Nuggets fan launches petition calling for Will Barton’s benching
A clearly embittered Denver Nuggets fan has seen enough out of the struggling Will Barton in the playoffs, so much so he’s been inspired to launch a petition pleading for the wing’s benching.
Dustin David is the exasperated Nuggets fan behind the Change.org petition simply titled, “Remove Will Barton from the lineup.” His pitch is quite simple as well.
“Enough is enough, Coach Malone,” the petition reads. “Sign this to remove Will Barton and save the [N]uggets playoffs [sic] hopes!”
Let’s assume that regardless of how many signatures the petition receives — at 81 as of Friday afternoon — odds are Nuggets coach Michael Malone will not yield to public pressure regarding Barton’s spot in the rotation.
That said, Nuggets fans have a reason to gripe over Barton’s play so far in the postseason. The Nuggets dropped Game 3 Thursday night to the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 118-108, and now find themselves down 2-1 in a series the No. 2 seed squad was heavily favored to win.
Barton’s substandard play has contributed to the Nuggets’ woes so far in the first-round series. Seeing the court for an average of 26 minutes per game, Barton is putting up a 7.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. The real issue, however, is how Barton is shooting a woeful 29% from the field (7-of-25) and 7.7% (1-for-11) from beyond the arc.
Further, the small sample size of three games inflated his 7.3 points-per-game average, as Barton scored 15 points in a Game 1 loss but only three and four points in Games 2 and 3, respectively.
Barton, meanwhile, is not sweating his postseason struggles.
“At the end of the day, the greatest players go through tough stretches, so why would you change something up?” Barton said ahead of Game 3, via The Denver Post. “Tonight I’ll make shots. And if tonight I don’t make them, the next game I think I’ll make them. And I’ll keep making them. It’s nothing to me.”
Barton’s optimism did not prove helpful, as he scored the aforementioned four points in the loss while shooting 2-for-6 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the 3-point range.
To no surprise, the boo birds were out in full force during Denver’s 114-105 home-court win in Tuesday’s Game 2. Barton is not expressing any concern about that, either.
“People are doing too much thinking about it,” Barton said. “I’m fine, I’m not tripping. As long as we win. If we lose tonight, and I have 40, I’m still gonna be (ticked) off. So, what is it doing for me? We won (Game 2), and that’s all that matters.”
Barton will try to get things back on track Saturday night on the road in Game 4. If he does not, at least it won’t happen in front of an arena full of hostile Nuggets fans.