COLORADO SPRINGS- Three games. That’s all it took for the Nuggets to lose the eighth seed in the Western Conference that they had secured for 51 straight days. Within the last week, the Nuggets took three straight losses to the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, and then the Charlotte Hornets, before finally coming back and gaining momentum to take a 116-113 in Miami that went down to the wire.
Following Tuesday night’s loss to Portland, Denver’s captain Danilo Gallinari took to his Facebook account to express that he and his team weren’t going to go out without a fight.
“Never give up…we still believe and we will fight until the end,” Gallinari said as he addressed his friends, fans, and followers in the very early hours of Wednesday morning.
With just six games remaining in the regular season, the Nuggets are still planning to fight until the very last second of that sixth game that they have left.
If there’s one thing that can be truly said about the Denver Nuggets’ 2016-2017 season is that it was truly inconsistent. The Nuggets would catch fire and then lose a game that they should have won. This was more so the case since January 12th in London when the Nuggets found their fire and went with it for a few games before dropping off. Then a few games later, they would pick it back up.
If Denver truly wants to try and take back the eighth and final seed in the West from Portland, they need to, for once this season, play consistent basketball through these final 6 games. While they are up against difficult teams like Houston and OKC, Denver has shown the potential that they have to overtake the spot and play in the playoffs.
The Nuggets are holding on for life but Friday night, the Portland Trail Blazers broke the news that Jusuf Nurkic, who they obtained from Denver in February just before the deadline, had an injury, a non-displaced fibular fracture in his right leg that would end his season. Nurkic has been a key player for Portland in their fight and takeover of the final playoff spot in the West but with him out, Portland will be down a scoring big man and Denver will ideally have a slight advantage.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the Nuggets upcoming schedule:
Tomorrow morning, the Nuggets will fly out to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. The Nuggets, 36-40 and 15-22 on the road will attempt to redeem themselves against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, who are 33-44 overall and 21-19 at home.
After facing the Pelicans, Denver will head to Houston to try and redeem themselves from their back-to-back, home-and-home losses against Houston in Mid-March.
Once we face Houston on Wednesday night, we will fly home and face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night in the Pepsi Center for our final meeting of the season. Denver will have Saturday off before facing Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder on Sunday for the final home game of the season.
After facing the Thunder on Sunday, the Nuggets will fly to Dallas and play the Mavericks before leaving to OKC that night to face the Thunder on Wednesday to wrap up the regular season.
A lot can happen in six games so, as difficult as it may be for some people, don’t discredit the Nuggets just yet. They’re still planning to fight until the end and, as fans, we need to be there to support them through thick and thin.