The 0-4 road trip for the Nuggets wasn't quite the way a team would want to finish up before the All Star break, but it is what it is. The Nuggets were outscored on the trip by a margin of 110 points (479-369). Denver only scored over 100 points against the Pistons and gave up an average of 119 points on the roadie.
The team is fighting through injury, but also showing poor effort with the players that are able to go. The scoring feasts the team is giving up don't offer a lot of hope to the fans in Nuggets Nation. Denver won't be sending any players to New Orleans to take part in All Star Weekend and hopefully the guys will take the much needed break and find some peace before they have to get back to work.
One person that will be headed to NOLA? Yours truly. I was really hoping that a member of the team would be there for an event, but no such luck. I look forward to one contest every year, but find myself enjoying it all - so I can't wait to see some of this weekend in person.
My favorite event? The three-point shoot out! Here are the participants and the way the contest will go:
The highest-scoring player from the West side faces the top scorer from the East in the championship round. Joining Curry on the West are Minnesota big man Kevin Love (+400), Portland's Damian Lillard (+600) and San Antonio's Marco Belinelli (+600). Love won the 2012 event in Orlando.
The favorite among the Eastern Conference competitors is Orlando's Arron Afflalo (+500) followed by Irving (+550), Washington's Bradley Beal (+750) and Brooklyn's Joe Johnson (+1000).
Last season I called Kyrie as the winner and he pulled it off - if he repeats he'll be the first guy to do so since Jason Kapono in 2008.
What contests are you looking forward to and which guys do you think will win this year's contests?
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