The Denver Nuggets gave away Game 1 at Staples Center. As George Karl said following the Nugs’ four-point loss in Game 2: “If we would have fought like this in Game 1, I think maybe we would have found a way to win Game 2.” You just can’t afford to give games away in the playoffs (are you listening Memphis?).
Before the series, I felt that JaVale McGee would play a bigger role as the games went on. Well, he played more minutes and was much more effective in Game 2 compared to the opener. Despite his shortcomings (maturity, experience, maturity again), his length and athleticism up front is god-given and something that Karl badly needs in the lineup. I think it’s time for George start the young center. I get that Kosta Koufos ‘plays the right way’ and Timofey Mozgov is ‘solid on both ends” but JaVale gives Denver the best chance to win vs L.A.
As Karl said last night: “They might only need two or three guys playing at a high level to beat us. So I guess that’s talent. I don’t know.” Well, George should raise that talent level to start games and give Pam Mcgee’s son a shot. Drastic times call for drastic measures…..
The Chicago Bulls wheeled out Derrick Rose to start Game 2 in Chicago, to present the game ball and raise morale in Chi-town. The result was an awkward moment as Rose not only stood deadpanned but even looked like he wanted to cry. The Bulls then went out and lost by 17.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau went with C.J. Watson at point guard with John Lucas III in reserve, just as he did the past two months as Derrick was out in n’ out of the lineup. I’m not predicting a lineup change for Game 3, it’s just too soon to start juggling in this case…but I think starting Lucas gives Chicago the best chance to win deep into the playoffs. According to ‘Tibs’, John is the most aggressive and confident Bull other than Rose. What better player to fit into the starting lineup next to guys who obviously need an aggressive lead guard to be successful. Watson can then assume his customary combo-guard role off of the bench, even playing some SG next to Lucas at times.
It’s not desperation time in Chicago, but may just be better to go with the higher risk-higher reward move. John Lucas is no D-Rose, but it’s proven that he can take over games (just ask Miami). Again, drastic times call for drastic measures.