Unfortunately, by the end of the first quarter the Spurs had made a resounding statement, dismantling the Nuggets 33-15. A trend that only gained momentum throughout the course of the game, as Denver never claimed a quarter and were absolutely crushed 126-100.
The loss pushes the Nuggets to 4-6 on the season, and they now find themselves amidst a three-game losing streak.
That said, what good is a loss If I’m not there to over-analyze and overreact to each players performance? Oh, it’s still terrible? Well, you’re stuck with me anyway.
Here’s my grade for each individual Denver player’s performance. (players will not appear if they did not play at least 15 minutes*)
Kenneth Faried: B
As much as we would like to see the manimal swipe up 20 rebounds a night, it’s not realistic. Tonight he was more man than animal in the stat sheet, but he was still relatively productive adding 14 points(5-8FG), 5 rebounds and 2 steals. #FreeTheManimal
Danilo Gallinari: B
Oh Gallo, will you never be our Manu Ginobli? While your efficient 15 points(7-13FG) and 7 rebounds were a breath of fresh air, your four turnovers were decidedly not. I’m not sure if I can buy into Gallinari as a future star, or if I ever really did, but tonight was the kind of production we could really use from him on a nightly basis. Well, minus the turnovers.
Kosta Koufos: F
Congratulations, Koufos. Your play continues to make JaVale McGee look like the second coming of David Robinson of the bench.
Andre Iguodala: D
9 points(3-8FG), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and three turnovers. Iggy just never got into the flow of this one, and his stat line clearly shows that. He also looked like a human turnstile on defense. It’s little cause for concern though, as Iguodala has an elite work ethic and won’t cut himself any slack.
Ty Lawson: D
I think the basketball universe has some kind of weird rule that players have to struggle after signing a massive contract, just to keep things interesting. (And no, James Harden doesn’t count, his beard plays by no rules.) Regardless, Lawson is amidst a two-game slump and only mustered 13 points(5-13FG), 5 assists, 2 steals and 5 turnovers. If you’re getting depressed at this point of the article, much like I am writing it, feel free to cling to his 3 of 5 shooting from deep as a beacon of hope. I know I am.
JaVale McGee: A
Easily the lone players truly worthy of an A this week. He continues to prove my point that his talents are being massively underutilized on the bench. He posted 12 points(6-10FG), a team-high 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in only 20 minutes of play. #FreeMcGee
Andre Miller: D
4 points, 3 assists. He was also looked like his was chasing the arena lights on defense, as opposed to actually guarding his man.
Corey Brewer: B
13 points(4-9), 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Brewer also surprisingly connected on 2 of his 3 attempts from beyond the arc. I still don’t know whether to groan or cheer when he’s checked in, but he certainly keeps things interesting.
The Nuggets look to snap their three-game losing streak against the Memphis Grizzlies Nov. 19th.