Sports - Denver Nuggets

Apr 15, 2011 1:09 AM by Lee Douglas

Beat up Nuggets ready for NBA's second season

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets cast aside conventional wisdom and actually played better without All-Star Carmelo Anthony after trading him to the New York Knicks in February.

They were 32-25 with the best player in their history, 18-7 without him. They improved in just about every offensive and defensive statistical category following the blockbuster deal.

Now, they're going against the grain again as they both storm and limp into the NBA playoffs.

The Nuggets showed they could win without a superstar because of a deep rotation and problems they present in preparation.

Yet, as they prepare for their first-round series opener Sunday against Oklahoma City, another team that reshaped its roster at the trade deadline, the Nuggets aren't even sure who's going to be on the court.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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