Denver Nuggets News
12-15-14: The Denver Nuggets beginning to the 2014/2015 campaign has not exactly gone as planned as the team has started the season hovering right around the .500 mark with a 9-9 record. The Nuggets started this week by traveling to Washington to take on the Washington Wizards in their first contest of the week. During the contest Denver could not buy a shot as the team finished shooting just 38% from the field. The Nuggets came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter scoring 28 points but it was all downhill from there despite 20 points from Wilson Chandler. The Wizards on the other hand shot 53% from the field and outscored the Nuggets in each of the four quarters in the contest. Washington’s offensive attack was led by 20 points from Kris Humphries in a 119-89 victory over Denver. Denver looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks. During the contest the Hawks used a strong first half scoring and a stingy defense to keep the team ahead of Denver. Atlanta scored 57 points in the first half while holding the Nuggets to just 36 points in the first half as the Hawks opened up a deficit that Denver could not overcome. The Nuggets enjoyed 29 points from Wilson Chandler in the contest but it was not enough as Denver fell to Atlanta by the score of 96-84. The very next night the Nuggets were back at it again once again on the road taking on the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. During the contest the Nuggets played an undisciplined game which led to 29 opportunities from the free throw line for the Raptors. Despite a strong first half from the Raptors Arron Afflalo and his 25 point performance were able to force overtime in the contest. In the overtime Toronto took over doubling-up the Nuggets en route to a 112-107 victory behind 26 points from Louis Williams. The Nuggets finished their week off by heading home to Denver to play host to Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the contest the Nuggets held down the Heat all game long with a strong defense as Miami managed to shoot just 37% from the field. The Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade duo for Miami managed just 24 points on a combined 9-27 shooting while just four Heat players scored in double figures. Meanwhile Denver’s scoring attack was led by 17 points from Wilson Chandler in a 102-82 victory over the Heat. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 10-12. Get your Nuggets tickets for next week as the team travels to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets before finishing the week at home hosting the San Antonio Spurs and that same Houston Rockets team.
12-5-14: The Denver Nuggets have been hanging out in the middle of the standings in the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has posted just a 7-8 record to start the new season. The Nuggets started this week by traveling back home after the Thanksgiving holiday to play host to the Phoenix Suns in Denver. During the contest each team came out with a hot hand in the first half matching bucket for bucket. Each team finished the first half with 64 points as Denver and Phoenix continued to play little defense and knock down shots consistently. Phoenix took advantage of a big third quarter outscoring Denver by seven points led by Gerald Green’s 24 points to take the lead. The Nuggets led a bit of a comeback in the fourth quarter before succumbing to the Suns offense as Phoenix went on to win the game by the score of 120-112. In the next contest for Denver the team was in Utah taking on the Utah Jazz in a Western Conference road game. During the contest the Nuggets jumped out to a huge first half lead as the team posted 64 points in the first half behind Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler’s 15 points each outburst. The Jazz staged an epic second half comeback including a 25 point third quarter led by Gordon Hayward as the game came down to the final seconds. When the final buzzer sounded the Nuggets had held off the Jazz narrowly beating Utah by the score of 103-101. Denver looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled back home to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest LeMarcus Aldridge absolutely went off for the Blazers scoring a game high 39 points while collecting a game high 11 rebounds leaving the Nuggets scratching their heads on how to stop the Portland forward. Aldridge took a staggering 30 shots knocking down 16 of them as the Blazers went on to beat the Nuggets by the score of 105-103. Denver’s offensive attack was led by Ty Lawson’s 24 point night but it was not enough as the team could not stop nor outscore Aldridge in the contest. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-9. Get your Nuggets tickets for next week as the team sets out on the road to take on the Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors before coming back home to Denver to play host to the Miami Heat.
11-28-114: The Denver Nuggets start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone as planned as the team has mustered a 4-7 record to start the campaign. The Nuggets started this week by hosting the New Orleans Pelicans at home in Denver in a big showdown between the two teams. In the contest the Nuggets were led by six players in double figures as the team finished shooting 52% from the field. The Pelicans on the other hand had a cold night shooting as the team finished with a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% three point shooting percentage in a 117-97 loss to the Nuggets. New Orleans stayed close in the game knocking down 10 more free throws than Denver but the Nuggets attack led by Arron Afflalo and Kenneth Faried were too much for the Pelicans. In Denver’s next game the Nuggets were inside Staples Center taking on the Los Angeles Lakers on the road. In the contest the Lakers were led by 27 points from Kobe Bryant while Jordan Hill added a double-double but it was not enough in a 101-94 loss to the Nuggets. Los Angeles shot just 37% from the field and a miniscule 13% from beyond the arc as the team dropped their second straight game. Meanwhile Denver had five players that scored in double figures while the team shot 38% from the field in the victory for the Nuggets. The Nuggets looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team stayed home to host the Chicago Bulls in Denver. In the game the Nuggets had no answer for Chicago’s Jimmy Butler who finished with 32 points or Pau Gasol who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds but it was ultimately not enough as the Bulls fell to Denver by the score of 114-109. Denver’s offensive attack was led by Ty Lawson’s 20 points and 19 points from Arron Afflalo in the victory for the Nuggets. Denver finished their week by traveling to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns on the night before Thanksgiving. During the contest the Nuggets shot just 42% from the field as a team as their leading scorer Wilson Chandler managed just 19 points. Denver was especially cold from beyond the three point line as the team managed just 32% from three point land in a 120-112 loss to the Suns. Phoenix’s offensive attack was led by 24 points from Gerald Green and a double-double from Eric Bledsoe in the victory for the Suns. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-8. Get your Nuggets tickets for next week as the team travels home to host the Phoenix Suns before setting out on the road to face off with the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets will finish their week off by hosting the Portland Trail Blazers at home in Denver.
11-21-14: The Denver Nuggets had a tough start to the 2014/2015 season as the team posted a 1-6 record in the
first two weeks of the new campaign. The Nuggets started this week by traveling to Indiana to take on a
struggling Indiana Pacers team on the road. In the contest Denver shot 49% from the field and used all
15 of their eligible players while Indiana managed just 41% from the field and an even 50% from the free
throw line in the game. Denver came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as the Nuggets scored 64
points in the first half and took a lead with them into halftime that they would not relinquish. When the
final whistle was blown the Nuggets beat the Pacers by the score of 108-87. The Nuggets took the
momentum from their last victory into Madison Square Garden in their next game when they faced off
with the New York Knicks on the road. In the contest Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and grabbed 9
rebounds while J.R. Smith added 28 points of his own in a 109-93 victory over the Nuggets. In the loss
Denver’s offensive attack was led by 18 points from Arron Afflalo but the team shot just 39% from the
field and 38% from three point land on the night. Denver continued their week the very next night in
Cleveland when the Nuggets played a road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the contest LeBron
James added 22 points for the Cavs while three others scored 20 points including Kyrie Irving and Kevin
Love. Meanwhile the Nuggets were led by 24 points from Ty Lawson in a complete team victory for
Denver by the score of 106-97. In the Nuggets final game of the week the team hosted the Oklahoma
City Thunder in Detroit to finish their week. In the contest the Thunder were led by 22 points and 13
rebounds from Serge Ibaka while Sebastian Telfair added 18 points for Oklahoma City. The Nuggets were
that much better on the night though as Wilson Chandler’s 21 point night and Ty Lawson’s 15 point and
15 rebound double-double propelled the Nuggets to a 107-100 victory over the Thunder. When the
week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-7. Get your Nuggets tickets for
next week as the team hosts the New Orleans Pelicans at home in Denver before traveling out to Los
Angeles to take on the Lakers on the road. Denver will then head back home to host the Chicago Bulls
before heading back out on the road to finish their week off against the Phoenix Suns.
11-14-14: The Denver Nuggets start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone as planned as the team started the season by posting a 1-3 record in the first full week. The Nuggets started this week by hosting a fellow 1-3 team in the Cleveland Cavaliers at home in Denver. LeBron James was typical LeBron James in this contest as King James scored 22 points leading all Cavaliers in scoring while dishing out 11 assists, which also led Cleveland, while pulling in 7 rebounds in the contest. Randy Foye led all scorers in the game for the Nuggets scoring 28 points but it was not enough as Denver fell to the Cavaliers by the score of 110-101. Two nights later the Nuggets were in Portland taking on the Portland Trail Blazers in a Western Conference road game for Denver. In the contest LeMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 28 points while Wesley Matthews added 21 points as Portland routed the Nuggets by the score of 116-100. Kenneth Faried scored 19 points in the contest to lead all Denver players but it wasn’t enough as the team shot just 40% from the field in this contest. Denver ended their second week of the NBA season by hosting the Portland Trail Blazers at home. In the contest Portland shot 51% from the field and 49% from beyond the arc in a blowout victory over the Nuggets. Denver went cold in the contest shooting just 43% from the field and 35% from the three point line in a 130-113 victory for the Trail Blazers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 1-6. Get your Nuggets tickets for next week as the team travels to play road games with the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers before traveling home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
11-7-14: The Denver Nuggets started their 2014/2015 season off last week by hosting and beating the Detroit
Pistons in the Nuggets home opener to start their season 1-0. With the 2014/2015 season entering its
first full week the Nuggets set out on the road to take on a winless team in the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In the game Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka each scored 23 points while Kendrick Perkins added 17 points
in a 102-91 victory for the Thunder. In the game Denver’s Ty Lawson scored 25 points but had little
support from Arron Afflalo and others as the Nuggets handed Oklahoma City their first victory of the
season. Denver licked their wounds and headed home to host the Sacramento Kings in their next
contest. In the game seven Nuggets players scored in double figures led by 16 points each from Arron
Afflalo and JaVale McGee in a game that was decided on the free throw line. The Kings went to the line
47 times and nailed a whopping 40 free throws in the game while Denver only went to the line 33 times
knocking down 28 free throw attempts. The final score was 110-105 in favor of the Kings in a close game
that went down to the wire. Sacramento had five players that scored in double figures and were led by
21 points from Darren Collinson in the victory. The Nuggets finished their week off by traveling to
Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings on the road. These two teams matched up in their last
game and the Kings came out on top and Sacramento got the best of Denver once again in this contest.
DeMarcus Cousins led the way for the Kings with 30 points and 11 rebounds while Rudy Gay chipped in
29 points in the victory for Sacramento. The Nuggets scoring attack was led by 19 points from Randy
Foye in a game where Denver used every player on their active roster but J. Hickson in the loss. When
the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 1-3. Get your Nuggets tickets
for next week as the team starts the week by hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers before playing a home and
home series with the Portland Trail Blazers.
10-31-14: The Denver Nuggets tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Detroit Pistons at home after posting a disappointing 2-6 preseason record. The Nuggets head into this season with a familiar face back in the fold in Arron Aflalo while holding onto another in Timofey Mozgov. Many teams around the league called Denver about the availability of Mozgov last winter and this summer but the Nuggets ultimately decided to hold onto the seven foot center for the time being. Denver took Afflalo and Mozgov home to host the Detroit Pistons this week but it was Kenneth Faried that led the scoring attack for the Nuggets. Faried scored 22 points while Afflalo and Mozgov tipped in 15 and 13 points respectively while Denver went on to win the game by the score of 89-79. Denver held Detroit’s scorers down all game long as only three Pistons players scored in double digits in the game led by Josh Smith’s 25 points. Get your Nuggets tickets for next week as the team travels to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder before playing a home and home series with the Sacramento Kings.
10-29-14: The Nuggets failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003 last season, going just 36-46 on the year. Despite their woes on the court, the team has still seen an increase in season average at home from last season. The average price for Nuggets tickets at the Pepsi Center this season is $132.84, up 144.1% from last season’s average of $54.40. They’ll again rely heavily on budding star Kenneth Faried, who has served as the highest win share generator on the Nuggets over the last two seasons.
10-24-14: The Denver Nuggets finished last season 10 games under .500 at 36-46 and haven’t looked much better in the preseason. They have gone just 2-5 over seven preseason games and have taken four losses on the road. They’ll again rely on the offensive output of Ty Lawson and defensive prowess of Kenneth Faried as they enter the 2014-15 season.
10-15-14: The Denver Nuggets have not gotten to a great start so far in the preseason, kicking off their preseason on Oct 6 with a 98-95 loss to the LA Laker, but rebounded with a 114-101 win over the OKC Thunder, and have since dropped their last two to the Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls respectively. Next up on the Denver Nuggets preseason schedule is a meeting with the Golden State Warriors this Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, followed by three remaining preseason games with the Clippers, Traliblazers, and another meeting with the Warriors before the Nuggets kick off their regular season on Oct 29 at home against the Detroit Pistons.
10-8-14: The Denver Nuggets kicked off their preseason this past Monday with a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers as Denver now gets ready to prepare for the OKC Thunder tonight at the Pepsi Center. After this game, it’s on to US Airways Center to take on the Phoenix Suns this Friday, followed by a October 13th meeting with the Chicago Bulls, as the remaining preseason games for Denver will be against the Warriors, Clippers, Trailblazers, and the last preseason game against the Warriors again at the Oracle Arena on October 24. Denver will look to get healthier this year as injuries last year stopped them from fulfilling their potential.
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.