Unfortunately for the high-flying, tenacious whirlwind that has been the Denver Nuggets in 2013 — 34-9 since Jan. 1 — the Larry O’Brien championship trophy that seemed so possible, if only to them, is now just a flickering hologram in its trophy case.
The last few weeks of the NBA season are always an interesting time. Some teams and players are competing for the playoffs, aspiring to play deep into the Spring and hopefully compete for an NBA championship.
So what do those at the bottom of the standings have to play for?
There you have it, folks. After being diagnosed with a severely sprained ankle last week, Kobe Bryant is officially back in the lineup. Bryant actually tried to give it a go the very next game after injuring himself, but was taken out of the game after a rough first quarter against the Indiana Pacers.
When Beal declared for the 2012 draft, his combination of 6-5 size and excellent mechanics made him the top shooting guard prospect. After a slow start to the season – somewhat attributed to the injury absence oF backcourt mate John Wall – he has found his rhythm and is shooting better than 46 percent from the field since New Year’s Day.
However, Beal also has shown remarkable mental and physical toughness throughout his rookie campaign, which you love to see in a 19-year-old.