This has been a rough offseason for the Nuggs as they lost their star shooting guard Andre Iguodala to their rival Golden State Warriors. They’re still anxiously awaiting the return of their second-leading scorer in Danilo Galinari and they’re dealing with injuries to promising newcomers like Wilson Chandler.
However, all teams must overcome obstacles throughout an NBA season, and one thing to keep in mind is that we are only four games into the season thus far.
Last night’s victory could not of come at a better time for the Nuggets as they lost their season opener on a last-second missed lay-up by Ty Lawson and then gave up a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter against the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs two games later. These lapses in mental toughness are something they will need to surmount if they want to be successful in the future.
As for the Hawks, they showed a lot of heart in last night’s game, leaving it all on the floor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to beat the struggling Nuggets. The month of November will be a true test for the Hawks as they will face the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and the recently hot Charlotte Bobcats. We’ll see what they’re made of in the coming weeks.
One thing the Hawks do have to celebrate is the emergence of Paul Milsap as a star, as he dropped 29 points and 10 rebounds in last night’s game and could take the place of Josh Smith‘s absence on their roster.
Each team has a lot to take away from last night’s game. For the Nuggets, they can be happy about getting their first win, which they can build upon for future progress. The Hawks need to take a look back at and try an fix some things in order to keep leads late in the fourth quarter. In the grand scheme of things, both teams need to keep in mind that it’s a long season, and every small victory is a step towards progression and eventually making the playoffs.