Dec 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw during the first half against the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - The extended break for Brian Shaw and the Nuggets was unprecedented. It was also called for - very much so after losing four consecutive games.
"I go into it saying, 'Well, it can't get much worse. We can only go up from here.' So hopefully that's what will happen," Shaw admitted. During their losing streak - Denver did fall to three Western Conference contenders in Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State - they lacked any tenacity that the first year head coach wants from his team.
"When I lose, I can't wait to get back out on the court again to try to fix what happened before, so I'm hoping that's the attitude that everybody carries going into the games," he continued.
Slow starts and sputtering finishes were commonplace, but the two-day break from basketball should help rejuvenate the team. Shaw pushed the Nuggets over the course of several hours and referred to it as a very good practice working off all the Christmas entrees.
"As easy as we've lost four games in a row, we can string some wins together once we start to get some consistency on both sides of the ball," he asserted.