Yesterday the “new look” Nuggets did the impossible. They beat the Lakers on the road in a game that was broadcast Nationally on network TV. They also clinched a playoff spot. Better yet, they did it with (arguably) their best player, Aaron Afflalo, sidelined. No, you were not dreaming.
“It’s a big win…you hear Lakers, you hear Dallas, certain teams. But you have to talk about the Nuggets too.” – Raymond Felton
With the victory, the Nuggets clinched a spot in the 2011 NBA playoffs. They are currently the fifth seed, three games behind Oklahoma City and two ahead of Portland. The Lakers are hot on the heels of San Antonio for the first seed, which makes the Nuggets perfomance that much more impressive. It wasn’t as if the Lakers had nothing to play for.
Yes, Raymond, you do have to talk about the Nuggets. You have to talk about a big win in LA. You have to talk about the trade, the lack of a “star”, team basketball, defense, fast breaks and rebounding. You have to talk about the playoffs and what a wonderful surprise this “new look” Nuggets team has been.