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about 3 hours ago
Altitude play-by-play announcer Chris Marlowe poses 10 questions for the Denver Nuggets entering the 2013-14 season.
Altitude play-by-play announcer Chris Marlowe poses 10 questions for the Denver Nuggets entering the 2013-14 season.
about 3 hours ago
The Nuggets will definitely need all seven preseason games to find their groove before the start of the 2013-14 campaign. The Oct. 8th loss to the Lakers, 90-88, showed us a little bit more about this year's Nuggets. Let's run through s...
The Nuggets will definitely need all seven preseason games to find their groove before the start of the 2013-14 campaign. The Oct. 8th loss to the Lakers, 90-88, showed us a little bit more about this year's Nuggets. Let's run through some of my thoughts on the game: 1st Quarter: -Shaw started the same lineup of Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Quincy Miller, Kenneth Faried, and JaVale McGee. Jordan Hamilton was the first man off the bench for the team. -Faried is struggling to find his place in Shaw's offense, thus far. The preseason is the time to try out new wrinkles to your game and we shouldn't complain about the missed jumpers because Faried won't hit those shots with regularity without taking them in game action. In the first quarter, Faried missed a few of those jumpers. He also ran back hard in transition a few times, but Lawson didn't find him ... as if he was searching for the old offense. -The Lakers ran a little pick-and-roll with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, the ball wound up going to Chris Kaman out on the perimeter, and Faried lost his man (Gasol), who wound up with an uncontested layup. Faried needed to recover back to his man after showing on Nash, but he failed to do so. -A whole lot of jump shots by the Nuggets, which is a much different offense than we're used to seeing in Denver. The team was just 3-18 from the field in the first quarter. Let's hope the offense can get on track and get some easier buckets than we've seen thus far. This Lakers squad is not a defensive juggernaut by any means ... lots of work needed on the Nuggets offense. 2nd Quarter: -The Andre Miller (no haircut yet) and Nate Robinson (got a haircut!) backcourt made another appearance in this game ... still not a fan. The duo gave up back-to-back threes, to their men, to open things up. As a team, the Nuggets defense has been a mess in this one. Giving up open looks, fouling, and allowing the Lakers to extend possessions with offensive rebounds. -McGee has a very soft touch on his post shots, with both hands. There's a lot of talk about how JaVale doesn't have a great feel for the game in some aspects like his footwork, but that touch is sweet and it'll help a lot of shots find their home. Fun to watch McGee work in the post, always enjoyed that about the NBA game. Again, the more he does it, the better the moves and the shots should become. -Faried knocked down a jumper to cut the lead to 43-28 Lakers. Nice to see that shot fall and if/when it starts going down with more regularity, the more he'll be able to take advantage when the defense can't sag off and he can then use his speed to get around the slower forwards that will be guarding him. 3rd Quarter: -Shaw goes with J.J. Hickson to replace Faried and Evan Fournier to replace Foye in the starting lineup to begin things. Really liking what I'm seeing out of Fours. He has a nice shooting touch, moves well without the ball, and has been aggressive attacking on offense. Same goes with Hickson, nice range and aggression. -Lawson on offense is still awesome. Lawson on defense, different story. Too many times he wasn't fighting through screens to get back in front of Nash. By playing behind him he allowed Nash to dictate passes by drawing big men to him trying to cover for Ty. -Kaman and Gasol toying with Denver's big men in this one. If they're given a shot, they take it and make it. If they have a pass available for an easier shot, they make it. This was their first real time together and it looked like they'd played together for years. -McGee was good in the post in the third. He was drawing fouls and knocking down shots. I like what I'm seeing out of McGee on the offensive end. Would be nice to see him get some deeper post moves, not setting for jumpers, and work towards getting dunks (that will draw fouls). 4th Quarter: -Anthony Randolph gets his first work in the final quarter after playing throughout the first game. He's such an interesting athlete, but he really has his wor
about 14 hours ago
The preseason is a weird thing. Wins and losses don’t matter and teams play somewhere between 12 and 15 players for double digit minutes. Really the preseason is a lot like summer league, where players take things that they worked on dur...
The preseason is a weird thing. Wins and losses don’t matter and teams play somewhere between 12 and 15 players for double digit minutes. Really the preseason is a lot like summer league, where players take things that they worked on during the offseason and bring them into live action for the first time. This season the Nuggets are also incorporating a brand new system for a brand new coach and through the first two games it is becoming very clear that that change is going to be radical. And through those games, things, for the most part, don’t look pretty. For the second straight game, Kenneth Faried was awful on both ends of the floor. The game started with a post-up attempt for the Manimal against Pau Gasol that ended with a face-up line drive jumper that predictably missed its mark. Faried got a few more post-up attempts and most of them ended in one of three ways.  He either immediately kicked the ball back out to the wing, turned and faced up his defender or tried a spin back to the middle of the paint. None of it worked. Faried ended the first half  2-5 from the field and one of those makes was another ugly jumper. Something that has become abundantly clear in the first two games of the preseason is that there just are not offensive skills in Faried arsenal and there never will be. The jumper is ugly; a low line drive that comes off his hand slow and not smooth at all, the only post move he has attempted so far is that spin back to the middle, and his floaters from Sunday night were all disasters. Defensively it wasn’t much better, as Faried was abused by Pau Gasol on multiple occasions. The Manimal rebounded the ball much better tonight then he did Sunday, but he never saw the floor in the third quarter when JJ Hickson started and Darrell Arthur came in as the bench power forward. A fourth quarter technical seemed to show bit of frustration on Faried’s part, and is something worth watching, especially if his starting job is truly up for grabs. On the opposite end of the spectrum was JaVale McGee. McGee’s box score numbers look pedestrian, he shot 6-13 from the field and only had seven rebounds, but the signs that McGee will be productive are there. Unlike Faried, who doesn’t look comfortable at all, JaVale seems smooth and most importantly comfortable in the post. The moves he makes are decisive, quick and varied. On Tuesday McGee showed a turnaround from the block, a hook shot, an elbow jumper and even caught an oop from his old buddy Andre Miller. Defensively the first half was a bit rough, as a few times McGee attacked an already defended player as they approached the rim leading to an easy dump down pass to Chris Kaman who finished with a wide open dunk. In the second half things were better as McGee tended to stay where he needed to be and stayed on the ground. The biggest thing to take from these first two games is that JaVale looks ready to be a starting center that Nuggets fans can trust. Additional Nuggets JJ Hickson was a disaster defensively. He constantly was out of position defending the pick-and-roll and at one point ran to the corner and left his man alone at the block as the ball was being dribbled directly at him. The play predictably led to Hickson’s man finishing with an easy dunk. But offensively Hickson is so much smoother than Faried that he may leave Brian Shaw no choice other than to start him if the ball is going to be going through the big men so often. Early fourth quarter Nate Robinson was fun. There will be a game or two Nate wins with that kind of silliness. Enjoy it when it happens. We saw both Nate/Ty and Dre/Nate back courts tonight. Shaw had hinted that the days of two point guard lineups were over but it looks that, at least to start the season, the Dre/Nate back court may be a common occurance. I’m not sure Anthony Randolph makes the roster. After fouling five times in nine first half minutes in Sunday’s game Randolph didn’t see the floor until the fourth quarter. Brian Shaw has m
about 16 hours ago
Better late than never, right? Right?
Better late than never, right? Right?
about 18 hours ago
On Sunday, Oct. 6th, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 97-88. They'll do it again, but instead of playing in L.A., the two teams are up in Ontario, Canada for tonight's tilt. Game time is at 8:00 p.m. MT and the game can...
On Sunday, Oct. 6th, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 97-88. They'll do it again, but instead of playing in L.A., the two teams are up in Ontario, Canada for tonight's tilt. Game time is at 8:00 p.m. MT and the game can been seen on NBA TV. Brian Shaw did a whole lot of tinkering with the lineups in Denver's first preseason game. He started Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Quincy Miller, Kenneth Faried, and JaVale McGee. That seems like a pretty standard lineup for what we've been hearing since Shaw was hired - with Quincy obviously starting in place of the injured Wilson Chandler (strained hamstring). But in the second half, Shaw came out with Lawson and McGee again, but went with Evan Fournier, Jordan Hamilton, and J.J. Hickson. That second half starting lineup played with better continuity and I thought it may have been because they were all familiar with each other, but that isn't the case with Hickson. Whatever the case, be on the lookout for Shaw's lineups tonight. Has Shaw found some combinations that he likes or will we see a hodgepodge of units again tonight? Enjoy tonight's game and let's us know your thoughts below ...
about 22 hours ago
Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson and his girlfriend Ashley Nicole Pettiford were both arrested back in August after a domestic dispute. The case involved broken cell phones and a verbal dispute, but has been dismissed in Arapahoe County Co...
Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson and his girlfriend Ashley Nicole Pettiford were both arrested back in August after a domestic dispute. The case involved broken cell phones and a verbal dispute, but has been dismissed in Arapahoe County Court, according to Kieran Nicholson of the Denver Post. "Based on our continued investigation and developments after the filing of the cases, we dismissed the cases in the interest of justice," said Lisa Pinto, a spokeswoman with the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office. Let's hope this is the last we hear from Lawson and Pettiford on any sort of domestic disputes. Lawson is the face of the Nuggets franchise and at just 25 years-old he has a bright future in Denver and has embraced the city. Keeping his name out of the headlines, for anything other than basketball, will help the city embrace the team's point guard. Again, the case has been dismissed.
about 23 hours ago
Playing for his fifth team in six seasons, the Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye enjoys familiarizing himself with a new city by visiting a different restaurant after each home game early in the season.
Playing for his fifth team in six seasons, the Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye enjoys familiarizing himself with a new city by visiting a different restaurant after each home game early in the season.
about 24 hours ago
“The anchor of the defense.” “Conventional.” “A presence in the middle.” “A true center.” If you dropped these phrases on most NBA fans and asked them who came to mind, it’s a near certainty that none of them would answer, “JaVale ...
“The anchor of the defense.” “Conventional.” “A presence in the middle.” “A true center.” If you dropped these phrases on most NBA fans and asked them who came to mind, it’s a near certainty that none of them would answer, “JaVale McGee.” And if in turn you surveyed them on how they’d describe McGee, you’d invariably end up with “bonehead,” “goofball” and “Shaqtin’-a-fool” on your short list of most common responses. New Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw appears to be on a mission to change all that, however. He’s taking the team in a more traditional, fundamentally sound direction, and a major part of that plan is running more of the offense through his frontcourt players, above all McGee, who will be given a larger role with more responsibilities than he ever had under George Karl. The Nuggets are not just hoping JaVale can rise to the challenge; they’re banking on it, both literally and figuratively. Shaw does want his team to continue playing at a relatively fast pace to take advantage of the team’s speed and Denver’s high altitude. So to a certain extent the freewheeling, breakneck Nuggets should remain fairly recognizable, and we can still expect to see the big men running the floor, cutting to the rim, and dunking and ooping with jaw-dropping athleticism. McGee will contentedly be in his comfort zone in those moments. But the foundational principles of Shaw’s offensive system will be dramatically different. He is working on implementing a more orthodox inside-out offense that represents a distinct departure from Karl’s dribble-drive-motion system, which was predicated on driving and attacking the rim from the perimeter. At the Nuggets’ media day presser last week (which you can listen to here on Altitude), Shaw was asked whether Wilson Chandler would continue to get some minutes at the power forward position, or would play more of a perimeter role. He replied: I would say more of a perimeter role. I want to stay true to — You know, we have a ton of fours and fives. And I want to — I can only draw off of my experiences as a player and a coach and the kind of teams that I’ve been around that have had success. And all of those teams have had the more conventional lineups where you have a power and a center. The Indiana team that I was a part of the last two years, when Frank Vogel took over he went back to that conventional style as opposed to what it was under Jim O’Brien where they had stretch fours… The teams that I’ve been on have had a true center and a power forward, and play inside-out. And that’s what I’d like to do. [...] [O]ffensively we are blessed to have big, athletic players who can get up and down the court, but I’ve said from the first day that we want to go to these guys inside — something that wasn’t really stressed before, and I understand why. But teams that I’ve been a part of, that’s been major, you know. Teams have had a presence in the middle, and we have to establish a presence in the middle, and we’re going to give them an opportunity to do that. Many Nuggets fans will welcome the change. Weary of all too many dream-crushing first round playoff exits, they have long clamored for a team better built to endure and thrive in the slower-paced, adjustment-heavy postseason grind. But the new direction also raises some critical questions: How well can the players Denver has on the roster adapt to and execute this new system? Does Shaw have the right personnel on board to translate his vision into reality? And when it comes to JaVale McGee, probably the most unconventional center – and perhaps player – in the entire league, most experts and fans will have their doubts about his ability to refine and channel his athleticism and talent into the more traditional mold Shaw is trying to shape for him. Can he adapt to this new role successfully, or at least make meani
1 day ago
An MRI has revealed that Wesley Johnson has a strained tendon in his left foot. Johnson reported feeling a "burning sensation" in his foot during Sunday night's preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets in the 1st half, and did not return the...
An MRI has revealed that Wesley Johnson has a strained tendon in his left foot. Johnson reported feeling a "burning sensation" in his foot during Sunday night's preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets in the 1st half, and did not return the floor. Johnson has struggled with his shooting in the preseason, going just 1-5 in the preseason thus far, but he remains in Mike D'Antoni's plans after an apparently strong performance in training camp. "It could be two bad games, it could be just whatever," D'Antoni said. "I told him today, if you look at the film -- and I don't think he's played well up to his potential -- but with him on the floor, we're a better team. He makes us better. So, that should be comforting that he doesn't have to press. But, we'll see. I think going forward, he'll get his rhythm." Johnson's status is listed as day-to-day, and there is no word yet as to whether the Lakers anticipate having Johnson for tomorrow night's re-match with the Nuggets. Hat tip to Dave Mcmenamin for the reporting included in this post
1 day ago