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RECAP: Nuggets 109, Hawks 107

Cole Patty —  November 8, 2013

FINAL

DEN(1-3) 109 – 107 (2-3)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 29 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast, 2 stls
T. Lawson (DEN): 23 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Even though it is still in early November, this is a game that hurts. The Nuggets are a struggling team going under a coaching change of their own, and shouldn’t really be fighting for a playoff spot this season. In order to alleviate some of the growing pains that Atlanta is suffering with figuring out the new system and the rotations, these are the teams that they will be required to beat. It didn’t happen however, and poor perimeter defense is a huge part of it. Denver shot 14-for-25 from three, and Ty Lawson was devastating in the second half. This has seemed to be a recurring issue with the team, and hopefully they will figure things out on the outside on that end soon.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al took advantage of the nice matchup he got with the Nuggets’ frontcourt. He finished with a line of 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. Was it a little disheartening that it took him 21 shots to get to those 21 points? Sure, but he also only shot one free throw despite playing inside a decent amount. His last shot of the game also could have been kicked out to Korver, but he was still solid on both ends despite those two critiques. 8/10

Paul Millsap: Millsap also took advantage of Denver’s frontcourt and he did so in a big, big way. Paul’s statline is above, but he was also 10-for-15 from the field and a solid 2-for-3 from deep. Everything that Millsap seemingly shot for a long period of the game was finding net, and he seemed to always grab his rebounds through traffic. Interesting to note that he missed split his late free throw and missed a late shot after going down with some sort of knee pain. One has to wonder if that affected how he finished, but regardless, he was stellar all night. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre had another tough night from deep, but finally found the bottom of the net with a right corner three in the third quarter. Still, he took another four tonight after taking four against the Kings, and if he can’t make more than one out of eight he probably should cool it on the deep ball. His cuts, however, were solid, and he gave Denver’s defense problems with his off-ball movement. Defensively, Carroll wasn’t the issue. He also wasn’t really a solution either, and needs to take a step up on that side of the court. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Offensively, Jeff keeps putting in strong nights as a play-maker. He had another 11 assists tonight, and seems to like what Bud has been giving him as a passer. Scoring wise, Jeff had more downs than ups. He was avoiding contact with JaVale McGee tonight, and kept trying to float the ball over the top ineffectively. He also got completely torched defensively by Lawson, and really needs to play to higher level when the guy across from him is so good. He also can’t be slow up and down the court like he was tonight, Denver air or not. 2/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle was the best perimeter player on the Hawks at both ends. He was efficient scoring, going 6-10 and 2-4 from deep. He also was clearly the best defensive perimeter player, as he didn’t look as lost off the ball as others did tonight. Adding in two steals and two blocks helps too. 7/10 Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 57-25 (3rd in West)z-nuggets

Playoff Result: Lost in First Round

Key Additions: Nate Robinson (free agent), J.J. Hickson (free agent), Randy Foye (free agent), Brian Shaw (coach), Tim Connelly (general manager)

Key Losses: Andre Iguodala (trade), Corey Brewer (free agent), Kosta Koufos (trade), George Karl (coach), Masai Ujiri (general manger)

Projected 2013-14 Record: 36-46 (9th in West)*

What to Expect: “So much of coaching is you cheat your family,” George Karl muttered solemnly to a room full of reporters. He paused, fighting back tears, “This is not about me. This is about a lot of people.” Karl, the 62-year-old head basketball coach of the Nuggets, was accepting his 2013 Coach of the Year award. Less than a month later, he was fired by the organization that he had just led to a franchise record 57 wins. His firing is a cold reminder that the NBA is a business. And when winning regular season games doesn’t equate to playoff victories – Karl was 21-38 in the playoffs with the Nuggets, only escaping the first round once in nine seasons – the nature of business, that only the strong survive, takes over. Continue Reading…

You already know about the NBA’s All-Star game and weekend festivities. Well, Robby and I came up with a new idea for the NBA: the Anti All-Star game, with the big-man three point contest and Austin Rivers challenge among the events.