The Nuggets also lost Nene (heel) and Arron Afflalo (ankle/toe) on Saturday and have been without center Timofey Mozgov (ankle) through a brutal stretch of three straight losses.
Paul and Griffin slowed down after a hot first quarter on Thursday night at Staples Center. LA was playing their third game in as many nights, and the Denver fast break quickly stretched the Clippers thin.
Just four days after Danilo Gallinari outplayed Carmelo Anthony in a Nuggets win in New York City, the Italian forward has signed a four-year $42 million dollar extension to stay in Denver.
With Carmelo Anthony slowing the offense to a crawl in New York, the Nuggets have the cap space and floor time to run the most dynamic, team-oriented style in the league.
The Nuggets managed to grind out a 119-114 double-overtime win in NYC thanks to Gallinari’s dominant play. Gallo outplayed Melo in virtually every aspect of the game on Saturday night in Manhattan.
With a healthy and energized George Karl at the helm, the Nuggets may not be far off from realizing their potential as an elite Western Conference contender.
For the Denver Nuggets the shortened season will be both a boon and a challenge. The Nuggets have an established coach and system, but many of their players are scattered across world leagues or likely lost to free agency.
The Nuggets face the Northwest Division rival Thunder in an NBA Playoffs battle. Two of the most athletic teams in the league will go toe-to-toe starting this Sunday, April 17th. Dan Olson and Ian Cerveny take you inside this thrilling first round matchup with a series preview.
Barring an uncharacteristic slip by a suddenly stout Thunder squad and the Nuggets winning out, Denver seems destined for the 5th seed in the NBA Playoffs.
The Denver Nuggets powered past the Lakers on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, just their latest feat of strength since trading Carmelo Anthony. Turns out itâ€™s a good time to be a die-hard Nuggets fan.