Denver Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony’s Recent Absence a Glimpse of Nuggets’ Future?

December 28th, 2010 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »
The Denver Nuggets are currently at a low point this year, finally getting over a season-high three-game losing streak Tuesday night.

The Nuggets needed a win in the worst way, and they came out and gave a gutsy group effort against the Blazers, blowing out Portland 95-77.

And even though Denver won Tuesday night, it was obvious on the losing streak that something was missing for the Nuggets—namely, Carmelo Anthony.

And the dilemma of playing with a superstar that needs the ball in his hands to be effective is that the team falls into some bad habits.

For Denver, those bad habits circle around isolation play—an oxymoron when it comes to playing NBA basketball, the quintessential team game.

When Melo’s in the game, his Nuggets teammates dish him the ball and hope he creates scoring opportunities.

While Melo has the ball, the rest of the team stands still as they know the odds of receiving a pass from the star are slim to none and the problem compounds itself because the other players don’t get open when they don’t move.

Earlier in the year, when the Nuggets were without ...

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