|Game 7: 2013-2014 NBA Season|
|November 13th, 2013|
|Pepsi Center - Denver, CO|
|7:00 PM MT|
|Altitude TV / 950 AM|
|Steve Blake||PG||Ty Lawson|
|Jodie Meeks||SG||Randy Foye|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||Jordan Hamilton|
|Pau Gasol||PF||Kenneth Faried|
|Jordan Hill||C||JaVale McGee|
|Silverscreen and Roll||Blogs||You're here!|
|Kobe Bryant (Achilles), Steve Nash (back) are both out||Injuries||Danilo Gallinari (knee), JaVale McGee (leg) are both out, Wilson Chandler (hamstring) is a game-time decision, Ty Lawson (right ankle) is probable|
|LA finished playing the Pelicans about 20 hours before tip-off||Stat||The Nuggets have won three in a row against the Lakers dating back to last season|
Tonight the Denver Nuggets go for their first winning streak of the season. The Lakers, coming off a blowout win at home last night against the New Orleans Pelicans (116-95), offer a tremendous opportunity for the Nuggets to build momentum and confidence off their win in Salt Lake City on Nov. 11th.
Nuggets Key to Victory: Defensive Rebounds
The Nuggets and Lakers rank 4th and 5th in total rebounding, respectively. The Lakers rank 29th in field goal percentage at 40.6-percent. The Lakers average over 26 three point attempts per game, second most in the league. Not only will there be lots of opportunities for the Lakers to grab offensive rebounds, there will be several long rebounds off missed three balls. The Nuggets' bigs need to put themselves into position to grab defensive rebounds and deliver outlet passes to key fast breaks and run these Lakers into the ground.
X-Factor: Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol has a 36.0-percent field goal percentage on the season. He is averaging less than 12 points per game. The Nuggets interior defense has allowed big games for opposing PF/C in nearly every game this season (see below). Pau's numbers will rise over the course of the season and I see this game as an opportunity for him to return to form. Let's just limit him to "Duncan-type" numbers.
What Am I Drinkin'? Crooked Stave Hop Savant
Crooked Stave recently entered the state of Iowa and we are glad to have it. Some affectionately refer to the brewery as Jesus of Colorado, not to be confused with Jesus of Vermont (Hill Farmstead) or Jesus of Nazareth (0-32 AD). Hop Savant was recently listed as one of Draft Magazine's top 25 beers of 2013. Brettanomyces yeast is hot right now and I have tasted few brews that utilize it as effectively as Hop Savant. It is a perfect balance of hops and tartness mixed with the wild grass and hay flavors you would expect from a traditional saison. Am I going to drink such highfalutin beer for every Nuggets game? No. But for the first winning streak of the season, I will.
Why I Hate the Lakers:
-Mike D'Antoni's record as Nuggets head coach: 14-36
-Rick Fox's acting career
-In 1981, the Lakers fired head coach, Paul Westhead. This allowed him to eventually coach the Nuggets to a 44-120 record over two seasons, starting in 1990
What are your reasons?