While I was watching Game 1 of the Nuggets/Hornets ,I was not shocked one bit by Chauncey Billups’ performance. Was it impressive the way he continually drained three after three? Of course it was, but what impressed me the most was the swagger that he plays with and how his teammates feed off of it. This is the biggest difference between the Carmello Anthony led team of the past and the current Nuggets team.
Throughout his career Billups’ has been underrated and although he’s a soft spoken person, this has to be what fuels his passion. Coming into this series, the talk has always been about Chris Paul and his unbelievable abilities. Yet, once again Billups went under the radar and showed off his unique skill set once again.
I’ve often heard that Billups’ is not a very skilled player, but he’s just a winner. This has some truth to it, but with his size and strength Chauncey can take smaller players in the post and can go around bigger players on the perimeter. This is exactly what he did last night, whether it was giving Rasual Butler the blow by or sticking jumper after jumper in transition. [Read more...]