NBA Playoff Preview: Denver Nuggets Look to Beat Utah Jazz with Physicality

April 16th, 2010 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »

Throughout the 2009-2010 season the Denver Nuggets have been magical and miserable, consistently inconsistent, and both a contender and a pretender at times.

Denver has enjoyed winning streaks of six (twice) and eight games this year, but also three-game losing streaks (twice) and has only gone 11-8 since Adrian Dantley took over for cancer-stricken George Karl.

There is no doubt that the Nuggets need both Karl, along with the ailing (left knee) Kenyon Martin for Denver to play at its full potential.

The good news is that Martin will suit up and play for Denver versus Utah. The bad news is that Karl won’t be back that soon, possibly at all this postseason, for the Nuggets.

Veteran point guard Chauncey Billups addressed how Denver’s struggles are due in part to Karl’s absence on Pardon the Interruption Thursday, saying, “When you get those games on the road when you lose by two, three, four points, or in the last minute of the game, those are coaches wins.

“You can alway ...

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