KUSA - Brian Shaw has conceded that the Nuggets are at a supreme disadvantage due to injuries. Even with that, the first year head coach has been disappointed with the most simple of concepts by his team on the basketball floor - effort.
"I was happy to see the effort but I won't say I was proud, that's what we're supposed to do. I shouldn't have to beg for it," he concede following Denver's 100-95 loss at home to Portland Tuesday night.
The Nuggets challenged the one of the best teams in the league - and even fought back from a substantial second half lead by the Trailblazers. After being down by 15 in the fourth quarter they cut Portland's lead to just two points on multiple occasions, but Denver was still unable to come all the way back. Shaw approved of their fight but it also just proves what they are capable of.
J.J. Hickson - although recording a career-high in rebounds with 25 - was visibly disgusted with himself because that kind of production should happen every night they take the floor.
"I have to look myself in the mirror and blame myself when I don't [give that type of effort]," the Nuggets center said. He grabbed 15 offensive rebounds which are the most by a player this season and the most in franchise history (NBA).
"I have to be more consistent and take accountability for when I'm not playing as hard," he continued.
Shaw believes there will be a struggle to win games - without the likes of Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Javale McGee and Danilo Gallinari available - but that certainly shouldn't mean they can't put forth the effort.