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Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

Posted on: May 12, 2009 1:17 am
The dismantling of the Mavs is delayed another two days. The feud between Mark Cuban and Kenyon Martin's family lives to see another day. All that commotion behind the Nuggets' bench during Game 4 Monday night? Evidently, that was K-Mart's family being harassed by classy Mavs fans.

K-Mart exited the court after Dallas' series-extending victory shouting what most certainly were not pleasantries. I can only guess they were directed at Cuban.

But all that stuff is a sideshow. Two things jump out at me as this series moves to Denver for Game 5 Wednesday night.

One, Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke should thank the Mavs for extending the series another game. Another home playoff date equals another sellout crowd, lots of hot dogs, sodas, and beers sold at the concessions, and a free night of much-needed revenue.

Two, the Nuggets had better figure out how to close this series out Wednesday night without losing their cool. As I told Jason Horowitz earlier Monday, a Lakers-Nuggets conference finals is no sure thing for Kobe & Co. The Nugs are supremely talented, play underrated defense, have the kind of toughness under the basket that the Lakers lack as long as Andew Bynum remains invisible, and have Carmelo Anthony showing signs that he might be just as dangerous on the playoff stage as Kobe.

But the last thing Denver needs in a closeout game at home is to lose its composure. All it'll take is one flagrant foul -- and we all know how blurred that line as become -- to get somebody suspended for Game 1 of the conference finals.

So K-Mart & Co. need to leave their grudges with Cuban in Dallas. Forget about it. It's over. Focus on the game and what needs to be done to finish the series and keep it from going back to Dallas. And don't get anybody suspended for Game 1 against the Lakers.

There's a saying in sports journalism: When in doubt, be Dave Anderson, the venerable Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times. The Nuggets need to adopt a different form of that approach. When in doubt, be Chauncey Billups. This is why the Nuggets traded for Billups, because he knows how to close out teams and he knows how to win playoff series. Most importantly, he knows how to keep his composure in what has become a chippy, emotional, vindictive series. 

Get it over with and keep your cool. Let the security guards keep your family safe, let the NBA deal with Cuban, and play your game. 

Oh, and let your owner count all the free dollars that will flow into the bank by virtue of having to close this out at home. See, I'm an optimist at heart.


Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 9:47 am

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

Please! The Nuggets have finally got tough enough to go deep into the playoffs, and they're suddenly criminals? I have watched too many playoffs series in which they have become depleted because they didn't "teach" the refs that they could play tough, and therefore had too many fouls called on them. This year, it looks like they're playing basketball that, in the Eastern Conference would be called hard-nosed basketball, and they're being decried as thugs. Tell you what; if it takes thuggery to win, then I'm glad the Nuggets are kicking somebody's asses!

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 9:39 am

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

I completely agree. As a 30+ years Nuggets fan, the thing I worry about most in this series is one of our guys getting tossed due to stupidity. I think that's the difference Chauncey has made. This is a very good team, and as long as they don't do anything stupid, who knows what they can do? GO NUGGETS!

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2009 12:38 am

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...


I would say you assume your intelligence is much higher than reality so allow me to give you a quick lesson in perception.  The perception created in making the reader think that the writer is assuming the Lakers are a lock to meet the nuggets, is in the sentences following "As I told Jason Horowitz earlier Monday, a -Nuggets conference finals is no sure thing for Kobe & Co.".  The reader might have understood the intent had he not followed this up immediately with a description of the Nugs attributes and how they play the game.  In doing this, the perception of the previous sentence is that the Lakers will not have a lock to win a series against the nuggets.

Now as for your decision to be rude and take it to a personal level, I have no understanding of why you would choose to go that route unless sitting behind your computer makes you feel tough.  I thought I was very respectful in that I did say in my comment that I thought the writer was very knowledgeadble.  I will admit that I had to re-read the article thinking I might have missed something, and found I had not.  I am in Iraq and have only maybe an hour or so a day to read and comment, so I could very easily have missed it, but not in this case.  What I also didn't miss was your rude 14 year old attitude and I can't help but think when guys do this, that they are the kind of woman beating spineless man pukes that would never dream of running their mouth like that to a man's face.  I find it sad and feel sorry for you and I have no doubt you will come back with something else ignorant.  You get an F in testicular fortitude.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2009 7:45 pm

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...


I did NOT know that. I really dont like sports center anymore. too much garbage on ESPN.

That makes sense. Thanks you.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 4:10 pm

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

so do you, actually. He is assuming that the Lakers are goin to beat Houston. thats what he was assuming, not that the lakers would beat the nuggets. We all realize he was not giving the lakers a ticket to the nba finals

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2009 1:39 pm

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

He was talking about game five of the current series that will be played in Denver tomorrow.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 10:50 am

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

Cuban knew what he was doing. He's just a richer version of Ron Artest...except that Ron Artest doesn't run back to his security detail. I disagree with all posts that say that Cuban is good for the NBA. He's an idiot who gets away with things because of his bank roll. Typical America - substitute money for character and call it good.

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 10:33 am

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

This idea that people knew this was Kenyons mother is craziness. How would they know? Is there a beacon over her head? Was there an announcement made over the intercome telling fans... dont mess with this woman... she's Kenyon's mother. I mean... really? How would any one of them known that she was his mother and family? Obviously you do not watch Sportscenter, the Cuban thing was all over SC and it clearly showed her face and that she was wearing a K-Mart jersey, connect the dots as a fan, and you know who is sitting behind the Nuggets bench wearing a K-Mart jersey; not too difficult to comprehend.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2009 10:21 am

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

Your comment makes no sense.

In the end, you said exactly the same as him.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 9:59 am

Denver should thank the Mavs, but ...

It's a bit ironic that after the one game in this series where Dallas responds to thuggery with the slightest bit of physical play of their own, they and the entire city are condemned as classless.
Hey genius, it's not about what happens on the court, it's about what happens in the stands.  No one, and I mean no one, should feel threatened when watching a game.  I don't care if you're a fan of the visiting team or not, you should never have things thrown at you.  The problem is the few idiots give everyone a bad name.

There's nothing wrong with some good-natured heckling.  Unfortunately, too many idiots don't know where to draw the line.

This is the Denver Nuggets we're talking about. When they exit the team bus you expect to see shackles around their ankles. So please let's refrain from calling the kettle black, pot.

Any credibility you may have had is gone with that statement.

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