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Despite Starting A New Coaching Era, Same Old Bullets Show Up
5 February 1997. Denver Nuggets 106, Washington Bullets 104 (record: 22-25)
Game leaders: Strickland (28 points), Howard (12 rebounds), Strickland (10 assists)
Earlier in the day, the Bullets had fired their head coach, Jim Lynam. They also knew that CWebb would not play in the game, choosing to rest his ankle he sprained in the Utah game. Harvey Grant got the start at small forward. Still, the results remained the same.
The Bullets didn't show much heart or defense during the first three quarters, although they did look to run with the ball more when they were able to rebound a Denver miss. That was fun to watch, and I think the players enjoyed that style of ball. However, even through three quarters of up-tempo play, the Bullets still trailed the Nuggets by 11. Their heroics in the 4th quarter, however, were not enough.
The Nuggets got good games and 23 points apiece from two aging veterans (Dale Ellis and Ricky Pierce), which should be embarassing to the Bullets' defensive efforts. Nuggets' point guard Mark Jackson also was 1 rebound shy of a triple double (14 points, 16 assists, 9 rebounds), continuing a stellar season conducting the Nuggets' offense.
The Bullets head into the break 3 games below .500 and in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Lucky for them, Tim Legler has been activated from the injured reserve and may play in the first game back from the All Star break. In the meantime, interim coach Bob Staak has a career coaching record of 0-1; unfortunately, it marks the situation where the Bullets dropped all 4 games on a critical west coast trip for their playoff chances this season. They may rue the losses they accumulated on this trip. Let's hope these don't prove to be the anchor that prevents the Bullets from securing a playoff spot.
wtf 11 February 1997
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