First on the docket is the due date of Carmelo Anthony’s first child. His fiancee, LaLa Vazquez is due to give birth to a baby boy on Tuesday, March 6th, and Carmelo seems to be very excited. In an article written by Chris Tomasson of The Rocky Mountain News, Carmelo is quoted saying, “I painted it myself. . . . Nautical blue,” when talking about his new son’s bedroom.
What has me most intrigued right now is how the Nuggets are going to fare in this next stretch of eight games with six of eight at the Pepsi Center. The competition is stiff, (Rockets, Hornets, Warriors, Pistons, Kings, ‘Blazers, Lakers, and the Suns), but the two games on he road are against two very mediocre teams in the Warriors and the Kings. I feel that if the Nuggets can somehow snag at least five wins in this stretch that they can enter the looming 18 games, where only five games are at home, with a stronger sense of confidence and trust in each other. The final 18 games kick-off with a five-game Eastern Conference road trip and include a three game scamper out west to see the Suns, Sonics, and Lakers and another three game jaunt against the Jazz, Hornets, and Grizzlies. They say that teams are solidified on the road, so hopefully after the outlined stretch of games at home; the Nuggets will be ready to have each other’s backs once they embark on the odyssey. Should be very interesting.
So to recap the basketball situation at present in Denver, with the last two wins the Nuggets have moved back into the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff race and it is not inconceivable that they could catch the Lakers for the sixth seed. The Lakers have lost only three fewer times than the Nuggets and are 33-25 overall. If Denver can continue to build on the things we all saw last night, and with any luck get J.R. Smith back into the line-up sooner rather than later, there is no doubt in my mind that they can go on a winning tear and move up in the playoff situation. Denver even gets to host the Lakers in their home gym once in their next three remaining match-ups and those games are going to be critical if the Nuggets are to take a shot at the sixth seed. Look, there has never been any question that the Nuggets have the talent to be a real threat in the playoffs, but what has been pondered is if and when they were going to figure out everybody’s role and how to use them in harmony with the superstars.
After last night, the impending good omen that the birth of Carmelo’s son brings, and the future return of J.R. Smith I think that the Nuggets are going to get hot in the next few weeks. I know that the schedule is tough after this home stand, but remember, the Nuggets were a team that thrived on the road earlier this season. For some odd reason Denver likes to make things dramatic. And for the fans, that is what makes it fun. Go Nuggets!