Denver Nuggets News
9-22-14: The Nuggets did little to improve their roster after a disappointing season that saw them miss the playoffs for the first time in ten years. This year looks no different as Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, and JJ Hickson are all recovering from knee and ankle injuries. In a deep western conference it is unlikely Brian Shaw and the Nuggets will be able to overcome all the injuries. Hickson will also miss the first 5 games of the season due to a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
8-13-14: The Denver Nuggets missed the playoffs for the first time since Juwan Howard was its leading scorer but were able to pick up key players in the draft through a trade with the Chicago Bulls. They also welcomed back Arron Affalo back to the fold by trading Evan Fournier and rookie Roy Devyn Marble. While the Nuggets didn’t do anything this offseason that can change the direction of the franchise, their draft was a success and but they are a deep team with much potential.
Denver Nuggets 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 16, Jusef Nurkic, C, Bosnia (via trade with Chicago Bulls)
Round 1, Pick 19, Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State (via trade with Chicago Bulls)
Round 2, Pick 41, Nikola Jokic, PF, Serbia
4-7-14: The Nuggets’ three-game homestand started on a frustrating note. They hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, and Denver lost by 31 points that night at the Pepsi Center. Then on Monday, Timofey Mozgov put up 23 points and 10 rebounds against the Memphis Grizzlies, but that performance was not enough. The Nuggets lost by two points to move to 10 games below .500. However, Kenneth Faried helped Brian Shaw’s squad bounce back two days later. Faried scored a career-high 34 points as the Nuggets blew out the New Orleans Pelicans, 137-107. Ty Lawson also added in a game-high 12 assists that night.
4-1-14: The Nuggets had both J.J. Hickson and Wilson Chandler active for Friday’s game at Dallas. Not only did Denver lose the game, but the team also lost both of them to injuries. The next day, Hickson was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee, which forced him to join Nate Robinson, JaVale McGee and Danilo Gallinari as Nuggets who are out for the rest of the season. The hobbled Denver team bounced back with the 105-102 victory on Sunday against the visiting Washington Wizards. However, the Nuggets then fell to both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs on the road.
3-24-14: With a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, the Nuggets finished their five-game road trip. Unfortunately, even though Denver had a strong week, the Western Conference is just too difficult for this team to get a spot in the playoffs. On Friday, Kenneth Faried registered game-highs in points and rebounds as the Nuggets beat the Heat in Miami, 111-107. Then, after a five-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, the Nuggets snapped the Los Angeles Clippers’ 11-game winning streak on Monday. On Wednesday, Aaron Brooks replaced Ty Lawson, who sat out with an illness, and scored a game-high 27 points and dished out a game-high 17 assists in the Nuggets’ 118-109 win over the Detroit Pistons.
3-17-14: Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler made Friday an exciting night for the Pepsi Center crowd. They combined for 50 points on better than 90-percent shooting in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers. Faried finished with a game-high 32 points in the Nuggets’ 134-126 victory. Unfortunately, Denver could not keep its winning streak going. Brian Shaw’s squad started a five-game road trip on Sunday in New Orleans. The Nuggets fell, 111-107, in overtime to the Pelicans. Then, they made it back-to-back losses on Monday in Charlotte, but Faried’s game-high 26 points against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday stopped the Nuggets’ two-game skid.
3-10-14: The Nuggets had another frustrating week against their Western Conference counterparts. They took on the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks, and they finished with a 1-2 record. On Saturday at Portland, the Nuggets fought hard, but LaMarcus Aldridge’s return was too much for Denver. The Nuggets then returned home to take on the Timberwolves. After missing Denver’s last eight games, Ty Lawson put up 31 points and 11 assists, but Minnesota won, 132-128. However, the Nuggets bounced back to defeat the Mavericks on Wednesday. Denver’s victory over Dallas was a much-needed one that stopped the Nuggets’ lengthy losing streak.
3-3-14: It is looking less and less likely that the Nuggets will be in the playoffs. Without Ty Lawson, they lost their four games this past week by more than 17 points per game. On Friday at Chicago, Randy Foye scored a game-high 23 points, but that effort was not enough as Denver fell to the Bulls, 117-89. Then on Sunday, the Nuggets began a three-game homestand, but that stretch was not successful. Evan Fournier scored 27 points in Denver’s 14-point loss to the visiting Sacramento Kings. The Nuggets then dropped Tuesday’s contest to the Portland Trail Blazers and Thursday’s one to the Brooklyn Nets. With those losses, the Nuggets are 3-9 without Lawson. They need him back very soon from his rib injury if they want to stop this losing streak.
2-24-14: The Nuggets, who were on their longest losing streak of 2014, had the chance to rest during All-Star weekend. They hosted the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and forced the surprise team to overtime, but fell short to move to 24-28 on the season. Then on Thursday, Denver made a couple of deals before the trade deadline. Their most notable one was sending Jordan Hamilton to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Aaron Brooks on Thursday. That night, Kenneth Faried welcomed Anthony Randolph to the Denver starting lineup with a strong performance. Faried’s game-high 26 points led the Nuggets to an 11-point victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee.
2-18-14: It is already looking like a lost season for the injury-riddled Nuggets. Heading into the All-Star break, they are six games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and are trending downward. Denver lost all four of its games during its road trip this past week to fall from one game above .500 to three games below. In addition, the Nuggets became the first team this season to drop four consecutive contests by at least 17 points. In Saturday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons, Ty Lawson fractured his rib, which has kept him sidelined.
2-10-14: The Nuggets’ seesaw season went from down to up this past week. They began it with some frustrating news: Nate Robinson, who was averaging double-digit points per game, had ACL surgery on Friday night. Then, even though Randy Foye dished out a career-high 16 assists, Denver again fell below .500 with a 10-point loss to the Toronto Raptors. However, the rest of the Nuggets’ week went splendidly. On Monday, Ty Lawson returned from a two-game absence, but Foye was the star of the night as he drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat his former Clippers team, 116-115. Denver then made it consecutive wins with a double-digit victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
2-10-14: With their victory on Saturday, the Pistons had consecutive wins for the first time in more than 20 days. They blew out the Philadelphia 76ers by 17 points to push Maurice Cheeks’ record to 19-27 in his first season as Detroit’s coach. However, that was the high point of the Pistons’ week. They traveled to Florida for a quick road trip in Miami and Orlando. Brandon Jennings had a great night on Monday, but it was not enough as the Heat defeated the Pistons by six points. Even with a day off, Detroit could not beat the Magic. The Pistons fell by 14 points in Orlando.
2-4-14: The Nuggets bounced back from their three-game losing streak to beat the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 25 points against one of the league’s best teams to give Denver its first double-digit victory in two weeks. The win over the Pacers was the Nuggets’ fifth double-digit victory in January, which is their most in one month this season. With Denver being victorious the next day in Sacramento, the Nuggets have now won their last 10 games when Kenneth Faried has registered a double-double. However, that is when Denver’s week went downhill. Both Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson suffered injuries, and the Nuggets lost at home to the Charlotte Bobcats.
1-27-14: The Nuggets only played three contests this past week, two of which were on the road against current playoff teams. On Friday, they had what was supposed to be their “easy” game of the week, as they hosted the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers at the Pepsi Center. However, Wilson Chandler’s season-high 23 points were not enough to get Denver the victory. The Nuggets fell in that game, 117-109. Then, the schedule became a difficult one. Brian Shaw’s squad traveled to Phoenix and Portland. After the Suns beat the Nuggets on Sunday by 14 points, Denver’s late-game 3-point shooting doomed them on Thursday against the Trail Blazers. Now, the Nuggets find themselves below .500, and the news gets even worse: Danilo Gallinari is officially out for the season after undergoing ACL surgery.
1-20-14: After falling to 14-17, the Nuggets put their lengthy losing streak behind them and strung together a number of consecutive victories. They had wins over the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic by an average of 19 points per contest. In the last two games of Denver’s five-game winning streak, Quincy Miller showed that he is able to fill in when asked. Wilson Chandler missed the games against the Thunder and Magic, and Miller scored a combined 25 points in those contests. His 16 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday against Orlando were both new career-highs for him. Although the Nuggets lost to the Jazz in Utah on Monday, J.J. Hickson’s career-high 24 rebounds and Nate Robinson’s 14 fourth-quarter points helped the Nuggets win in Golden State two days later.
1-7-14: Over the last week, the Nuggets doubled the number of games in their losing streak. It now stands at eight games, the franchise’s longest losing streak since 2003. In addition, after Denver lost just three home games in the entire 2012-13 regular season, the team lost that many games at the Pepsi Center in the last few weeks of December. Another problem arose this week for the Nuggets, and it came from their 37-year-old guard, Andre Miller. After he yelled at coach Brian Shaw for not playing him on Wednesday, the Nuggets decided to suspend him for two games and subsequently rescind it. This season is quickly going downhill for Denver’s basketball team.
12-30-13: The Nuggets were hanging onto a Western Conference playoff spot for a while, but their 0-3 week bumped them out for the time being. Denver’s recent rough stretch has been due in part to facing difficult in-conference opponents, but the Nuggets will have to eventually learn how to beat them this season in order to make it to the postseason. With losses to the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, the Nuggets now stand at 14-13 with a season-long four-game losing streak. Kenneth Faried, who picked the wrong time to sprain his ankle, will need to suit up soon to help the Nuggets end this skid.
12-22-13: Although the Nuggets spent the entire last week at home, they only mustered one win and moved down the Western Conference standings in the process. On Friday, they suffered a frustrating double-digit loss to the Utah Jazz. Denver then bounced back with five different players scoring at least 12 points to beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. However, the Oklahoma City Thunder headed to the Mile-High City and won by 12 points on Tuesday. Although the Nuggets only went 1-2 in the last week, J.J. Hickson stepped up with a pair of double-doubles, marking the first time this season that he has accomplished that feat in back-to-back contests.
12-13-13: The Nuggets recently finished their six-game road trip, all of which were against Eastern Conference opponents. They finished with a 4-2 record and moved above .500 away from home this season. After falling to the Celtics in Boston on Friday, Denver rebounded to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers the next night. Nate Robinson scored a game-high 20 points in the victory, as the Nuggets outscored the 76ers by 11 points in the fourth quarter. Then on Monday, Denver squeaked out a 75-74 win over the Washington Wizards. Robinson led all players with four steals that night, which was the most by a Nuggets player in a game this season.
12-7-13: Brian Shaw had a rocky beginning to his first NBA season as a head coach, but a seven-game winning streak sure made him feel better. Even without Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee who are still rehabbing from their respective injuries, the Nuggets have proven to be a contender in the Western Conference. Before Wednesday’s game in Cleveland, Ty Lawson had scored double-digit points in every contest this season en route to becoming one of the better point guards in the league. Although the Nuggets lost that game to the Cavaliers, a healthy Denver basketball team would be very fun to watch in the playoffs.
11-28-13: The 8-6 Denver Nuggets have been on FIRE as of late, winning their last four games – all against playoff level competition. The Nuggets have played the second toughest strength of schedule so far this year and are impressive at home, 5-2, as always. Denver’s next nine opponents all have records under .500, giving them an opportunity to keep piling up victories for a team that was expected to struggle.
11-22-13: After a tough stretch of road losses against the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, the Denver Nuggets bounced back big on Thursday night to beat the Chicago Bulls at home. The 5-6 Nuggets are scoring and rebounding at impressive rates, thanks to Ty Lawson and J.J. Hickson, but are still showing that they don’t quite have the same firepower as they did last year. Injuries to Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and JaVale McGee certainly haven’t done their part to help. Still, home court is always kind to the Nuggets as they are 4-2 so far this year at home after going an insane 38-3 at home last season.
11-15-13: Kenneth Faried has been the talk of the town amidst trade rumors, but all he does is continue to lead the Nuggets in rebounds. While it has yet to be determined if the rumors shall come to fruition, Faried and the Nuggets are still competing hard and are 3-4 through three weeks. With three straight games with 100+ points, they’ve exhibited excellent team offense and simply need to get better on defense to find a way to get above .500.
The Nuggets have gotten off to a discouraging 1-3 start in 2013, but it was to be expected after the team said good-bye to the head coach and GM of the year in 2012. Also playing without Danilo Gallinari for the first four games and likely longer, the Nuggets just haven’t been able to find their groove offensively, managing to top 100+ points just once - in their only win.
11-1-13: George Karl left Denver after another postseason appearance, making it to the playoffs each season he coached the Nuggets. Brian Shaw takes over a team that lost Andre Iguodala, Kosta Koufos and Corey Brewer during the offseason. However, the Nuggets added Nate Robinson, J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur and Randy Foye to the roster over the last few months. Ty Lawson, who is evolving into one of the league’s best point guards, showed some signs of life during the preseason. A strong season from the fifth-year man out of North Carolina would be beneficial for the Nuggets’ chances in the playoffs.
10-18-13: Through four preseason games, the Denver Nuggets are 2-2. Ty Lawson had a great start to the preseason with a 15/10/6, all team highs, in a 97-88 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets would fall to the Lakers two days later 90-88. Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets to their next win against the San Antonio Spurs with 22 points and nine rebounds. J.J. Hickson leads the team in points per game with 11.3 without leading the team in points in any singular game. Denver has three remaining preseason games:
- Oct 19 at LA Clippers
- Oct 23 vs Phoenix
- Oct 25 at Chicago
10-17-13: The Nuggets made a couple moves recently. They've waived forward Reginald Bacton and guard Kyle Fogg.
8-23-13: A step back is in order for the overachieving Nuggets who put up an impressive 57 wins with Coach of the Year, George Karl at the helm. With Karl fired after the Nuggets, injury-ravaged, defeat in the first round of the playoffs, Denver will have to establish a new identity with Head Coach Brian Shaw now calling the shots. The Nuggets lost their best defender in Andre Iguodala, who signed with the Golden State Warriors, and traded away Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies. Iguodala and Koufos combined to start 161 of 164 possible games at their positions. Denver will look to the speedy Ty Lawson to take over the team as they hunt for their 11th straight postseason appearance.
The Nuggets will open up their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Los Angeles Lakers visit Denver on Wednesday, November 13th and again on Friday March 7th. The Oklahoma City Thunder come to town on Tuesday, December 17th and Thursday, January 9th. Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks make just one return trip to Denver this year on Friday, March 29th
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Portland Trail Blazers
- November 5th – San Antonio Spurs
- November 21st – Chicago Bulls
- November 29th – New York Knicks
- December 23rd – Golden State Warriors
7-26-13: Timofey Mozgov and the Nuggets have agreed on a three-year, $14 million contract. The third year is a team option.
7-22-13: The Nuggets have signed free agent point guard Nate Robinson to a two-year deal.
Nuggets 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 2, Pick 16: G Erick Green, Virginia Tech (from Jazz).
6-12-13: The Denver Nuggets have set out on a mission; prove to the league that you don’t need a superstar player to win. The Nuggets were well on their way to doing so by winning 57 games and locking up the 3 seed in the west. Unfortunately a key cog in Danilo Gallinari was lost to a torn ACL injury late in the regular season. This caused him to miss the entire playoffs. The Nuggets were bounced by a young Warriors team in an exciting first round series. One can bet that George Karl and his crew will give it another go next season with a very similar roster. I wouldn’t expect too much change from this Nuggets team other than some minor tinkering here and there. Denver has the pieces; it is more a matter of health.
2-20-13: Head coach George Karl has done another masterful job of keeping his team in the thick of the playoff race despite not having an established superstar to rely on. A mix of young talent and a deep roster sprinkled with vets like Andre Miller, the Nuggets hold the fifth seed in the west at 34-21 overall. Ty Lawson has emerged as the teams lead guard and best player and Wilson Chandler has recently returned from injury. Corey Brewer has been a decent surprise too earning some key minutes off the bench and Danilo Gallinari has performed well as he approaches the age of just 25 despite being in his sixth NBA season already.
11-26-12: The second place Denver Nuggets hold an 8-6 record as they head into matchups with western conference foes, the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors. With new acquisition, Andre Igudala leading the way with Ty Lawson, the Nuggets hold a formidable home court advantage and could be a threat, come playoff time. An impressive 4-1 start in their building should continue as they host the Raptors in their next home game.