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Brewer needs to start
It should go without saying that the Denver Nuggets' starting lineup didn't start very well against the Lakers in Game 1.
While it is easy for most analysts to chalk up their poor start to relative inexperience or lack of effort, I think it's painfully obvious that the Nuggets' starting five just didn't match up well physically with the Lakers' starting five.
Kenneth Faried, while extremely active and hardworking, doesn't match up well against Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. He doesn't have the body mass to bother Gasol or Bynum in the post on defense, and he hasn't refined his post moves enough to be a threat on the offensive side.
I know that benching Faried may sound absurd to many Nuggets fans, but I think it would be the best move George Karl could make going into Game 2.
Taking Faried's place in my starting five is Corey Brewer, and my starting lineup would look like this:
PG - Ty Lawson
SG - Arron Afflalo
SF - Corey Brewer
PF - Danilo Gallinari
C - Kosta Koufos
By replacing Faried with Brewer, Denver instantly becomes better suited to face the Lakers' huge frontcourt. It also gives Denver a spark off the bench when you add Kenneth to the mix.
I already liked the fact that Koufos was starting. He is the one big guy Denver has that isn't afraid to get physical with Bynum. The playoffs are not the place to play soft, and Koufos is a guy with great size that will mix it up a little in the post. Denver needs more physicality, and in my opinion, he is a must play for Denver to be successful.
I also like the idea of Gallinari matching up with Gasol. While Pau has a couple inches on Danilo, he has never been a physical player in the post. The best thing Denver could do to neutralize Gasol is to make him work on the defensive side, and Gallinari is Denver's most effective scorer.
Corey Brewer will match up favorably against Devin Ebanks, who had his way against Gallinari in Game 1. Brewer is also a guy you love to have on the floor to get under the skin of Kobe Bryant. The more you have Afflalo and Brewer on the floor when Kobe is in the game, the better.