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Quick Recap: Nuggets crumble under barrage of Blazer threes

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Denver falls behind early and is unable to catch up to the superb outside shooting of Portland.

Danilo Gallinari drives into the lane against the Portland Trail Blazers
Danilo Gallinari drives into the lane against the Portland Trail Blazers
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Same as it ever was.  Denver finished the first quarter trailing 9 points and were never able to come back.  Portland pulled off the victory 116-100 by shooting and making over twice as many three point shots as Denver.

The Nuggets played better tonight than they have recently, but their better wasn't good enough to win.  They limited the Blazer to 14 free throw attempts, they out-rebounded the top rebounding team in the league, and Ty Lawson was aggressively driving into the lane from the get go.

Denver lived in the paint, out-scoring Portland near the basket.  But simple math tells us 3 is greater than 2 and the Blazers shot 16-31 from deep while the Nuggs finished 5-13.  The three point shot is a staple of successful NBA teams and Denver has not finished above 15th in three point percentage since the 2010-11 season.  If this team is to compete on a nightly basis they must attempt (and make) more threes.

Denver Nuggets
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kenneth Faried, PF 31 7-16 0-0 5-5 5 2 7 1 0 3 2 3 19
Wilson Chandler, SF 28 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 2 5
Timofey Mozgov, C 36 3-10 0-0 1-2 4 12 16 0 0 3 2 1 7
Ty Lawson, PG 38 7-16 0-0 4-6 2 4 6 8 2 0 2 2 18
Arron Afflalo, SG 26 8-14 1-2 1-1 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 2 18
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Danilo Gallinari, SF 20 0-3 0-1 5-6 0 3 3 0 2 1 1 1 5
J.J. Hickson, C 15 3-8 0-0 2-4 4 6 10 1 0 0 3 5 8
JaVale McGee, C 15 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 4 2 5
Nate Robinson, PG 14 2-9 1-4 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 6
Randy Foye, SG 18 2-7 2-4 3-3 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 9
Alonzo Gee, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Jusuf Nurkic, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
36-91 5-13 23-30 18 37 55 14 5 7 15 22 100
39.6% 38.5% 76.7%
Fast break points: 15
Points in the paint: 56
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers): 15 (16)
Portland Trail Blazers
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF 36 12-26 1-1 3-4 4 5 9 4 1 1 1 2 28
Nicolas Batum, SF 35 4-11 2-5 0-0 3 6 9 3 1 1 3 2 10
Robin Lopez, C 28 5-12 0-0 2-2 4 5 9 2 0 3 1 3 12
Damian Lillard, PG 34 4-9 2-5 1-1 1 4 5 7 2 0 0 3 11
Wesley Matthews, SG 35 8-19 5-13 0-2 1 5 6 3 1 1 0 3 21
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Thomas Robinson, PF 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 3 0
Meyers Leonard, C 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Joel Freeland, C 7 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4
Chris Kaman, C 19 4-9 0-0 4-5 2 6 8 0 0 5 1 0 12
Steve Blake, PG 22 3-3 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 3 2 9
C.J. McCollum, SG 13 2-4 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 6
Will Barton, SG 5 1-3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Dorell Wright, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
45-100 16-31 10-14 16 35 51 27 7 11 10 21 116
45.0% 51.6% 71.4%
Fast break points: 15
Points in the paint: 30
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers): 11 (10)