Brutal losing streak has Shaw, Nuggets very grateful for All-Star break

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Feb 12, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye (4) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 117-90. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

KUSA - Brian Shaw basically just said what everyone else was thinking.

"There's really only one thing to say and that is 'Thank God for the All-Star Break'," the head coach sullenly asserted. The Nugget lost their fourth straight game - which is a cruel understatement, because they have been defeated by an average of 27 points per contest during that stretch.  

"That's all I can really say," he stalled.

The Nuggets don't play again until Feb. 18 - and fortunately not a day sooner.

Injuries surely have started to pile up the Nuggets as they lost both point guards, Nate Robinson (knee) and Ty Lawson (fractured rib), in a little over a week. But Shaw - who took some of the burden for not putting the players he does have in the right position - says Denver's ineptitude on the court can't be blamed solely on these absences.  

"They're trying. They want to do better. They don't want to go out there and lose by 30 night in and night out," Shaw said. "But talking about what needs to be done and doing what needs to be done are two different things."

Denver's defense has been non-existent, they given up 119.7 points per game, and have struggle to score points, shooting 39.9% on this road-trip. They're turning the ball over and giving up easy opportunities to their opponents. It's a troublesome stretch for the first year head coach and their hopes of making the playoffs are drying up very quickly.

"We've been on a nasty slide this whole road-trip," he affirmed. "There is no better time just to have a break and just have everyone get away from each other for a few days. Hopefully we will recharge and regroup and get ready for the second half."

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