Sunday, April 21, 2013
4/21/2013 11:56:00 AM | Posted by Ben Kenna | Edit Post
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Forrest Gump would like this series a lot. Why? Because there will be lots and lots of RUNNING. The Nuggets and Warriors enter the 2013 Playoffs as sexy teams to watch out for, and this series will entertain, as well as bring some fresh names to the "Hey He's Pretty Good At Basketball!" table. In their four matchups this season (DEN leads 3-1) only once did a team score under 100 points, and even with the intensity of playoff basketball, offense may prevail when these stallions are freed from the stable.
The Nuggets, once picked by Ben Kenna to head to the NBA Finals, lost a big piece when Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL, but they have been one of the deepest teams in the NBA this season. A look at their roster, with backups, looks like this:
PG Ty Lawson, Andre Miller
SG Evan Fournier, Corey Brewer
SF Andre Iguodala, Wilson Chandler
PF Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee
C Kosta Koufos, Timofey Mosgov
Lawson is their motor, their engine, the bro that gets the beefers moving, and he put up his finest season (17-3-7-1.5 steals), even if he's dealing with some nagging injuries. Iguodala is shaping into his role as leader and "above-average-role-player" (AARP). When you have a guy nicknamed "The Manimal" like Denver has with Faried, you know you have a beast on your hands. Expect many double-doubles and wolf howls from one of the best kept secrets in the NBA. They have guys capable of scoring if they get hot (Brewer and Chandler both have 30+ point games this season), and Gallo's injury has opened the door for rookie Evan Fournier to get some minutes, and showcase his nuggets. He's been playing solid. Denver is also blessed with some beef (Koufos, Mosgov), crafty veteranship (the ageless Miller), and the man, the myth, the legend that is JaVale McGee. McGee in the Playoffs is GOLD, especially for me, who's covering this series.
Flipping the page to the Dubs, Golden State is back in the Playoffs after a 6-year hiatus. It may be improbable that they have come this far, but a glance at their roster shows they have a lot of talent, and a budding SUPERSTAR on their hands:
PG Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack
SG Klay Thompson, Richard Jefferson
SF Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green
PF David Lee, Carl Landry
C Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins/Festus Ezeli
It's hard for me to rationally talk about Steph Curry, and the season he put up. The offensive numbers are staggering (most 3's ever made in a season with 272, knocking down 45% from three, dropping 53 in MSG), plus having one of the most diverse offensive games out there. It's not a one Show Pony Exhibit for the Warriors, though. "The City" has a lot of pieces. Klay Thompson could be the leagues second best shooter behind Curry, starting at the 2. Jack has put up numbers worth of Sixth Man of The Year votes. David Lee has been a 20-10 guy for many years, and can get buckets. And if they can keep Bogut healthy, he will be the X-Factor of the series. They may be a little thin on the bench, even with Jack and Landry, so they need Mr. Hair Gel (Biedrins) to log some good minutes, and stay away from the free throw line. But for me, and 'cause it's my recap, it's all about Curry. Enjoy. Enjoy. ENJOY.
Buckle up and double-bag, folks. Should be a lot of fun. Plus, with these teams boasting the two-best sets of uniforms in the NBA, it will be beautiful to watch from Cold One City.
DENVER VS GOLDEN STATE SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1 - Sat April 20 Golden State at Denver 3:30PM 5:30PM ESPN
Game 2 - Tue April 23 Golden State at Denver 8:30PM 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 - Fri April 26 Denver at Golden State 7:30PM 10:30PM ESPN2
Game 4 - Sun April 28 Denver at Golden State 6:30PM 9:30PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 30 Golden State at Denver TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2 Denver at Golden State TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4 Golden State at Denver TBD TBD TNT
Regular season series (Nuggets lead 3-1)
|11-10-2012||Denver 107, Golden State 101|
|11-23-2012||Golden State 91, Denver 102|
|11-29-2012||Denver 105, Golden State 106|
|1-13-2013||Golden State 105, Denver 116|