Baby blue DC shoes? Check
Patron tequila? Check
Expecting another blowout? Check
I was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly infatuated with the energy, effort and heart that was presented in the second half, however, a rookie mistake (they DO happen) led to a tip-in made by Dante Cunningham from Rudy Gay's miss with less than 1 second remaining; 103-102 with Denver falling to the Grizzlies.
This was a learning experience and something to build off of for the injured rattled Denver team. How do I feel??? Pretty damn good.
Think about this?? Denver had a 23-point deficit, were being out rebounded, had only 6 assists at the half, basically, there wasn't one Nugget player that showed up in the first. Until they returned from half-time, that is.
My Game Ball goes to Manimal and Brewer!! This CLOSE loss was all them!!
With the energy explosion from Kenneth Faried, whom by the way, earned his burn time tonight. Step aside Bird and Al, Manimal *should be* taking over your minutes. Kenneth Faried had 18 points on 9-for-15 shooting, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots in less than 25 minutes?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? UNLEASH THE MANIMAL, GEORGE!!!!!
Along with Manimal, Corey Brewer's back must be aching tonight. Why?? He, along with Faried, carried this team and nearly won the game. The same day that former Nuggets shooting guard J.R. Smith signs with the New York Knicks, Corey says with his shooting "JR WHO??" Corey led all scorers with 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting, ALL in the second half. He also had 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.
Kosta Koufos, which this has me scratching my head a bit, played 6 minutes, which I know had something to do with the fact that Mozzy is back. BUT, C'mon GEEOOORRGGGEE!!
Andre Miller I wanted to strangle through most of the game. He is an AWESOME facilitator, but couldn't shoot a loaded gun, half cocked. However, he came through with vital three-pointers. That has to be worth something. Al, sweet Al Harrington, it was fun while it lasted. However, Manimal deserves your playing time. Al and Arron just didn't contribute as much as fans expect them too. It's disappointing on there part.
Despite the lackluster performance by some of the other teammates, this is still a "good" loss....
In the words of one of my followers on twitter, James Fairbanks:
Pathetic start, stellar comeback, dagger ending . . .
Why I hate - I mean love - the NBA.
Until next time,