The Denver Nuggets are a prime example of the modern NBA. They have a few extraordinary athletes (JaVale McGee, Andre Igoudala, Kenneth Faried), they have tall shooters (Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler), they have dedicated role players (Kosta Koufos, Corey Brewer), and one ultra-savvy veteran who can control the pace, and make the right play each and every possession (Andre Miller). Mix those guys together, and subtract Ty Lawson, arguably their best player, and you have a team capable of rolling into Salt Lake City with confidence, and running out of town with a 17 point trouncing over the Utah Jazz.
The only similarity between the Nuggets and the Jazz is that at one point not long ago, they were two franchises trying to rebuild after trading away a disgruntled superstar. For the Jazz, it’s a daunting shroud they find themselves still saddled with, while battling for the last seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Nuggets looked poised for an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, assuming either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder can slow them down once they get there.
Three years ago the Jazz defeated Denver in a six game series to end the Nuggets playoff run on the floor of Energy Solutions arena. Last night, the Nuggets may have returned the favor, with six games remaining in the regular season.