TGIF Nugg fans! It feels like there has been a drought of games over this past week. The early stages of Nugg withdrawal are starting to set in and it hurts. Thankfully, we have a game tonight against the Clippers and one against the Bulls tomorrow. I see us winning both, and 10-3 sounds pretty sweet to me. However, a black cloud is forming on the horizon. A full, healthy Lakers squad has returned to the NBA.
The reason for this post is Pau Gasol. Last night he made his season debut and the Lakers handled the Bulls by 15 points. Pau had 24 points on 9-14 shooting, 13 boards, 6-6 from the line, and put in 35 minutes of work. He took scoring pressure off Kobe and helped the Laker offense run really smooth. To be honest, Kobe doesn’t scare me that much. At this point, I think his production is neutralized by what Melo does for the Nuggs. However, we have NO response for Pau. Frankly, that guy owns us. I love the Nene/Kmart/Bird front line, but they aren’t going to stop Pau. A constant discussion on this site is the acquisition of a big man, and lots of good ideas have been proposed. I don’t know what the Nugg F.O. office has in mind, but I do know that we play the Lakers twice in February (both in LA). We beat their behind a couple weeks ago, but it will be an entirely different story with Pau in the lineup. I love my Nuggs, LOVE THEM. But I think the Lakers are still the team to beat and I think the Nuggs have to add a decent big to get past them. Hopefully, I’m wrong about this. Or even better, hopefully the F.O. makes a fucking move, Kroenke shells out some luxury cash, and Denver picks up a decent BIG.