The Denver Nuggets fell to 8-9 Friday night, as they were routed by the Los Angeles Lakers 122-103. If you had told Nuggets’ fans prior to the game that their team would lose this one scoring 100 points, they would have laughed in your face. After all, the Lakers had only mustered a 77 point effort in a loss to the Indiana Pacers three games earlier and were in the midst of losing three of their last four games.
But of course, the joke was on us. It’s always on us, isn’t it Nugget’ nation?
The Lakers bench went on to outscore Denver’s starters 61-56, highlighted by the face-palm-worthy performances of Antawn Jamison, who finished with a staggering 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Jodie Meekes, who dropped 21 on 7-8 shooting beyond the arc. If you had told me that Meeks would outscore Kobe Bryant(14pts), I would have laughed in your face again. But yeah, joke’s still on this guy.
Lastly, I could dive into the semantics of the entire 48 minute free-for-all the Lakers had, but I can sum it up quite nicely with the video below.
The loss pushes Nuggets losing streak to three games, already marking the third time this season Denver has been faced with a three game slump. But at least their being consistent somewhere, right?
But as always, what good is a loss unless I can over-analyze and overreact to each players performance?
Yeah, it’s still loss.. But, you’re stuck with me anyway. (players will not appear if they did not play at least at 25 minutes* – yes, it’s usually 15 but I’m still recovering from Dwight’s three.. give a guy a break.)
Danilo Gallinari: B+
It was another solid performance for our favorite Italian swingman Friday night, as he notched his second straight game shooting 50-plus percent. He finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds 3 assists and a sizzling 4-7 from deep in 31 minutes. It’s not perfect, but if you need something positive to hang your hat on right now, which I know I do, Gallo is the best (and really the only) place to start.
Kenneth Fared: D-
Fine, I didn’t give him an F because I like him. If anything we can give him a at least a D- for just having cool hair. Regardless, he only grabbed two rebounds on the night, so that really says it all. He only saw 20 minutes of action and appeared entirely disjointed in it. He shot 4-6 for 8 points though, so that’s something. I guess.
Ty Lawson: F
We all knew Lawson was going to be the Nuggets’ key to success int his one, as he was matched up against Darius Morris and Chris Duhon. Unfortunately, he went into straight dud mode, providing anything but a spark offensively past the first quarter. He was noticeably outplayed by Duhon, who finished with eight assists to Lawson’s five and one turnover to five turnovers, respectively. Lawson finished with 9 points on 3-11 shooting and 0-4 from outside.
Andre Iguodala: C
14 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and the little nugget of fun below.
Andre Miller: B-
He was Andre Miller, I don’t really know what else to say. He didn’t make a lasting impact on the game but still remains that old guy at the Y that’s a lot better than you. He finished with 10 points on 5-8 shooting, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, a block and a steal. I only bothered listing those last two because they make me feel better.
The Nuggets will finally have home game Monday night against the Toronto Raptors before heading out on a grueling five game road trip. You can tune in and support them on December 3rd via NBA League Pass at 9 PM ET. Keep in mind that Denver went on a four game winning streak the last time they dropped three straight, so keep your heads up Nuggets’ Nation and be sure to check back at Rant Sports daily for everything blue and gold.