The Denver Nuggets haven’t gotten off to the start they wanted to. After losing to the Sacramento Kings for the second time in as many tries Coach Malone isn’t sure the Nuggets are the team they’ve been pegged to be at this point in the season. It’s still early but in a loaded Western Conference and the inescapable uncertainty that the pandemic presents the margin for error shrinks markedly.
Although the team has underwhelmed as a whole there have been bright spots. In the loss at Sacramento Nikola Jokic recorded yet another triple-double, this one being more significant than any of the previous as it moved him into first all-time in franchise history. The record was previously held by Nuggets great Fat Lever. Monte Morris showed well as he filled in the starting role for Jamal Murray scoring 24 points on 10-15 shooting from the field. Murray was out with a right elbow injury. Michael Porter Jr. chipped in 30 points as well.
Where the Nuggets struggled most in this particular outing was turnovers and bench production. The Nuggets turned the ball over 20 times with 10 of them coming by way of Jokic. In addition to this the bench only scored 19 points as a whole. These were both points of contention for Coach Malone.
At 1-3 things look dire but if history is any indication the Denver Nuggets are more than capable of turning the tide. Let’s just hope that they can start off the new year with a victory when the Phoenix Suns head into town on the 1st.