Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Charlotte Only Poses Threat for a Half

(FortColins-CO) Whatever was said at halftime to the Nuggets by Coach George Karl sparked the Nuggets out of a funk and got the team on the right foot. After a dismal second quarter, the Nuggets were being beat at halftime 57-45. The Nuggets had come out firing in the first quarter with a twelve point lead, but found themselves tied going into the second before the aforementioned collapse.

The team was sparked by Francisco Elson recording his second career double-double and by Andre Miller posting a season high 15 assists. Marcus Camby also recorded a double-double with 14 points and twelve rebounds to go with his five swatted shots. Carmelo was Carmelo, scoring 24 points while shooting an even 50% from the field.

Once the third quarter began it was apparent that the Charlotte Bobcats were not going to be able to compete with the Nuggets. Denver came out blistering and scored 30 points in the quarter and held the Bobcats to a stingy 14. The Nuggets kept up the trend of harassing defense through the finish and cranked the defense up another notch only allowing eleven in the fourth quarter.

Kudos to two Denver Nuggets that picked up the intensity of their games in this contest. Greg Buckner recorded what could have been his best game of the entire season. He recorded 19 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Most importantly he gave the Nuggets a defensive identity and 34 solid minutes in the win. In a breakout game, Linas Kleiza contributed 13 points and six rebounds. The Nuggets first year player was tremendous in his allotted minutes and made the most out of his opportunity.

With Eduardo Najera rehabbing his knee, and Kenyon Martin nursing a bruise that dates back before the All-Star break. It was imperative that Kleiza step up and he did. I hope Kenyon Martin gets traded. It is obvious that the Denver Nuggets have enough help at the power forward slot and would be well advised to trade Kenyon for someone who can be a consistent addition to the squad.

The Nuggets are on again at Minnesota to take on the division rival Timberwolves. The second half of the season is going to separate the pretenders from the contenders. The Nuggets need to give us a repeat performance of last season’s second half run. George, whatever you said at halftime seemed to work. Keep these guys motivated down the stretch and we will have to see what this team can do when the pressure is on.


Anonymous said...

Why is kenyon still sitting out? I didnt think that he would still need time off after the All-Star break.

Nugg Doctor said...

In Reply to Anonymous:

If I knew the answer to that it would be a perfect world. I'm hoping that a trade is in the works and that is why he was not active in tuesday's game.

Kevin Leary said...

Kenyon is sitting because its hard to run with a strained vaginal muscle. Ah!

Nugg Doctor said...

In reply to anonymous:

It just came to my attention that I did not answer the question in a literal sense. Kenyon Martin is sitting out because of bruising his right, and surgically repaired, knee in his last game appearance.

Anonymous said...

Haha!! Kush that is some funny shit. I couldn't agree with you more.