Posts Tagged ‘George Karl’

NUGGETS AT BUCKS, 8 P.M. ET

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  • With a 37-3 home record, the Nuggets know that locking down a home-court advantage for the first round is of utmost importance. “Nah, we don’t want it,” Denver coach George Karl joked.  Turning serious, Karl then said: “I think everybody in that locker room knows how important it is. Ken (Faried) going down, he’s our energy guy, our hustle guy. That hole, it will be easy to fill easy to fill up the stats but what he brings to our team will be difficult to replace. My guys that have been filling in have been playing at a good level, but it’s a little harder on the road. I don’t care who you play, it’s a little harder to win the game on the road. There’s got to be a little more focus, a little more discipline.”
  • The Nuggets announced Monday that an MRI of Faried’s left foot/ankle revealed a sprain and that he would sit out the final two regular-season games and then be listed as day-to-day for the playoffs. “I don’t like making analyses or comparisons on doctors’ reports,” Karl said. “I’d like to go back and see Kenneth and see how he’s doing and look in his eyes and talk to him before I predict anything. I don’t think he’s going to play in these next two games, but I know he’s a courageous guy who has a lot of want to play in the playoffs. I’m not going to rule him out.”
  • The Bucks are locked into the eighth spot in the East and will play the Miami Heat in the first round. With a lot of injuries and illnesses over the last month, the Bucks need to get healthy. With a four-game losing streak and having lost 14 of their last 19, the Bucks also are looking for any kind of positive note heading into the playoffs. So for these last two regular-season games, is their priority health or momentum? “I think getting back to playing well and winning is important,” Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. “If we have health issues, we’ll deal with the health issues. But if guys are able to play and come out and compete, then that’s what we’ll do. We’ll put them out and compete with them. I think the most important thing for us is we’ve been stumbling a little bit lately, and (we need) to try and find a way to play better.”
  • Larry Sanders (back) will miss his third straight game since falling on his back in Orlando last Wednesday. But Brandon Jennings (sore Achilles) will return after missing the last two games and leaving the game before after only six minutes.

Rick Braun

NUGGETS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • The Nuggets are riding an eight-game winning streak, which is their longest since they posted 10 straight victories from March 30-April 15, 2005. “We’re going to try and shock the world and become the first team to win a championship without an All-Star,” Denver coach George Karl said. “There are only about 10 true superstars in the NBA, I think, but I believe Andre Iguodala, Ty Lawson, Andre Miller, and Kenneth Faried are in the next 40 players.”
  • The Cavaliers have won a season-high tying three straight games and are 11-11 since Dec. 22. They have not won four games in a row since March 17-24, 2010, which was LeBron James’ final campaign with the franchise. “We’re definitely making steps in the right direction,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “We’re playing good basketball right now, but we still can play better.”
  • The Nuggets are scheduled to fly to Boston following the game, but Logan Airport is not expected to re-open until at least 11 p.m. because of the East Coast blizzard. A Denver spokesman said the team still plans on leaving Cleveland tonight, but has hotel rooms reserved in case it must stay in Northeast Ohio. The Nuggets play at the Celtics on Sunday evening.
  • Denver’s starting lineup is point guard Lawson, shooting guard Iguodala, small forward Danilo Gallinari, power forward Faried, and center Kosta Koufos. The Nuggets are 32-18, which is the sixth-best record in the NBA. “We’re not that good, it’s a bunch of fake (wins),” Karl quipped. “We’re lucky, not that good at all.”
  • Cleveland’s starters are point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers are playing home games on consecutive nights for the first time this season. They defeated Orlando 119-108 on Friday.
  • Not in uniform for Cleveland are center Anderson Varejao (right knee surgery) and point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge). Denver’s inactives are shooting guard Julyan Stone and power forward Quincy Miller — both on NBA D-League assignments with the Iowa Energy.

– Brian Dulik