The Denver Nuggets play the second of three scrimmage games on Saturday. Kevin Gillikin looks ahead to the game.
Denver faces off against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second exhibition game of the NBA Restart and will hope to clean things up a little, while staying perfect in the win column.
Their first practice game, which was held on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards was a resounding success. Despite being forced to start a lineup that averaged 6'10 in height, the Nuggets came away with a win and a whole lot of media attention. Thank you, Bol Bol.
Now, a win is a win is a win even when it's really just practice - but if Michael Scott is correct in Basketball being like smooth Jazz, the game on Wednesday was more like a ten-year-old kid learning to play the saxophone. And yet, it was beautiful.
The gigantically tall Bol Bol - with a shocking 7'9 wingspan - made sure that the sloppy play was pushed to the back burner by absolutely dominating both sides of the court. The big-man was swatting balls around like the next coming of Dikembe Mutumbo (6 blocks) while also impersonating his teammate Jokic with pull-up threes (Bol: 16 points, 10 rebounds). If Nuggets fans were hyped about the guy before, they're likely losing their minds after this performance. He was even compared shortly after the game to a taller, more skilled Kevin Durant and though that is absolutely insane, we will only reply by saying...YES.
Next up is a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Their squad is also depleted and fans will be disappointed by the fact that sophomore superstar, Zion Williamson will not play due to having left the bubble 10 days previously for an urgent family matter. Williamson is back in the bubble as of yesterday but will not play in tonight's game.
What to watch:
Same as it ever was. Let's see what this team can do with the young kids coming back to play and hope for a bit more smooth jazz and a bit less screeching sax. It is exciting to see this young, vibrant team start to gel ahead of next Saturday's first seeding game.
You can watch the game on Altitude Sports in Colorado. If you are in Europe, it is available on the NBA League Pass.
Denver Nuggets writer, Colorado Europe