Last Updated on Jan 20, 2022 10:59 AM
|Match Date & Time:||2022-01-14 08:30 AM (IST) |
2022-01-14 03:00 AM (GMT)
Denver Nuggets will lock horns against POR in NBA 2021-22 on Friday, 14 January 2022 at 08:30 AM IST
Denver hasn’t been terrible by any metric this season. The Nuggets showcase a lot of fight and with feisty Nikola Jokic around, the team gets quality scoring, playmaking, and rebounding along with leadership.
I respect Nikola’s ability to play tough on both ends game in and game out, and yes, in my opinion, Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone is correct when he says that the Jokic is disrespected and is omitted from the mention of best players.
He is an efficient player who is available for most games and has a nose for the ball, being one of the best rebounders(Top two in rebounds per game), one of the best passers(leads Nuggets in assists), and a major scorer too.
He has received immense help from Aaron Gordon, who has responded well in face of widespread absentees, and his 15+ points production for more than a month now has helped the Nuggets to sustain a 50% win record.
Monte Morris has been a regular perimeter shooter, Facundo a major playmaker off the bench, Rivers, the hustle guy, and meanwhile, Jeff Green has done a great job of supplying scoring off the bench.
Overall, the Nuggets have shown that they can beat many teams in the league but yes, they need to close out games better.
Portland has had another tough season, barely in the peripheries of the Play-in tournament. The Trail Blazers have been struggling on the defensive end and their offense has been up-and-down until recently.
With Lillard, McCollum, and Powell out, you wouldn’t expect Trail Blazers to win two in a row and that too in two strong offensive outings but that is what the team has done.
Anfernee Simons(OUT for this game) has done wonders in the starting one guard role, notching 20+ points and 5+ assists since the month began, Nasir Little has displayed hops on both ends, scoring 10 or so and playing serviceable defense.
Robert Covington has picked up his scoring, Jusuf Nurkic in the middle has been a steady rebounder and a decent option inside and McLemore comes up with a big game every now and then.
The bench is running thin with three starters out but yes Portland has done well considering their resources.
If anything, the development of Simons and Little must excite fans in otherwise another sigh-inducing season.