Dental pain again forced me away from posting another Monday Marathon Mile High Five. I was in the chair early and got some relief for some nagging issues from old metal fillings from the 80’s that fell out. Ugh. But, either way…..
just a 113-106 win. Carmelo Anthony wasn’t super accurate from the floor, but was aggressive enough to get hoops and trips to the charity stripe on his way to a 33/11/5 night. It wasn’t just a one-man show; however, as the now 20-13 Nugs got contributions from several players (all starters in double-figures), predominately Nene. The Brazilian has had a career of inconsistent play (one night beastin’; the next basically missing) but last night was one of the former, getting 16 points and 11 rebounds. On a team with backcourt and small forward scoring and leadership, a consistent big man could make the difference. Remember, that just two years ago, this team was one of West’s best and was a couple plays away from a trip to the Finals. If only Nene was a consistent 20-10 guy, the Nuggets would be a top-3 lock every year, which might be enough to keep a certain player from wanting to go ply his trade elsewhere, like say,5. After 3 straight wins by more than 15 points the Denver Nuggets hosted the Houston Rockets and had to settle for
. The four straight New York victories have also been aided by the recent return of forward, Kenyon Martin. An albatross of a contract signing some six years ago, Martin has evolved into the guts and soul of this team and his presence has been the key for any kind of defensive attitude. Denver
4. Unfortunately for the Colorado Avalanche, it has been more 1-goal losses lately. This team full of fast-skating kids that are “easy-to-back” followed up a split trip to
Alberta (win in Edmonton/loss in ) with a hard-fought, exciting 2-1 defeat and the hands of the mighty Vancouver Canucks. The Northwest Division lead has now swelled to double-digits for the boys from BC, but the Avs were more than game in the Sunday night defeat. I attended last week’s game with Calgary and watched all of the third period the other night and those were two of the most exciting periods of hockey. Each one involved a comeback goal by the Avs (this group is SUPER resilient) and forced a frantic last few seconds. Oh, this just in: Roberto Luongo is really good at goalie. Detroit
** Our friend, Jay Vean has a new podcast up this week at http://www.avshockeypodcast.com/. Check it out!
Colorado Rockies are again making off-season news and this one might be the biggest tidbit, yet! It appears that the team is ready to put the finishing touches on solidifying their roster with the contract extension signing of Carlos Gonzalez. A seven-year-80 million deal is all that it will take to ensure that our 3-4 hitters (best in game) are in the fold for at least the next seven years. Has Scott Boras gone soft? CarGo is a $150-million guy at the very least and before this; has never let his “stars” avoid getting that free-agent money. Throw in the fact that CarGo is the league’s only 7-tool player and won the batting title, while flirting with the Triple Crown and he has to be the most attractive player in the game, today. Period. Bravo, Monforts. Bravo Don O’Dowd. I guess that “when will these guys be on the Yankees/Red Sox?” fear can be put away. At least until Ubaldo becomes a free agent in a few years. Boras
2. While some of the nation’s top teams still “cupcake it up,” others are already knee-deep in their conference schedule. My “unofficial” teams of
Missouri and Illinois have had strong weeks, with the Fightin’ Illini starting off the Big Ten campaign with two strong wins (@ Iowa, home v. ). The #8-ranked Mizzou Tigers are yet to begin Big 12 play, but they get crackin’ this Saturday in Wisconsin when they face the Colorado Buffaloes. There is a very good chance that the Mile High View will be in the hizzie. Boulder
Speaking of CU, let’s break down the Buffs’ 10-4 start, in relation to a similar record for another one of “my teams,” the 10-5 Gonzaga Bulldogs. They are different teams that have very similar records, but have very different ways of coming about those records. One is a front-court heavy team (Gonzaga) and the other (CU) is dependant on their experienced guard play.
Suffice to say, that these are two differently tested teams and with the inferior of the two playing in the far more competitive conference, these records will look nothing alike in a month or two. Let’s just hope the Buffs can hold court at home this year and make a strong case for an at-large bid come March, because Alec Burks might not be in
much longer. Boulder
PS-Any chance there will be some Nuggets’ fans at
tomorrow night? Staples Center