Just joined SB NATION. Denver Stiffs is a great forum for basketball and especially Nuggets Fans. Tough losses prior to All Star break. Question is whether tough games like the in Boston and Toronto will increase the core's mental toughness and pay dividends down the stretch and into the playoffs. As we approach trade deadline interested in whether Masai will endorse continuity or will another GM be able to pry away a few of the valuable middling parts the Nuggets have accumulated. They have some talent on their bench that is not being used...to me Hamilton is a significant talent and should be getting playing time; but Masai will need to open a window of opportunity for Karl to use him or it won't happen.