This time Denver is in Memphis for their second matchup of the season, but will Denver show heart and mental toughness this time??
Denver Nuggets: 17-13 Record (8-7 at home, 9-6 on the road) Streak: 1 Loss
Memphis Grizzlies: 16-14 Record (10-5 at home,6-9 on the road) Streak: 2 Wins
Denver has won 12 of the last 15 games against Memphis. On the road, Denver is 15-16 against Memphis, and 0-1 this season. All-time, Denver is 43-19 against the Grizzlies.
They are the undefeated when they score 100 points or more and are the best in the league when holding teams under 100 points (26 times). Memphis has 3 players in top 10 steals: Allen, Gay and Conley. They are ranked 1st in the league for steals, 10.20 SPG.
What can I say about the Grizzlies that viewers don't already know??? Marc Gasol is defensively in tact, he is averaging 15PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.7 APG and 2.13 BPG and he is shooting nearly 50% from the field. Since Z-Bo has been injured, Marc Gasol continues to dominate on the floor. Tony Allen and Mike Conley are a force to be reckoned with on this Memphis squad. Both these players BURNED Denver in overtime last time they met. Mike Conley is pure aggression on the court and will NOT back down, and, whom is also averaging nearly 6 APG. Tony Allen, will slice up a defender's offense, as he is clocking nearly 4 SPG this season. O.J. Mayo, much like our old friend, J.R. Smith, is an instant spark off the bench and can kill the perimeter. Let's not forget Rudy Gay would, as fans know, can kill Denver's defense. Memphis, similar to Dallas, is a defensive team and Denver has to be on their A-game.
How Does Denver Win This Game:
- MENTAL toughness, which Denver has been lacking
- George Karl needs to bring his A-game with inspiration and rotations
- Defense LEADS to offense
- Guard the perimeter especially around Mayo
- Attack the basket, don't settle for shots, shot selection is key
- No LAZY defense, there is no room for error
- Make FT's
- OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS
- Get back to Denver's game; run the full court
Once again, I was painfully obvious.......
Until next time,