Nuggets play the San Antonio Spurs at 6:30 pm tonight on Altitude. You can listen to them on am 950 in Denver. The game is in San Antonio at the AT&T Center. This will be the last time the Nuggets face the Spurs this season as both teams wind down the year.
Honestly I've been sitting here staring at a blank page trying to come up with something to write about this game. Quite frankly with the Nuggets winding down their season and the Spurs winding UP theirs this seems like a classic "end of season" game with one team playing for playoff positioning and another playing for lottery positioning. FUN. So, you know. Not going to go too much into the Spurs. The Spurs are the Spurs and they will do Spurs things until Tim Duncan either retires or is hermetically sealed along with David Robinson at the former location of the Hemisfair Arena. Spurs.
The Nuggets are winding down the season. They are 8-8 since former coach Brian Shaw was fired, and that's actually a vast improvement over where they were before. In the meantime the pattern of resting players continues, presumably in an effort to "see" what they Nuggets have out there ... or to guarantee not slipping too far back in the lottery. Depends on your point of view I suppose. Until we hear differently tonight's starters should be Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried. Rookie Jusuf Nurkic may or may not be in the starting lineup.
Darrell Arthur and J.J. Hickson both sat out the last game, their status for tonight's game should be announced later. The Nuggets lack of big man depth showed in the last game against the Utah Jazz, and hopefully tonight the Nuggets have all hands on deck ... but you never know.
Interim Coach Melvin Hunt has had his ups and downs since taking over. After a hot start, some questionable rotational decisions were made in a few games and the shine wore off. However, by any measure, you'd have to say that he has done a very, very good job in coaching with the hand he has been dealt. His eternal optimism/coaching had definitely rubbed off on the players who felt battered down by Brian Shaw and Lester Conner for much of the season.
Hoping for a competitive game tonight like the last trip to San Antonio. That was actually a fantastic game despite the Nuggets loss, and another game like that would be tremendous.