Linas Kleiza: The Missing Piece For The Denver Nuggets?

December 6th, 2009 by Courtzide Seatz Leave a reply »

Watching the replay of the Olympiacos-Entente Orleanaise Euroleague game, I couldn't help but notice the undeniable impact of one Linas Kleiza.

Kleiza scored 19 points, all in the fourth quarter, and was the catalyst for a come-from-behind victory for Olympiacos, which included him making five of eight from three-point range. Olympiacos scored 30 points in the quarter and seemed to be inspired by the play of Kleiza.

Since his departure from the Nuggets, I have been adamant about Kleiza's lack of importance to the future of this franchise, but watching his performance the other day, I am beginning to reassess my hasty contention.   

The Nuggets most glaring weakness is their lack of depth in the frontcourt. Kenyon Martin, Nene and Chris Anderson are all formidable big men, but an injury to any of the three would be a devastating blow to this team.

Beyond this obvious weakness ...

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