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Unless you've been living under a rock since late February, you know the Nuggets have been on some kind of roll since they sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, to the tune of an 18-6 record. The whole team looks FREE.
Free of the Melo Drama, sure. But mostly free on the court to do what they do best. Lawson and Felton push the pace relentlessly. Nene pounds and grinds on the inside. Birdman and K-Mart play defense and grab boards. Aflallo and Wilson Chandler man the wings.
But Gallinari is the one guy who can explode as a scorer on any given night. He's been terrific at getting to (and converting from) the free throw line when he hasn't been sidelined with an injury and obviously has one of the better 3-point strokes in all of basketball.
While with the Knicks, he flashed the potential to be a big time scorer; with the Nuggets, he has shown it even more (or maybe it's just been noticed more). Either way, Gallo will need to shoulder that load in the playoffs.
He'll also be counted on, along with Chandler, Aflallo and J.R. Smith to defend the perimeter. The Nuggets have been one of the best defensive teams in the league since the trade, and they will have to continue that defensive prowess in the playoffs to escape the first round.