It's been nearly a month since former Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller left the mile high city to become a part of the Washington Wizards franchise. Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014 marked his first return to Denver since the trade, and his pardoning gift was returning to back to D.C. with a loss.
Miller didn't contribute much to the game in his 13 minutes of play as his two points, one assist, one rebound and one block were overshadowed by his two turnovers and more importantly, loss of the game. However, Miller wasn't the only former Nuggets' player returning to town, as former Nuggets power forward Al Harrington also made his first return to Denver in nearly two years. As with Miller, Harrington struggled as well, putting up six points and six rebounds to accompany his two turnovers in 18 minutes of play.
Although this is a story of returning stars, the current stars of the Nuggets' roster are the ones who truly showed up to play. And it was the combination of Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and Aaron Brooks that led to a Nuggets victory, as the three put up 48 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and three blocks, collectively. These three outmatched their opponents in every facet of the game. Surprisingly, the Nuggets' go-to guy, Ty Lawson, only mustered up nine points on four of eleven shooting from the field. But as demonstrated by this late playoff push, the Nuggs win when they play unselfish basketball.
It must have seemed like an attainable game for the Wizards, who shot a better percentage from the field; out-rebounded their visitors from Denver; and shot a better percentage from the line, as well. But it was turnovers and three's that killed 'em in the end, as Denver capitalized on the Wiz' 24 turnovers, turning them into 30 points while splashing six more three's than the home team. That added up to 54 points for the Nuggs, and is what ended up being the deciding factor in the outcome of the game.
The Nuggs are sure to face a much tougher test in tonight's game, where they will meet MVP candidate Kevin Durant and his Thunder down in Oklahoma City in a battle at their house. This game will serve as validation if the Nuggets recent run is for real, or just a farce.