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Foye finding rhythm as potential long-range outburst looms

Denver Nuggets shooting guard is 6-for-11 from deep in past two games



There will come a night – perhaps a couple – when Randy Foye catches fire.

It happened Jan. 11, 2013, at Atlanta when he went 6-for-7 from 3-point range, and again on March 30 when he drained 8-of-9 against Brooklyn.

The evidence of an inevitable outburst is sprinkled throughout Foye’s career game logs: 6-for-9, 7-for-9, 5-for-7, 5-for-6. Nine times, in all, he has made at least five 3s while shooting .600 or better from long range.

Based on his recent performances, Foye could be in line to add another one to the list as the Denver Nuggets continue their six-game Eastern road trip.

The shooting guard is 6-for-11 beyond the arc in his past two games. He has hit at least two 3-pointers in 12 of Denver’s 18 games.

“(Point guard) Ty (Lawson) and those guys are doing a great job of breaking people down, and people continue to leave me (open),” he said, shaking his head in surprise. “Game time, I guess.” Acquired by Denver in a sign-and-trade deal on July 10, Foye was brought in to help space the floor with his 3-point shooting ability. After a relatively slow start (10-for-29), he is beginning to find his range.

“I never get too high or too low,” he said. “I’ve been playing for eight years. I’ve had times where I haven’t made shots and the media says, ‘He’s not making shots like he’s supposed to.’ And I’ve had times when I’m lights out. Nothing affects me. I’m the same person.”

Foye scored a team-high 16 points in Denver’s 98-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Nuggets dropped to 0-3 this season in the second game of a back-to-back set, with another one scheduled Friday in Boston and Saturday in Philadelphia.

“Every team plays back-to-back. It’s not impossible to win the second game in a back-to-back,” Nuggets forward/center J.J. Hickson said. “One of the things Coach (Brian Shaw) has said all season is that we’re going to be a no-excuse team. We’re not going to make any excuses. We just have to get back to the drawing board.”

Despite having their seven-game winning streak snapped in Cleveland, the Nuggets are 2-1 on their trip. They will try to start a new streak against Boston in game that will be televised on Altitude2 and nationally on ESPN.


NUGGETS AT CELTICS


WHEN:
5:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: TD Garden, Boston
TV; RADIO: Altitude2, ESPN; AM-950

PROBABLE STARTERS
DENVER (11-7)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C J.J. Hickson
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

BOSTON (8-12)
F Jeff Green
F Brandon Bass
C Jared Sullinger
G Avery Bradley
G Jordan Crawford

INJURY REPORT
DENVER:
Danilo Gallinari (knee) and JaVale McGee (fractured left tibia) are out.
BOSTON: Rajon Rondo (knee) and Kelly Olynyk (ankle) are out.

SERIES NOTES
The Celtics have won 13 of the last 15 games vs. the Nuggets in Boston . . . Denver's 38-point loss to Boston on Feb. 23, 2009, tied the largest margin of defeat for the Nuggets against the Celtics. It also marked the third-worst home loss in team history . . . The teams have split the season series in seven of the past eight years, with the Nuggets holding an 11-10 edge since 2002-03.