NBA Game of the Night: Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13:  Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Denver Nuggets pleades with referee James Williams #60 at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 117-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tonight's big game doesn't exactly have the punch that most nights have, but somehow the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies have turned a game between two teams who should be struggling into the current No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and a team just a game-and-a-half out of the playoffs as of now.

So now it's time to take a look at what each of these two teams need to do to bring home a win tonight.


Denver Nuggets

  • Somehow the Nuggets are better without Carmelo Anthony; if they can keep that up they have a good chance of winning.
  • Their game plan of scoring more points than any other team in the NBA should continue to be implemented. 
  • If somebody let the Nuggets know that there was a defensive part of basketball they could be really good; maybe someone should do that.
  • Despite a really good offense, not having a star to hog the ball means that they sometimes pass the ball too many times and don't shoot within the allotted 24 seconds. 
  • Not having a star to hog the ball also means that they aren't bound by NBA rules to have one person always take a last-second shot to win the game while being covered by three defenders. I'm still not sure if that helps or hurts the Nuggets.


Memphis Grizzlies

  • The strategy of being completely average in every aspect of the game of basketball is generally a hindrance against good teams.
  • The Grizzlies need to take everything they have done over the last four games and do the exact opposite
  • Remember what you did for the seven games before that? Well, go back to that.
  • After Rudy Gay went 0-of-7 against the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis should let him take some easy shots and get some greatly needed confidence.
  • Although Marc Gasol has been doing his best, he still hasn't gotten comfortable with having to rebound without Zach Randolph grabbing every loose ball he sees.


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