Denver Nuggets Must Put Road Losses Behind Them and Look Forward to Home Opener

Jon ReidCorrespondent IINovember 4, 2012

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The Denver Nuggets must be excited to open up the home portion of their regular season at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night.

After three straight games on the road (all of which ended up in the loss column), the Nuggets will host the Detroit Pistons in front of a sure-to-be raucous crowd.

The key on Tuesday, however, will be to put the less-than-stellar road trip behind them and focus on the task at hand.

Halloween's opener in Philadelphia was an absolute disaster offensively.

Denver only managed 75 points and struggled to have any one player reach double-digits (though Ty Lawson picked up his play in the second half and finished with 16 points).

Friday night in Orlando wasn't much better. Denver was down early and was essentially out of the game by halftime.

J.J. Redick lit up the Nuggets from the outside, while Glen "Big Baby" Davis was dominant down low.

Last night in Miami, Denver had by far their best performance of the season, leading the way in the first half and keeping the game close throughout.

Though their offense returned and put up 100 points for the first time this season (116 points, to be exact), their defense disappeared and they lost their third straight by a score of 119-116.

With this team being so young, three consecutive losses to kick off the 2012-13 campaign could be extremely detrimental to the team's collective psyche.

At this point, it's on the coaching staff to keep this team mentally prepared.

After all, this is a team that is known to dominate on its home court.

If Denver can find a way to stay positive, win their home opener and play well as a grueling road-heavy schedule to start the season continues, they will be in prime position to make a run in the Western Conference once their first 23 games have passed.

If not, this could be a very long season for this young team and their fans.