Michael Malone and the Denver Nuggets 1-4: “The place we are in is unacceptable and that starts with me as coach” | NBA.com Argentina

“Being 1-4 sucks. There I have my head right now”. The words of Michael Malone to begin their attention to the media were quite graphic of the moment of Denver Nuggets, a team that entered the season with the desire to return to fight in the elite of the Western Conference, but that has received slap after slap until now. Already with four defeats in five games, three of them at home. The last one was on Friday night, a 106-103 ante Phoenix Suns which looks tighter than the development itself. The Arizona team dominated much of the game, and only a little fatigue (they closed a back to back) and some push from the homeowners adjusted the closure.

More Phoenix Suns beat Denver 106-103 in another weak performance by the Nuggets

There is one of the issues that should be of concern in Denver. Until now, the team only played at times this season, revealing a lack of consistency that worries the coach. “I think our guys played very hard tonight, they did a lot of good things and they gave us a chance. But this is not the first or second year, where that is acceptable. We lost another game at home and we have to improve. We should have a better start, in the first quarter they made seven triples and scored 34 points. After that the defense was better, but I don’t think we made a 48-minute effort in a game, and that’s the frustrating thing.. We show through passages how good we can be, but it hasn’t been for a 48 minute stretch “Malone explained.

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Jamal Murray, who completed the team’s best performance against the Suns (31 points, 12-22 field, 4 rebounds and 5 assists), had a somewhat more positive look. There are five games, it’s not that we are playing badly. We are not. They are some small details that we are missing and that would be the games for us. The details are hurting us “, remarked the Canadian.

Malone, on the other hand, continued with another aspect of the analysis that worries him: the production of the alternates. “I have to find something with the bank, we have to have better productivity and efficiency of our bank. Our incumbents are doing a good job. “, he pointed. “It’s a bit of everything. If you look at our headlines, they all had a +/- positive or at least matched. And I think almost everyone on the bench had a negative one. I’ve been trying to get Nikola (Jokic) and Jamal in for having one of them on the court all the time, but here we are in the fifth game giving some of our players a lot of minutes. We will have to solve it “, he analyzed. It is worth remembering that, of those substitutes, Facundo Campazzo barely saw four minutes of action against the Suns.

Analysis aside, the Denver coach was clear with the moment and did not disengage from responsibility. “The place we are in now is unacceptable, and that starts with me as a coach.”, he emphasized. “We’re 1-4, we suck right now. I have to train a lot better and we have to play a lot better. No one will feel sorry for us.”, Hill.

Denver will have two good chances of recovery, with consecutive games (Sunday and Tuesday) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the weakest performers at this start (2-3 mark).

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