Danilo Gallinari, radiating defeat, slouched and said softly after Saturday's game: "It's something we can learn from." And the Nuggets won Saturday's game, against the Kings. Even though the Nuggets are winning, they're not pleased with the way they're winning. There have been a lot of lulls lately, with Denver pulling out victories late. Still, this is a good problem to have. Many NBA teams are trying to muster wins any way possible, while the Nuggets, who have a 15-game win streak, understand that playing this way can beat the 76ers and Kings, but probably not the Grizzlies or Clippers. Perhaps the solution is simple: Get Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler healthy. Both were out against Philadelphia and Sacramento. And the Nuggets were out of sync, falling into victories against lottery- bound teams. But Lawson (heel) and Chandler (shoulder) practiced Sunday and are probable for Monday's game at New Orleans, another lottery-bound team. Coach George Karl is trying to change the mind-set of his team heading into the final stretch of the regular season. "I'll just go on the record for everyone to hear, because what I've been telling the team, for the next 12 games, I don't want to hear about rest," Karl said. "I don't want to hear about we're tired. I want our attitude to be to play the best basketball we've played all year. If you don't want to do that, I'll play somebody else. I don't want to hear 'my body hurts' or 'I'm sore.' Everybody plays the same amount of games.
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl: No excuses down the stretch
Denver Post | Mar 25