Nuggets looking for a big man
"We definitely could use somebody else," said forward Carmelo Anthony,
who scored a game-high 41 points. "At this point, anytime you have an
injured player, anybody who can step up off the bench is huge."
The Nuggets’ front office is looking into acquiring a big man who could
play some minutes off the bench. But right now, the Nuggets just aren’t
the same without all five starters. Billups is shooting for a return in
the next game, Wednesday at home against Atlanta.
Ty Lawson started at point guard, but entering the third quarter, Karl threw Anthony Carter in with the starters, and Carter’s energy and leadership spearheaded the comeback.
"This guy was giving me everything he had," Karl said. "His back was killing him, and he gave me a great game because he has pride to play the right way."
Anthony scored his game-high 41 points on 13-for-26 shooting from the field, even more impressive when one considers he was just 1-for-5 after one quarter. He admitted he felt "sleepy" early in the rare afternoon game.
Meanwhile, Memphis power forward Zach Randolph scored 32 points and had 24 rebounds, the NBA’s first 30-20 game this season.
"(Our team) is finding out that you’ve got to go out and knock the champion out," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "You can’t just go out there and expect to get a TKO."