Could one of the most unselfish players of all time actually be one of the more selfish at present?

The last thing I wanted to do today was write a negative column about our streaking, gutty, fun-to-watch, put-the-NBA-on-notice Denver Nuggets. In fact, win or lose in Boston I had targeted today's column to be about George Karl and his legitimate candidacy as a Coach of the Year recipient. After all, if we're to vehemently criticize Karl when things go south (as we did often in November and December), we must equally applaud him when things go well for our Nuggets ... as they have, and then some, lately.

And despite Sunday's heartbreaking loss, and the fashion with which it was lost, Karl should be commended for doing a great job this season.

But after watching backup point guard Andre Miller chuck two separate ill-advised, game-killing three-pointers (one near regulation's end, the other at the end of overtime number three) at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday night - days after Miller made a series of deplorable comments to a Colorado Springs Gazette reporter that included bitching about his (perceived lack of) minutes - I think it's fair to question whether or not Karl's loyalty to his favorite point guard is hurting the Nuggets more than it's helping it.