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.