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Winners and Losers from Week 1 of Denver Nuggets' Preseason
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

We've already seen players begin to separate themselves in the Denver Nuggets' first two preseason games. 

Furthermore, head coach Brian Shaw has already brought new elements to this Denver squad. The pace has slowed down, the big men are stretching the floor and everyone is playing man-to-man defense without switching.

At the same time, even though the Nuggets have only played two games against the Los Angeles Lakers and the contests have been fairly sloppy (86 turnovers between the two teams and an absurd amount of whistles), similar trends still exist from last year's team.

They've shot 70 free throws, are plus-17 on the glass and have blocked 18 shots. However, they're only 22.6 percent from three and 65.7 percent from the free-throw line.

In awarding week one's winners and losers, we have to see who contributed most to those statistics and who made the biggest statements for playing time in the regular season.

(All statistics are from

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