Before the Denver Nuggets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers a reporter asked coach George Karl how he goes about winning in the NBA without a superstar. The Nuggets showed how to do so, with eight players in double figures.
Denver started their four game road trip against a Cavaliers team lead by second-year player Kyrie Irving, and will look to duplicate their stellar all-around performance against a Boston Celtics team that is also on a hot streak of their own, having won six in a row. In their last game they destroyed the ailing Los Angeles Lakers 116-95.
With trade rumors set aside, Kevin Garnett looks to keep the Celtics in a rhythm without their All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, who is out for the season after tearing his ACL on January 25.
The Nuggets look to improve their not-so-great road record and if they score 114.6 points, which is what they’re averaging in their winning streak, they will most likely win the game against the Celtics. They held the Cavaliers to 44% shooting, owned the glass with 46 rebounds to 38 and outscored the Cavs in the paint 62-32. If they can put up these same numbers in Boston, the game will be won.
Weather permitting, the game in a blizzard-beaten Beantown will be a test for the Nuggets and their league best 9 straight victories. A team effort will be needed to beat the Celtics and every starting player and every bench player will look to help a team that had no players selected to next Sunday’s All-Star Game in Houston.
Coach Karl said, “We’re going to try and shock the world and become the first team to win a championship without an All-Star.” A championship starts with winning games on the road. If the Nuggets continue to play as a team they cannot be stopped and will continue to string together victories, whether at home or on the road.