The road is not a kind place to the Denver Nuggets. After having a torrid January, where they went 12-3 with most of those wins coming at home, Denver has lost their last three games, all on the road. Their first two road games of this mini three game road trip were tough, last-second losses that diminished their confidence.
A 3OT heartbreaker to Boston began their trip while a last second Toronto jumper added salt to the reopened road wound on Tuesday. After those two losses, it was almost a forgone conclusion that the Nuggets would struggle in their first ever visit to take on the Brooklyn Nets.
At one point in the third quarter, Denver was down by 20 and they wound up losing 119-108 in Brooklyn. Injuries have started to pile up during this road trip and by the end of the game on Wednesday, the Nuggets had role players Anthony Randolph and Jordan Hamilton playing significant minutes.
As of right now the Nuggets are missing Danillo Gallinari and Andre Igoudala, two of their key guys, to injuries and it’s forcing some weird lineups. I’m sure that head coach George Karl would not like to have to rely on guys like Randolph or Hamilton to carry a part of the scoring load like they have had to do the past two games.
There’s nothing they can really do about injuries, but they can try to improve their road play, which is something that has lacked all season. I’m not sure what it is that prevents the Nuggets from playing on the road like they do at home, but there’s something missing. Most people would point to the fact that the Nuggets don’t have a star player to create their own offense down the stretch and that is a notable point. Denver had three opportunities to win in Boston, but each time they failed to so because they don’t have a clutch shooter to create offense.
As the All-Star break starts tomorrow night, the Nuggets will have time to regroup and heal before they get the second half of the season underway back at home against the Celtics.