Reliving the pain: A late “live” tweeting of the 3/20 Nuggets at Rockets game

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I’m posting this late because I just finished it. I watched the first half before the March 22nd Cavs game, and the second half after. Although it’s one of the worst losses and most difficult pills to swallow of this season, it is also an important moment in shaping the development of this young team, who bounced back and responded exceptionally well by trouncing Cleveland in the following game.

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Okay, sitting down now to watch the replay of the last #Nuggets game (loss in Houston). I’ll be “live” tweeting it. Bracing for the pain.

Perhaps this tiime it’s fortunate that I already know the result. Tomorrow I’ll be doing the same w/ Cavs game, but spoiler free if I can.

I do know the score to this one, so I won’t feel the shock, though I’m sure I’ll feel the frustration. But I don’t know the details well.

Okay, here we go, opening tip goes to the Rockets, Harden misses the 3 after Plumlee switches onto him, Harris drives in for the layup.

Houston getting to the rim pretty easily on some possessions. Seems like a no-brainer that the Nuggets need better rim protection but…

…when they’re doing such a poor job of denying at the perimeter, we got sort of a chicken/egg situation.

Rockets go up 12-6 early on a Harden steal, Malone wants to put the brakes on it and calls time out.

Jokic rightfully has gotten the lion’s share of the limelight this season, but Harris is really emerging as such a complete player.So good.

Nuggets continue switching Plumlee onto Harden, with mostly not-great results.

This Rockets announcer guy: “Why would you want to call yourself Yokic, and not Jokic? Because you wouldn’t call yourself the Yoker.”

“If you didn’t like the Yoker, what would that be, egg whites or something?” Are these words really coming out of this dude’s mouth?

Another turnover for Jokic. Whenever he gets doubled, the Nuggets seems to always have 4 guys loaded up over on the weak side.

Gotta do a better job of sending help his way so he has better options to pass out of the double.

Nuggets sloppy with the ball here in the 1st. Out of the timeout Jamal immediately turns it over. Ariza steal and dunk. Bad look.

9 points off turnovers already with about 2 min left in 1st Q. Malone must have been superfly TNT.

Nuggets close the gap from (iirc) 12 to 7 to end the 1st. They might survive bad defense OR too many turnovers vs good teams. But not both.

I’m still catching up after being out of town. Is Malone actually trying to fold Mudiay back into the rotation, or is it just bc injuries?

This Jokic-Juancho-Barton-Mudiay-Murray lineup putting together a huge run for the Nuggets. Feels counterintuitive to me.

Trying to pinpoint reason why I feel like that lineup should be less effective than it has. Think it’s having both Barton & Mudiay in it.

Barton hacked by Gordon, no call. Mudiay hacked by Gordon, they get it right the 2nd time. And Emmanual sinks both his FTs.

Mudiay has actually looked really solid in this game. Are we seeing this season’s episode of a better Mudiay emerging after a hiatus?

Was this our first time to see this #Nuggets lineup of the future this season? Off the top of my head, I think maybe so.

If Nuggets players as much as fart in the general vicinity of Harden he gets the whistle.

Overall a pretty great 2nd quarter from Denver, especially by their young bench unit. Tons of promise in the #Nuggets’ future.

Unfortunately, it’s just after 3 a.m. and I’m just a primate who requires sleep to function, so I’ll have to save the 2nd half for later.

I never finished watching/live tweeting the 2nd half of the 3/20 #Nuggets @ #Rockets game. So bc I’m a glutton for punishment, here goes…

I know it’s a few days late, so apologies in advance if it causes confusion. But this is my chance to get caught up b4 the Indy game.

Nuggets start the 2nd half with the ball, 3 points up on the Rockets. Both teams start off cold, only scoring on 1 of about 5 possessions.

Jokic, taking  scoring initiative, gets Capela in foul trouble & D’Antoni sends in Nene. But Jokic scores on post-up w/ Anderson on him.

Harris w/ a great drive & floater for the and-1 chance. Ryan Anderson, maybe the NBA’s most egregious flopper now, flails on the ground.

Halfway through the 3rd quarter, both teams keeping apace of each other, Nuggets maintaining their 3-point halftime lead.

After going up by 5, Nuggets leave Ariza wide open in the corner, and his 3 caps a 7-2 HOU run that ties up the game. Malone calls time.

Harden loves getting bigs switched onto him. Abused Juancho earlier, froze up Plumlee on a drive just now. Little they can do to stop him.

And Harden gets Juancho switched onto him again, makes a nice fake to create space, sinks the 3.

Murray hits a big 3 from 4-5 feet behind arc to tie it back up. His execution on it’s still inconsistent, but he’s got that killer instinct.

D’Antoni absolutely screaming at the refs when Harden gets called for a foul on Murray after pretty much bear hugging him from behind.

D’Antoni absolutely screaming at the refs when Harden gets called for a foul on Murray after pretty much bear hugging him from behind.

Okay here we go, start of the 4th quarter of the 3/20 Nuggets at Rockets game. Dreading what comes next. #couragemerry #courageforourfriends

Jameer over-dribbling gets a ton of hate. But let’s be honest, Jamal does it pretty often, too. Eg 1 min into the 4th between Gordon’s 2 3s.

That’s not to say expectations shouldn’t be higher for Jameer as vet (they should) or that value of Jamal getting time isn’t higher (it ist)

Which doesn’t answer the strategic/philosophical question of development vs win now, but maybe Jameer gets a worse rap than merited.

But I do think it’s fair to say that expecting better outcomes *right now* by playing Jamal over Jameer could also result in disappintment.

After a loose ball scramble resulting in Mudiay fouling Beverly, the latter hits a big 3-pointer & HOU goes up 3, crowd goes wild.

9:50 left in the 4th, Murray gets ball at arc w 10 sec left on shot clock, dribbles back nearly to half court, then…

…runs the clock down to 4 seconds without moving the ball, and takes a 3 from about 8 feet beyond the arc.

I love Murray as much as any Nuggets fans, all I’m saying is maybe before bashing Jameer too badly, be cognizant he does this stuff, too.

The Rockets had gone up 6, but Nuggets go on 5-1 run as Harris hits a 3 to close the lead to 2 – and get his career high 28 points.

Harden’s ability to switch speeds multiple times when driving to the rim never stops being impressive.

Just >3 min left, Juancho switches onto Harden at the elbow. Actually does a solid job staying in front of him, beard sinks the j anyhow.

Jokic gets the ball in the low post, gets doubled, powers in for the layup anyhow.

Refs correctly reverse offensive goaltending call on Juancho, Nuggets close to within 2 w/ 1:41 remaining.

Glad I already know the results of this one so I can avoid falling into the trap of getting my hopes up.

Harden & Barton trade 3s, Nene turns it over, Barton floats it in, and completes the 3-point play to put DEN up 1 w 42.1 left.

At this point I believe it is incumbent upon me to provide a trigger warning for those of you who may find reliving this moment too painful.

Annnd there’s that very terrible horrible ending I’ve heard so much about. Yep – bad as advertised, in just about every possible way.

Jameer should definitely have gotten the ball to Jokic early in the possession. That was a massive mistake for sure.

That should be a hard and steadfast rule for the Nuggets in game-on-line situations: A.G.J. Always Get it to Jokic.

And letting Harden go coast to coast is inexcusable, as was the final ATO play (whether or not it was run as drawn up). Ugh.

Well, that’s it. All caught up now & ready to get about 4 hours sleep before the Pacers game, which will hopefully have a happieer ending.

 

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