Fresh off their 112-87 demolition of the Orlando Magic, the Denver Nuggets are emerging from the mini-slump that had us scratching our heads for a week.
With the new footwear rules in the NBA, players have expressed themselves with their shoe choices. Following the games, we’re going to pick the best shoes. Friday night’s contest was close but (pictured above) Malik Beasley wins out by a hair over Jamal Murray.
For the game, Beasley was solid, putting up a nice +13 on the plus/minus stat, we got to see some action from Tyler Lydon and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell. Possibly the feel-good moment of the season so far was Thomas Welsh‘s smile after hitting a three for his first NBA points. Following it with a nice two-handed dunk wasn’t bad, either.
Either I wasn’t paying attention or it was unannounced that Nuggets legend Lafayette Lever joined Chris Marlowe on the television broadcast. Lever’s enthusiasm was fun and it seems like he’s kept contact with his old franchise, showing a nice blend or recent and historical knowledge.
Hidden in the Nuggets’ strong start and then brief swoon are some markers that inspire confidence in the season ahead. The West is insanely good, as it was last season, once again a half game separates nine teams in the conference. Let’s look at some things we’ve seen recently that give us that confidence: