The Denver Nuggets dropped another winnable game, in their quest to make matters even worse for this potential Playoffs team. In the beginning, the Nuggets looked promising, with a roster full of young, emerging talent that were able to reach the postseason for the first time in five years.
I covered the Nuggets back in Issue 33, focusing on them finding a way to win against inferior opponents. I even gave Denver a chance of Playoff success this year. That was before they swallowed their pride and lost to the dismal Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
Denver never took the lead throughout the game, falling short to a Grizzlies team that is actively participating in the ‘Great Tank Race’ of 2018. This ended Memphis’s 19 game losing streak, and forced Denver to fall to 10th place in the crowded Western Conference standings. The Nuggets now stare down a schedule of 6 consecutive road games — five of which will come against Playoff teams — and will eventually determine their postseason fate.
If Denver has any hope of making the Playoffs this year, they will do so by winning these final road trip games. With a win-loss road game record of 11-22, this gives them the worst of any Playoff hopeful.
Their recent losses to not-so-strong teams like the Lakers, Mavericks, and Grizzlies could prove costly. Had Denver just won those three games, they would ultimately be sitting in fifth place with a better chance of surviving this late-season schedule.
Catch you Thursday.