DENVER’S WINNING GAME PLAN: “JUST MAKE THE SIMPLE PLAY”
Twelve days ago, the Nuggets hit what could be considered the deepest valley in an up-anddown start to their season.
The 112-92 loss to the lowly Mavericks in Dallas on Dec. 12 was the sixth in eight games and dropped the Nuggets seven games below .500. Since, the Nuggets had won three consecutive home games entering Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, and the turnaround that has existed in that limited window has come as a result of Denver going back to the drawing board.
“Making the simple play was really something we preached after that loss in Dallas,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We tried to force feed and play in tight spaces in that game. We (committed) 16 turnovers for 27 points that led to that loss. We came home and said, ‘Let’s understand who we’re playing, how we’re being guarded, what’s available and just make the simple play.’ ”
The increased production when it comes to ball security has started, as it often does, at point guard. During the recent three home wins over the Portland