Are the Nuggets contenders? That debate is very much in contention.
But are the Nuggets going to be viewed differently after obliterating Chicago 128-96 Thursday night? That answer is as thorough as the beating of the Bulls. It’s an affirmative, a heavy yes.
“I guess people don’t respect us as much because we are not on TV as much. I guess we’re not as big of a broadcast team like the Clippers, Lakers or the Knicks,” said Kenneth Faried who seemed to be in multiple places at once. His stat line read: 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and 12 rebounds.”I think we made a statement tonight. Like, ‘Hey, notice us. Pay attention.’ ”
Denver’s victory gives them eight in a row, the longest winning streak in three years. They have been inconsistent at times, having trailed by 15 at halftime before coming back to beat Milwaukee at home. They have beat fortunate, Andre Iguodala eluding a foul in the final seconds against Indiana only to get fouled moments later and knock down a free throw to win. And they have been dominant, as they were against the Bulls. However, they have won.
The acclaim that the Nuggets warrant and have earned over the last stretch is still being sought after like an older brothers approval.
And therein lies the issue.
“They [national media] are probably not going to give us so much love and I kind of like it that way,” admitted head coach George Karl. “I think the players would like more love and more attention but I think we just have to continue to stay focused and disciplined on doing our jobs.”
The Nuggets remain underappreciated, and, more importantly, winning. They should be able to deal with that.