George Karl was not happy with what he saw on Thursday. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)On Wednesday morning, the Denver Nuggets were flying high, celebrating a big-time win that snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' franchise-record 17-game winning streak and looking like a team that had finally hit its stride after a tough-as-nails early-season schedule. On Friday morning, they were licking their wounds after being beaten on their home court by a Minnesota Timberwolves team that traveled without point guard Ricky Rubio, lost leading scorer and rebounder Kevin Love to an injury midway through the third quarter, was on the second night of a road back-to-back, and had just sustained a 22-point beating at the hands of the Utah Jazz.
What a difference 48 hours makes.
The Nuggets fell to 10-2 at the Pepsi Center on the season following Thursday night's loss, which their head coach found, well, shameful and deplorable, according to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post:
"There's always four or five games a year when you embarrass yourself, and tonight was one of those nights," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "The sense of urgency didn't come until the fourth quarter."
Karl said he was nervous entering the game, then explained his reason: "Basically yesterday's practice, the immaturity and arrogance of our practice."
Those are pretty strong words from the coach, but such a dire response makes sense when you consider the lack of attentiveness and effort he'd watched manifest itself over the prior four quarters.Read More »from George Karl: Nuggets embarrassed themselves in loss to Love-less, Rubio-less Timberwolves