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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Nuggets
Mark Bechtel
October 30, 2000
"It's more important to take away the transition game against the Nuggets than against most other teams. Do that, and you'll see that their half-court offense is pretty vanilla. They just run their stuff over and over and try to make you react. Except for Nick Van Exel, they're not very good at creating something when a play breaks down.... Van Exel is the key in a lot of ways. You have to pick him up early and slow him down. He takes a lot of risks, and although he can make some real boneheaded plays, he makes good things happen more often than not. He's very good with the clock running down at the end of a quarter.... Tracy Murray will probably be a little better in Denver than he was with the Wizards. He's a shooter, and he'll get more open looks in transition and from Van Exel's penetration than he got in Washington.... With Murray, George McCloud and Raef LaFrentz, the Nuggets have a lot of good shooters, but you can play them aggressively on the perimeter because they don't have enough power inside to make you pay for it."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Nuggets

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"It's more important to take away the transition game against the Nuggets than against most other teams. Do that, and you'll see that their half-court offense is pretty vanilla. They just run their stuff over and over and try to make you react. Except for Nick Van Exel, they're not very good at creating something when a play breaks down.... Van Exel is the key in a lot of ways. You have to pick him up early and slow him down. He takes a lot of risks, and although he can make some real boneheaded plays, he makes good things happen more often than not. He's very good with the clock running down at the end of a quarter.... Tracy Murray will probably be a little better in Denver than he was with the Wizards. He's a shooter, and he'll get more open looks in transition and from Van Exel's penetration than he got in Washington.... With Murray, George McCloud and Raef LaFrentz, the Nuggets have a lot of good shooters, but you can play them aggressively on the perimeter because they don't have enough power inside to make you pay for it."

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