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Once Denver elected to hold onto Miller in the beginning of January, it made sense he wasn't dealt until the trade deadline. Connelly wanted to pursue other options.
But when Robinson suffered his ACL injury on Jan. 29 during the loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Nuggets needed to find someone immediately. They had just knocked off the Kings and Indiana Pacers, but the Charlotte loss dropped them to 22-22.
Instead, they stayed put and lost to the Toronto Raptors, lucked out with a ridiculous buzzer-beating win against the Los Angeles Clippers and defeated the struggling Milwaukee Bucks. Denver was getting by at first.
But then the losses started, and Lawson suffered his rib injury that sidelined him for a month. You can't predict injuries, but just relying on one true point guard while moving Randy Foye back-and-forth between the 1 and 2 is a lot to ask of a new head coach with a team trying to build chemistry.
With Lawson out, this was code red if Denver wanted to keep any slim postseason chances alive. However, the Nuggets waited another 12 days for the trade deadline and eventually got Aaron Brooks for Jordan Hamilton.
This is not a knock on the trade itself. Brooks has provided a solid boost in Robinson's absence and has been thriving in the last week.
But it's more that the Nuggets didn't bring someone in right away to handle the temporary crisis. They weren't competitive in most of their 11 losses over that 12-game stretch, and by the time Brooks started adjusting to Denver's system, the postseason hopes were all but gone.
Sure, the chances of making the playoffs were going to be small, regardless. Even if the Nuggets did make it, it's highly unlikely they could beat a team like the Spurs in a seven-game series.
But since Denver showed it could beat some of the great teams on occasion and could be trading its 2014 first-round pick anyways (the Nuggets have their own and the New York Knicks' first-round pick, but trade the less-favorable one to the Orlando Magic, via RealGM), some better proactivity would have helped for a playoff push under the circumstances.