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The Denver Nuggets are an absolute train wreck at the moment. They snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over the lowly Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, and apparently decided to take a holiday. Unfortunately, they had another game to play: against the red-hot Chicago Bulls.
Denver didn't even show up on Friday night as Chicago cruised to a 117-89 win.
After the game, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw unloaded on his players, per the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman:
We act like the big bad wolf against Milwaukee. Then we come in against the Bulls and we tuck our tails, and we hide.
I told our team, I wish paychecks were predicated on night to night performance. If you play like an uninspired player, then either you don’t get paid, or you get paid like an uninspired player.
I felt like we had some guys that just decided they weren’t going to play tonight. It’s unfortunate. We’re professionals, and as a staff we have to beg guys to give effort when they play.
These comments probably won't endear the first-year coach to his players. Either Shaw is the most honest coach on Earth, or he feels his job could be on the line if the Nuggets close out the season with this kind of ragged play.