Category Archives: Denver Nuggets

First Round Series Previews at Hickory High

There’s a ton of great NBA Playoff info at Hickory High.  Video and statistical previews abound.  You’ll get more great tidbits there than anywhere else.  Go check it out:

East

Chicago Bulls vs Philadelphia 76ers

Miami Heat vs New York Knicks

Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic

Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics

West

San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks

Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets

Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers

New Post at Hickory-High.com About JaVale McGee and His New Team

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McGee has had some major problems with on-the-ball defense.  Opposing centers have a 22 PER when facing off against McGee; that’s like going against Greg Monroe or Al Jefferson every single night.  Part of this is due to the rebounding problems discussed above.  But McGee is also a poor post defender, giving up 0.94 points per post possession, according to Synergy Sports.  If they can help it, Denver would be wise to avoid teams with an elite frontcourt player because McGee has had serious problems when guarding the upper echelon big men.  He’s given up an astounding 1.5 points per possession when playing post defense against Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, DeMarcus Cousins, Al Jefferson, and Greg Monroe.  As a point of reference, none of those players average over one point per possession in the post this season.  The video below shows how McGee has been pushed around by these players.

 

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Atlanta Draws Up a Game-Winning Play, but Denver Wins Anyway

(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

The Hawks and Nuggets played to a near draw on Tuesday night, but Atlanta had a chance to take the game on a last second out of bounds play.  Let’s take a look at an almost perfectly run play and how Denver got lucky. Continue reading

New Post at Hickory-High.com on Denver’s Transition Game

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Denver also creates transition situations through sheer hustle, even when the numbers don’t seem to be in their favor.  Because George Karl stresses it so much, Denver is running while the other team jogs back on defense, especially the big men.  You would expect this from a high energy player like Kenneth Faried, but Nenê and Timofey Mozgov are also sprinting to the rim.  With Ty Lawson’s speed and Andre Miller’s passing ability, those big men are often rewarded for their hustle.  The video below shows how hard the Nuggets work to get their transition opportunities.