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Karl says he'd rather play the Mavs than Thunder

Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Nuggets have a pretty big game Friday night versus the Thunder. And not because Denver has a shot to catch Oklahoma City, because the Thunder already clinched the Northwest.

Nope, it's because if George Karl had it his way, he might prefer his Nuggets actually lose.

Via ESPN Dallas:
"If we had to pick and choose on it, we would probably say 55 percent Dallas, 45 percent Oklahoma City, only because Oklahoma City is athletic like we are and they have two great players," Denver coach George Karl told ESPN 103.3's Galloway and Company, referring to Thunder forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook. "They have two All-Stars who are really in their prime and have never won on the playoff stage. I just think right now our speed might have more effect against Dallas than it will against Oklahoma City."
OK, so maybe he doesn't really want to lose to the Thunder Friday, but it would definitely go a long way in pushing OKC to the three-seed. Right now, the Thunder are just a game back of Dallas with four to play. And OKC sort of has the upper hand. The Thunder actually own the tiebreaker over the Mavs despite losing the season series 2-1 because division winners get precedent.

But it's certainly interesting that Karl would be so candid about such a thing. Most when asked just play the "We're not thinking about them, just about us" card. Karl was honest. He doesn't like the matchup with OKC. He saw it first hand Tuesday night as the Thunder beat the Nuggets 101-94. With Kendrick Perkins inside on Nene and no one to guard Kevin Durant, Karl sees a very tough series ahead.

He's right though; Denver does match up much better. Karl has Wednesday night's 104-96 win in Dallas fresh on the brain and saw how his team really outquicked the Mavs to death. Dallas just doesn't have the horses to keep up with Denver's athletes.

Will it happen? We'll certainly have a better sense after Friday night, that's for sure.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:20 am

Karl says he'd rather play the Mavs than Thunder

MESSAGE TO GEORGE KARL: Be careful what you wish for.

I feel the Nuggets franchise tho... I wouldn't want to play a team like the Thunder either. Two allstars and an inside threat in Perkins. Just look at how the Celtics have faultered without him down the streatch. I'm a mavs fan and I know that we have nobody to put a lid on Westbrook... And Kevin Durant. Ive been keeping up with Durant since his days in highschool. An absolute monster of the game.

...But Karl, never underestimate a veteren team. This is not the mavs that you guys beat in the playoff a couple of years ago. Besides, the talk around town in dallas is that the nuggets are who we all want in the playoffs.
Good luck getting smashed tonight against the thunder.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:59 am

Karl says he'd rather play the Mavs than Thunder

This is newsworthy... why? Hasnt every team, every year wanted to play the Mavs in the first round. It also soesnt hurt that Dallas is a top 5 market. Funny thing is that "speed" doesnt work as well come playoff time. Be careful what you wish for,

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:56 pm

Karl says he'd rather play the Mavs than Thunder

This is the best story of the year in my opinion.  By mistake and a little hard luck they actually built a team.  Every guy on that team has something to prove.  The former Knicks would like to prove they should not have been traded to the middle of nowhere after playing in NYC. The veteran Nuggets want to prove the point to Melo that he could have won there had he played more like a teammate.  I am a fan of Melo as he helped to win the only championship for Syracuse; however he did not win it contrary to popular belief.  The reason the Orangemen won that year was due to a pair of future NBA talent in Anthony; as well as Hakim Warrick who now plays for the Suns. Gerry McNamara is now assistant coach for Syracuse, and will take Mike Hopkins job when Boeheim retires. Kueth Duany---the only senior....and last but not least....a pair of bigs.....Craig Forth and Jeremy Mcneil.  So as a fan of Carmelo I will tell you he never won a championship.....his team did.   When owners start going back to this philosophy they will find a better product....look at the Nuggets for that matter.....If you want the spotlight only on yourself play golf and cheat on your Swedish wife....

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:07 pm

Karl says he'd rather play the Mavs than Thunder

OKC will surely try to win for the Denver's sake! Wink

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:13 pm

Karl says he'd rather play the Mavs than Thunder

Not a huge Nugget fan by any stretch of the imagination but I have to admit I am intrigued by this team.  A lot of nice pieces that are really playing well together but all will be forgotten if they lose in the first round.  I like the Mavericks but this is just the kind of team that can beat them: young, unselfish, and quick at PG.  There will be some interesting ball in the playoffs this year with the first 4 teams in the East playing good ball and at least 5 times in the West including the very exciting Thunder.  I think it's going to beat Heat vs. Thunder but that would annoy me if for no other reason than the team names dont end in "s".  Celtics/Lakers, Celtics/Thunder, Bulls/Lakers, Heat/Lakers would all be exciting too. Also, don't forget that T-Dunc knows a little something on how to win come playoff time.   

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