This has been a tough past few days for the Nuggs as they traveled down to Dallas on Friday only to lose 122-106 to the Mavericks; return home on Sunday to squeak one out against the Washington Wizards; followed up by playing the top two teams in the West away from home on Monday and Wednesday.
Things were looking dismal for the Nuggs early on as the Spurs took a 20 point lead into the half. However, the Nuggs almost provided a stellar comeback in the second half, bringing the game within four points late in the fourth quarter. But veteran All-Star Tim Duncan decided enough was enough, and made seven of the final nine points for the home squad to help his team to victory. Duncan led all scorers with his 29 points to accompany 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks; the complete game.
For the Nuggs, it seemed as though the starting guards of Ty Lawson and Randy Foye were on different pages, as they combined for only 17 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and five turnovers. While their back-up, Aaron Brooks, put up 25 points, eight assists, five rebounds and zero turnovers, all by his lonesome. Unfortunately the only other Nuggets player who seemed to show up to play was Kenneth Faried, who dropped 24 points to go along with his 10 rebounds. It also didn't help that the Nuggs were missing one of their key role players in J.J. Hickson, who had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee and will likely miss the rest of the season.
The final ten games of the season will be no walk-in-the-park for the Nuggets. As they will face the Spurs again on Friday, capping their season off with back-to-back games against the Houston Rockets; multiple meetings with both the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors; as well as a visit to Los Angeles to face-off against the Clippers in "Lob City."
We can only hope the Nuggs can limp into this offseason with no further injuries and some dignity left under their belt.