Denver Nuggets’ Bench Starting To Produce As Expected

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets have seen a fair share of struggles this year but they got a solid display in what has been a roller-coaster season so far.

The team led by Brian Shaw played without Andre Miller – who is currently suspended due to detrimental conduct to the team – and even though the starters couldn’t produce against the Memphis Grizzlies, the bench players ended up carrying the offense on the route to a close 111-108 win.

Ty Lawson finished with a double-double – 18 points and 12 assists – and he was the only started able to put up consistent numbers against the tough Grizzlies’ defensive unit. The spark the team needed came from the bench and Timofey MozgovEvan Fournier and Nate Robinson all had productive nights that were key to end up getting a much-needed win.

Robinson scored 15 points and dished seven assists, often fulfilling the void left by Miller in a scenario that could become permanent if the Nuggets end up parting ways with the 15-year veteran. Fournier added 12 points and the Russian big man contributed with 16 points and seven rebounds. Mozgov has improved vastly this season and he would easily start in many NBA teams based on his play this year.

With the win, the Nuggets ended a season-high losing streak that reached eight games but the positive result can’t hide the fact that the Nuggets have struggled mightily this season. Luckily for them, the bench came up big right when the team needed it the most and if this trend can be repeated on a consistent basis, Denver should start winning games sooner rather than later.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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