conference Coach of the Month honors for February.

Karl led the Nuggets to a 12-2 record in March – the second-best record for a month in team history. In 1981-82, the Nuggets went 13-2 in March. The Nuggets went 9-1 at home and 3-1 on the road. They posted their first winning road record in a month since April 1995.

The Nuggets had the best record in the NBA in March and put together winning streaks of five and six games. They outscored their opponents, 109.2 ppg to 96.8 ppg. They shot .493 from the field, while holding the opposition to .431. To close out the month, the Nuggets averaged 117.1 ppg on .532 shooting from the field over their last seven games.

This is the ninth time Karl has earned Coach of the Month honors, tying Pat Riley and Phil Jackson for the most in NBA history. Last month, he became the first coach in league history to win Coach of the Month honors with five different teams (Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee and Denver).

Nuggetin

The Denver Nuggets are tightly holding on to their eighth spot in the Playoff run. With a record of 38-31, the Nuggets are only about a game and a half below the Memphis Grizzlies. Although this is true, they are also being very closely trailed by Minnesota. In their last 10 games, the Nuggets have brought about 8 wins. They are fighting as hard as they can to move up and not lose their spot.

The Nuggets six-game winning streak was torn away due to hosting the Phoenix Suns. The Suns, who have long clinched their Playoff berth, are currently 53-17. The ending score of the game was 123-114.

"We had the game, then Joe Johnson was like the quiet assassin out there. He had like nine straight points and put his team on his back tonight."
- Carmelo Anthony

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Nuggets/Wizards Preview

- from FOXSports.com


STANDINGS (through March 20): Wizards - 2nd place, 14 GB, Southeast Division. Nuggets - 2nd place, 10 GB, Northwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Wizards - F Jared Jeffries, F Laron Profit, C Brendan Haywood, G Larry Hughes, G Arenas. Nuggets - F Kenyon Martin, F Carmelo Anthony, C Marcus Camby, G DerMarr Johnson, G Miller.

TEAM LEADERS: Wizards - Arenas, 25.4 ppg and 5.3 apg; Jamison, 7.8 rpg. Nuggets - Anthony, 20.0 ppg; Camby, 10.1 rpg; Miller, 6.4 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Nuggets, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 8; Nuggets, 111-105. At Washington, Miller scored a season-high 34 points and Anthony added 23 as the Nuggets beat the Wizards for the fourth straight time. Arenas and Jamison combined for 55 points for Washington.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Wizards - 12-19 on the road; Nuggets - 22-10 at home.

INJURIES: Wizards - F Jamison (knee); F Jarvis Hayes (knee); C Peter Ramos (foot). Nuggets - G Luis Flores (hamstring); G Voshon Lenard (Achilles').

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Phoenix Back in Action

A few days after suffering their worst defeat of the season, the Phoenix Suns rose up and showed what they were truly made of. Just recently, Phoenix took a crushing blow from Houston losing 127-107 after holding a 17 point lead.

Now in this game, Phoenix beat Denver 106-101. After playing rather shaky throughout the first half, the Suns picked it up in the second and showed what the team was truly made of.

"A win is a win is a win. It wasn't pretty, but it's always good to get a win on the road. In the first half we didn't play well defensively. We picked it up in the second half and we got a win against a team that has been playing good."
- Suns coach Mike D'Antoni

The Phoenix Suns are currently 2nd in the Western Conference Standings. The Suns are second to the Spurs, but this could change after a few games.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Nuggets-Spurs Preview

-from FOXSports.com

STANDINGS (through March 10): Nuggets - 2nd place, 10{ GB, Northwest Division. Spurs - 1st place, Southwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Nuggets - F Kenyon Martin, F Anthony, C Camby, G DerMarr Johnson, G Andre Miller. Spurs - F Duncan, F Bruce Bowen, C Rasho Nesterovic, G Ginobili, G Tony Parker.

TEAM LEADERS: Nuggets - Anthony, 20.2 ppg; Camby, 10.0 rpg; Miller, 6.3 apg. Spurs - Duncan, 21.2 ppg and 11.6 rpg; Parker, 6.2 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Spurs, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 8; Spurs, 99-90. At San Antonio, Bowen made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and held Anthony in check to lead the Spurs. Bowen finished with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while Anthony scored eight on 4-for-15 shooting.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Nuggets - 12-20 on the road; Spurs - 28-2 at home.

INJURIES: Nuggets - G Luis Flores (hamstring); F Nene (knee); G Voshon Lenard (Achilles'). Spurs - C Mohammed (groin); F-C Sean Marks (foot); F Linton Johnson (ankle).

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Nuggets take down Blazers

The Denver Nuggets took the win with a score of 111-98 during a home game this past Monday. This was a very impressive win on account of having their inside force sitting on the bench. Marcus Camby was taken off the line due to a strained right hamstring. But, the Nuggets played like they had no parts missing from the puzzle.

"This team is a very capable basketball team. They're just starting to feel good about themselves. It's been a great run but I don't want to get too happy. We have a lot of work to do."
- Nuggets coach George Karl

This win has brought the Nuggets (31-29) up to a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the playoff spot.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Bobcats smoke the Nuggets

After a seven-game losing streak, the Charlotte Bobcats took the victory from the Denver Nuggets. It came through as a very close game; final score 94-88. The game was sealed by Kareem Rush, when he sunk a three-pointer with only seconds to go in the game. This is kind of ironic because Charlotte has lost their last two games on three-pointers at the buzzer.

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for Denver, leading in the scoring. Martin added in 17 points. The team just seemed to not be giving its all.

"We came in and we were sluggish tonight. We fought at the end, but we just didn't have it tonight. Fatigue was the biggest key. We felt like we were playing hard, but obviously we weren't. We really need this break right now."
- Carmelo Anthony

The Nuggets go up against the Celtics next. Hopefully, their record will improve from 24-29.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Nuggets vs. Timberwolves

Kevin Garnett led in scoring with 24 points; including 11 rebounds and 6 assists. This was a long overdue victory for the Wolves. Minnesota took the victory at 98-92, ending a six-game losing streak. The game stayed pretty even throughout, but the Wolves just showed more of a hustle in the fourth quarter.

"We lost some concentration there at the end. It's hard to beat a good team on the road when you give them extra possessions at key times of the game. But give credit to Minnesota. They were really hustling at the end of the game."
- Denver coach George Karl

A bigger factor to the win came in the form of Wally Szczerbiak. Szczerbiak, who had 19 points under his belt, assisted Eddie Griffin in landing a three-pointer with only 1:13 left in play. Griffin had only come into the game during the fourth quarter and added 10 points with ease. Sam Cassell was out due to a strained hamstring.

"I saw that Melo was letting the ball go. I ran at it and ended up taking out a little girl in the first row. But I knew that Eddie was under the basket, so I tipped it in that direction and he made the play for us."
- Wally Szczerbiak

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Nuggets take out the Pacers

The Nuggets won last Saturday with a score of 95-88. With Kenyon Martin having scored 25 points, the Nuggets appeared strong against the Pacers. This hasn’t been the typical trend.

Denver has only won 5 games out of the last 21 on the road; winning only 2 in their last 5 game road swing. They no longer have the presence of the elite team that they once were. Right now, the team is trying to focus on rebuilding and they proved in this game that this ability still remains.

"My guys were tired, but they knew they had to defend to win the game. The second half was not a great performance offensively, but we found a way to do some things. They got tired, lost a lead, got it back and fought through to the end." – George Karl

Saturday, January 22, 2005

We still have a lot of work to do.

From sports.yahoo.com:
Darting through the lane, dipping past defenders, Earl Boykins was a blur on the hardwood.

The NBA's smallest player had 25 points and a season-high 10 assists to lift the Denver Nuggets to a 92-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

This performance came on the heels of Tuesday's win over Seattle in which the 5-foot-5 guard set a league record with 15 points in overtime. It never got that close this time around.

``I'm surprised every time he steps out on the court,'' Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin said. ``A guy that size. The things he can do. He's got the heart of a lion. It just shows that when your heart's that big and you care that much about playing the game, good things will happen to you.''

Denver snapped Memphis' four-game winning streak and gave interim coach Michael Cooper the first winning streak of his own since taking over the team on Dec. 31. The Nuggets, who have struggled all season, pulled within four games of Memphis for eighth place in the Western Conference -- and the last playoff spot -- with the midpoint of the season close at hand.

Lorenzen Wright scored 17 points and former Nugget James Posey had 15 on five 3-pointers for the Grizzlies, who lost for just the second time in 12 games and only the eighth time in the 25 games since Mike Fratello took over for Hubie Brown as coach.

Memphis played just hours after the sudden death of play-by-play voice Don Poier, 53, who had been calling games for the franchise since its conception in Vancouver in 1995.

``I can't say that the news today affected us,'' Fratello said. ``We had a job to do tonight. We have to sharpen our play.''

Like Boykins, Marcus Camby had a second-consecutive big game, finishing with 18 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots after a 25-point, 24-rebound night against the Sonics. That helped the Nuggets win easily without Carmelo Anthony, who sat out after hurting his right ankle Tuesday.

Since Anthony went out in the third quarter of that game, the Nuggets have played better, cutting and moving on offense, pushing the ball when they can and playing more aggressively everywhere on the court. The results on this night were telling: Denver shot 49 percent and outrebounded Memphis 49-24.

A lot of the Denver rebounds resulted in a quick outlet pass to Boykins or Andre Miller, who pushed the pace and helped the Nuggets find easy shots. Miller finished with 14 points and six assists.

``We want to do that all the time,'' Cooper said of the rebound-and-run method. ``Now, they see we're successful when the ball is in Earl's and Andre's hands. Those guys are capable and willing to pass the basketball.''

Fittingly, though, it was a shot by Boykins that essentially sealed this game. Pounding the dribble, Boykins took one big step into the lane, got his defender back on his heels, then stepped back himself for a fadeaway 16-foot jumper. It gave Denver an 87-74 lead with 3:54 left and marked the start of garbage time.

``I feel I shouldn't miss an open shot and I shouldn't turn over the ball,'' Boykins said. ``Slowly but surely, Coop is changing our offense. We're running different plays each game and that makes it tough to scout us.''

Martin returned from missing a game with strep throat and had 13 points and eight rebounds. Martin reared back as if to punch Pao Gasol (eight points, four rebounds) after a hard foul early in the fourth quarter, but the two didn't come to blows and it was nothing like the scene last Friday night when Nene got into a fight with Michael Olowokandi of the Timberwolves.

``K-Mart is a lot like Shaq in that people want to foul him because they know he's a questionable free-throw shooter,'' Cooper said. ``His reaction was great. He knows he's going to get the hard fouls. He bites the bullet and walks away from it.''

Nene missed his third game of a four-game suspension due to the fight.

I have to admit, I didn't think we could pull this off with Carmelo Anthony injured(expected to start back when the road trip begins in Dallas). But low and behold, Earl Boykins had alot in him this game, and stepped up without Anthony. I hope Anthony is back to 100% in the game against the Mavericks(26-12), because they will not go down without a fight. Make it 3 in a row Nuggets!