After being ousted by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Denver Nuggets went through their share of rebuilding this past offseason. And after a really rough start, the Nuggets are now one of the hottest teams in the league, winners of their last seven games. With their win against Brooklyn on Tuesday, the Nuggets move to 11-6 on the season, which is good enough for sixth place in the Western Conference.
The biggest change this past offseason may have been losing George Karl, who was the head coach since 2005. His replacement was former Laker assistant, Brian Shaw. Shaw was highly sought out by many different franchises and has been had the chance to coach under the likes of Phil Jackson, Mike Brown and Frank Vogel. Nonetheless, the move still came as a bit of a surprise considering Karl’s success with the Nuggets and the fact that this would be Shaw’s first head coaching gig.
Another big move for the Nuggets was losing Andre Iguodala. By no means on the level of Carmelo Anthony, but Iguodala was the face of this franchise since he joined the team in 2012. What may have hurt even more is that Iggy would choose to join the team that beat the Nuggets last year, the Warriors.
The biggest signing for the Nuggets in the offseason was Nate Robinson. The three-time Slam Dunk Champion and NBA journeyman who has played with the Knicks, Celtics, Thunder, Warriors and Bulls has been a huge spark for the Nuggets in their recent streak. In the Nuggets win on Sunday over the Raptors, Robinson lead the team with 23 points and throughout the streak he has been hot from three-point range.
The season didn’t start well for the Nuggets. Their slow start even produced talks of the possibility of trading Kenneth Faried, who is one of the mainstays of the Nuggets squad. However, it seems like things have now started coming together for Denver. Sure, some of their wins may have been against lowly Eastern Conference teams. Nonetheless, the momentum they are likely to gain during that streak will likely do wonders for such a young team.
The Nuggets are in one of the hardest divisions in the league, competing with Portland, Oklahoma City and Minnesota. But if they keep playing like they have been as of late, they may be able to do just enough to stick around until the playoffs. In the mean time, they’ll hope to continue to gel and come together in a way that prepares them for that situation.
Denver was coming into their came against Cleveland with a 7 game winning streak and they lost 98-88 in Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Denver Nuggets’ seven-game winning streak with a 98-88 victory Wednesday night.
Tristan Thompson had a career-high 21 rebounds and 17 points for the Cavaliers, who won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Nuggets were playing the third game of six-game road trip and lost for the first time since Nov. 18. The trip began with a 14-point win in Toronto on Sunday and a 24-point victory in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Randy Foye led Denver with 16 points, while J.J. Hickson had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Anderson Varejao scored a season-high 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which recorded its largest margin of victory this season.