Nuggets move to 3-0 in preseason with win over Warriors
Thoughts and observations from the Nuggets’ 104-98 preseason victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night at Pepsi Center:
“Usually playing here, you come in and you’re looking for your first wind,” Iguodala said. “You’re kind of sucking air and then you finally get it back and you’re fine in the second half. Tonight, I was fine the whole time. It felt like home.”
Kosta Koufos, who started the preseason opener, finished with 13 rebounds and scored the game’s final four points. JaVale McGee, the starting center on Saturday, added nine points and four boards.
“I don’t think there has been a lot of separation amongst our bigs yet, and that’s OK,” Karl said. “If that’s the way we have to live with it, then that’s how we’ll coach it.”
“I feel better shooting from three,” Gallinari said. “I feel I have more rhythm and I’m using my legs more. I’ve been working on that this summer, so hopefully my percentage will be better.”
Faried, an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection last season, scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in 21 minutes. He was well on his way to a double-double but did not return after leaving with four fouls with 7:02 left in the third quarter.
Faried certainly has the respect of Golden State coach Mark Jackson.
“He’s a great worker, big-time intense player,” Jackson said. “He has a big-time motor that you can’t teach and high skill to go with it. I thought he had a very good rookie season and he is motivated to add to it.”
After scoring 40 points in Denver’s first two preseason games, Brewer added 15 off the bench against Golden State. With the Nuggets leading by two in the fourth quarter, he converted three free throws and hit a corner three-pointer to stretch the lead to eight.
The scoring burst came shortly after Brewer stepped up during a timeout and told his teammates to make smart decisions.
“I’m more vocal now because I’ve been around here for a year,” said Brewer, who was acquired in a trade with Dallas on Dec. 13. “I know guys a lot better and I know what I can say and what I can’t say.”
“We’ve got a lot to learn because we’ve been doing some stupid stuff,” Brewer said. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well and we didn’t play defense at all. It can only get better.”