The Denver Nuggets are in the midst of a free fall. The team has lost eight consecutive games to drop their record to 14-17 on the season, and nothing is getting easier.
On Thursday, general manager and executive VP of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced that Andre Miller has been suspended from the Nuggets for the next two games due to conduct detrimental to the team.
During the second half of Wednesday’s home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Miller screamed at rookie head coach Brian Shaw for not playing the fifteen year veteran. It was the first time that Miller did not enter a contest while in uniform with Denver.
Following the defeat, Shaw told The Denver Post he was disappointed in the 37-year-old.
“There’s a time and place for everything,” he said. “In the middle of the arena in front of everyone … I just tried to calm him down.”
Miller’s suspension begins on Friday when the Nuggets host the Memphis Grizzlies. He will not travel with the team for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In 30 games this season, Miller is averaging 5.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 19 minutes per contest.
Whether it’s for a remarkable display of athleticism, or another mental error, it seems JaVale McGee is always on the highlight reel.
Tonight, he made his way there thanks to his long wingspan and a great pass from Andre Miller.
Late in the 1st quarter, Miller found himself with the ball in the backcourt after a Nets’ miss. As he looked up, he spotted McGee sprinting down the floor towards the Nuggets’ basket. With a quick flick of his wrists, Miller threw an inch perfect lob from three-quarters court to McGee, who slammed the ball home with authority.
Miller finished with 8 points and 10 assists, while McGee added 14 points and 3 rebounds. It was not enough however, as the Nets defeated the Nuggets 119-108 in Brooklyn.
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