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Marlowe Blog: The Mozgov Militia has a leader

Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov proving his worth

Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov is averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in his past six games.
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With 23 points and a career-high 29 rebounds, Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov had the game of his life against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Am I surprised? Did I ever have doubts about the Flushin’ Russian? Nyet!!

With the possible exception of the people in his native Russia and his own family, I am Mozgov’s biggest fan.

I like his game and I love his effort. No one on the Nuggets (except Manimal) plays harder.

Mozgov is big, strong and physical. He runs the floor well and can score inside and out. Yes, he drops the ball sometimes, but I believe that is a small negative in a sea of positives.

All he needed was a chance. Denver’s management traded Kosta Koufos last June and then showed its commitment to Mozgov by signing him to a three-year contract.

Mozgov has responded with his best year as a pro, averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists, minutes and blocks.

He’s also getting better as the season comes to a close. In his last six games Mozzy is averaging 18.5 points and has finally adjusted to playing against the starting centers in the Association.

In fact, Timo is playing so well, that injured center JaVale McGee is really going to have to go to earn back the starting position in 2014-15.

Next year, the Nuggets will rebound from this injury-marred season. The Mozgov Militia will be on the march.

Be ready to join the cause!

Chris Marlowe is in his 10th year as the play-by-play voice for the Nuggets on Altitude. He is a longtime broadcaster who also served as the captain of the gold media-winning U.S. Olympic volleyball team in 1984.