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Commentary: Nuggets have been golden

By Paul Klee, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Published: February 8, 2013

It said something when Denver approached Boston about the availability of center Kevin Garnett, according to a report in The Denver Post.

It said the Nuggets acknowledge their ceiling is limited with their current makeup — despite their best run since Melo ditched the big mountains for the Big Apple.

“I think we have enough here to play well during the (regular) season,” Miller said. “The goal right now is to position ourselves for home court advantage (in the playoffs). Maybe that will help; I'm not sure. But we'll have to play a lot smarter.”

Miller, who is the backup to Ty Lawson, said his career goal is to play 15 seasons in the NBA. Lawson is their point guard of the future and their starter of the present.

“I want more minutes,” Miller said. “If we were losing I would really be complaining. But it's going as it goes.”

“I don't know how much longer they want me here. I definitely would like to contribute more,” Miller added when I asked if he wants to finish in Denver. “I'm not just going to sit back and settle in and be a backup and let my career just fade away. I'm competitive in that way.”

The Bulls (29-19) offer a fair comparison for the Nuggets (31-18) — a lineup flourishing without a superstar.

“They don't have a lot of stars,” Karl said. “They play as a team.”

But the Bulls come to town with an ace in their back pocket: A true superstar. Derrick Rose, named NBA MVP at age 22, practiced in Denver on Wednesday and is expected to return from injury after the All-Star break.

Can the Nuggets' great experiment lead to the NBA Finals? One seasoned veteran says the key ingredient still is missing.

MCT Information Services

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