Justin Kubatko on the Nuggets post-Melo

Since the much ballyhooed blockbuster trade of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks, the two teams have gone in contrasting directions.  The Knicks are 7-7 in a way that suggests motivation is a bigger problem than talent.  They have lost twice to mediocre teams like the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they have beaten formidable ones like the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies.

While a typical heavy dose of Gotham scrutiny has been devoted to the Knicks ups and downs, the Nuggets very quietly are thriving in their post superstar era; going into tonight’s game against the Heat, they are 9-3.  The offense has not lost a beat and it’s much more democratic.  The defense has improved markedly.  Justin Kubatko of basketball-reference.com explains here on the NYTimes Off The Dribble blog, http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/keeping-score-why-the-nuggets-are-winning/

Wilson Chandler for the defense. foto from zimbio.com


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I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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