When you think of this team, you primarily think of Carmelo Anthony as the team’s offense. That has always been the case (save for a brief period of Linsanity) for any team that ‘Melo has been a part of. And then, of course, you have J.R. Smith, who is known as volume-shooter number two on the team. So you have to figure that when Tyson Chandler is calling out the team’s lack of ball movement, there can only be so many that he may be referring to. Frank Isola of Daily News has details:
As we head into an all-important Game 6 between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets on Thursday, lets first get whatever happened in Game 5 out of the way and hope that nothing dumb – like players getting ejected or face suspensions over unnecessary physical play – happens.
The word, at least according to Mark Jackson and his “source”, is that Denver’s game plan was to go after Stephen Curry, who had completely lit them up in the previous three games leading up to Game 5. Here are his exact words, from Tim Kawakami of Mercury News:
Jackson took it farther, saying that the Nuggets were targeting Curry’s injured left ankle and suggesting that a member of Denver’s organization basically apologized to him for it.
Or was it overcoaching?
That’s where the debate lies with his risky and somewhat questionable maneuver.
Spoelstra benched All-Star guard Dwyane Wade for the entire fourth quarter of the Heat’s 104-97 loss at Utah. He kept All-Star forward Chris Bosh on the bench for all but the final 40 seconds, when the game was pretty much decided. And he kept starting power forward Udonis Haslem on the bench.
The first major player that went down due to the devastating knee injury was Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves during a game against the Lakers. Minnesota was well on pace to fight for a playoff spot, but everything unraveled once Rubio was lost – the team went 5-20 without the sensational point guard.
This season, the Timberwolves got off to a hot start, winning five of their first seven games despite playing without Rubio and Kevin Love. Unfortunately, injuries continued to pile on for the young team and the losses started to mount as a result, just as it did last season. The team has lost six of its last seven games – three straight since the return of Love.