With just 10 days left till the end of the NBA regular season, the Denver Nuggets are looking a little shaky at the moment. Yes, they’re sitting 2nd on the Western Conference but last nights loss to the Washington Wizards was a real eye-opener.
It all came down to their shooting, and this team’s in an awful slump at the worst possible time. Take last night for example. Denver breezed through the first two quarters at home, walking off the court with a double-digit winning lead. However, they would return and shoot just 10-of-47 from the field. The Nuggets scored a pathetic 10 points in the third quarter — a season-low for a period — and ended up with just 28 points for the half.
The game was still in Denver’s control, yet the Nuggets were careless with their handles and had 9 turnovers in the second half. This really hurt the team, giving Washington a window of opportunity to run away with the game. This loss also came at a price for Denver. Starting point guard Jamal Murray left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle, and wouldn’t return. Their All-Star big Nikola Jokic also lost his cool and arrived in the locker room early, receiving a double technical late in the fourth.
Denver has now scored fewer than 100 points in four of its last five outings and no game characterized their recent up-and-down quite like the 95-90 defeat to the Wizards. The Nuggets need to find an answer for their shooting woes quickly, otherwise, their Playoff run will be cut short.
Catch you Thursday.