Monday night the Nuggets hosted the Miami Heat at Pepsi Center for the second time this season and beat them quite easily despite a sloppy first half.
The Denver Nuggets returned to the win column on Monday after three straight losses on the road to the Detroit Pistons, the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Denver returned home after a three-game stretch in the Northeast hoping to put an end to their three-game slide.
The Nuggets remain home this Wednesday to host the Sacramento Kings before traveling to Dallas to face the Mavericks this Friday. During Denver’s three losses the Golden State Warriors were able to place some distance between them and the Nuggets by 2.5 games. The Nuggets are only a game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder who has won 5 of their last 6 and will likely press the Nuggets for the number 2 spot in the Western Conference.
Both the Nuggets and the Thunder meet next week in Denver in a game likely to determine the number two spot in the West. Only 26 games remain before the post-season and teams are jockeying for top spots in their respective divisions.
In other sports, former Denver Broncos Damaryius Thomas was released by the Texans on Tuesday. Thomas who tore his left Achilles was traded by Denver in October to the Texans for a 4th round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
At 31, and likely out for the entire 2019 season, Thomas is expected to be picked up before the start of the 2019 season.
Embattled NFL running-back and former Kansas City Chief Kareem Hunt signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns over the weekend despite the unknown outcome of his suspension. Hunt, was released by the Chiefs almost immediately after a video surfaced showing the running back shove a female and kick her while she was down. Hunt is not expected to play in the 2019 season because of the incident.
The Denver Broncos have been in a rut since the departure of Peyton Manning and there doesn’t seem to be a fix in sight. The Broncos find themselves in a situation similar to the team pre-Peyton, shuffling through mediocre quarterbacks. Elway was revered as a genius when he landed Peyton Manning in Denver, however, since his departure the Broncos have blown through a first round bust in Paxton Lynch, an upset Brock Osweiler, who left Denver for more money only to return to get released.
Denver Broncos fans are becoming restless but the hiring of Vic Fangio has put some of the worrisome aside until draft day at least.