Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/19/13
Evan Fournier has been the odd man, often out, in the Nuggets' guard rotation. The 21-year-old Frenchman didn't play at all in the two previous games before he was on the floor for 13 minutes in Denver's Tuesday night home loss to Oklahoma City. In 21 games with the Nuggets this season, he has averaged 12 minutes. "I feel pretty good. Unfortunately, we lost the game (Tuesday). But I shot the ball pretty good except on the layups, but I just need to find my rhythm," Fournier said after practice Wednesday. "I'm just trying to notice what the coaches say at practice and warm-up and everything, but they didn't talk to me like one-on-one. Not yet. "Of course I am little frustrated. I want to play a little more. But it's part of the job. I have to stay focused and stay ready." Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has been using an unusually deep rotation, but it hasn't included Fournier on most nights. "Up to this point in the season, I've been trying to play 11 guys, which is tough to do," Shaw said. Ty Lawson starts at the point, with Randy Foye at off guard. Reserve Nate Robinson has been "going good" and veteran Andre Miller "steadies us," Shaw said. Fournier was behind Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer on the depth chart at off guard last season, but at this point their departures haven't led to significantly more playing time. "When he does get in the game, the one thing I want him to be is a shot maker," Shaw said. "I think his other instincts are good enough so if he gets in the lane, he can find people and drop off passes and things like that. Defensively, he still has to get better, but I want him to make shots. Our two guard position, between him and Randy, has struggled all season long making shots, and that's always what I'm searching for when I make that substitution.
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