Nuggets Better Off Missing the Playoffs?
Here’s a different take: If the Nuggets don’t finish among the top six teams in the Western Conference, making the playoffs is fool’s errand. If Denver can’t finish with at least a No. 6 seed, the team would be better off with a spot in the NBA lottery and a shot at adding young talent such as Duke’s Austin Rivers or Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb in the draft.
What good would another year of one-and-done in the playoffs do for the Nuggets?
Denver has no shot against Oklahoma City or San Antonio, all but locks to be the top two seeds in the West. You know it. I know it. If we know it, how could a basketball man as savvy as Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri not realize the harsh reality of the situation?
Let’s be blunt. Denver is not playoff-worthy.
After knocking out Minnesota star Kevin Love with an elbow to the head, the Nuggets blew all of a 21-point halftime advantage before struggling to a 113-107 victory.
“In the playoff push, it cannot happen again,” Denver forward Danilo Gallinari said.
The Nuggets are playing lousy basketball.