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.
- 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.
- 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.
I'm Joe W.