Could New-Look Nuggets Copy Celtics’ Style of Play?

February 25th, 2011 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »
Well, it wasn't pretty for the most part, but the Denver dominated down the stretch on both ends of the court and won their first game as a new team.

One game into the post-Melo era for the Nuggets (with all their players from the deal in Denver) and if nothing else, the team played at its highest level effort-wise since the mid-90s.

The Nuggets played true team basketball—every player was held accountable for giving his all on the defensive and offensive ends of the court. Denver ended up dominating late (16-0 run to end the game) and the Nuggets won 89-75.

On offense, Denver was more willing to run up-court and run together as a mob, which was working well to get some easier transition buckets on the dominating defensive Celtics.

The Nuggets shared the ball and heading into halftime, no one player was in double digits scoring, but some seven players had scored. At the end of the game, five Denver players scored in double digits, led by Kenyon Martin's 18.

The men from the Mile High City shared the ball as well as they had all season too: Lawson and Afflalo combined for 16 assists on the night. Denver's player movem ...

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