With Miami extending their win streak USSDU takes a look at the Denver Nuggets own win streak along with other hot topics from around the NBA.[caption id="attachment_15091" align="aligncenter" width="558"] Photo Credit: Kathy Willens/Associated Press[/caption]
Denver Tracking Miami?As Miami extended their winning streak to 24 wins there is one team in the West that has become inspired. The Denver Nuggets 13 game win streak is not quite as big as the Heat's. However given that this team has no big superstar/s compared to the 3 that counterparts Miami boast, it makes this streak very impressive. The way they have been racking up wins against top tier opponents has been fun to watch and it moves them into the conversation of contenders in the West. Currently they are only a half a game back from 3rd place in the Western Conference, looking like big threats to take that spot with their easy schedule to close the season. If they play the winning basketball they put on at Oklahoma City, they may be able to beat the Spurs in San Antonio next Thursday. Wouldn't that change peoples opinions about this Denver team. Streaking is hard in the NBA but the road ahead this week looks fairly comfortable with games against Philadelphia (H), Sacramento (H) and New Orleans (A). My money would be on them to continue this streak given the amount of depth this team has.
What's Going on in the East?Things in the East are pretty much set in stone when it comes to who will be in the playoffs this season but where everyone will finish? Positions 3-8 are still a mystery due to the inconsistent play of a few teams and key injuries in New York. While Atlanta, New York and Chicago continue to drop games like nobodies business (all three are 4-6 over their last 10) teams like Boston, Milwaukee and Brooklyn have found a second or third wind and are playing like playoff teams. Chicago are of course waiting for Derrick Rose to return (still no word) and New York have injuries to Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Atlanta have absolutely no excuses. Some nights they look unbeatable and other nights Josh Smith decides he wants to jack up low percentage shots to create a 20 point hole. One has to wonder what this team will be like in the playoffs if they can't turn their current form around.
How Will the Lakers Cope Without Kobe?After what was considered to be a dirty play by Dahntay Jones on Kobe Bryant late in the game against the Lakers, they find themselves without their best player indefinitely. Kobe had started the next game against Indiana but only played 12 minutes before throwing in the towel. While the Lakers still won that game and the next one against Sacramento, they got blown out by the Suns in Steve Nash's return to his old home. The team dynamic has obviously been shifted from a Kobe-centric style of play to a more traditional style where Steve Nash runs the point (and runs it well). I was looking forward to seeing how this team would play when Steve Nash took the reins and they were really impressive against Indiana and Sacramento. If Nash and Howard can create a good understanding on pick and roll plays then Kobe being injured might actually be a blessing in disguise. As this will add another dimension to the Lakers that has been long missing from their play. This week they face the Wizards (H), Golden State (A) and Minnesota (A). All three are potential losses if they play a bit below average so they must be on their game and focused on making the playoffs in the West to win.
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