Sure, the Lakers lost by a franchise-record 48 points Thursday night, but Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said Friday morning he doesn't want his team to be napping tonight against Los Angeles.
While both teams have struggled this season, Shaw knows the Lakers are capable of winning no matter the past results. The Lakers lost to the Clippers 142-94 on Thusday and were outscored 44-13 in the second quarter. The Lakers (21-41) are one loss away from securing their first losing season since 2004-05.
"We wanted to make our team aware that, much like us, they've had to deal with a lot of injuries this season. … Although they're struggling and coming off an embarrassing loss last night, they're capable," Shaw said after the team's shootaround. "We don't want our team to come out and think because they're struggling and because of the way they lost last night that it's going to be a cakewalk."
The Nuggets (26-34) won Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak but are just 2-13 in the past 15 games. The return of point guard Ty Lawson (rib fracture) has ignited the offense.
Denver leaves Saturday for a five-game road trip starting Sunday in New Orleans. They return home March 17 against the Clippers, and that's the night Denver 1994 playoff team will be honored.
"Well, we have to get the momentum going. I think a streak starts with two," Shaw said with a laugh. "We can't say we're on a winning streak when we've won one game."