Is it coaching? Is it attitude? Culture? Exhaustion? Injuries?
“I’m worried about our team, we just got our ass kicked” Malone
— Nugg Love (@Nugg_Love) December 13, 2016
Nuggets fans (and coaches) all over the world are scratching their heads trying to figure out why the Nuggets have played so poorly. Especially after the games in Brooklyn and Dallas. All of the above sound like excuses to me and I hope I make a valid point. It’s the fact that the players play with different players every time they hit the court. I mean yes most of the time Jamal Murray plays, Jameer Nelson is right next to him. But that’s…it. The lineups have been inconsistent, and most people will say what’s wrong with this guy, he just said that saying it’s the coaching is making an excuse. Well I’m not blaming the coach actually. As fans you guys can sit back and say; he should have put Nikola Jokic in or he shouldn’t be playing Emmanuel Mudiay at that time, but guess what? Coach knows best and I’m backing him thus far.
Sure he has some wacky lineups and after Kenneth Faried goes for 19 and 10 off of the bench last game he waits a whole quarter and a half to insert him into the game tonight. But what if Faried texted him last night saying he wants to be traded and doesn’t believe in the team? Not likely, just saying. With so many good to great players and so many rookies and second year players deserving playing time, it’s hard to have consistent lineups. Let me put it like this if players A, B, C, D, E usually start the game and are fluent together, of course they’ll play together and familiarize themselves with one another. Now if every other game player A plays like Drake’s latest album (crap) he’s only going to play every other game with that lineup. Now player B never plays good but he’s a vet so he’s going to start and you don’t want to upset the locker room, that might cause player C to want to go to the bench and play with the second unit. There so many factors that go into lineups that it’s hard to blame a coach who’s trying to put a 100 pieces puzzle of Rome together.
When players don’t consistently show up to play it’s hard keeping the same players on the court. Malone is doing the best he can with what he’s given; that’s one thing we can say. We can also say that a lot of players are giving it their all out there and that some of our players just aren’t as good as they think. If I see Will Barton or Danilo Gallinari brick another 3 or get stripped on the way to the rim and cry for a foul I might just have to hang my league pass up for the season. It’s time to explore the options and look to consolidate some of our talent, because when Harris gets back either a really good rookie won’t get a chance to develop this season or a vet will sit on the bench pouting.
Although it’s hard to pinpoint the exact problem. There’s one thing we can all agree on. This team is way too young and talented to get blown out by the Mavericks and the Nets. Something has to change. And soon.