Let’s forget everything we know about the Denver Nuggets at this point. The argument, for most of this season, was that they needed a closer, no superstar, injuries abound, their youth, the ‘fire George Karl’ twitter-based rants; just forget everything. This is the SEASON WITHOUT REASON. Prior to Sunday’s pivotal game against Houston, it was doubtful if Denver could hold of the theatrics of Houston to secure an 8th seed spot, let alone a 6th spot, however, Denver has looked adversity in the face and did a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jump kick to it.
Yes, Denver won another MONUMENTAL game against Houston Monday night; a very close game, in fact, but the Mile High crew came out the victors edging out the Texas crew – 105-102.
Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson led Denver in this win with 26 and 25 points respectively. They both had a ‘playoff’ mentality going into the game and they were both aggressive. If you know me, in any form, you know I LOVE when Ty Lawson is aggressive. I can’t forget Al Harrington, torn meniscus and all, may have bricked some shots, but he game through with ENORMOUS three-pointers, as well as, Lawson. Corey Brewer had another nice offensive game and was extremely productive in his 18 minutes: 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
Over the past 5 games, Denver is averaging 107.8 ppg and are allowing their opponents only 96.4 ppg. Also, Denver is averaging 27.2 assists, nearly 9 steals, 44 rebounds, shooting 49% from the field, 40% from beyond the arc.
Monday night’s winning lineups: a total +6 in efficiency – Al Harrington (2 rebs/1 stl), Andre Miller (1 reb, 4 asts), Ty Lawson (4 pts, 1 stl), Arron Afflalo (12 points), and Gallo (3 pts, 3 rebs). There was also, a second +6 efficiency lineup in the 4th quarter. Corey Brewer (11 points), JaVale McGee (0 pts, 2 rebs), Ty Lawson (9 pts, 2 rebs), Arron Afflalo (1 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts) and Gallo.
So like I alluded to above, forget all of your pessimisms, rants, heartaches about Denver. They have won 4 of their last 5 and 5 of their last 7; including the two HUGE wins against Houston. Arron Afflalo, despite his horrid start to the season, is coming into his own nearly every night, Kenneth Faried is wheeling and dealing most nights, Harrington, with Arron, are leading this young team (most players are under the age of 26) and it shows during the stretch. Gallinari has been slow to return from his injuries, but the important thing is his health going into the playoffs. George Karl has finally come around on the Manimal and other young guys that can produce for Denver. As much as many want to “fire” George Karl, wins don’t lie.
While, I don’t believe they will make much noise, if any, in the playoffs, learning experiences aren’t so bad.
Plus, I love surprises.
Denver, surprise me.