Nov 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) battle for the ball in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Article continues below ...
Nuggets sqwander fourth quarter lead to lose by two in overtime against DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.
Although the Nuggets lost, they are making improvements. They still are in desperate need of a lineup that can close out games, but the team as a whole is playing better. Three Nuggets, Mudiay, Chandler, and Gallinari, scored over 20 points in the game. The Nuggets also showed more passing, especially in the first half. Overall, the Nuggets played solid, but it wasn’t enough to squeak by the Raptors.
These games can help or hurt a team. With the Nuggets losing like this multiple times throughout their short season, it should be helping them find an identity as a team, but losing like this too many times can hurt the morale of a team. A plus from the game is that the chemistry between the players has increased. The team as a whole has been working off of each other more lately instead of individually and it has shown in the games.
DeRozan killed the Nuggets tonight. It seemed as though every possesion, DeRozan was affecting it somehow. Either by shooting over someone and scoring or assisting somebody else. He was all over the court tonight and helped control the game for the Raptors. The Nuggets will need to learn how to defend and keep the ball away from star players similar to DeRozan as they cannot allow one player to control the pace of the game.
The Nuggets still have two games left on their home stand, and they need to come out with wins against both teams. In order for this team to even hope to be a playoff team, they will need to win close games and games against good teams. There is still a lot of the season left, but these early struggles could haunt the Nuggets later in the year.