NBA All-Star Couldn’t Come at Better Time for Injury-Riddled Denver Nuggets

February 25th, 2012 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »
After months of being locked out, unable to practice, with games smushed together in a shortened season, we knew this year would be wild and wacky in the NBA.

When the season started, one of the biggest surprises was the Nuggets, a team devoid of stars that analysts believe was an afterthought when it came to competing for a title.

Denver's season began on a Rocky Mountain high—the team started 14-5 and the way Denver dominated was extraordinary.

The Nuggets led the league in scoring, fast-break points, points in the paint, two-point field goals and assists while being second in steals—their team-first, everyone buy-in and sell-out for each other attitude, made the Nuggs look legit.

They were playing beautiful basketball, the right way. Sharing the rock, going all-out on both ends and running teams out of every gym they played in with athleticism and youth was Denver's calling card.

Then the injury bug started biting and has yet to relent.

Ty Lawson, Nene, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov—all starters—have missed significant time due to ankle injuries.

Each player is impor ...

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