It's been a tough season for the Denver Nuggets, as they've been plagued by injuries and the loss of stars players throughout. Last night's game was the true epitome of their season as they fell to yet another playoff-bound team in form of the Los Angeles Clippers 117-105.
With key players Ty Lawson, Wilson Chandler, Javale McGee and Danilo Gallinari out, it seemed inevitable that the Nuggs would be on the wrong side of the playoff picture come mid-April. And it's too bad they couldn't stay healthy enough to redeem themselves after their best regular season in team history last year, only to garner a first round exit to the Golden State Warriors.
In last night's contest, the Nuggs were exposed for the 11th seeded team in the West that they truly are. And even though almost every player got on the board and made a contribution, their injury-riddled roster seemed to shine through their efforts. Only having nine players without injury available to play, the Nuggs looked tired. And the fresh looking Clips took advantage of their full roster by jumping out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. It was all downhill from there, as the three stars of the "Clip Show" demonstrated why they are the 3rd best team in the West. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan combined for a total of 58 points, 22 rebounds, 17 assists, six steals and three blocks; quite the stat-line. And although both teams got to the charity line a total of 30 times a piece, the Clips made seven more free throws than their visitors from Denver. The Nuggs did fight back though, bringing the game within eight to start the fourth quarter. But it proved to be too little, too late.
The Clips and Nuggs do have one thing in common, they'll both be facing the Golden State Warriors in the very near future. Unfortunately for the Nuggs it'll be to closeout the regular season, as the Clips will be facing off with them in a seven game series to begin this year's playoffs. Hopefully the Nuggs can muster up one final victory for the fan's at home to put an end to this very dismal season.