The Denver Post : 2019-02-11

SPORTS : 20 : 4B

SPORTS

SPORTS 4B» 6 B B MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 DENVERPOST.COM THE DENVER POST BRUINS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT NHL Standings NBA Standings WESTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Northwest Division W L OT Pts GF GA W L 37 18 Pct .673 GB L10 — 6-4 Winnipeg Nashville Dallas St. Louis Minnesota 35 33 28 27 27 18 20 22 22 24 3 5 5 5 5 73 71 61 59 59 194 180 142 155 156 160 151 140 159 162 Denver Oklahoma City Portland Utah Minnesota 36 33 32 25 19 22 24 30 .655 .600 .571 .455 1 4 5½ 12 9-1 7-3 7-3 4-6 Colorado 22 22 11 55 180 183 Southwest Division Chicago 23 24 9 55 182 203 W L Pct GB L10 Pacific Division Houston San Antonio Dallas New Orleans Memphis 32 32 26 25 23 23 26 29 32 34 .582 .552 .473 .439 .404 — 1½ 6 8 10 6-4 5-5 6-4 3-7 4-6 W L OT Pts GF GA Calgary San Jose Vegas Vancouver Edmonton Arizona Los Angeles Anaheim 34 33 31 25 24 24 23 21 15 16 22 24 26 26 27 26 6 7 4 7 5 5 5 9 74 73 66 57 53 53 51 51 202 203 170 162 159 145 132 127 161 175 157 174 184 161 165 182 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L10 Golden State L.A. Clippers Sacramento L.A. Lakers Phoenix 40 31 30 28 11 15 26 26 28 47 .727 — 9-1 .544 10 6-4 .536 10½ 6-4 .500 12½ 3-7 .190 30½ 0-10 EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division EASTERN CONFERENCE W LOT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay Toronto Boston Montreal Buffalo Florida Detroit Ottawa 41 34 31 31 27 23 21 21 11 18 17 18 21 23 28 29 4 3 8 7 7 8 7 5 86 71 70 69 61 54 49 47 217 195 162 172 162 168 156 172 156 157 145 162 170 189 186 201 Atlantic Division W L Pct GB L10 Toronto Philadelphia Boston Brooklyn New York 41 36 35 29 10 16 20 21 28 45 .719 .643 .625 .509 .182 — 7-3 4½ 6-4 5½ 7-3 12 5-5 30 0-10 The Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon scores his 29th goal of the season past Boston Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak during the first period Sunday. Southeast Division Metropolitan Division W L Pct GB L10 Steven Senne, The Associated Press W L OT Pts GF GA Charlotte Miami Orlando Washington Atlanta 27 25 25 24 18 28 29 32 32 38 .491 .463 .439 .429 .321 — 1½ 3 3½ 9½ 5-5 3-7 5-5 4-6 4-6 N.Y. Islanders 33 16 6 72 160 133 Washington 30 18 7 67 186 176 Columbus 31 20 3 65 177 167 Pittsburgh 28 20 7 63 189 172 Carolina 28 22 6 62 163 163 Philadelphia 25 23 7 57 161 182 N.Y. Rangers 24 23 8 56 156 182 New Jersey 21 26 8 50 159 186 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Central Division W L Pct GB L10 Milwaukee Indiana Detroit Chicago Cleveland 41 37 25 13 11 14 19 29 43 45 .745 — .661 4½ .463 15½ .232 28½ .196 30½ 8-2 6-4 5-5 3-7 2-8 Sunday Boston 2, Colorado 1, OT St. Louis 5, Nashville 4, OT New Jersey 3, Carolina 2 Winnipeg 3, Buffalo 1 Chicago 5, Detroit 2 N.Y. Islanders 2, Minnesota 1 Tampa Bay 5, Florida 2 N.Y. Rangers 4, Toronto 1 Sunday BRUINS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT Dallas 102, Portland 101 Philadelphia 143, L.A. Lakers 120 Sacramento 117, Phoenix 104 Orlando 124, Atlanta 108 Golden State 120, Miami 118 Colorado Boston First period — 1 0 0 1 0 0 0— 1— 1 2 1, Colorado, MacKinnon 29 (Compher, Landeskog), 19:27. Penalties — Heinen, BOS, (high sticking), 9:54; Landeskog, COL, (tripping), 16:19; Krug, BOS, (hooking), 17:27. Second period — 2, Boston, Moore 3 (McAvoy, Marchand), 3:40. Penalties — MacKinnon, COL, (holding), 6:18; Soderberg, COL, (interference), 7:45. Monday Charlotte at Indiana, 5 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Washington at Detroit, 5 p.m. Brooklyn at Toronto, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 6 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Miami at 7 p.m. Monday Los Angeles at Washington, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Third period — None. Penalties — Kuraly, BOS, (hooking), 7:16; Krug, BOS, (hooking), 9:53; Barrie, COL, (hooking), 10:08; Dries, COL, (holding), 17:45. Overtime — 3, Boston, Marchand 21 (Krug, Bergeron), 4:03. Penalties — None. Colorado 12-12-10-2—36. Boston Shots on goal — 7-15-9-4—35. Wrapup Power-play opportunities — Colorado 0 of 4; Denver, Boston 0 of 5. Goalies — Colorado, Varlamov 13-13-8 (35 shots-33 saves). Boston, Halak 14-9-4 (36-35). Attendance — 17,565 (17,565). Time — 2:39. Referees — Jean Hebert, Dean Morton. Linesmen — Darren Gibbs, Steve Miller. Wrapup CHICAGO» NUGGETS N.Y.» BUFFALO, «FROM 1B coach said of the veteran off guard, who didn’t fully participate in all facets of Sunday’s practice. “And because you’re in and you’re out, there’s no consistency. “I think, with all of our players, we’re taking a big-picture, longterm approach,” Malone explained. “Knowing that not only do we have these two games and 25 after the break, but hopefully we have some postseason games as well, and having Gary healthy (then) would be very beneficial for us.” YORK» NEW Nuggets guard Gary Harris, who is battling groin issues, has not played since Jan. 30 at New Orleans. He is day to day. Andy Cross, The Denver Post The collective 3-point defense — no shock, given that the Nuggets gave up an average of 15 treys per contest during their recent 0-3 road swing through Detroit, Brooklyn and Philadelphia — was a major point of discussion during film review before practice Sunday, as well as during drills later in the morning. “It’s everything,” Malone groused. “(It) starts in transition: We don’t get back with any sense of urgency. We don’t talk. I mean, the lack of communication is comical at times, and how hard is it to say, ‘Switch,’ ‘Screen’? But we don’t do that, for some reason. So it starts there. But the 3-point defense is really the most alarming for me. “I also think in pick-and-rolls, teams don’t feel us. Early in the year, we were into the ball, our bigs were up, we had a presence. Right now, (our) bigs are being lazy, they’re down the floor. Our smalls are being soft and running (late) to the ball. And if I’m an opposing point guard and I play pick-and-roll, and no one’s going to put a body on me, I’m really comfortable, and I can make a pinpoint pass whenever I want.” After flashing one of the NBA’s top five defenses through the first two months of the season, the Nuggets head into the fi- Demanding urgency on D: MIAMI AT DENVER 7 p.m. Monday, ALT; 950 AM, 92.5 FM TENN.» NASHVILLE, HEAT (25-29) NUGGETS (37-18) Player MPG PPG RPG APG Player MPG PPG RPG APG Richardson Dragic Wade Whiteside Winslow T. Johnson Olynyk McGruder Ellington Waiters Adebayo J. Johnson Jones Robinson Haslem 34.6 29.1 25.5 25.6 29.5 25.5 20.1 25.6 21.3 20.3 22.0 20.9 18.1 6.8 3.8 17.4 15.3 14.0 13.1 12.1 10.8 9.1 8.6 8.4 8.2 7.9 7.8 7.4 1.6 1.0 3.7 3.1 3.8 12.5 5.4 2.8 4.3 3.6 1.9 2.1 6.6 3.2 4.4 1.0 1.5 3.8 4.9 4.3 .9 4.2 2.5 1.7 2.0 1.2 2.3 1.9 2.4 .5 .0 .0 Jokic Murray Harris Barton Millsap Beasley Morris Lyles Plumlee Hernangomez Craig Young Welsh Goodwin Akoon-Purcell Lydon Vanderbilt 31.4 33.5 29.9 25.9 25.7 23.9 24.9 19.1 20.4 22.9 22.6 9.3 3.7 3.6 3.1 4.1 6.0 20.4 18.6 14.8 12.3 12.0 11.6 10.7 9.5 8.1 7.4 6.2 2.3 1.6 1.4 1.0 1.0 0.5 10.5 4.4 3.0 4.4 6.4 2.5 2.6 4.2 6.0 4.6 4.0 .2 .4 .2 .6 .8 5.0 7.7 5.0 2.7 3.4 1.9 1.2 3.9 1.5 2.7 .9 1.0 .5 .4 .9 .9 .2 .5 TEAM OPPONENTS 240.5 240.5 105.0 105.5 46.6 44.1 23.6 22.6 TEAM OPPONENTS 240.9 240.9 112.0 107.3 46.2 41.7 27.6 24.7 nal two games before the all-star break ranked 15th in the league in defensive efficiency. “Probably, they’re making shots and we’re not playing good defense,” center Nikola Jokic said. “So it’s probably a combination of the two.” coach noted. “And the guys that are able to play right now, I think those guys — I’d love to know how many have played careerhigh minutes in the NBA this season as of right now, with 27 games to go.” The answer: Among the top nine in the Nuggets’ rotation, at least four have already crushed their previous season highs in NBA minutes coming into 201819: Monte Morris (1,372), Malik Beasley (1,313), Juancho Hernangomez (1,218) and Torrey Craig (1,132). “So fatigue is starting to show its ugly head,” Malone said. “But we can’t use that as an excuse. It is what it is.” ATLANTA» Hitting a wall? Pick your culprit for a rough East Coast swing, and you probably wouldn’t be far off. Hangover from the gutsy back-to-back victories over Houston and then at Minnesota — and the celebration of Malone’s all-star berth that immediately followed? Lack of concentration? Lack of focus or lack of bodies? In Malone’s mind, it was a little bit of both. “The reality is we have a really banged-up team,” the Nuggets CALIF.» OAKLAND, YORK» NEW Sean Keeler: [email protected] or @SeanKeeler — The Associated Press — The Associated Press

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