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Things to watch in Lakers-Nuggets matchup

December 31, 2011 |  9:11 am

Among the highlights of my interview with the Denver Post's Nuggets beat writer Benjamin Hochman on the Lakers-Nuggets game: 

  • Why Hochman believes the Nuggets have enough depth to compete in the Western Conference
  • The challenges Denver faces with Lakers center Andrew Bynum back in the lineup
  • Why Hochman believes Nuggets center Nene is inconsistent
  • How the Nuggets adjust defensively after losing power forward Kenyon Martin in the off-season
  • How Hochman personally knows Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder
  • How the Nuggets will fare in their set of three games in consecutive nights, including a back-to-back against the Lakers. 
  • Whether Danilo Gallinari's music video can ever become the anthem at Denver's Pepsi Center
  • Hochman's optimism or lack thereof that the term "Hochmaning" could become a trend the same way Denver quarterback Tim Tebow did with "Tebowing"
  • You can follow more Hochman's work on the Denver Post's website and  on Twitter.


Andrew Bynum has potential to make All-Star team

Josh McRoberts plans to bring same approach as reserve

Mike Brown expects to play Andrew Bynum 34 minutes against Denver

--Mark Medina

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