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JordansBulls
04-24-2009, 10:26 PM
(2) Denver Nuggets (54-28) vs. (7) New Orleans Hornets (49-33)


The Nuggets will have the Homecourt Advantage


Denver Leads Series 2-0 Series Breakdown


REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Season Series Tied 2-2
Nov. 27: Hornets 105 at Nuggets 101
Jan. 3: at Nuggets 105, Hornets 100
Jan. 28: at Hornets 94, Nuggets 81
Mar. 25: Nuggets 101 at Hornets 88


Game 3 - Sat. April 25, Denver @ New Orleans, 1 p.m., ESPN (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/preview?gid=2009042503)




NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Denver coach George Karl widened his eyes and grinned as if he couldn’t believe the question.

He’s been hearing for several years now that his Nuggets couldn’t win without scoring a ton of points, and suddenly people wanted to know why his club had been so effective in slowing down Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

“Our offensive-minded team that doesn’t play defense?” Karl asked.

Karl can afford to be in a joking mood. The Nuggets have a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Hornets, having won each of the first two games by double digits heading into Saturday afternoon’s Game 3 in New Orleans.

In all seriousness, though, Denver does indeed love defense now, Karl insists.

“I think we’ve shown some people we’re pretty good defensively,” Karl said. “I tell the guys all the time, win games with defensive plays.”



http://s402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/KHinrich12/Team%20Logos/th_Nuggets.png Projected Starting Lineup

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PG - Chauncey Billups
SG - Dahntay Jones
SF - Carmelo Anthony
PF - Kenyon Martin
C - Nene Hilario




http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/KHinrich12/Team%20Logos/Hornets.png Projected Starting Lineup

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PG - Chris Paul
SG - Rasual Butler
SF - Peja Stojakovic
PF - David West
C - Tyson Chandler

IBleedPurple
04-25-2009, 12:20 AM
This is the Hornets' last chance to get back in the series. Too early of a gametime though.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 02:13 AM
I said the same about game 2, and it didn't happen, but I expect the Hornets to come out more focused and intense in this game than we've seen them yet in this series.

But I also think the Nuggets can withstand their strongest assault at this point. Denver is just simply the better team. I wouldn't have said so going into the series (and I still might not be saying so if Chandler was 100%), but there are just too many factors that New Orleans can't answer for: The Nuggets have a much better bench, tighter defense, a wider range and greater number of offensive weapons, more athleticism and toughness... we haven't consistently been so all season, but we have become a complete team.

Vinny642
04-25-2009, 03:10 AM
What just happened in the forums was crazy, the mods handled it well it was hilarious for me ans a select few. About this game, we win we still got a shot we lose we done.

JayW_1023
04-25-2009, 06:29 AM
Must win for New Orleans...Chris Paul is bound for a huge game. As good as Denver has been playing...I don't believe they can prevent one all-NBA monster performance by Paul at least once this series. They have to withstand it.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 07:14 AM
Two things:

1. Everybody interested in watching this game, please be aware of the early game time. I have a feeling this will be kind of rough not only on the players of both teams, but the fans as well (especially the ones there in New Orleans, where their big Jazz Festival is going on... look for lots of stragglers getting to the arena well after the game has started :cool: ).

2. Here are my thoughts on how the Nuggets need to approach this game (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9213578&postcount=487), as posted in the Nugs forum.

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 09:17 AM
Must win for New Orleans. If they lose this game, then they are done. Hornets are in some trouble...

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 09:43 AM
Must win for New Orleans. If they lose this game, then they are done. Hornets are in some trouble...

Just read this on the Nugs blog RMC (http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/2009/04/25/2009-nba-playoffs-round-1-game-3-denver-nuggets-at-new-orleans-hornets-game-thread/):


Heading into this postseason there have been 85 instances of a team taking a 3-0 lead in a seven game series. Those teams have won 85 times. Only nine of those 85 games have made it to game six and only three of those teams won game six to force game seven.

So unless they were to do something historically unprecedented, I think it's safe to say you're probably right.

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 10:05 AM
Just read this on the Nugs blog RMC (http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/2009/04/25/2009-nba-playoffs-round-1-game-3-denver-nuggets-at-new-orleans-hornets-game-thread/):

So unless they were to do something historically unprecedented, I think it's safe to say you're probably right.


New Orleans has reached the low point of the season. This is a must win. I don't think they will win to be honest with you. Denver is just to strong of a team for New Orleans to handle.

_Sn1P3r_
04-25-2009, 10:13 AM
It's back to the Hornets home, and a W is needed to make sure they won't be down 3-0 to the Nuggets. I don't think there is a team that came back from a 3-0 deficit.

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 10:50 AM
It's back to the Hornets home, and a W is needed to make sure they won't be down 3-0 to the Nuggets. I don't think there is a team that came back from a 3-0 deficit.

No team ever has. Teams have been down 3-0, 85 times, and no one has ever come back.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 12:23 PM
Is there an echo in here?

Can't wait for this to start!

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 12:37 PM
Is there an echo in here?

Can't wait for this to start!

:cricket:

KnicksorBust
04-25-2009, 12:56 PM
Just read this on the Nugs blog RMC (http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/2009/04/25/2009-nba-playoffs-round-1-game-3-denver-nuggets-at-new-orleans-hornets-game-thread/):



So unless they were to do something historically unprecedented, I think it's safe to say you're probably right.


It's back to the Hornets home, and a W is needed to make sure they won't be down 3-0 to the Nuggets. I don't think there is a team that came back from a 3-0 deficit.


No team ever has. Teams have been down 3-0, 85 times, and no one has ever come back.

hmm. I think I liked this fact the best the 2nd time I heard it... in the same thread... on the same page.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 12:58 PM
So do we actually have some non-Nugs/Hornets fans around who will be up at the crack of noon to watch this thing? These 3 day apart games are killing me... Let's get to the tipoff, already! :jumpy:

UK Bull
04-25-2009, 01:23 PM
Nuggets of to a great start.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 01:24 PM
Umm, wow, what a horrible performance so far by the hornets.

Joshtd1
04-25-2009, 01:25 PM
Down 2-0 and the Hornets come out like this?

CP3 better have some magic in him, because this game isnt looking good at all.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 01:26 PM
Well, Hornets with a little bit of life here with a 9-0 run

Brooke
04-25-2009, 01:28 PM
Hornets showing some life here

KnicksorBust
04-25-2009, 01:28 PM
Sean Marks is playin himself into a max contract.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 01:33 PM
that was a terrible call

KnicksorBust
04-25-2009, 01:40 PM
Hornets look severely overmatched. Unless Posey hits 10 more threes I don't see how the Hornets can beat the Nuggets.

KnicksorBust
04-25-2009, 01:45 PM
Paul just drove to the basket, Birdman fouled him from behind and blocked the shot but he blocked it hard enough so that it hit the backboard and went in. :laugh: awesome.

Havoc Wreaker
04-25-2009, 01:46 PM
"I Tipped That **** In"

Brooke
04-25-2009, 01:47 PM
LOL that was funny.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 01:50 PM
David West needs to pick it up for the Hornets to continue to stay in this game.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 01:54 PM
Thats not good if posey isn't 100%, I mean they're already in a tight spot, without him 100%, they're in trouble.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 02:07 PM
Denver's looking a little discombobulated. They just need to settle down and focus and keep playing tough D like they did in the first 2 games.

UK Bull
04-25-2009, 02:16 PM
Hornets up 50-47 at the half

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 02:23 PM
Good game so far!

superkegger
04-25-2009, 02:30 PM
Denver's looking a little discombobulated. They just need to settle down and focus and keep playing tough D like they did in the first 2 games.

Yeah, easier said than done.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 02:39 PM
Hornets lookin impressive here to start the 3rd.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 02:43 PM
stupid foul on tyson, no reason for that, out past the 3 point line. just dumb.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 02:49 PM
I don't get leaving Peja on Melo. Sure it might work for a bit, but eventually, its going to burn you.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 02:52 PM
The way things are called in the NBA today, that should be a flagrant 1 on Chandler. And it's his 5th. Ouch.

KnicksorBust
04-25-2009, 02:53 PM
how on earth can chauncey keep making all these threes. this is absurd.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 02:55 PM
6 TO's so far by paul, he's not had all that great of a series for the best pg in the NBA.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:03 PM
Hey, posey being dirty, go figure.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:04 PM
well, I've seen it all, both paul and jr smith flopped on the same play. paul jumped into him to try and exaggerate the contact..yet smith was already falling back to exaggerate the contact, incredible.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:18 PM
well, I've seen it all, both paul and jr smith flopped on the same play. paul jumped into him to try and exaggerate the contact..yet smith was already falling back to exaggerate the contact, incredible.

:laugh2:

At least Smitty didn't fake an injury.

But I'm liking this rough and tumble playoff basketball in the West, even if my Nugs are losing. If this series continues in this vein, we'll win for sure. We out-physical this team by a pretty long ways.

We're getting back into some bad habits right now, though. Settling for jumpers. Got to drive into the paint, get to the line.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:28 PM
Chandler is gone, that hurts.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:33 PM
definitely a flagrant on chauncey, but with all 3 flagrants today, IMO, none should have been. those are all just good hard fouls.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:36 PM
That was a nice flop by paul to foul out nene.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:36 PM
Nice ****ing flop, CP3. :rolleyes:

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:37 PM
My greatest fear in this series was the whistles. Fortunately, the bad officiating has been pretty equally applied, mostly.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:40 PM
My greatest fear in this series was the whistles. Fortunately, the bad officiating has been pretty equally applied, mostly.

I think this has probably been the best officiated series actually.

Though, after seen a few replays of that Chauncey flagrant, IMO, if that had been butler fouling chauncey like that, I betcha it would have been a flagrant 2.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:41 PM
Nice, Chauncey talking about the Broncos like "WE need..."

Great to have a hometown boy as a star. :nod:

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 03:42 PM
Man, what a game!

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:43 PM
Nuggets not giving up, giving themselves a chance.

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 03:44 PM
Can the Hornets hold off the Nuggets. Its gonna be tough.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:44 PM
Oh, ****, ain't over yet...

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:47 PM
why didn't new orleans milk more time?

and this is turning into a nail biter.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:47 PM
wow, david west gone too

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:49 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:50 PM
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:50 PM
what a terrible pass and good play by melo

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 03:51 PM
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

lol DenButsu, you crack me up! :laugh2:

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:51 PM
melo had the shot to win, too bad

theimortalone
04-25-2009, 03:52 PM
Damn, that sucks for Denver. Bad break.

Chronz
04-25-2009, 03:53 PM
What ****in channel is this on, I woke up and see a 1PT game. FACK Melo had himself a game I see

Bucsfan
04-25-2009, 03:55 PM
great win by the hornets!!!

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:55 PM
What ****in channel is this on, I woke up and see a 1PT game. FACK Melo had himself a game I see

We lost, but it was a fun one. 3 flagrants, at least 2 or 3 Ts, bigtime playoff basketball for real.

Still, despite the loss, I think the Nuggets own this series. No way the Hornets can match up to this physical, banging play for 7 games.

Joshtd1
04-25-2009, 03:56 PM
What a game. Nice run by the Nugs at the end, just came up short.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 03:57 PM
Was on ESPN. Melo had a good game, but missed the potential game winner, and had a shot at that half courter, almost made it. Great game. New Orleans has life. Was dissapointed in the Nuggets performance after the first 8 minutes or so. Jumped out to a great start, and then just let up. New Orleans showed resiliancy though, even with David West sucking it up.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:58 PM
Damn, that sucks for Denver. Bad break.

Actually, in a way I'm kind of glad. Which is not to say that I don't wish we would have won. But I think it's good for strengthening the focus and mentality of the players that they now can't afford to feel like they can coast through the postseason easily. That this rubs their noses right up into it that they'll need to work their ***es off if they want to keep going.

Biggest problem Denver had in this game was after going up like 22-6 or something, kicking back and thinking they already had the series in the bag. We'll take round one, but it's good to get this lesson earlier rather than later, if it's a lesson the players needed (and they obviously did).

Nuggets in 6. Or 5.

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 03:59 PM
But likewise, all credit to NOH for the win. I thought what we saw tonight we were gonna see in game 2. CP3 being his usual bad self. Bad as in great, that is. It must have been ****ing great for them to get back home. Huge win for them, and it's a real series now. Congrats, Hornets :cheers: