Game Thread: Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz -- the Post-Melo/Deron years continue

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Game #39: Utah Jazz (12-26) vs. Denver Nuggets (19-17)
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
January 13, 2014 -- 7 pm MT
TV: ROOT Sports -- RADIO: 1280 am / 97.5 fm

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January Game Streams -- Denver Stiffs -- Nuggets vs Jazz coverage

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Remember the good old days? The predictable days? The Denver Nuggets would run their offense through the volatile, and inefficient Carmelo Anthony? The Utah Jazz would run their offense through the balding Deron Williams? Remember the playoffs? Well, since the two stars have been traded we've only gone there once. The Nuggets on the other hand? They've been a fixture. This season the Nuggets look to get there once again, and are hanging in there despite some ridiculous injuries right now. (No: Danilo Gallinanri, Darrell Arthur, Anthony Randolph, JaVale McGee, and Andre Miller (suspended? benched? time out?)) Their five game win streak is on the line as they visit the Jazz, a team they have so far gone 1-1 against this season.

The Jazz, at home, well rested, and presumably emboldened by the return of Rudy Gobert from the D-League will be without Gordon Hayward. In his stead we'll see the Burke/Burks court again. Which reminds me of the Family Guy "Gumble 2 Gumble" TV show for some reason. It must be the brain tumor.

Anyway, the Nuggets have a injuries focused on their bigs. The Jazz should game plan this and take advantage with OUR bigs. Alas it is not to be. Our starting line-up will continue the 'small ball' route. Which is great, if this was Marvin against the mannimal 7 years ago.

Presumed Starters:

Point Guard Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
Ty Lawson 1 34 35.0 17.7 3.5 8.6 3.1 2.8 1.4 0.2 20.3 23.5% 38.9% 5.4%
Trey Burke 1 26 30.7 13.3 3.3 5.3 1.9 2.8 0.8 0.1 14.6 23.2% 29.9% 6.2%

We're good here, but not quite there yet. Lawson's speed will be a problem for our entire team.

Shooting Guard Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
Randy Foye 2 1 36 25.4 10.2 2.4 2.3 1.2 1.9 0.6 0.4 12.3 17.9% 14.0% 5.1%
Alec Burks 2 1 38 27.2 12.2 3.2 2.6 1.8 1.4 0.8 0.3 13.8 23.0% 16.6% 6.6%

This is the Holy war last year -- the EnFoyegoites vs. The Alex Borqs. We'll see who wins Round 3 tonight.

Small Forward Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
Wilson Chandler 3 4 28 30.1 12.8 4.8 1.6 1.0 1.6 1.0 0.7 13.8 19.1% 8.6% 8.5%
Richard Jefferson 3 38 27.3 10.2 2.9 1.8 1.4 1.3 0.6 0.3 11.9 17.3% 10.9% 6.0%

Wilson is back from injury, and Jeff is a gun for hire. One is big, the other is . . . is not.

Power Forward Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
Kenneth Faried 4 3 34 24.0 10.5 8.1 0.9 1.1 0.8 0.7 0.9 19.9 18.7% 5.8% 18.0%
Marvin Williams 3 4 28 27.1 9.6 5.3 1.3 1.0 1.3 1.1 0.6 14.1 16.4% 7.7% 11.1%

This is a mismatch. Let's move on.

Center Pos G MPG PPG RPG APG TO A:TO SPG BPG PER USG% AST% TRB%
J.J. Hickson 5 4 36 26.0 11.2 8.6 1.2 1.6 0.8 0.7 0.8 16.6 20.7% 7.3% 17.6%
Derrick Favors 5 4 36 31.5 13.5 8.8 1.2 1.9 0.6 1.1 1.4 18.3 20.2% 6.9% 15.9%

Hmph. I thought this would be a bigger advantage for us. Welp. At least our bench is healthy . . .

They have the performance, game plan, and speed. We have health, and are at home. They have a streak on the line, and we're trying to conceptualize life without Gordon. I don't like the idea of ever losing to the Denver Nuggets -- so let's hope for a win tonight.

GO JAZZ GO!

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