Monday, Oct. 14: Denver Nuggets 98, San Antonio Spurs 94
MVP: Kenneth Faried- 22 points, 9 rebounds off 10 for 12 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench
LVP: Jordan Hamilton- 2 points in 12 minutes off 1 for 6 shooting
Key Stat: Spurs shot 58 %( 20-34) from the free throw line
Nate Watch: 5 points, 7 assists in 21 minutes
Recap: Kenneth Faried turned in a monster performance against the defending Western Conference champions. 11 of his 22 points came in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets erased a seven point third quarter defect. Nate Robinson struggled with his shot, shooting 2 of 10 from the field. The positive? You can tell Nate has turned the page as player. Despite having an awful night shooting the ball, Robinson was able to help his team win by dishing out 7 assists with no turnovers. The Spurs rested their big three of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili.
Tuesday, Oct. 15: Oklahoma City Thunder 109, Denver Nuggets 81
LVP: Kenneth Faried- 0 points, 2 turnovers in 13 minutes.
Key Stat: 17 to 21 assist to turnover ratio
Nate Watch: 10 points, 3 assists
Recap: The MVP award of this section describes the night. The Nuggets were sluggish playing the 2nd night of a back to back. Nate Robinson and Andre Miller lead the team in scoring with 10 points. Yes, you read that right. The leading scorer had 10 points. Overall the Nuggets were sloppy, having an assist to turnover ratio of less than 1.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Los Angeles Clippers 118, Denver Nuggets 111 (OT)
MVP: Andre Miller- 15 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 0 turnovers
LVP: Jordan Hamilton- 0 points, 2 turnovers in 12 minutes
Key Stat: Chris Paul- 40 points, 11 assists
Nate Watch: DNP
Recap: Veteran point guard Andre Miller put on a clinic for young guards, as the Nuggets competed well despite resting Nate Robinson and Kenneth Faried. Denver had a hard time stopping All-World point guard Chris Paul- who went for 40 points and 11 assists. Jordan Hamilton found himself winning his 2nd Least Valuable Player of the Game award this week despite being promoted to the starting lineup.
The Nuggets enter their last week of preseason play with a home game against the Phoenix Suns and a visit to Chicago to face the Bulls.