Denver definitely had control of this game throughout. The Warriors made some nice runs to get close and draw even, but as others have written, Denver always had an answer for the Warriors.
Baron Davis was clearly in some pain. I commend him for doing the best he could, but I know he was only at about 70%. His explosiveness and ability to get to the basket were sorely lacking and I just hope this injury does not linger too much longer as this team needs Baron. I feel his injury slowed the game down to a pace Denver wanted. I am not saying he should not have played, but I think Nellie should have rested him more throughout the game.
Rebounding, or lack thereof for the Warriors was a big undoing in this game. Between Murph, Biedrins, Dunleavy and others, no one could seem to keep Reggie Evans and Camby off the glass. These two combined for 30 boards. That is not good.
Also, the Warrior defense was brutal. Time after time Nugget players were driving to the hoop unimpeded for easy layups and short jumpers. That cannot happen. If it does, it will result in another Warriors loss which we all do not want. If they are going to play the zone, their rotations have to be quicker and better. The team seemed unorganized on the defensive side of things.
Lastly, the Nuggets have a lot of athletic, lenghty players in Diawara, DerMarr Johnson, JR Smith and others that caused problems for the Warrior offense. Specifically, it looked like Monta Ellis was having trouble getting by his man and even trying to get space for a jumper was hard for him. I hope Nellie can figure out a way to get him some good shots on Friday night.
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