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Now what?

I’ve marveled at the Nuggies all year. But when I have looked more closely at the players, I see a 41-win team (that is, average NBA talent). When I have looked at the rotations (other than a few with substitutes), I don’t see much extra juice. When adding the altitude, I see maybe a 45-win team. Given that, how did these guys win 57 games? The answer is that they are winners. That is, they have had the confidence, determination and know-how to win. Yet, the players have had no confidence in the last 3 games. What does that imply for the remainder of the series? I think that the coaches need to adjust the attitude, as follows: 1) Play the winners. That is, keep newbies such as Fournier, Stone, Randolph on the bench. These guys just haven’t logged enough minutes this year. 2) Set Fared and McGee free. The coaches have done a good job limiting McGee’s bonehead moves. But he has become a non-factor. The Nuggies need: a) Fared’s energy; b) Fared’s and McGee’s enthusiasm to be at an all-time high; and c) some high-flying blocks and dunks from Fared and McGee to ignite the team. 3) Go back to what the Nuggies dominated at during the season (that is, rebounding, fast breaks, points in the paint). If the coaches address the issue of confidence through the above moves, this series will turn around quickly. These guys are winners at heart. Set them free.

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