Archive for May, 2009

Nuggets say this is the start of something special

The Denver Nuggets are torn between what-ifs and what-a-year. Deep down, they still think they’re the best team in the West and maybe even in the NBA altogether.

Lakers, Nuggets both convinced they could’ve done better

Be the first to comment on this article… DENVERThe Denver Nuggets left Los Angeles with homecourt advantage in the Western Conference finals after beating the Lakers in the postseason for the first time since 1985.

Thorburn: Denver in need of extra shot from Mr. Big Shot

Nothing really matters in the NBA until the fourth quarter. During Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday at the Staples Center, the Nuggets and Lakers were tied 25-25 after the first quarter, 56-56 after the second quarter and 76-76 after the third quarter.

Sports Beat: Conference finals are heating up

A funny thing happened en route to the anointed meeting of the Lakers and the Cavs.

Nuggets, Lakers Feel They Let One Slip Away

Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets posts up Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter of Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 23, 2009, in Denver, Colo.

25 years later, some deja vu

Many things have changed on the Nuggets’ front since the team was last in the Western Conference finals.

True-shot J.R.

The trade that brought Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets and sent Allen Iverson into exile in Detroit has taken on folklore status.

LAKERS: Energy-driven Nuggets invade Staples Center for Game 1 of Western finals

There was no rest for the winners Monday. The Lakers hunkered down and watched DVDs of the Denver Nuggets, their opponent in tonight’s Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center.

Nuggets lack the look of a champion

Leave it to Vince McMahon to clear things up. Until the World Wrestling Entertainment chairman’s little dust-up with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke, I couldn’t explain why I picked the Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals.

Lakers, Nuggets kick off West finals at Staples Center

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores as he drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center April 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Nuggets think they are in a good place going into Lakers series

A year ago, when the Denver Nuggets arrived at Staples Center for a playoff series, the top-seeded Lakers quickly pushed eighth-seeded Denver out the door with an opening-round sweep.

Nuggets have a lotta UNLV in them

I talked this week with Tim Grgurich and Mark Warkentien, two of my former assistants who are working in Denver, and both of them told me how much the Nuggets resemble our old Rebels teams.

Year of change gives Karl, Nuggets shot at title

A year ago, with the Denver Nuggets underachieving in the eyes of some, a website cropped up dubbed FireGeorgeKarl.com. Looking back at that, all Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony could do was laugh.

Chauncey Billups

One of Chauncey Billups’ ex-teammates — and there are about a hundred of them — has his nose pressed against a TV set.

Who Do You Think David Stern Wants LeBron to Face in the Finals: Yao, Kobe or Carmelo Anthony?

A) Kobe. The clear favorite. LA’s the No. 2 TV market, Kobe’s No. 1 in jersey sales, and it is widely thought that Kobe and LeBron are the two best players in the game.