Denver Nuggets Fall Hard to the Minnesota Timberwolves

Oct 12, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) and Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (1) fight for the loose ball in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves to a final score of 105-88. This is the Nuggets second preseason loss.

Alright, for starters, let’s take a breath and remember that this is preseason.

The Nuggets, who were down just four at half, saw their second unit pummeled throughout a third quarter in which Minnesota extended its lead to 17. Minnesota,  in many ways, dominated this entire game.

They out-shot, out-assisted, out-stole, and out-blocked the Nuggets. They also made six more threes, but they ultimately proved very little in this game.

The Denver Nuggets were without several key players including Danilo Gallinari, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jusuf Nurkic, Darrell Arthur, Gary Harris, and Will Barton.

That means Denver lacked four starters and their two most important bench players.

This game did give coach Malone the opportunity to see Wolters, Kennedy, Toupane, and Sampson play some minutes as they will compete for the Nuggets last roster spot.

About the only aspect of the game that Denver did win was rebounding. They out rebounded the Wolves by 3, and they had five players snag over 5 rebounds.

The Nuggets throughout their first four preseason games have shown a solid ability to rebound the basically, and it is encouraging to see them do this even without Jusuf Nurkic

With that said, let’s now look into how some of our individual Nuggets played.

Oct 12, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) looks to pass against the Denver Nuggets in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Squad

Five Nuggets were able to score in double figures, and while some impressed, other had rather poor outings.

Here are a list of the Nuggets that stat lines stood out:

  • Wilson Chandler: 16 points and 6 rebounds; 5 turnovers
  • Nikola Jokic- 11 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes; 4 turnovers
  • Juancho Hernangomez- 2 points 0-3 from deep (0-5 overall)
  • Jarnell Stokes- 4 points on 2-8 shooting

While it is very exciting seeing Wilson Chandler back in action, he had one of his worse nights even though he scored 16. Chandler had 5 turnovers in his limited action and also missed on all four of his long balls.

Along with Chandler, Nikola Jokic had a impact on this game, but he was also unable to keep the ball with four turnovers in just 15 minutes. Even though they did turn the ball over, these two solid Nuggets were able to keep Denver in the game till half.

Onto the rookies and training camp additions, Jarnell Stokes, who along with Sampson and Toupane, is considered a top contender for the last spot, had a horrible night.

As a big man, coach Malone will look to see more than four points on horrendous shooting. While players like Kennedy and Wolters were able to find the court for the first time, they did not impress in their time.

This was just an exhibition game, and we will look to bounce back on Friday. Just remember Nuggets fans, it is just a preseason game.

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