There was absolutely no contest tonight between the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans won in a blowout game with the resulting score being 115 – 90. This game was a critical game for Denver and their playoff hopes as the Portland Trail Blazers are an inch behind them fighting for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Denver let Anthony Davis run the show tonight racking up 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 assists. Five other New Orleans’ players scored in double digits and DeMarcus Cousins didn’t even play a single minute. Mason Plumlee led the Nuggets tonight, or at least tried to, with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist. Only three other Nuggets scored in double digits.
Tonight the Nuggets seemed to put in zero effort from the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Denver Nuggets’ head coach Michael Malone was quoted after the game saying, “It was an embarrassing loss… our bench came into the game and was awful tonight.” That is something you definitely do not want your head coach saying in a close fight for the final seed. Tuesday, March 28th, the Denver Nuggets travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers in what is going to be THE deciding game for the eighth seed. If the Nuggets play like they did tonight against the Pelicans, you can pretty much kiss our playoff hopes and dreams goodbye because that’s the only thing they’ll ever be. Hopes and dreams.
If your eyes and stomach can even take these stats, here they are below. You have been warned.
Denver New Orleans
37.9% Field Goal % 49.5%
24% 3 Point % 33.3%
85.7% Free Throw % 83.3%
With these final few games coming down to the end, the Denver Nuggets can not allow any more losses. With everyone healthy and able to play, the Nuggets really need to stay consistent with their powerhouse of an offense and keep a stable defense with their remaining games, especially if they want those pesky Trail Blazers out of their playoff picture.