Prior to Wednesday’s win against the Nets, Nuggets coach George Karl discussed why Chris “The Birdman” Andersen hadn’t played much of late.
“When he’s on the court right now, we’re getting hammered a little bit,” Karl said of the backup center. “It’s not all his fault, but he’s been on the court five, six minutes where we go down eight, nine points. And I bail and bring in someone else. He knows I still trust him. We need Bird to have his energy games.”
Karl often says he wants “more Bird, less Chris.” Frankly, it’s been unpredictable this season. But the Birdman was back Wednesday, soaring and scoring. He finished with nine points, six rebounds and two blocks, while playing important minutes in the fourth quarter, when the Nets made a push but were thwarted. For the night, he logged 17 minutes — he entered the night with an average of 11.6.
Asked what he saw from Andersen, point guard Andre Miller said: “Just energy – Bird is going to come in, block a couple shots, run th