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DENVER- George Karl isn't one to give up a tactical advantage prior to any game, let alone the playoffs. Yet, Tuesday he did admit that the youth of his squad will be a major factor in the Nuggets final tuneup before their pilgrimage through the postseason begins.
Alright, he didn't give up too much in revealing this tidbit.
"I think we're too young of a team to act like we've been there before. We've got to take the good stuff of what we're doing and upgrade it going into the playoffs," the head coach said looking ahead their matchup with the Suns on Wednesday. "I'm not a huge fan of resting guys."
Denver has their fate in its hands against Phoenix and they certainly will not give up that prime opportunity to solidify their spot. With a win, they clinch the No. 3 overall seed in the Western Conference and will play either Houston or Golden State.
Karl will likely manage the minutes of his players, including veterans Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller along with the still-recovering Ty Lawson, but there will be no letting up. Why would the Nuggets want to slow down, very similar to their offensive style, and possibly stymie momentum?
"I don't want to give back any of our rhythm or flow of winning. There's a confidence that comes by playing the same way. I'm not going to disrupt it," Karl said.
The Nuggets have won 22-of-25, a few in dramatic, playoff-like intensity. They have beaten the Thunder and Spurs, the only two seeds ahead of them in the Western Conference, on the road in the past month.
In fact, Denver has the best record against teams above .500 in the entire NBA, going 31-14, and yet people are still counting them out.
"I'm excited because a lot of people say our style will be controlled in the playoffs," Karl said. "I think they say that about all up-and-coming teams. They always find something wrong with them. They always want to take your weakness and magnify it to say you can't be successful in the playoffs."
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