Nuggets try to stay alive vs. Golden State
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Nuggets will be home again on Tuesday night, out of that deafening house of horrors known as Oracle Arena in Oakland where they were spooked into submission and back to the place where they made history in these past seven months.
Their Pepsi Center record before the Golden State Warriors came along and haunted the joint with that Game 2 victory that led to their 3-1 series lead? A remarkable 38-3.
And with Game 5 and Game 7 scheduled in their building, that’s all they have left to lean on. Not that it will be enough.
The Nuggets are reeling, and not just because they’ve lost three straight games and all measure of confidence against the Warriors. Golden State is team that is playing with such a sparkle in its collective eye that it’s hard to see them blowing this golden opportunity to secure an unexpected second-round berth. Denver is being outcoached, outworked, out-executed and – franchise record 57 regular season wins be darned – will be out of these of these playoffs if the Nuggets don’t make some serious changes here in Game 5.
Andre Miller on Stephen Curry, the Warriors guard who is 12 years younger than his Nuggets counterpart and light years faster? Curry disrespected his elder in those magical final four minutes of the third quarter of Game 4, and something must be done to ensure that Corey Brewer or Andre Iguodala take that task from here on out.
Small-ball against a team that has been without it’s All-Star big-man, David Lee, since he tore his right hip flexor in Game 1? Nuggets coach George Karl doesn’t have small forward Danilo Gallinari at his disposal (season-ending ACL tear in early April), isn’t getting what he needs out of his two most-impactful frontcourt players, Iguodala and the ailing Kenneth Faried (ankle), and is now paying the price for the short leash he’s had on center JaVale McGee all year long. At a time when Denver so badly needs a reliable big man, the trust clearly isn’t there between Karl and the player who signed a four-year, $44 … [For more on Denver Nuggets try to stay alive vs. Golden State, click here.]