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Lawson, Nuggets must shoot better from outside to stay with Suns

On Wednesday, Gerald Green and the Suns buried the tired Nuggets with an avalanche of three pointers. If the Nuggets hope to get revenge tonight, they have to limit Phoenix's opportunities from outside and make the most of their own.

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Game 16: 2014-15 NBA Season

10-6 (5-3 road)
Series 1-0
7-8 (4-3 at home)
Nov. 28, 2014
Pepsi Center- Denver, CO
7:00 PM MT
Altitude / 950 AM

Eric Bledsoe PG Ty Lawson
Goran Dragic SG Arron Afflalo
Marcus Morris
SF Wilson Chandler
Markieff Morris PF Kenneth Faried
Miles Plumlee C Timofey Mozgov
Bright Side of the Sun
Blogs Denver Stiffs
None Injuries

JaVale McGee - Doubtful (Low Leg Strain),Randy Foye - Out (Vastus Lateralis Strain),Darrell Arthur - Questionable (Left knee soreness)

Phoenix shot 52% (13-25) from 3 in their last meeting with the Nuggets on Wednesday. They shoot 36% on the season.

Etc... Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson combined to shoot just 14% (2-14) from downtown against the Suns on Wednesday.

It seemed like nobody on the Suns could miss from outside against the Nuggets on Wednesday. Whether it was tired legs from a Nuggets team that had played the night before and was laboring to maintain their winning streak or a Phoenix team that simply could not miss (both, in my opinion), the Nuggets have to do a better job closing out on the hot shooting Suns.

Gerald Green in particular burned the Nuggets repeatedly, going 6-11 from 3 on a bevy of ridiculous attempts and 9-17 overall. Green's apparently developed into a quality three point shooter with the Suns, and in the last 5 games he's shot 14-29 (48%) from beyond the arc. Clearly, Green is in a groove right now, and Shaw would be wise to stick Chandler on him for extended periods to avoid a repeat of his Wednesday performance. I would expect Green to come back down to earth no matter what on Friday night, but I wouldn't be opposed to Shaw employing some traps to force the ball out of his hands in the half court.

Both Nate Robinson (2-9, 8 points) and Kenneth Faried (3-8, 8 points) must play better in their respective roles for this team. Faried especially cannot have as many turnovers (5) as rebounds (5) and still remain effective on the floor. Lately, Faried seems to be playing tight and trying to do too much on the floor. The Manimal's strength is most apparent when he's playing like every rebound is his last, and lately we haven't seen much of that from him. I'm confident that Faried will start to turn it around, and Friday would be as good a time as any.

Robinson simply has to play better, period. His repeated fouls and errant shots have really hurt the play of the second unit, and it would help the team significantly to act more as a facilitator and less a scorer when he's on the floor. This is especially true if Danilo Gallinari (left knee soreness) cannot go tonight, as Gallo's playmaking and outside shooting ability make up for much of the shortcomings of the Nuggets' bench. Alonzo Gee's frenetic defense has been a huge boon for this team, and I'm hopeful that he can keep it up when the Nuggets need a bulldog to shut down whoever gets hot for the Suns tonight.

Tonight, I expect the Nuggets to come out with a desire for revenge after the 120 point pasting they received on Wednesday night in Phoenix. While the Nuggets played hard and fought admirably even on the second night of a back to back away, a loss is a loss is a loss. It was good to see the team refuse to roll over, but this time I want to see them take it to the Suns at every possible opportunity.