After opening the season with three consecutive losses on the road at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, the Denver Nuggets showed their true colors in their home opener on Tuesday and first road victory last night in Houston.
Denver managed to keep their opponents to under a hundred points in both of their wins, and effectively shut down James Harden, who was on fire to start the 2012-13 campaign. After Harden had scored at least 24 points in each of Houston's first three games, the Nuggets held him to just 15 points on 5-15 shooting, three rebounds and two assists last night.
What should be the most encouraging part of the last few nights for Nuggets fans, is that this team finally looks like they're clicking.
During the first three games of the season, the Nuggets struggled with turning the ball over and most players were struggling offensively.
It seems as though the last few games have helped the Nuggets work out the kinks and now they seem much more familiar with each other game-in and game-out.
Road bumps are to be expected for a team like Denver, which boasts one of the youngest squads in the association. Working through those troubles is what allows teams like the Nuggets to compete.
Between the depth and the ability to score from every position on the floor, the Nuggets are still one of the Western Conference's elite teams.
While some issues still need to be sorted out (Andre Iguodala still has to pick up his game offensively and cut down the turnovers for one), this team is looking much better if they can keep up their winning ways on the road where they will still play a good portion of their upcoming schedule, this team will undoubtedly be playing more than just the 82 regular season games on their 2012-13 schedule.
While a championship may not be likely in 2013, the core of this team is locked up for the next few years, giving fans in the mile high city plenty to look forward to.