Friday, November 7, 2008
Game 5: Mavericks @ Nuggets
(Boulder-CO) All bets are off for tonight's game against the Mavericks. Chauncey Billups making his return to Denver marks the true beginning of a new era in Nuggets history and as to what we can expect out of the new Nuggs is a treat yet to be seen. I have a feeling it's going to be great, but before we crown the Nuggets champions of anything we need to understand that there may be an adjustment period for all involved now with Billups back in the Mile High City.
The wildcard/forgotten man in this whole whirlwind since the trade is Chiekh Samb. The 7'1" prospect who led the NBDL in blocks last year could help the Denver frontline tremendously with the continued injury problems of Stephen Hunter. Samb, who has decent shooting skills as well, could see minutes tonight if Nene and/or Chris Andersen fall into foul trouble.
As for the 2-2 Mavericks, they are fresh off a dominating performance against the San Antonio Spurs in which they held the Spurs under 40 points in the first half before eventually winning easily.
With that being said, I'm going to creep out on a limb and say the Nuggets win Chauncey's homecoming in front of a rabid Pepsi Center. I just have this feeling the Nuggets are a brand new, vastly improved team even though we've only traded on player.