The Denver Nuggets won their most important game of the season on Friday night with a home win over the New Orleans Hornets. Now before you start questioning my sanity, let me explain. That’s the exact type of game that the Nuggets tend to give away and while it wasn’t an impressive win, they did what they had to do. It very well could be a sign of maturity.
January was a great month for the Nuggets with a 12-3 record but it should have been 14-1. They lost home games to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards, two of the bottom feeders in the NBA. The problem goes deeper than just those two horrific losses; the Nuggets do this every season. It is the primary reason they are always a seventh or eighth seed in the playoffs; they lose home games to teams they should beat. Every team loses a game they should win every now and then but the Nuggets do it five or six times a season.
Friday night versus the Hornets had all the makings of one of those games and the Nuggets did not let it happen. The Hornets are terrible; the Nuggets are rolling and have three days off after Friday’s contest. All of those factors usually spell doom for the Nuggets but they did something that they haven’t always done, they put forth a professional effort and won a game while not playing their best.
No one is going to remember this game as the season wears on but it was an important one. It keeps the momentum going and the Nuggets now head into a mini-break feeling good about where they are. A loss on Friday night and all the good feelings of January are gone. However they got the win and remain one of the hottest teams in the league with their sixth straight win, maybe they have finally learned their lesson. Maybe.
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