Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/14/14
With his body broken down to the point where simply walking had become a chore he'd rather not have to do, Nuggets guard Randy Foye sat down and summed up the state of his team as it limps into the NBA all-star break. "There's no more fault," he said. "If it's anyone's fault, you look at yourself, don't look at no one else. It's time to rest, get your mind right and come back ready to play." For the Nuggets, healing time means mentally and physically. They're a beaten-down bunch going into the break. The first few games after the break will determine if they are out for the count. This month, the Nuggets have lost four of the six games they have played by alarming margins. So accountability should be in demand. But total buy-in by every player has never been achieved at any point this season. And the players know it. Some insist the blame for Denver's 24-27 start isn't on the coaching staff, which they say has properly prepared them to play each game. But there's plenty of soul-searching to go around. "We really have to want it," J.J. Hickson said. "We can't say we want it and then come out and turn the ball over four of the first five possessions." Injuries have decimated the Denver roster, and that can't be underplayed. But even that shouldn't mean the available players can't adhere to the game plan, can't keep proper focus on the defensive end, can't study and be aware of the personnel they are facing each game.
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