They questioned it. Folks in the front office. Folks across the Front Range. Should Denver trade Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group)? It was in late November, and the sharpshooter wasn't even shooting 40 percent.
The Nuggets received calls about the 24-year-old forward, but the front office decided to wait. Let Gallo grow. Let Gallo find gall.
Well, the trade deadline is Thursday, and Gallinari is likely to stay. He spearheaded Denver's 97-90 home win Tuesday against Boston, scoring 26 points while making 4-of-9 3-point attempts. In efforts to make up for teammate Andre Iguodala, who scored one point, Gallinari stuffed the stat sheet with a Dre-like night, tallying five rebounds and five assists, along with a plus-20, best of the
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" (Gallinari) has been working on his shot. It's a confidence thing. He's more confident," teammate Ty Lawson said. "Some people tell you not to shoot (in a slump) and just drive all the time, but defenders can read you easier and it messes with your confidence. But now he's been playing within himself and taking care of business. We need him to keep playing like that."
And after the game, Gallinari said in an interview played in the arena: "I'm sorry for Boston fans. They got to get out of here."
The Pepsi Center was bubbling all night due to the fact that hundreds of loud and proud (annoying and brash?) Bostonians were in the building. At halftime at the Tuaca Chill Zone in Section 140, a passionate "Let's go, Cel-tics!" chant broke out. Later, it happened in the actual arena.
The Nuggets were seeking revenge, a la the Sith or the nerds, following Denver's heartbreaking triple-overtime loss at Boston this month.
"They started our losing streak, and we wanted to come out and show we've gotten better," said Denver forward Kenneth Faried, who had 16 rebounds. "And we took that to heart."
While the game was played at a slower pace, benefiting the visitors, the home squad took advantage
of the whistle. Denver got to the line 36 times, making 24, which isn't a good percentage (.667), but Denver tallied more points from the line than Boston (13-for-16).
Meanwhile, Lawson? On fire.
The speedy point guard entered Tuesday averaging 21.2 points and 7.9 assists in the past 13 games, while shooting over 50 percent from both the field and from 3. Well, by halftime against the Celtics, Lawson already had 12 points, and did so on 5-for-5 shooting.
He finished with 26, just like Gallinari, along with six rebounds and six assist (and was 8-for-13 from the field). And Lawson made one of the game's bigger plays, somehow snatching an offensive rebound in the paint with around five minutes left, making the put-back,
As for Gallinari, he entered the night averaging 19.6 points in the past 18 games. He looks like a keeper.
"Early in the season, between Gallo and Ty (Lawson) and Andre (Iguodala), we were having trouble getting two of them playing well at the same time," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "Ty and Gallo now are playing great, and it makes a foundation of your team, when you have two guys taking a lot of responsibility every night. It makes it easier for everybody else." Courtesy of:http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse
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