NBA fans, meet the Denver Nuggets. Nuggets, say hello. After a 54-28 regular season tucked away in Mountain Standard Time and a first round of the playoffs relegated mostly to NBA TV, the Denver Nuggets advanced to the second round with Saturday’s 90-86 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7.
The Pelicans have split their first two games against the Denver Nuggets this season, winning 130-125 at Denver in December and losing 115-98 at the Smoothie King Center in November. After Thursday's game, the Pelicans have only seven games remaining in the regular season. The Pelicans start a three-game road trip on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, which includes games against the Philadelphia 76ers this upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics.
I'm going to kick off this column with a seemingly contradictory statement: our 2015-16 Denver Nuggets will be hard pressed to match last season's disappointing 30 wins, and yet I'm much more optimistic about this team's future than I was about last season's edition. Because even though the Nuggets didn't address their need for a shooter or a true shot maker this summer, they may have added one of the more dynamic rookies the franchise has ever had in point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, the 2015 NBA Draft's seventh overall pick.
The Denver Nuggets are going to see some real competition when the preseason finally rolls around at the beginning of October. While it’s sometimes hard to think of the preseason as any sort of real test, a quick look at the schedule shows that the Nuggets are going to have stiff competition in almost every game. Overall, the schedule looks like this: