The Nuggets, Danilo Gallinari might say, are so "caldo." Or "goryachiy," according to Timofey Mozgov. Or perhaps "kafto," per Kosta Koufos; "chaud," according to Evan Fournier.
The Nuggets are hot. Kate Upton-hot. They have won seven consecutive games. They have lost only three games this calendar year, while averaging 108.5 points.
"There is some growing up going on out there," said Denver coach George Karl.
But Thursday on national TV, the Nuggets face a pest of a test. The Bulls really D up, man.
"They're a well-disciplined defensive team. Some people think they might be one of the best defensive teams in basketball," Karl said Wednesday. "The pace of the game is important, and they're going to try to play a 90-point game. I think our aggressiveness defensively (is important), giving them different looks because they're going to run a lot of different shooters off screens."
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, a defensive mastermind, has turned his team into the Ravens. The Bulls are 10 games above .500 and still don't have star point guard Derrick Rose back from an injury. Post players Joakim Noah (foot) and Carlos Boozer (hamstring) are day to day. No-names such as Jimmy Butler have evolved into defensive stalwarts. Nate Robinson — yes, ol' Nate Robinson — has resurfaced in the backcourt, even earning conference player of the week honors.


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