In Ty Lawson's first game back since a fractured left rib kept him out of nine consecutive games, he truly outdid himself, putting up 31 points to accompany 11 assists. Unfortunately it still wasn't enough to help his Denver Nuggets to their first win in over seven games.
The man behind the Nuggets loss last night was high point and rebound man of the evening, the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love. Love dropped 33 points and 19 rebounds, leading his team to a close 132-128 victory. But he didn't do it by himself as Kevin Martin contributed 22 points, J.J. Barea added 16, and former Denver Nugget Corey Brewer, added another 16. However, the Nuggets didn't give up easy, and it wasn't only Lawson who showed up to play. With Wilson Chandler snatching up a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Randy Foye dropping 22, and Kenneth Faried adding 21. Although the difference maker came in the form of Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic, who added an additional 16 points to the count, wheras the Nuggs two centers combined added only nine.
When it came down to it, the Nuggs continue to have the same problems they've had in recent past with getting down early and failing to collect on the free ones. Letting the T-Wolves put up a ridiculous 40 points in the first quarter showed the Nuggs lack of commitment on defense. While they also shot an abysmal 64 percent from the free throw line.
It may be that time of the season to start looking realistically at the future and realizing that this season may be a loss. However, this could be bright news for the Denver Nuggets as they would hold two spots in the 2014 NBA Draft.
According to the NBA mock draft, the Nuggs would pick up Michigan St. phenom Gary Harris. But the truth is that they don't really need a point guard, they need a big man. So hopefully they can snag someone along the likes of the freshman power forward from Arizona, Aaron Gordon; or maybe even James McAdoo from North Carolina as their second pick. Lord knows the Nuggs could use some help down low.
But hey, it's just a mock draft and the season is far from over. So who knows what could happen...