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It took four months, but the Denver Nuggets have a pulse again.

Ever since relieving Brian Shaw of his head coaching duties on March 3rd — or, mercifully firing him before any more reports of his reading habits emerge — the Nuggets have gone 4-2, punctuated with a thrashing of the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. And the final score in that game, 115-102, does not do justice to how the Nuggets held a 20-plus-point lead for much of the night.

What’s changed since interim coach Melvin Hunt took charge of the team? If you ask combo guard Randy Foye, it all starts with pace.

“We’re going,” Foye told reporters after routing the Hawks. “Ty (Lawson’s) pushing it. Kenneth (Faried) is running for alley-oops and dunks. And then you have those three-point shooters. It’s basically pick your poison, and that’s the difference. It’s more of a sense of urgency to run.”

With Shaw at the helm, the Nuggets had the league’s fifth-fastest pace, averaging 98.36 possessions per 48 minutes, according to NBA.com. But in the six-game stretch with Hunt, Denver is up to the league’s third-fastest pace, averaging 100.20 possessions per 48 minutes. It’s easy to chalk that minor difference up to small-sample-size theater, yet it bears watching as Hunt’s tenure continues to unfold. This particular Nuggets roster is built for a run-and-gun style of play, especially in the thin-air confines of the Pepsi Center, and Hunt appears eager to embrace his players’ strengths accordingly.
http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/03/13/whats-gotten-into-the-denver-nuggets-since-firing-brian-shaw/
 

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I'm impressed by them lately. They've been quality teams since the coaching change.
 

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Hard to understand why they were that bad this year. They lacked starpower, but have had depth every since the Melo trade years back.
 

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Hard to understand why they were that bad this year. They lacked starpower, but have had depth every since the Melo trade years back.
Brian Shaw's style of play did not work well with the roster that he had + too much conflict and miscommunication between Shaw and the roster. The players weren't being utilized for their strengths, and when they failed to deliver as a result of that, Shaw seemed to put those players on "time out", which frustrated the hell out of the players.
 

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Hard to understand why they were that bad this year. They lacked starpower, but have had depth every since the Melo trade years back.
Not really Brian Shaw is not that good of a coach that rubbed 2 of his 3 best players the wrong way and the one he didn't was coming back from an injury and got hurt again.
 
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Not really Brian Shaw is not that good of a coach that rubbed 2 of his 3 best players the wrong way and the one he didn't was coming back from an injury and got hurt again.
Actually, Gallo supposedly did an interview for an Italian newspaper or magazine where he stated that he didn't know what Brian Shaw wanted of him. He seemed pretty frustrated as well.

http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_27121204/gallinari-enduring-tough-times?source=infinite

http://www.gazzetta.it/Nba/13-12-2014/nba-gallinari-non-sa-perche-non-gioca-100213007351.shtml
 

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Not really Brian Shaw is not that good of a coach that rubbed 2 of his 3 best players the wrong way and the one he didn't was coming back from an injury and got hurt again.
Glad you're able to write Shaw off as a coach after such a long tenure he had....
 

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Almost every time I see a coach fired, the team rallies and starts playing better on the short term. It's a shake up for the team without holding the players accountable.

The article writes such idiotic things as "They went from 5th fastest pace, to 3rd!" acting like that's somehow a fault of Brian Shaw. Really? In 6 games they had an extra 2 possessions a game? Moving from 5th to 3rd in such a small sample size and having that as your calling card for proof of change is beyond idiotic.
 

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Almost every time I see a coach fired, the team rallies and starts playing better on the short term. It's a shake up for the team without holding the players accountable.

The article writes such idiotic things as "They went from 5th fastest pace, to 3rd!" acting like that's somehow a fault of Brian Shaw. Really? In 6 games they had an extra 2 possessions a game? Moving from 5th to 3rd in such a small sample size and having that as your calling card for proof of change is beyond idiotic.
They have been running more fastbreaks and taking advantage of the altitude though.
 

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And I think another important factor that has changed within the team is the positive atmosphere that Hunt has been creating versus the negative one that Brian Shaw produced. A clear example of that would be hearing Shaw's postgame interviews and comparing them to Hunt's. These young guys need positive reinforcement and not being constantly put down.
 

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The biggest difference between Hunt and Shaw on the court I've seen is the match up advantage they want Shaw a big fan of having Gallo and Chandler post up smaller defenders while Hunt likes to occasionally play small and have Gallo at the 4 or 5.
 
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