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NOW can Renaldo Balkman get more minutes?...

Well, we've had our first official Cheikh Samb sighting. And Renaldo Balkman should have - in theory - played his way into more PT after his gutty performance in tonight's win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

One shouldn't read too much into a home win over the talented but inexperienced Grizzlies. But after a predictable 1-3 start, the Nuggets are back to .500 and are 2-0 with Chauncey Billups at the helm. Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons are 0-2 with Allen Iverson running the point. I'm just saying. We'll wait about 20 games into the season before comparing the two players with their new teams in more detail. I hope for both Billups and AI that the trade is a win-win.

Luckily for the Nuggets, the Billups acclamation process gets to continue against one more bad team when they face off against the Bobcats in Charlotte on Tuesday. After that, the Nuggets have two huge road tests: at Cleveland on Thurdsay and at Boston on Friday. Those games will tell us a lot about the current state of our Nuggets.