After spewing out wins in January and early February, the Denver Nuggets dropped their final three games before the NBA All-Star Break. However, during through those three games, Danilo Gallinari, Andre Iguodala and Wilson Chandler all missed time at some point with a variety of illnesses and minor injuries.
The All-Star Break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Nuggets. Sure, they don’t have any players with horrible injuries, but the majority of the team is dealing with aches, pains and fatigue that have compounded throughout the season.
Since Kenneth Faried is the only Denver player participating in any of the All-Star Weekend festivities, the Nuggets should have an opportunity to regain their health and recuperate from the rigors of this season.
Of course, every team gets a little worn down by this point and the season and needs the break to regain their form. However, for the Nuggets it’s more vital than most teams because of how taxing their style of play is.
Denver plays an incredibly fast and physically demanding style of basketball. They have the second-highest pace factor, a stat that simply measures the number of possessions a team averages per game, in the league at 97.5. The Nuggets like to get up and down the floor and execute in transition. They also like to be physical in the post and on defense.
In that style of play, players are much more susceptible to annoying little injuries that don’t cause much time to be missed, but slow a player down, and to suffering from more fatigue than normal. Given that, the Nuggets definitely need a break after playing 52 games the way they play basketball.
After the All-Star Break, the Nuggets should be able to come back refreshed and ready to run once again. If that is the case, don’t expect that three-game losing streak to be a trend.