In our second meeting of the season, the Nuggets will play the Warriors tonight in hopes that it isn’t another blowout game. On November 10, the Nuggets fell to the Warriors 125-101 at home, leading the series off to a 1-0 start. In that game, the Warriors went on a 17-2 run in the first quarter and the game was clearly over from that point. While the Nuggets lost by 24, there was a point in the 3rd quarter where they trailed the Warriors by 31 points. In that game, we did not have Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur, or Will Barton.
Now, we will face the Steph Curry and the Warriors on their home court and try to limit the Big 4. The Warriors, no doubt, always have an incredible home crowd and our Nuggets will have to do everything in their power to tune the crowd out. If the Nuggets are able to actually play a strong defense, particularly by limiting Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, tune the crowd out, and avoid intimidation, then the Nuggets will have a fighting chance (or at least avoid a blowout game they played in November).
Our Nuggets are visiting the Warriors winning 6 of their last 10, their last being a particularly heartbreaking 2 point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, 124-122, while the Warriors have won 9 of their last 10, their only loss within being against the Cavaliers on Christmas Day, 109-108. The Nuggets are averaging 107.8 ppg and are shooting 40% from the field. The Warriors are currently averaging 117 ppg and shooting 49.7% from the field.
Both Coach Malone and Coach Kerr of the Warriors have both recently addressed the importance of not expecting wins just because you’re having a good run of win and that there’s no such thing as a free pass in the NBA.
When you win a few games, you start to feel pretty good about yourself and you forget why you’ve been winning games,” he told reporters after the game. “We’re not a team that can just show up.” -Coach Malone following Fridays loss against Philly
While the Warriors are a tough matchup, the Nuggets have the talent on their team to compete and win against the Warriors like they did in March just as long as they play a full 48-minute game with strong 1v1 defense.
Keys to a Nuggets Victory:
- DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
- I’ll never stop saying it! The Nuggets need to play a STRONG, smart defense.
- Strong 1v1 Defense
- Contain the Big 4
- Curry, Thompson, Green, Durant
- Strong offense
- Shoot Smart (particularly from the perimeter)
- Attack the paint
- Avoid Being Intimidated
- Don’t be afraid to be physical
- A little bit of trash talk never hurt anybody
- Don’t get a game compromising tech though…
Nuggets: Darrell Arthur (knee soreness) – Q
Jameer Nelson (bruised ribs) – Q
Warriors: Shaun Livingston (left hip/right elbow contusion) – Q
Patrick McCaw (illness) – Q
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