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Nuggets’ Nene Gets No Respect

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Nene, the Denver Nuggets center, shot 12-for-12 during last night’s 117-97 win against Northwest Division rival the Utah Jazz, tying a team record set in 1978 by Bobby Jones against Golden State. It was a “footnote,” as the Rocky Mountain News reports, but one that shows Nene, who is averaging 15.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds, deserves at least as much All-Star chatter as teammates Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony. The All-Star Game is February 15 in Phoenix, and Nene remains a long shot. Still, he smiled yesterday after his performance, knowing he gave coaches a reason to stop and think.

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