Key adjustments Koufos, McGee

For Nuggets to win Game 5, big men must be more productive on both ends

Updated: April 30, 2013, 12:52 PM ET
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
JaVale McGee, Kosta KoufosChris Humphreys/USA TODAY SportsJaVale McGee and Kosta Koufos have averaged a combined 8 points and 6.6 rebounds this series.

Lots of things are going wrong for the Denver Nuggets, but even more are going right for the Golden State Warriors, who have positioned themselves with a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

With every bucket their confidence grows. Simply, the Warriors have been the smarter, tougher, more aggressive and better-shooting team. It would be easy to suggest the Warriors are dominating because of their heart and skill on the perimeter. However, it is poor paint play that has doomed Denver.

In the wake of David Lee's injury, Denver hoped to gain a size advantage inside, but the opposite has occurred. Andrew Bogut's inspired play has made stark the ineffectiveness of the Nuggets' big men, Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee. In Game 4, Bogut made six field goals in 26 minutes, while Denver's two centers combined for one field goal in 28 minutes.

However, recall during last season's playoffs, this Nuggets team came back from a 3-1 deficit to the Los Angeles Lakers and forced a Game 7 on the road -- a game they would host in this series. To do that, however, the Nuggets need their two big men to make some serious adjustments.


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