Ah, maybe the Denver Nuggets should have traded for Ron Artest.
The Nuggets somehow found a way to allow the Chicago Bulls to score 135 points in a loss Friday night. The Bulls had scored 101 points by the end of the third quarter. Denver’s defense was spectacularly awful.
The Sacramento Kings had dangled Artest, a defensive specialist, in front of the Nuggets for weeks, but Denver finally said no because the price tag was too high. I still think trading Linas Kleiza for Artest would have been foolish.
But the Nuggets must discover a touch of Artest’s defensive fire. There’s no way the Nuggets can win a first-round playoff series – hey, there’s no way they’ll even make the playoffs in the rugged West – if they play such lousy defense.