East meets West tonight as the powerhouse Boston Celtics try to calm the Denver Nuggets storm.
This season is the best start for the Denver Nuggets in 41 years and we’re loving every minute of it. So far they have bested the reigning champs, the Eastern division champs, and an interdivisional rival. Hopefully the trend can continue for the Boston Celtics, another team looking to prove something.
After nearly representing the East last year in spite of losing Gordon Hayward to a gruesome leg injury and Kyrie Irving knee surgery the Celtics are a threat. Both are healthy now and may have a bench that can rival Denver’s.
Denver’s defense is much different from seasons past. After being last in the league for 3-point defense, the Nuggets took a page out of the Broncos book and focused on tightening up defense. So far, so good.
On Saturday Coach Mike Malone said
"“When you defend, when you take care of it and you rebound you’re going to give yourself a chance every night.”"
Turnovers have remained a problem for this young squad but the improved defense has ensured wins anyway. Nikola Jokic being one of the best to have ever done it, helps too. After a solid performance and a season high 16 assists people are starting to notice how special he is.
Even the best can’t do it alone though. The players around Jokic right now seem perfectly suited to play with him. Everyone compliments and works together so well. Right down to the bench squad.
I know not starting has some stigma but let’s think about how important it is. Mason Plumlee is good enough to start. It isn’t about that. When he comes in when he does he infuses the game at the precise right moment with his play. He’s been a part of the guys who have essentially saved some of the last few games.
So, there’s no “I” in team and perspiration is equal to inspiration, 110%. Here are the game details:
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 • 9:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center • Denver, CO
Local TV: NBCSB, ALT
Radio: WROR (105.7 FM), KKSE-FM 92.5/KKSE 950