Monday, April 18, 2011

Net Difference

Hit like Foreman when I'm brawlin
Those who think I'm fallin, I'll play your monkey-ass like a organ

The Nuggets can blame the officials all they want for butchering last night's loss to the Thunder, but they were probably expecting OKC to get the calls. After all, Kevin Durant is the brightest young star in the Western Conference and David Stern's TV buddies love those stars. Russell Westbrook has seemingly come out of nowhere to become a Robin to Durant's Batman, so he'll get the coddled calls too.

That said, the Nugs played well and with enough attitude to win until the refs blew a goaltending call that would make a Gus Macker ref blush. Kendrick Perkins had more net in his hand than Peter Parker. One ref was about four feet from the play, the others had prime views from the three point line. Rather than a slow it down play to Nene with a one point lead, the Nuggets festered and never regained their swagger.

The Nuggets have good players but no marquee names, something that has been brought up constantly by the experts, talking heads, and pundits. Last night we saw that manifest itself as the Nugs looked ruddlerless late in the game, Nene found himself wide open not wanting to take a shot, Raymond Felton chucked up a shot that landed in Tulsa, Gallo couldn't get an separation. The stars in Denver or the refs weren't burning bright.

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Anonymous Spotwood said...

I see it differently.

I saw Durant and Westbrook combine for 70+ points and shoot a much higher percentage than their season numbers.

I saw the Nuggets shoot 55% from the FT line.

I saw the Thunder shoot one of their highest percentages of the season from the 3 point line.

I saw the Nuggets with injury issues.

I saw the Thunder win a game at home that they were supposed to win by 4 points having all these things happen in their favor.

As a Nuggets fan, I saw a lot of reason for optimism in this series. The lack of a crunch time guy is a myth. Sure, Kenyon shouldn't be shooting 22 footers but I don't blame that on not having a 'superstar'.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the playoffs there's no moral victories. For them to win 4 of 6 is going to be tough. Steal G1 and we have a diff story. Crunch time guy should be Gallo or JR no questions asked

8:59 AM  
Anonymous calvin natty light said...

Affalo is the guy to take the last shot. Hands down. There's one ball in the game. And theres one clock. You cant play team basketball with only one shot in a game.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is an ill wind that blows nobody good.

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point spread is not a predictor of performance, dummy.

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