Nuggets-Jazz Game Three: Nuggets Don’t Hold Up to Lie Detector

April 24th, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
The Utah Jazz’s 105-93 Game Three victory over the Denver Nuggets was revealing in the truths unveiled by each participant with one caveat—the 12-point difference in the final score was an untruth in that Utah was much more dominant than the Nuggets after the game’s initial 10 minutes.

Truth: Paul Millsap eviscerated the Denver Nuggets

Reason: Because Utah had so much success running screen/fades with Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer in Game Two, Denver had to tweak their defense for Game Three with Denver trapping Williams’ high screen/rolls and keeping a body near Boozer along the perimeter. As a result, Millsap was often able to duck in or work the baseline against single coverage.

Truth: Utah’s execution generated innumerable open looks at the basket.

Reason: Paul Millsap took it right at Chris Andersen and Kenyon Martin with maximum success, while Kyrylo Fesenko was on the finishing end of several interior dunks and layups. This isn’t any kind of surprise. Kenyon Martin is a dog who tucks his tail between his legs when an opponent barks back, and Chris Andersen’s flimsy defense is useless a ...

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