Associated Press
Beginning with a loss at Milwaukee, the Denver Nuggets have gone winless since the All-Star break.Their current struggles at home began well before.
The Nuggets can avoid matching the club record of 11 consecutive homes defeats by extending the Bucks’ season-high road skid to five games Tuesday night.
Denver (20-39) entered the break off a 106-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers but after trading second-leading scorer Arron Afflalo to Portland, had its eight-game winning streak over Milwaukee end with an 89-81 loss on Feb. 20.
Including that defeat, the Nuggets have averaged 87.8 points and shot 36.1 percent while dropping six in a row – one off their season high. This is their fourth skid of at least six games.
Losers in 19 of 21, the Nuggets’ 99-92 loss to New Orleans on Sunday left them within a game of the team-record 11-game home losing streak set in 1997-98. Though Denver held an opponent to fewer than 100 points for the first time in 11 home games, it still hasn’t won there since Jan. 14.
While Milwaukee (32-27) has dropped four straight at Denver, it faces a Nuggets club that’s mired in their worst season since going 17-65 in 2002-03.
”You’ve just got to find a way. You’ve got to play your heart out,” center Kenneth Faried said.
In order for the Nuggets to end their losing ways, coach Brian Shaw believes leading scorer Ty Lawson (16.3 points per game) and top rebounder Faried (11.2 points, 8.5 rebounds per game) must improve both competitively and mentally after their struggles continued with a combined eight points Sunday.
Though Lawson had 11 assists, he’s averaged 8.0 points and shot 38.7 percent in the last four games – all at home. The Nuggets have lost their last seven games when Lawson fails to reach his scoring average.
The 6-foot-8 Faried is averaging 5.2 points while going 12 of 40 from the floor and 6.0 boards in his last six contests.
“I’ve got to find a way to get Ty going. … Get Kenneth going,” Shaw said.
“Those two are our best players and we need to get them to play better. Everybody needs them, their energy, their aggressiveness. … – Click Here To Visit Article Source