Monday night in Houston marked the end of the Nuggets five-game winning streak, and despite the Denver Nuggets loss on Monday night; they still have a one game lead over the Champs, the Golden State Warriors.
The Nuggets traveled to Houston Monday to take on one of, if not the hottest team in basketball led by James Harden who has been nothing short of excellent since late December. The Nuggets managed to lead the Rockets after the first despite terrible free throw shooting, but were out hustled and outshot 37-26 in the second quarter, trailing by nine points before the half.
The Nuggets cut the lead to six by the end of the third quarter, but just didnít have an answer to Houstonís onslaught of threes, and certainly no answer to Harden. What does this mean for the Nuggets, who have failed to beat the Rockets in both games this season? Well, itís far too early to predict the outcome for the remainder of the season, but Denver needs to find answers, preferably how to beat the Rockets who are only 3.5 games behind the Nuggets.
Thereís no shortage of good and even great teams in the Western Conference, which means the top teams, need to play exceptional just to hold their positions. So with teams like Golden State, Oklahoma, L.A. and Houston jockeying for position, the Nuggets need to find ways to win these games.
In other sports the Denver Broncos have not yet named a Head Coach, to replace Vance Joseph. Joseph who was fired shortly after the Broncos last game of the season has not yet landed a job since his firing but news reports have suggested that the Cincinnati Bengals were interested in hiring Joseph as the defensive coordinator.
In the meantime, the top two candidates for Denverís head coach position are the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lines coach, Mike Munchak who Elway interviewed just last week. The other front-runner is Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. While both are safe choices for Denver, the decision to block teams interviews of senior personal advisor, Gary Kubiak suggests that Denver would like the new head coach to reserve a position for Kubiak at offensive coordinator. If this were the case, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio seems like sound choice for the Broncos.
As of this writing, the Denver Broncos had not made a choice, however, one is expected at anytime.
The Colorado Avalanche have snapped a six-game loosing streak after defeating the New York Rangers on Friday, 6-1. The Avalanche are schedule to face the Winnipeg Jets, and the Calgary Flames, two teams the Avalanche have yet to beat this season. Colorado hopes to extend their winning streak this week on the road.