Chauncey Billups and The Denver Nuggets: Putting The Icing On The Cake

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IApril 29, 2009

After four of the most intense and aggressive games that I have seen all playoff long, tonight, the Denver Nuggets will look to end the series matchup against the New Orleans Hornets.

During the four games played thus far, the Nuggets are shooting an outstanding 49.5 percent from the field, compared to the Hornets borderline 40 percent.

The Nuggets are also scoring 4.5 more points during the playoffs (108.8 PPG) than throughout the entire NBA season (104.3 PPG).

They are averaging 42.5 RPG, compared to the Hornets 37.5 RPG, and are dishing out nine more APG than the Hornets.

The one stat that has absolutely devastated the New Orleans Hornets chances at winning this series is the Denver Nuggets three-point shooting percentageโ€”a phenomenal 50.0 percent.

Denver Nuggets X-factor, J.R. Smith, has made nine three-pointers during the four games, and is shooting a spectacular 47 percent from the field. He is averaging 15.0 PPG with 3.5 RPG.

But the man that has practically done it all for the Denver Nuggets has been no other than their starting point guard, Chauncey Billups. In the four games played during this series, Billups is putting up super-star averages, shooting 51 percent from the field, 69.9 percent from the three-point line (16-23 3PTM), and 94.1 percent from the charity stripe. This series he has 25.0 PPG, 6.5 APG, 3.8 RPG, and 1.0 SPG.

Billups is shooting the ball at will and is basically manhandling the New Orleans Hornets all by himself.

TNT reported that Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups have become great friends and that Billups gives Paul countless tips throughout the season, but when he heard that they were facing each other during the first round of the playoffs, Billups said that Paul was on his own for this series.

Tonight's game will be the icing on the cake for the Denver Nuggets, as they advance past the first round of the playoffs.ย 

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