Having no players on the Western Conference All-Star team isn’t sitting too well with the Denver Nuggets.
That should serve as added motivation for a club that is trying to finish above .500 for the first time in a decade.
The Nuggets, winners of three straight, will try to complete a season sweep of the Golden State Warriors when the teams meet at the Arena in Oakland.
“At least one player from the Nuggets should have made it,” Miller said. “We’re eight games over .500. Guys are working hard, and you don’t reward one player from this team? You reward guys that are doing OK, but haven’t played half the season?”
Anthony and Miller are two of the main reasons why Denver is in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1994-95, and on pace for the franchise’s first winning season since 1993-94.
Anthony, the third pick in the 2003 draft, is averaging 19.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Although he wasn’t selected for the All-Star team, Anthony will represent the Nuggets in the Rookie Challenge in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
Miller has also played a key role in Denver’s surprising season. He is averaging 16.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Anthony scored a career-high 39 points on 14-of-22 shooting to lead the Nuggets to a 116-97 victory over visiting Portland on Monday.
Anthony has recorded 20 points or more in five of his last six games.
Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik believes Anthony’s contributions aren’t limited to scoring.
“He’s running the court real well, and defensively he’s doing some things that are good in terms of weakside help and awareness,” Bzdelik said. “We showed him some film of Scottie Pippen. And he’s learning from all of that. He’s doing a lot of great things for us.”
Denver will try to win four straight for the first time since a season-high six-game run from Nov. 25-Dec. 5.
The Nuggets expect to have center Marcus Camby available Friday. Camby, among the NBA leaders with 9.9 rebounds per game, left Monday’s game in the third quarter after bruising his left shoulder.
Golden State’s road problems continued Tuesday with a 107-93 loss at Dallas.
Golden State has been a much better home team, winning four in a row at the Arena and 15 of 22 there this season.
The Warriors had won seven of eight against the Nuggets before losing the first three meetings this season.