Nuggets vs Clippers
The playoffs are near and the NBA’s Western Conference is its typical brutal self. Unlike the east where it’s pretty clear the Heat will represent in the finals, the Western Conference is absolutely wide open with as many as five teams that seemingly have what it takes to make a finals run. Near the top of that list are the Clippers and the Nuggets, two extremely deep and athletic clubs that could produce one highly entertaining series.
Here’s a breakdown of a potential Clippers versus Nuggets first round playoff matchup.
The Season Series: The Nuggets have taken two of three against the Clippers this season with convincing victories in the last two meetings in Denver. The first game between the two clubs was marked by a dominant bench performance by the Matt Barnes, Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford. This was early on in the season when the Clippers were in the midst of what would become a seventeen game winning streak.
The Nuggets dominated the following two games both at home. The first one, the game that ended the Clippers then NBA season high seventeen game win streak, was a combination of solid defense by the Nuggets and downright horrid shooting by the Clippers. The Clippers shot a terrible 17% on threes and a bewildering 44 percent from the line.
The third season match up, also won by the Nuggets in convincing fashion, was a combination of poor Clippers shooting and dominance by the Nuggets starting five of Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinardi, Kenneth Faried, Kosta Koufos and Andre Iquodola. With Kenneth Faried and Javale McGee the Nuggets are one of the few teams that can match the size and athleticism of the Clippers—something that played out in the final two games between the two clubs.
Key Matchup for the Clippers: Blake Griffin may get more attention and DeAndre Jordan may fill the highlight reel, but come playoff time the key player and catalyst will be Chris Paul. In late April to early June rotations tighten up and teams don’t go as deep on the bench. Games literally hinge on a handful of possessions. Paul is and will continue to be the key for the Clippers. Without a big playoff performance from Paul it’s hard to see the Clippers go deep into the playoffs. The importance of Paul’s play versus the Nuggets will be accentuated even more due to the evolution of Denver’s Ty Lawson into an elite NBA point guard. Lawson has a lot of Chris Paul type qualities and has been the key factor in the Nuggets recent fifteen game win streak.
Key Matchup for the Nuggets: Kenneth Faried has quietly become a tremendously effective player. His athleticism allows the Nuggets to get away with playing a small lineup in the Western Conference. Against the big and aggressive Clippers front line it’s essential that Faried is effective and out of foul trouble. Faried is a bit undersized as far as NBA power forwards go nowadays (he’s listed as a small forward on the lineup sheet) Faried has a tremendous reach and plays bigger than his size due to his startling quickness and leaping ability.
Home Court Advantage: If the Clippers and Nuggets do end up competing against each other in the postseason it will be a 4-5 or a 3-6 matchup, at least in the first round. Both teams have won their home match ups convincingly this year but it’s hard to see a significant home court advantage for either team in the postseason.
Health: Both teams are relatively healthy.
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