Thursday, April 10, 2008
Nuggets vs. Warriors: Game 79 Preview
(Boulder-CO) So, it all boils down to this: Nuggs vs. 'Dubs for the leg up on who gets in the playoffs and who gets to go home early. Here are six critical points for tonight's pivotal game:
J.R. Smith: Headband or no headband, Smith has to play smart, aggressive, and fundamental basketball. Cut out all the hot dogging, bad shots, and lazy passes and I don't think there is a more explosive player in the league.
Marcus Camby: How about some offense? The Captain gives this team a completely different edge when he scores. The rebounds will be there, the blocks are sure to come (especially with the Denver defense being as weak as it is), so a three-pronged effort by the Camby-man would be huge.
Kenyon Martin: Bring that swagger, K-Mart. You can be one of the toughest customers in the league when you get yourself started early. Be sure to do so, and stay out of foul trouble!
Baron Davis: As he goes, so do the 'Dubs. Make him play both ends of the floor and don't be afraid to make him earn his from the free-throw line (his own mind is his worst enemy).
Stephen Jackson: He likes to slide backwards into his jumpshot. Do not leave him enough space to take that step back and fire. And just like B-Diddy... get in his head! He'll take himself right out of the game if flustered.
George Karl: The Warriors can score points in huge bunches. Don't let the game get away from Denver by waiting to call timeout. You're our sixth man! Stay on top of the momentum swings and by my assessment it wouldn't be a bad idea to try 'Khouba on Baron Davis. He has six fouls to burn and is surely well rested!
It's plain and simple... win and you're almost in. Lose and schedule an off season cruise. Which Nuggets are going to show up tonight? We'll see soon enough...