Axel. wrote:Seems the difference was the difficulty this time around. Still, good to see you're capable of putting up great performances nonetheless.
Thierry • wrote:Good wins and also nice to see Kenny not getting injured so often
After a run where it seemed like Kenny Young was unstoppable, of late he's been brought back to Earth a little. In the 83-74 win against the Mavericks, Young still managed to have a great stat-line with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 block, but for a guy who's averaging 34/11/7 for the season, it's down on what people would expect from him.
Against the Grizzlies, he was out to prove that he's still in MVP form.
Not only did he post another triple-double for the season (34 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal), but his go ahead basket in the final minute ended up being the game winner. Nuggets won by 108-107 against the Grizzlies.
With the current caption contest centred around Greg Oden, Kenny's new poster happens to have the same theme. Young managed 34 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block to lead Denver to a 104-100 win over Portland.
Some interesting notes
-Kenny has shifted into second place in the MVP race behind LeBron James.
-More surprisingly, he's 5th in the DPOTY race with a combined steals/blocks average of 3.1.
badreligionau wrote:Projected Games To Be Played By My Player: 69
thought that was an interesting stat for the deviates out there
qfrmcpt310 wrote::applaud: Playoff Time!!! im excited
Axel. wrote:Nice. A game-winner to cap off a triple-double against the Grizzlies must have been awesome.badreligionau wrote:Projected Games To Be Played By My Player: 69
thought that was an interesting stat for the deviates out there
While his on ball defense is suspect, Young is probably the best shot blocker in the league under 6'6. He sent 4 back against the Rockets, including this close-out against former teammate Chauncey Billups.
Despite Young coming up with an impossibly great stat-line and this nasty dunk on Yao Ming, The Nuggets were thrashed by the Rockets by 120-103. Kenny had an incredible 58 points (24/48 FG), 20 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks. Kevin Martin was the main man for the Rockets with 42 points of his own.
Against the Spurs, Young filled up the stat sheet once again, this time for an 89-86 win. He was the best of the Nuggets with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.
Add Antawn Jamison to the list of cry-babies.
If you thought dunking on Yao would be the highlight of Kenny's week, then you'd be wrong. Another possible dunk of the year candidate was his huge slam against premier defensive centre Dwight Howard.
Despite some early struggles against the Magic, the Nuggets came away with a relatively comfortable 98-78 win, allowing just 13 points in the final quarter. It was another impressive performance from Denver's MVP, as he recorded 46 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. With his stretch of incredible performances, he won both the Player of the Week and Month awards. Will he hold the rare distinction of winning an MVP award before being selected in an All-Star game?
Drafted in the same class, on the same team. Wall was at number 1 and Young was at number 30. Despite their different paths to the NBA, both are now excelling.
Even though the Nuggets lost to the Clippers by 116-109, Young had another outstanding performance, picking up another triple-double. He had 31 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 block.
His Player Efficiency Rating remains miles ahead of the pack at 45.76. The next best? LeBron with 30.23.
Despite having an off rebounding night, Kenny and the Nuggets flew high against the Lakers, blowing them out to score of 109-88 at Staples. Young had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals. Teammate Dwight Bender picked up the slack on the boards, with 12 to go with his 21 points. Him and Young are forming quite the wing combination.
It was a happy trip to Los Angeles for Young and the Nuggets, as they picked up a 104-94 win in their last game of the week against the Clippers. Young once again had a subpar game on the boards, with only 6, and while he only had 2 assists, you can't complain about 31 points.
The Nuggets 45th win of the season booked them a spot in the NBA Playoffs. If they keep winning games, they could also pick up a Division title. They are currently half a game back from the Portland Trail Blazers, who have a record of 45-32.
Young had a rather subdue game on offense, scoring 19 points against the T-Wolves.
But he was able to contribute everywhere on the floor, with 10 points, 12 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. He supported a red hot Dirk Nowitzki who scored 28, as Denver won emphatically by 122-99.
He had a slightly better game on offense against the Hornets, but also had a weaker stat-line. Young had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal.
After leading for most of the game, the Nuggets lost this one by 121-113.
Kenny took advantage of having a point guard defend him early in the game. His momentum continued to build as he ended up with 34 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks. Nuggets won by 111-100.
Kenny took the momentum from the last game and used it against the Thunder, as he led the Nuggets to a 122-102 win. He had 32 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. After a slow start to the season, the Nuggets now have the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. To cap the season off on a personal level, Young also won the Player of the Month for April as well.
| Dwight Bender | Marreese Speights | Antawn Jamison | Marcin Gortat | Sasha Vujacic | Pops Mensah-Bonsu | Davor Kasparov |
| Roderick Harrington | Jordan Hamlin |
| Lamar Odom | Donovan Scott | Jamie Byrd | Steve Blake | Johan Petro | Luke Walton | Harry Hopkins |
When it comes to key players in this series, you can't look any further than Kenny Young. After having a season where he broke records and led his side to the playoffs after the missed the previous 2 seasons, Young was awarded the MVP trophy. But Young has quite a distinction with his award; he currently holds the MVP trophy without playing a single game in the playoffs in his entire career. How he rises to the situation will be the key to Denver's success. He can't do it alone though, future Hall Of Famer Dirk Nowitzki will have to take his fair share of the scoring load, along with Ty Lawson, Nene and Dwight Bender.
Los Angeles Lakers
One edge the Lakers hold over the Nuggets is players who have experience winning big games. None possess this trait more so than Lakers' legend Kobe Bryant. One of the most clutch post-season performers in the history of the game, Bryant will have to lead by example. Another area the Lakers could have an advantage is in the frontcourt, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum both hard to contain when they bring their game.
-Dirk Nowitzki currently has a bruised sternum, but it won't keep him out of Game 1.
Los Angeles Lakers
-The Lakers are completely healthy at this point.
Axel. wrote:Would be awesome to see a sweep. Knowing how annoying 2K11's MP mode can be with Gasol and Bynum blocking everything, it will be difficult enough. Hope you drop another 80+ points on Kobe.
Houndy wrote:Kenny Young went HAM man, now sweep dem Lakers!
The game started off looking like it'd be a classic as Kenny Young and Kobe Bryant were hitting shot-for-shot. Young's first basket of his career in the playoffs was an emphatic one, driving into the paint for a two handed dunk over Andrew Bynum. At quarter time, the Nuggets had the slight advantage, up by 28-24. Young's impact was immediate, with 17 points in the first quarter and 4 steals.
In the two minutes Kenny was on the bench, the Lakers made a charge and took the lead. Even though he only scored 4 points in the quarter, Young continued to be the catalyst for Denver's offense, setting up his teammates and picking up 7 assists to go into halftime. Former Laker Sasha Vujacic had a surprise impact coming off the bench, scoring all his 6 points in the second quarter. By half time, the Nuggets' lead was cut back by 1 as they led 44-41. Kobe Bryant had 18 points halfway through the game, while Young had scored 21.
Then one of the most bizarre playoffs fade-outs began. The Lakers came out a completely different team and couldn't hit a shot. Kobe went on to score only 3 points in the entire half, and nobody else on the team picked up the slack.
Bryant ended the game shooting 8-26 and the Lakers scored a combined 19 points in the second half... when you consider that the Nuggets scored 34 in the fourth quarter, what initially started as a close game ended up being a laugher by the end of the third.
Kenny Young's debut in the NBA Playoffs was a successful one, flirting with his first career quadruple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists, 7 steals). His assist tally was a franchise record in the post-season. Amongst his key supporting players were Dwight Bender (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Nene (12 points, 13 rebounds). Dirk Nowitzki was clearly affected by his injury, as he scored only 4 points (2-10 FG) in 29 minutes of play.
The Lakers had very little to cheer about. Despite Kobe's numbers looking good on the surface (21 points, 9 rebounds), his game was completely shut down in the second half. Andrew Bynum was the only other Laker to register double-digit scoring with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
With the Nuggets 99-60 victory over the Lakers, they now lead 1-0 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, with game two to be played in Denver.
DEN: 99 (Young 29, Bender 17, Nene 12)
LAL: 60 (Bryant 21, Bynum 13, Gasol 8)
POTG: Kenny Young 29 points 12 rebounds 15 assists 7 steals 1 block
DEN: Nene 13
LAL: Bynum 15
DEN: Young 15
LAL: Schneider 4
Kenny's first basket in the playoffs
Kobe was looking dangerous in the first half | Young was playing the passing lanes well
Sasha made an impact in the second quarter | It's not the first time Pau Gasol has been on a Kenny Young poster
With a 1-0 lead in the series, the Nuggets came out strong against the Lakers. However, it wasn't the regular season MVP that had the early success. It was veteran centre Nene that got Denver quickly out of the blocks, with a 14 point first quarter. With Young getting 4 and Dirk scoring one basket, the Nuggets had a modest 20-18 lead heading into quarter time.
In the second quarter, it was Kenny's turn. He scored 13 points in the second quarter, as well as grabbing 6 rebounds. But the Lakers were able to hold a 44-42 lead thanks to 14 points from their star shooting guard in the first half of play. But that was just the beginning...
Kobe came out in the second half looking to prove a point, as the Lakers had a serious fadeout in their first game. Even though the Nuggets kept it close thanks to some solid contributions from Young (24 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists), Nene (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Nowitzki (21 points, 11 rebounds), the game belonged to Bryant as he scored 37 points to lead the Lakers to a 95-91 victory. Other Lakers contributors were Pau Gasol (14 points), Andrew Bynum (12 points) and Lamar Odom (10 points, 13 rebounds)
With the series tied at 1-1, Denver faces an uphill task as the Lakers will play at home in front of a vocal Staples Centre crowd.
LAL: 95 (Bryant 37, Gasol 14, Bynum 12)
DEN: 91 (Young 24, Nene 22, Nowitzki 21)
POTG: Kobe Bryant 37 points 8 rebounds 5 assists 1 steal
LAL: Odom 13
DEN: Young 15
LAL: Bryant 5
DEN: Young 9
Nene had a strong first quarter | Kobe was too strong for the Nuggets
Young was dominant on the boards once again | Denver played well as a team, but sometimes team play can't beat Kobe Bryant
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