George Karl knows where this series is at (Getty Images)
Heading into Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was facing the more damning end of a 3-1 series. His team appeared to be lacking confidence, several of his players were either out or working through injuries, and there were all sorts of whispers talking up the idea that Karl had been badly outcoached by his counterpart in Mark Jackson thus far.
Mainly because George Karl had been badly outcoached by Mark Jackson.
Things turned rather quickly on Tuesday night. Karl adjusted, dropping rookie shooting guard Evan Fournier from the starting lineup and starting mercurial big man JaVale McGee — a clear indication that Karl knew that the Warriors were better prepared to run a small-ball lineup than his Nuggets were. With stops finally leading to transition opportunities, the Nuggets poured in 50 points in the paint, kept the Warriors at arm’s length for most of the game, and eventually won 107-100.Read More »from George Karl pulled all the right strings to extend the Denver Nuggets’ season