What’s Behind Denver Nuggets’ Stunning Turnaround?

December 2nd, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

During the early portion of the 2014-15 NBA season, the Denver Nuggets nosedived from being a trendy sleeper pick to a discarded bottom feeder.

But with seven victories to show for their last eight contests, the Nuggets are finally making the type of noise the basketball world expected to hear. With an identity established and a commitment to playing both ends of the floor, Denver is forcing its way back into the playoff picture.

Despite possessing one of the deepest rosters in the business, the Nuggets seemed destined for disaster just a few weeks back. An opening-night victory over the Detroit Pistons was washed away and forgotten amid the six-game skid that immediately followed.

And the losses alone weren't the most concerning aspect of Denver's problems. Rather, it was the overall lack of energy that had the Nuggets in jeopardy of losing a season that had barely started—and head coach Brian Shaw coming dangerously close to the chopping block.

"If we don't have that kind of effort from everybody, then we're not going to ever get out of this situation, and I won't survive it," Shaw said, per Christopher ...

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