Article in the Post talks about the better play of Andre and Earl under Coach Karl.
Also, the article talks about the changes Coach Karl has been making to the offenseWith the Nuggets on an 8-1 tear in March, their two point guards have spearheaded a team-wide surge of generosity. Denver has averaged 27.9 assists per game over that stretch, on the strength of 7.8 from Miller and another 7 from Boykins. Sacramento, the NBA's best passing team, averages 24.3 assists per game.
And the numbers keep climbing. Denver set an NBA season best with 40 assists in a win Wednesday over Charlotte. Friday, Miller and Boykins each handed out 10-plus assists for the second straight game, against the Los Angeles Clippers. No Nugget duo had done that once since 2000-01.
I have been very impressed with the improvements Coach Karl has made with this team in such a short time. The previous coaching staffs didn't know how to get the best out of the players on the roster. Granted, part of that is getting Melo to buy into the team's system, but the other part is having a real system.Coach George Karl knew he wanted to change the tone, not the actual playbook, of the offense when he took over. He has been emphasizing more passing, less dribbling and trying to take advantage of officials being directed to call perimeter fouls more closely.
Karl said just about everyone on the team can pass, which helps avoid the one-on-one, back-to-the basket play so common throughout the NBA.
Added forward Kenyon Martin: "Every game we are learning to play with the pass. Things like that, instead of holding the ball. Coach has been preaching. We're learning. We're getting better at that."
The Nuggets have taken only a step in the direction Karl would like to head. He has started running a system in practice without set plays; a series of screens and quick passes meant to spin a defender's head. Even though the Nuggets barely have used that system in games, Karl said just working on it in practice gives the offense better flow.
"What I think is good about the passing game is it teaches you how to play basketball," Karl said. "When a play breaks down or someone breaks into penetration off a play, basically you're playing basketball. You're not running a play."