The Denver Nuggets started off Sunday night slow, with the L.A. Clipper jumping out to a 16-9 lead early before the Nuggets found their pace and took the lead with just over three minutes left to play in the first quarter. L.A. regained the lead in the final seconds of the quarter however, in the second Denverís offense was revitalized by the play of Michael Porter Jr. and lead by 14 with less than 4 minutes to play in the second quarter.
Despite Kawhi Leonardís 30-point game, Denver was able to hold their lead over the L.A. Clippers through the remainder of the game and lead by as much as 20, a little more than half way through the third quarter.
The Nuggets are at home Wednesday night to host the Charlotte Hornets in their first match-up of the season. The Hornets are currently on a five-game losing streak with losses to the Trail Blazers Monday night in Portland, and the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night in Phoenix. New Orleans is currently 9th in the Eastern Conference 5.5 games behind the Brooklyn Nets at number 8. Denver then travels to the Bay Area to face the Golden State Warriors Thursday night before returning to Pepsi Center on Sunday to host the Indiana Pacers.
In other sports the Colorado Avalanche are in search of grit after losing four straight to the New Jersey Devils in New Jersey, the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers in New York last week and the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on Friday night. The Avalanche will host the Dallas Stars Tuesday night, the San Jose Sharks Thursday night, the St. Louis Blues Saturday night, and the Red Wings on Monday night.
The Colorado Avalanche have dropped to third in the Western Conference behind the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues, two teams they will be facing this week.
We are just over a month away before the Rockies start Spring Training against the Diamondbacks. With Spring Training just around the corner trade talks have begun throughout the league including a Mile High favorite in All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado. The Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals have moved past preliminary stages of trade talks, which may send Coloradoís perennial third baseman to the Cardinals in exchange for a combination of Major League talent and at least one prospect.
While there isnít any certainty that the Rockies will trade Arenado, it is a possibility, which has some fans squirming in their seats. Arenado has become a household name in Colorado and the thought of the Rockies trading him off to the Cardinals is reminiscent of when they traded Matt Holiday to the Oakland Athletics in 2009 or when the Rockies traded Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, nearly 8 years after their historic run in 2007.