The Denver Nuggets come into Saturday’s game at the Pepsi Center against the Orlando Magic riding a four-game winning streak and sitting ninth in the Western Conference standings. The team’s current run of strong performances has featured the typically strong efforts of point guard Ty Lawson, but the team has also witnessed the sudden re-emergence of two very important role players in Randy Foye and Kenneth Faried.
Over the last four games, Foye is playing at a pace he has not displayed in quite some time. The 30-year-old has been flat out deadly from long range, knocking down 17-of-29 attempts while averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over this stretch. Most impressively, the veteran sharpshooter is shooting 56.5 percent overall from the field.
After struggling through much of December, Faried has seemingly rediscovered the form that led to his breakout 2012-13 campaign. During this current streak, the “Manimal” has recorded a pair of double-doubles while putting up 15.8 points, 11.5 boards and a ridiculous 63.2 field-goal percentage. The second-year pro is finally giving post partner J.J. Hickson some much needed help in the paint.
If the Nuggets are to claim an 11th consecutive playoff berth, these two will need to maintain their recent levels of production. The West is absolutely loaded with talented rosters and presently appears to be 11 or 12 deep in regards to potential postseason qualifiers, so the advantage definitely goes to the teams with the best supporting casts. Right now, the Nuggets rank up near the top in that department thanks in large part to the exploits of Foye and Faried.