Yes, the Mc-Nuggets are tasty morsels that even the lowliest of NBA teams can feast upon them. I previously wrote about what I saw as a certain decline for the Nuggets, and although they are currently above .500, I stand by my prediction that they won't be there at the end of the season. Last night's loss to the bottom-of-the-pack Utah Jazz was about as bad as it gets.
The above pics show only one reason for the loss, although it was a major one - Gordon Hayward. He had his way with the Nuggets, and here is a real gem - Hayward and the Jazz back-court scored 53 points, and Denver's back-court scored 0. That's right, zero, zip, nada, the big goose-egg, etc. And, continuing a very bad trend, the Nuggets shot only 14 for 24 from the free-throw line whilst the Jazz were 19 for 20. I think that I could shoot 50% at the charity strip with my eyes closed.
Last year, the Nuggets lost three home games the ENTIRE season. They just lost their third last night, which means 6 and 3 at home, and 13 and 9 over all thus far. I think that is not indicative of how their record will end because they haven't been playing any good teams - a lot of tough games are coming up soon and it is doubtful that they will win half of them.
I said it previously, but will say it again - the change from a run-them-out-of-the-house style to a walk-it-up-and-watch is disheartening. Good grief - it's a mile high in Denver and as last year showed, you should be able to wear down any team that comes to town. Denver still has some fast guys, but I don't see much emphasis on quickly getting the ball up the court. Everyone tells me what a great coach Brian Shaw is, but I haven't seen it yet. Last night, the third quarter crew was clicking, getting the lead back after being down by 16. Shaw substitutes [not unreasonable] but his choices were very dubious, particularly going with Lawson who missed several games because of a hamstring pull, and had a grand total of 0 points for the evening.
Hopeful that the Nuggets will prove me wrong - not holding my breath. Go Avs!