Originally written October 29, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
Denver Nuggets Last year: Seasons like 2012-13 in Denver apparently don't cut it anymore. With Ty Lawson leading the way on offense and Andre Iguodala anchoring a highly efficient defense, the Nuggets stormed to a 57-25 finish and the Western Conference's No. 3 seed. Lawson shot 46.1 percent from the field, helming a group of four scorers that averaged 13 or more points per game. Iguodala was one of those but proved even more effective on defense, notching 1.7 steals and harassing opponents' top shooters. It was Denver's fifth straight 50-or-more-win season -- excluding the 2011-12 lockout year -- and 10th consecutive playoff berth. But it was also the Nuggets' fourth straight first-round exit after earning a No. 6 seed or better. The hot-shooting Golden State Warriors' 4-2 series win cost coach of the year George Karl his job and sent this organization into serious offseason flux. This year: Playoff success wasn't the only thing Golden State ripped awa...
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