TunaFish wrote:It should be interesting to see how Orlando reacts to the beating they suffered last night. This season, Denver has often played down to poorer teams. I don't think that will continue tonight but I am wary of that possibility.
You were right - Denver did not bring their best game.
NuggetsWY wrote:Orlando has won about 50% since the trading deadline - we can't afford to take them for granted. They traded their best players and those left are making a serious effort to show what they can do. We will not be facing a bunch of players going-through-the-motions or being generally lazy.
Orlando had 5 healthy players. Two of their bench players were fighting a non-Covid virus and one was dealing with an injury. There was no excuse for the pathetic effort the Nuggets gave in the 1st half .
Jokic sets the tone for the team. He likes to pass, so everyone tries to pass. Now he's back into a stretch of arguing with and complaining to the officials. It often leads to him being slow to get back on defense. It leaves him with a poor attitude and the Nuggets just don't try very hard.
My High School coach said that you should try to win every quarter. Failure to do so, means you are practicing to lose. The Nuggets have a bad habit of playing down to the level of their competition and it could cost them dearly in the playoffs.