Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/12/14
Whatever happens from this point to the end of the season, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw would prefer it happen with some fire. With some sweat. With some grit. That's because his Nuggets are losing by larger and larger scores as their injury list grows. And the lack of grit is showing up on the defensive end more than anywhere else. You need fight on that end of the floor. And the Nuggets aren't putting up much of a fight, the latest loss being a 39-point debacle at Indiana on Monday night. "There's a difference between losing and being a loser," Shaw said. "And basically when things go bad, I don't want everybody to just splinter off in different directions and jump off the ship." Since Jan. 1, the Nuggets have taken several steps back at the defensive end. The Nuggets are currently 13th in the NBA in opponent field-goal percentage at .451, which isn't bad, except when teams miss, they often get the offensive rebound and the extra possession that comes with it. The Nuggets are tied at fourth-worst in the NBA in offensive rebounds allowed per game (11.9). Only the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers allow more points per game than the Nuggets' 104.2. And since Jan. 1, the Nuggets are allowing 109.3 points per game, which is tied with the Lakers for the worst in the league. Opponents are also shooting 46.6 percent since Jan. 1. "We're not healthy. Our numbers are down. We're shorthanded at certain positions," Shaw said. One of those positions is point guard, with Ty Lawson out because of a fractured rib and veteran Andre Miller banned from the team.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

62-year-old Greg Norman’s workout video shows he’s still jacked

Celtics celebrated Game 3 win by Facetiming with Isaiah Thomas

Stephen Curry still hobbled by ‘dirty play’ of Dewayne Dedmon

Aaron Donald not at Rams' voluntary OTAs, reportedly over contract

Enes Kanter wants to become American citizen

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: O.J. Simpson's parole hearing set for July

Baseball may soon enter an era of two-way players

Kyrie Irving: Cavs were served ‘slice of humble pie’

Report: NFL teams question Darrelle Revis’ commitment to the game

Zaza Pachulia partially blames Gregg Popovich for his family receiving death threats

Sens coach Guy Boucher: We know Pens 'are the better team'

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker