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.