Yeah, THAT really happened. Denver PARALYZED the Chicago Bulls and came away with a win against a Rose-less team; 108-91. This Denver Nuggets squad did a 180 degree turn from the team fans have witnessed over the past two games.
Did I expect this??? Is water dry?? Is the sun cold?? Am I an innocent?? You get where I am going with this.
The biggest difference maker from the past two games?? Ty “I’m Quick Bitch” Lawson. He had grown complacent, passive, and had taken steps back in a time where George Karl needed him to take steps forward (especially in Gallo’s absence). This is the exact performance, on a consistent basis, Denver needs from Lawson. However, for this game, Lawson receives my game ball. Ty Lawson was AGGRESSIVE, he penetrated, and drove that lane like a sexy, sleek Ferrari. He racked up 27 points and 9 rebounds and accomplished what we all KNOW he can do, but he HAS to do this EVERY game.
Arron Afflalo, coming off of a one-game suspension, acquired 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists and much like Ty Lawson, he came out FOCUSED!! Maybe, his late night “Drake” tweets have finally hit home with him, but he SHOWED up! His energy was quintessential, with the rest of the team as well, on the second night of a back-to-back against a tough defensive team. JaVale McGee started Monday night and packed that stat line BEAUTIFULLY: 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. While he doesn’t make the best shots, in my eyes, he makes up for that with his hustle and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor.
Offensively, Wilson Chandler was bad, 7 points on 3-for-10 shooting, but defensively, he was sweet and sexy. Andre Miller performed exquisitely Monday night: 12 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds. He played with ENERGY, which is the opposite of his typical attitude on court, and effort.
Denver’s aggressive offense was wonderous, but their IMPROVED defense against a STRONG defensive-minded team is something to applaud. They neutralized the Chicago Bulls and in particular their pick and roll. Bulls had ONLY 24 points in the paint and this is a telling sign of what Denver can do when inspired. Not to mention Chicago only had 5 offensive rebounds….. 5…..5…..5!!!!!!!!!!!
Other Things Denver Did
- Out Rebounded Chicago; 45-32
- Offensive Rebounds; 14-5
- Less Turnovers; 9-15
- More Fast-Break Points; 23-18
- Points In The Paint; 54-24
This could, very well, just be a win. Denver is NOTORIOUS for winning BIG GAMES, but will lose countless games against opponents they SHOULD beat. OR, this could have been a turning point for the Nuggets and more importantly Ty Lawson. He is PIVOTAL, especially with Gallo out, in Denver’s success and the way the offense is ran. No doubt about it, this is Ty Lawson’s team. Ty led the team. He inspired the team. They follow his lead. What happened because of this??? A WIN!!!
Didn’t I reiterate that losing, in a bad way, often provides learning experiences for players. This MAY very well be one of those learning experiences, but only time will tell.
I’m not one that likes the guessing game, but I’m pretty sure this win EXCITED true-blue Denver Nuggets fans!