Denver Nuggets Dominate the Cavs in Blazing Start

Denver Nuggets (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The super hot Denver Nuggets off to an outstanding start this season smoking the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-91

Led by Juancho Hernangomez scoring 23 points last night, the Denver Nuggets did exactly as anticipated by dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hernangomez and Paul Millsap were the only Nuggets in double figures with the latter turning in 16 points.  Nikola Jokic had an uncharacteristically slow evening but it’s inconsequential to the easy win by the Nugs.  Special mention for Mason Plumlee who has become an absolute force.

The game started typically with the Denver having a slow start and halftime ended up with the Nuggets leading 50-42.  The second half was owned by Denver as the Cavs unravelled over time.

It’s understandable that the Cavs are having trouble with such a chaotic start to the season, losing coach Tyronn Lue and Kevin Love in the same span of time are unfortunate changes that are affecting this team.

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Jordan Clarkson had 17 points to lead the Cavs followed by Cedi Osman with 13.  Those leading numbers don’t look too different from one another, at least not winning by 20 different.

What’s the problem in Cleveland then?  Good for Clarkson and Osman but where are the veterans?  Where are the players you may have heard of as being prominent Cavs previously?  Where are George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and J.R. Smith in the leader statistics?

As for Hill and Nance Jr., I can’t answer that but Smith was dropped from the rotation.  This resulted in Smith asking for a trade.  It doesn’t seem like a popular choice among Cleveland fans who chanted, “we want J.R.” late in the game.

The fact is no one thought the Cavs were going to offer competition to the Nuggets.  They are really struggling and the Nuggets have a lot of momentum however it is significant in that this is exactly the game the Nuggets of last year would have lost.

The game no one thinks will be tough the Nuggets always got upset.  The lost when they shouldn’t have and had trouble closing games out.  Denver is showing how this team is different (and better) this season by being strong where they were once lacking.