Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Nuggets vs. Warriors Preview

(Boulder-CO) Here’s to hoping that the Nuggets do not overlook a Golden State Warrior team that they should beat tonight as they have on three occasions already this season. The Nuggets will be without Carmelo Anthony who stayed behind in Denver to be with his fiancé La La Vazquez for the birth of their first child. Tonight is also another pivotal game as the Nuggets are 29-29 overall, 13-13 on the road, and still in a very tight playoff race in the Western Conference.

I’m looking for the Nuggets to bring the same kind of defensive attention to Golden State as they did against the NOOCH. Guys were flying around, switching effectively, and the defensive rotation was spirited. As a result the Hornets were held to 39 percent from the field and the Nuggets enjoyed the luxury of coasting, maybe even a little bit too much, during the fourth quarter.

While the Nuggets will be shorthanded without Carmelo Anthony, the Warriors are just beginning to get all their horses back in the stable. In their last game against the Detroit Pistons, a win might I add, Jason Richardson, Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson all played after all missing time for assorted different reasons. Jason Richardson scored 29 points most notably, but the point being is this isn’t exactly the same team the Nuggets have beaten the last three times this season.

My main focal point for tonight’s game is going to be defense in transition. Both of these teams love to get out and run off defensive rebounds and I feel that the team that does the better job of slowing the other down will win. Denver and Golden State both average 105 points a game so it will not only be the first team to hit a hundred that wins, but also perhaps the team that keeps the other from getting there.

Is this a big game? I’ll let Allen Iverson answer that. The Answer states, “We need any win we can get. We have to concentrate on one game at a time and just worry about the game we are playing. Tonight was a big game (referring the Hornets), but the rest of the games from here on out are going to be big games.”

Know thy enemy, Nuggets Nation. Be sure to head over to for easily the most comprehensive Warriors coverage on the ‘net. The guys over there do a great job, trust me.

Tip is set for 8:30 pm MST. Go Nuggets, make the Warriors whimper!

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