Poor Michael Malone. He leaves one dumpster fire and is immediately thrown into another. The Denver Nuggets have lost nine of their last 10 to drop to 12-23 overall (15-18-2 ATS). Not surprising, Malone is none too pleased with his team's
. The schedule has been brutal with five of their last seven on the road including games against Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Cleveland. Tonight perhaps offers a better opportunity as Minnesota ranks 25th in the league in offensive efficiency.
“We had no energy, no effort. Very flat,” a frustrated Malone said after the game. “As a coach, I can’t coach effort. That’s one thing I can’t do. We didn’t defend. We’re just a bad team right now.”
“There are too many breakdowns in our defense. I have to do a better job of game planning and helping our guys out because what we’re doing right now isn’t working. They’ve beaten us handily two times now without their best player.”