Nuggets coach Brian Shaw turned the spotlight on himself in juggling things to fix the defensive woes his team has experienced essentially all season.

Too many schemes.

Too many assignments.

Too confusing.

The players made it known to Shaw of late, and he listened. And agreed. If it were up to the players, they'd switch everything, but the defensive-minded Shaw isn't about to go there. Yet he did pare down the rotations to the few things he wants done every time down court.

So, on screen/rolls, it means the power forward is going to hedge every time, and the center is going to "catch," meaning back off and protect the rim in those plays. It means guards are going to get over the screen — every time. If a guard is seen going under a screen, he's not doing the things the coaching staff is asking of him.

"That's as simple as it gets," Nuggets guard Ty Lawson said.

This is what Tuesday was all about.

Defense. Defense. Defense.

Immediately after the Nuggets' 132-128 loss to Minnesota on Monday, Shaw said: "We probably had too many defensive schemes that we were trying. And that's on me."

He elaborated about that Tuesday, and discussed the new, lighter load of information he expects the players to retain.

"We're not giving them too much, and there's not going to be any excuses," Shaw said. "Hopefully this will eliminate the confusion we've been having. And that's my fault. I've given them too much."

How bad has it been?

The Nuggets have been susceptible to losses even when their offense is hitting on all cylinders. The Nuggets have lost five games this season in which they've scored 109 or more points. In losses, the Nuggets allow 109.5 points. Since Jan. 1, they've allowed 100 or more points in 24 of 29 games.