Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Nuggets vs. Spurs Preview

(Boulder-CO) The Denver Nuggets will take the national stage tonight when they face-off with the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center. The really good news is that J.R. Smith has been paroled by warden, I mean, Commissioner David Stern for his involvement in the big fracas in New York ten games ago. The bad news is the Spurs are really, really good and a victory tonight is going to take an extraordinary effort by EVERYBODY if the Nuggets are going to be victorious.

There are also some injuries to note on both sides of the floor tonight that could play a critical role for each team. First, and more importantly, the Nuggets are potentially going to have to go without Earl Boykins due to a strained left hamstring listed as a game time decision. Luckily, a couple of other Nuggets, (Najera, Camby, and Nene), are a little bit banged up too, but have been for a while and are probably good to go for tonight’s game. Eduardo Najera will be especially critical tonight as he, along with others, are going to shoulder the majority of the load guarding Tim “The Big Fundamental” Duncan.

The Spurs on the other hand are missing a couple pieces tonight for sure. Frenchy guard Tony Parker will most likely not be in action tonight according to one of my sources as he is still ailing from a strained hip. I don’t know about you, but if Eva Longoria was my girlfriend I would have a strained hip too! I kid, I kid…

The other Spur that will definitely not be in the lineup tonight is former Nugget Francisco Elson. Elson, who I have referred to as the biggest seven-foot cupcake in the game after watching him for three excruciating years, has missed seven straight games with a torn right rotator cuff and did not make the trip back to Denver to see his old mates. Best of luck to Francisco with returning from that injury. He did have some quality flashes while in Denver, but was just not a favorite of mine (See stats while playing for the Denver Nuggets).

So here is my breakdown of how we mach-up and the chance of the Nuggets winning this game. Up front, the Nuggets should be physical with the Spurs front line because we have the guys that can come in a provide energy if guys like Najera and Nene get into a touch of foul trouble. I’m thinking Reggie Evans in particular, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a healthy dose of Sampson too, so we can set the tone for what should be a very intense, message-sending, game with the Spurs.

In the backcourt, the Nuggets should have the upper-hand with Iverson and Smith expected to start. Bruce Bowen can’t guard both of them and Beno Udrih has little to-no-shot stopping either man offensively. The guy that scares me in this game is Manu Ginobili. He is a slippery son-of-a-gun and has been notorious for giving the Nuggets headaches on offense with his fish-out-of-water flops and flails. If the Nuggets can hold Manu in check their chances of winning go up exponentially.

My other critical match-up is Marcus Camby and Fabricio Oberto. Fabricio doesn’t have tremendous stats, but he is the kind of guy that can bother the hell out a player on defense. If Marcus can take the upper-hand in this match-up it will force Tim Duncan to rotate over on defense. Leaving the likes of Reggie Evans and Eduardo Najera with the chance to establish great position on the offensive boards.

Now time for a little funny… Oberto looks a lot like Kevin Federline if K-Fed were to grow about ten inches. I had never noticed it until today, but the resemblance is strikingly evident. You tell me what you think in the comments section. Go Nuggets!


Stumbleweed said...

Good call on the Oberto lookalike -- I knew he looked like someone I've seen, but I couldn't put my ifnger on it. And yeah, I think we have a good chance with Parker out especially. It'll hurt to not have Earl's speed and shooting off the bench, but without Parker, the Spurs are a hell of a lot slower (and not able to keep up with the Nuggets break regardless)...

I think we're going to have to run them out of the building -- they're a fairly old/slow team (especially without Parker)... If we can get some turnovers on defense, then I think our break will be overwhelming with their personnel. JR and AI should have good scoring nights, especially if Marcus or somebody else can carry some of the scoring load and get Timmy tired.

When JR hits that first open three tonight, I'm gonna lose it. SO happy to have him back. I'll be wearing my #1 and cursing loudly at that rat bastard Ginobili. I hope there aren't too many kids around. Oh yeah, it's Youth night... great.

nanananana said...

good call on the look alike-very wise ol' nugg dr. The Nuggets need to win so whatever it takes they better get after it. GO NUGG'S!

Nugg Doctor said...

Thanks guys... Ever since I found that amazing page with all the NBA/Celeb look-a-likes that I referenced a couple of articles back,(see Nuggs vs. Sixers recap),I have kinda been on a kick lately.

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctr

Fence said...

It will be interesting to finally see the Nuggs' stretch-run backcourt in action. J.R.'s outside shooting will be a nice compliment to Iverson's penetration. Hopefully his driving will create a lot of open looks for Smith.