Denver Nuggets Looking to Re-Energize
In their only victory in this series, the Nuggets won Game 3 by controlling the offensive boards. But the Lakers had 10 more rebounds Sunday, including 19 on the offensive glass.
That’s a killer for the Nuggets because they thrive off points in transition. With the Lakers able to slow the game by controlling the boards, their brawny bigs stole opportunities for Denver to keep the tempo at a fast pace. The Lakers outscored the Nuggets in second-chance points 28-18.
“We’ve got to make adjustments,” Nuggets center JaVale McGee said Monday. “They made adjustments to us rebounding. Their guards were coming in, boxing us out, helping their rebounding.”
Nuggets coach George Karl called it the “rebounding problem that we have.” It may be a result of the Nuggets’ young big men — McGee, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov — playing in their first NBA postseason series while the Lakers’ Gasol and Andrew Bynum are playoff veterans who have won league championships.
“We need to re-energize,” Karl said. “It’s not over.”