2013 NBA Playoffs: Should Denver Nuggets be Worried About Another Early Exit?

By Joseph Newsome
Isaiah J. Downing-US Presswire

The Golden State Warriors came into the Pepsi Center and stole a game against the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA postseason. Stephen Curry and the rest of the starters were able to overcome the injury of All-Star David Lee and snapped the Nuggets’ 24-game home winning streak. The Nuggets narrowly won game one thanks to a last-second drive from Andre Miller, and got blown-out in game 2 as the Warriors couldn’t miss a shot.

The Warriors have proven to be the better team so far this series, but it’s early and Denver is still overcoming injury.

Kenneth Faried came off the bench to play some minutes, but wasn’t really effective. Can Ty Lawson and company rally to win one or two in Oakland? To make it to the next round they are going to have to win at least one on the road, as well as the two other games (if necessary) at home.

Andre Iguodala understands what’s at stake and knows the series is far from over. “They came in here and won one game. It’s our turn to go out there and try to do the same-if not get two,” he said after losing Tuesday night.

The defense was horrendous for the Nuggets and Iguodala and the rest of Denver’s D must find a way to pressure Curry and others. The starters were the only ones for the Warriors to produce and Coach George Karl has got to do something to get the team to play better defense.

Many are calling for JaVale McGee to get the start and play more minutes than Kosta Koufos, who is not playing well on either end of the court thus far in the playoffs. McGee might be able to spark the offense and his length is always a threat to block shots and gather defensive rebounds. The offense seems to produce no matter what, but the defense needs some work.

There’s no way in hell the Warriors shoot nearly 65 percent again, right? Contesting shots and having the right guys on the floor is key to a victory Friday night in Oakland. Hopefully, Faried will start getting back to game speed, enough at least to unleash the Manimal.

It’s not the end of the Nuggets’ playoff hopes and a loss at home might get them going again. They have shown they can beat Golden State in their home building during the regular season. The playoffs is a different game and the full roster of the Nuggets must continue to adapt in order to take ahold of games, even the road games.

The Nuggets still have a chance to win this series and avoid another early exit from the playoffs. They’ve given a little hope to the Warriors and now the team must win one away to take back the hope. The roster for the Nuggets is deeper than the Warriors and this has to become evident as the series wears on.

Joe Newsome is a Denver Nuggets contributing writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @josocah, check out his Facebook page and add him to your network on Google.

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