The Denver Nuggets are off to their first 2-0 series advantage since the conference semifinals of 1985. Chauncey Billups has been playing out of his mind, scoring 36 in game 1, 31 in game 2 while going 12-15 from downtown and dishing out 12 assists and 0 turnovers. Yes, 0 turnovers. You can tell he wants to win and win bad. He also played great defense on Chris Paul when he was on him.
The addition of Chauncey to this team has transformed it to one of the most entertaining teams in the league. You've got JR Smith nailing 3 pointers, Carmelo playing the best defense and offense of his life, dishing out a career playoff high of 9 assists last night. He's no longer trying to force shots and it's paying off for him and his teammates who are getting easy looks when he draws the double.
When you take that and the fact that the Nuggets are playing their best team defense in years, this looks to be a good year to make some noise in the postseason and give the city of Denver something to cheer for after 5 straight first round exits. If the Nuggets play the way they did in games 1 and 2, this should be a sweep and then they can get some rest heading into the second round as it seems almost inevitable that Dallas and San Antonio are going to go 6 or 7 games. The Nuggets won the season series agains the Spurs 2-1 and against the Mavericks 4-0 so they have the path they want to get to the Lakers. Now lets see if they can stay on that path.
They absolutely should be able to, JR Smith is playing with more poise and maturity, Dahntay Jones is playing great defense, Kenyon Martin is hounding David West and Chris Birdman Andersen is bringing energy every time he steps on the court. Combine that with the smooth steady play of Chauncey and the newly mature and team first Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets will go deep. The question is how far.