Lack of ‘Defensive Pride’ Upsets Karl
“You can’t let a guy drive 84 feet and get a layup without him making a pass at the end of the game,” Nuggets coach George Karl said after Denver’s 100-99 loss to Cleveland. “It just can’t be done. It’s impossible to be done. Our defensive pride is what I’m disappointed in.”
Down one, (Kyrie) Irving drove all the way down court while being defended by Arron Afflalo. But toward the free- throw line, the point guard escaped Afflalo and entered an essentially wide-open lane, because Ty Lawson and Nene did not fully leave their men to get in the way of Irving. The layup with four seconds remaining left Denver a chance to win, but Lawson couldn’t make a layup — in part because of acrobatic defense by, yep, Irving.