I’m now seriously starting to wonder if it might be better to just keep our pick rather than back into the playoffs by default. I just don’t know at this point. Knowing this team, I could see them, after all of this, still upsetting Oklahoma City in the first round. Nothing would shock me at this point.
Goran Dragic and Chandler Parsons led the way for the good guys with 21 apiece. Courtney Lee chipped in 18. For the Nugets, Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson combined for 51.
After the game, many wondered why Sam Dalembert, after having blocked 7 shots up to that point, did not see time in the final frame. Kevin McHale closed the game with a lineup of Dragic-Lee-Parsons-Patterson-Scola, or, more amiably known around these parts as “Scola at the 5.” I sort of understand the decision. I discovered earlier tonight, via some snooping on 82games.com that Patterson leads the entire league in crunch time +/-; and of course it makes sense to send out Scola to fill the need for a post threat. Still, it seems nothing good has ever come from this lineup. If the team misses the postseason, we will not forget its evil.
Most interesting was Kyle Lowry’s absence from the game in the deciding minutes. To be honest, his return seems to have been a factor in the team’s poor play. A unit that was once in sync no longer seems to have defined roles…