|04-08-2006, 04:56 PM||#1|
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April 8th, 2006: Warriors @ Nuggets
Nuggets seek fifth straight home win over faltering Warriors
Golden State (30-45) at Denver (42-34) 9:00 pm EDT
DENVER (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets attempt to push their home winning streak to five games when they face the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
The Nuggets earned just their second victory in the last six outings with a 110-108 overtime triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Superstar Carmelo Anthony nailed the go-ahead jumper with 3.8 seconds left. He scored 33 points and handed out five assists.
Francisco Elson added a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Miller contributed 15 and seven assists for Denver, which has a magic number of two to clinch the Northwest Division title.
The Warriors suffered their season-high seventh straight setback - a 100-93 home loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday. Jason Richardson tallied 29 points and Derek Fisher added 17.
Denver and Golden State split the previous two meetings this season.
Nuggets' Hodge shot and wounded on highway
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets rookie guard Julius Hodge is expected to make a full recovery after being shot early Saturday while driving on a highway.
Sheriff's deputies said the 22-year-old player was struck in his lower body and the motive for the shooting wasn't known. No suspects were in custody.
The team said Hodge is in fair condition, and coach George Karl said he believes Hodge was hit three times in his legs.
"The preliminary reports are that he's going to be fine. He should be able to play again in two to three weeks," Karl said.
Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said Hodge was in good spirits when the two talked.
"He's obviously a little shaken up, but he's doing fine," Vandeweghe said.
Hodge was on Interstate 76 in north Denver at about 2 a.m. when another vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside fired several shots, Adams County Sheriff's Sgt. Louis Dixon said. A passenger in Hodge's vehicle flagged down another motorist, who took Hodge and the passenger to the hospital.
Dixon said investigators don't know the name of the motorist who stopped and are hoping that motorist and any witnesses come forward.
Dixon said Hodge's passenger has been interviewed and is not a suspect. He declined to release the passenger's name and would not say what kind of vehicle Hodge was driving.
"Apparently Julius did nothing to provoke this at all," Vandeweghe said.
The mood was somber at a Nuggets shoot-around before Saturday night's game against Golden State in Denver.
"There was a bit of trauma hitting us this morning. We were really solemn, crying," Karl said. "Right now we are just happy that everything is OK."
Forward Reggie Evans said the players learned of the shooting when they arrived at the Pepsi Center for the shoot-around.
"I'm shocked, really shocked," Evans said. "It's crazy, really crazy."
Hodge was Denver's first-round draft choice in 2005 out of North Carolina State. The 6-foot-7 guard was recalled from the NBA's developmental league last month after Earl Boykins broke his hand. He has appeared in 14 games for the Nuggets this season, averaging 0.9 points in 2.4 minutes.
"He's a good guy, a good kid," Karl said. "I think he has taken being the bottom man on the totem pole real well. He wanted to go down to Austin, and most rookies don't want to be demoted, but he wanted to go play, and I respect that. In general he's gotten better. His season will be the summer league, and he is ambitious, he will be ready to play next year."
At Austin, Hodge has averaged 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.
The incident is the latest in a long list of setbacks that have whittled away at the Nuggets since their opener, when forward Nene tore his right anterior cruciate ligament. Kenyon Martin (knee), Marcus Camby (back), Eduardo Najera (ankle) and Boykins are all dealing with nagging injuries that have either sidelined them or limited their availability.
Still, the Nuggets were closing in on their first Northwest Division title since 1987-88.
"We have been dealing with injury all year long and our perseverance is our personality," Karl said. "This is something we have to persevere through, and we only have maybe eight or nine bodies healthy for practice, and that will limit us in how much we really go at practice."
Vandeweghe said he was certain the team would be affected by Hodge's shooting.
"It's obviously tough because Julius is a very, very popular player and extremely well-liked and really one of the good guys."
Asked if he knew whether the team would get a roster exemption for Hodge, Vandeweghe said that wasn't his main concern.
"The forefront, obviously, is to make sure Julius is fine, which he is. And then to cooperate with the police in finding out who would do something like this."
|04-08-2006, 08:06 PM||#6|
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Looks like the crew at the Can had a busy day today. Wish I would've checked the schedule sooner. Would've tried to score some Nugz tix and just stayed for that game!
|04-08-2006, 08:17 PM||#7|
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|04-08-2006, 10:13 PM||#8|
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tied at 84 with 4:20 left in the 4th ... yet again, another big lead slips through the Nugs' fingers.
|04-09-2006, 12:00 AM||#10|
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If Evans could make a FT, it isn't close. He and Patterson should not be allowed to try any offensive move. They both manage to miss layups quite frequently. Oh, well, they won.
Seems like the Nuggets are really tired.
|04-09-2006, 02:04 AM||#12|
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|04-09-2006, 09:25 AM||#13|
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I watched the Laker game last week, and I'm not sure I can remember a team so clueless when it comes to half-court offense. There only post up player is .... Reuben Patterson?! Kenyon didn't play, but he can't post up either.
No doubt about it .... if they'e not runnin' ... they're not scorin' ....
Doesn't bode well for the playoffs.
|04-09-2006, 09:56 AM||#14|
Join Date: Jan 2006
Their best post up player is Carmelo. He's also their best shooter. The team has no consistent post up players and no shooters, and somehow they've managed to be one of the top 5 scoring teams in the league.
They're not going to do much in the playoffs this year most likely, and their lack of shooting and post up play will be a reason for that. That being said, their inability to consistently defend is an even bigger problem. If they could do that, they would be able to run more often.
The team needs to get some better pieces around Melo in the future, but this season, they've got to win with what they got. They can defend and run. They just don't do it all the time.