Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers Live
Even though the Nuggets dropped two straight last week, George Karl is relatively satisfied with the performance of this squad in the first two months of play. Thus, Carmello Anthony and company are hoping to snap their losing skid when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers at Rose Garden on Saturday at 3:30 a.m. GMT.
Without any doubts, the Blazers were hoping for a better start into this year’s NBA campaign when they acquired veteran point guard Andre Miller during the off-season. More specifically, the franchise’s front-office reasoned that Portland’s young team would benefit from another year of experience and would continue to develop under the guidance of Miller. However, the Trailblazers already lost starting center Greg Oden and wingman Rudy Fernandez to injuries and have been struggling as of late. Going 5-5 in their last ten games, the team around Brandon Roy will have to bounce back sooner rather than later to avoid falling behind in the race for home-court advantage. Even though Portland’s defense has been excellent thus far, the Blazers’ offensive performance left much to be desired at times. Only putting up 96 points per contest, they might have to find a way to score more consistently in order to become a dominant force in the Western Conference down the stretch. That said, All-Star guard Brandon Roy turned out to be a leader on the court and carried the Trailblazers with 22.2 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.
In contrast, the Nuggets have very little to complain about thus far and are holding on to the third place in the Western Conference with a 19-9 record. Albeit they experienced a slight setback with back-to-back losses versus the Hornets and Grizzlies, Denver looks like they could make some noise in 2009-10. Especially at the offensive end of the floor the Nuggets played very well and are among the best offensive teams in the league at 107 points per contest. Nonetheless, it should be noted that George Karl’s squad experienced the occasional defensive breakdown as they regularly allowed their opponents to score over a hundred. Seven weeks into the season, franchise cornerstone Carmello Anthony leads the NBA in scoring, putting up no less than 30.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 37 minutes per game. Taking everything into account, both teams might find themselves on a level playing field when the game between Denver Nuggets and Portland gets underway. While Denver undoubtedly has an edge offensively, the Blazers’ shut-down defense might make things more difficult than usually for the team around Chauncey Billups and Carmello Anthony. Either way, fans around the league can expect to watch an excellent ball game when two of the better teams in the league face each other on Saturday night.
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Posted: 30th Oct 2009
Without any doubts, both the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers seem to be bound for another year in the post-season, provided they stay healthy. Given the fact that both will be competing for the first place in the Northwest division, the game between Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers could be crucial in a head-to-head race down the stretch. Thus, Brandon Roy and the Trailblazers will host the Nuggets at Rose Garden on Friday at 2:30 a.m. GMT.
Given the fact that Denver lost valuable parts of their bench during the off-season and will be without J.R. Smith in the first seven games in 2009-10, Carmello Anthony and company might face a tough challenge in their encounter with the Portland Trailblazers. Where as losing Linas Kleiza and Dahntay Jones might hurt, the 7-game suspension of J.R. Smith will be even worse. Having practically no impact players on their second unit except for Chris Andersen, coach George Karl has yet another issue to deal with. While it was generally believed that Anthony Carter would be the undisputed backup point guard for floor leader Chauncey Billups, the strong performance of rookie Ty Lawson puts Karl in a difficult position. In seven preseason games, Ty Lawson averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds 2.3 steals in just 18 minutes per contest. Especially the 30-point eruption versus Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers underlined the potential of the young 5-11 guard.
In contrast, the Blazers have the luxury of a very deep bench and are trying to figure out how to distribute minutes to keep everyone happy. Nonetheless, the preseason showed that veteran point guard Andre Miller is not yet used to the way coach Nate McMillan runs his offense. Therefore, it is possible that Portland continues to start with Steve Blake in the lineup until Miller gets settled. Likewise, it is still unclear whether Greg Oden or Joel Przybilla will be the Blazers’ starting center, either way, Portland will have a very capable option off the bench to go up against Chris Andersen. Moreover, the Trailblazers will most likely get a lift from their second unit when Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum are subbed in. Considering the depth of the Blazers’ bench and the strength of their starting five, it looks like Portland has better odds to clinch a victory than the Trailblazers. While Denver’s starters might be just as good as Portland’s, competing with the Blazers’ bench will not be an easy task. Given the fact that Denver played the night before, playing Carmello Anthony and company throughout the game will not be a viable option either.
You can watch all games of the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers right here on www.watchlivenba.com, the home of NBA live streaming.
Tags: George Karl, Portland Trail Blazers, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy, Carmello Anthony, Denver Nuggets, NBA live, Portland Trailblazers, Chauncey Billups, Andre Miller, Joel Przybilla, Nicolas Batum
Posted: 26th February 2011
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