Posted by: KCJones on November 26th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Denver Nuggles. They are harder to hate since Melo left, and they’ve dropped considerably on my most hated teams list. The All-Tattoo team that was (Melo, J.R., Birdman, K.Mart +Nene) is no longer. The Thuggets have gone back to just being the Nuggets. I respect their coach George Karl very much, and he has them running an up-tempo transition game that really fits their personnel well.
If you don’t remember what happened on Nov. 9th in Denver let me remind you. Nuggets put a whooping on the Jazz, going up by 15 in the second quarter and then adding five more to that lead over the second half to finish at 104-84. The front court of Kenneth Faried (15 & 11) and Kosta Koufos (15 & 10) looked like all stars and Corey Brewer had 20 points as well. And none of those guys are even named Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller, Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson or Javale McGee. Denver is coming off of four straight wins over Memphis, Minnesota, Golden State and New Orleans.
Our Jazz are looking for their sixth straight home win, but we can’t rely on being at home, this will be a tough matchup. The Nuggets bring a lot of energy and hustle and if we look as lethargic as we have at times this season, it just might be our first loss at the Solution (tm Tacorev). I’m a little concerned about us in this game, especially with Mo Williams out with an ankle injury. Tinsley and Watson will be manning the PG position, and Ty and Andre Miller are going to give them a run for their money. There are other Jazz players who are getting a lot of time who are also a bit un-athletic (I won’t mention names, David Locke gets upset) who are also concerning to me against a team that is athletic and up-tempo.
This game feels a bit like a trap game and I’m worried the Jazz won’t approach it with the seriousness it deserves. We really need to win this one as we go on the road for 3 games @Hornets, @Thunder and @Rockets.
I’m hoping to see our young guys bounce back from a bad game in Sac-town and play well at home. I’d like to see heavy doses of Favors and Kanter (Al and Millsap let Faried and Koufos look like All-Stars in our first matchup, while Favors had 10pts, 11reb, 5 blocks).
Will Burks get some playing time in an actual game? Will
Millsap Un-named Power Forward find his lost shot and his lost lift? Will Al Un-named Center actually step in front of a penetrator and take a charge? Will Hayward and Favors play well at home after a bad outing against the Kings? Will Marvin Williams be a part of the offense tonight? Find out in tonight’s edition of Jazz basketball!
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