Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Game 46: Nuggets @ Hornets

(Denver-CO) The only thing the Nuggets Nation needs to know about tonight's game with the Hornets is Chris Paul. I'm not gay, not there's anything wrong with it, but I do have a serious man-crush on CP3! If the Nuggets can contain Paul from having a triple or quadruple double (don't laugh, he missed it by three steals two nights ago) their chances of winning go up exponentially with fellow Hornets All-Star, David West sidelined with back spasms.

But allow me to gush about Paul for a second. Even without West in the line-up and the balky ankle of Tyson Chandler, CP3 has taken this team and put them on his back for five wins in their last six games. He is easily the best point guard in the league today, perhaps should have won the MVP last year over Mr. Bryant, and is well on his way to having one of the best seasons by a point guard since the days of, dare I say... Magic Johnson. He can beat you with his offense, he can beat you with his defense, or he can beat you by setting up others on his team on offense. As he goes, so do the Hornets. And, if he gets his motor running hot he can be an unstoppable force much like LeBron, Kobe, or our local superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Dahntay Jones will probably get the starting assignment of trying to slow Paul down, but it's going to take a conscious team effort to keep him from slicing through the Denver D like a hot comb on nappy-ass hair (credit Outkast for the analogy). Look for Anthony Carter to come in early in an attempt to match up with CP3 after Jones gets into early foul trouble.

Other than my obvious obsession with Chris Paul, I do feel the Nuggets walk away tonight with the W because the Hornets are so shorthanded without West and Chandler. With that being said, Denver can ill-afford to lose track of "Dont' Call, I'll" Peja Stojakovic around the three-point line after he hit six big bombs against the Sixers in the Hornets' last win and an average of 3.6 makes over his last five games.

Go Nuggets!

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