Timofey Mozgov showed again Tuesday night in a 111-87 NBA victory for the Denver Nuggets over the Brooklyn Nets that he can get the hot hand about anytime he wants and be a valuable contributor for his team. Mozgov just has to keep finding that hand more often. He’s been losing it too many games.
Denver has won seven straight and 10 out of their last 12.
In his last two games, Mozgov has shown he can be a valuable contributor for the team, and the type of player the Nuggets can count upon down the stretch. His rebounding has been awesome in recent games. He’s played 31 minutes in each of his last two games. In the Nuggets 112-98 win Sunday over the Toronto Raptors he was 6-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 in free-throws for 16 points and 15 boards. Then against the Nets, not only does he shoot 6-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-5 at the line for 17 points, but he also grabs 20 rebounds.
Mozgov’s highest single-game rebounding total was 10 boards going into December. His performance the past two games is showing the Nuggets how much untapped potential he has for this season. Their streak might not end any time soon if he keeps playing at this pace. For the season, he came into Tuesday’s game averaging 8.6 points and 6.3 assists as a center coming from off the bench. Mozgov doesn’t have to be a starter in order to be a major contributor for the Nuggets. He just needs to play to his potential each time he comes off the bench and the Nuggets will be beneficiaries every time.