- David Thorpe, NBA
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.
If the Nuggets are to advance past the Warriors, they'll need more production on both ends from big men JaVale McGee and Kosta Koufos, David Thorpe writes. The two players are averaging a combined 8 points and 6.6 points this postseason.