Monday , Apr , 07 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Kevin Durant Makes Denver Nuggets Pay For Not Fouling

It’s life or death in the Western Conference playoff race. So last night’s double overtime loss against Seattle can’t sit well with George Karl and his Denver side.

This game must be troubling for several reasons. The Nuggets, a talented team, lost to the lowly Sonics. Once again, they played no defence and conceded a ton of points …

Kevin Durant Makes Denver Nuggets Pay For Not FoulingThe AM Take: It’s life or death in the Western Conference playoff race. So last night’s double overtime loss against Seattle can’t sit well with George Karl and his Denver side.

This game must be troubling for several reasons. The Nuggets, a talented team, lost to the lowly Sonics. Once again, they played no defence and conceded a ton of points.

Here’s the real issue. Up three late in the first overtime, Denver opted against fouling Luke Ridnour and giving up free throws. The shifty guard was allowed to penetrate and kick to Kevin Durant for a remarkable game tying three-pointer.

Of course, the super rookie’s clutch shot ( as shown above) propelled Seattle to a 151-147 double overtime win. 

Should the Nuggets have fouled Ridnour? Two schools of thought exist: to foul or not to foul. Fouling eliminates the miracle three-pointer. Denver gets the ball back up one. Not fouling leaves the Nuggets susceptible to the type of game-tying heroics that burned them.

Sure, hindsight is a luxury. And sure, Durant hit from half-court over an outstretched Marcus Camby. But I wasn’t surprised how yesterday unfolded.        

Denver’s all-or-nothing, offensive style is risky. That’s why fans enjoy the Nuggets. But yesterday could prove costly when the west’s final playoff spots are determined.

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