The Denver Nuggets had been on a roll: four wins in a row and a likely fifth against a bad Los Angeles Clippers team. But things didn’t go as planned in LA last night, as the Nuggets dropped the game 106-93. Denver is a remarkable 15-3 at the Pepsi Center but a woeful 5-11 on the road. Those stats don’t lie, and neither does Denver Stiffs, which writes, “Lots of folks will quickly look to place the blame of lackluster Nuggets performances on the MeloDrama, but for those of us who actually follow the team, it’s the same old story. The Nuggets are a good team at the Pepsi Center and a garbage squad on the road.”
ESPN follows the strange dynamic of the Nuggets, pointing out that it was the first night the entire Denver roster and coach George Karl were on the floor together since January 2010: “A healthy Nuggets team would presumably be a winning Nuggets team. Wednesday night they wound up being neither. It was a step back.” To top it all off, key players JR Smith and Ty Lawson suffered injuries in the loss. Smith hurt his toe and is day-to-day, and Lawson sprained his left knee but may return tonight against the Sacramento Kings, according to The Denver Post.