The Denver Nuggets began a road trip of the NBA Eastern Conference Friday night with a disgusting loss to the New York Knicks, 117-90. The nightmare continued as the Nuggets were embarrassed by the Detroit Pistons Saturday night, 126-109. The team was without guards Nate Robinson and Andre Miller due to injuries and personal reasons, so that didn’t help their case. But amongst the gaggle of guards, Denver has few big men to work with.
The Western Conference franchise has a solid core of Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur and Timofey Mozgov, but I think they could afford to give up a guard or small forward in return for another post player. It’s worth Denver taking a look at because the trade deadline is vastly approaching as the games continue to countdown. With each day closer to April, each game played, each loss tallied, the playoffs slip further and further out of contention for the Nuggets. After Saturday night’s loss, Denver fell to five games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth and final playoff spot out West.
If I was part of the Nuggets franchise or a fan of the team, I would seriously begin to worry. The team has fallen in consecutive games to poor teams by double-digits and has lost serious ground in a tough postseason race. Might I also mention that the team has made no big moves and it is uncertain whether they will before the deadline.
I will keep this short and sweet, if Denver wants to make the postseason behind first-year head coach Brian Shaw, then they will have to make a deal of some sort, for someone. With roughly 12 teams competing for eight playoff spots, the Nuggets chances of playing basketball in May are dwindling. It’s either make a move now, or have plenty of time to make decisions this summer.
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