"I feel his frustration," Malone said. "I think he's ge…

“I feel his frustration,” Malone said. “I think he’s getting fouled like he thinks he’s getting fouled. He’s not getting the call. But he has to find a way to play through that. He’s way too valuable.” “As a leader of this team, he’s got to show guys in adverse times when things aren’t going your way, you’ve got to find a way to fight through it, be mentally tough,” the coach added. “That’s going to be a challenge for him moving forward.”

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Harrison Wind: Michael Malone on the Will Barton-DeMarcus Cousins dustup on the Nuggets' bench: "No one wants to get embarrassed. No one wants to get their ass kicked on national TV." "I think it's just frustration."
"We're getting our ass whupped and a lot of emotions flare up," a clearly frustrated Monte Morris said. "We've just got to be tougher and stay together. We're not giving ourselves a chance to beat this team with a lot of mistakes. "And also, we've got no f---ing chance if we're going to be apart. We've got to stay locked in, stay together."
Ohm Youngmisuk: Nikola Jokic said his frustration was with “pretty much everything.” He also said with Gary Payton’s slap on Joker’s butt: “he doesn’t need to do that.”
Still, Jokic was sensational. He finished with 34 points and 11 rebounds, carrying to the Nuggets to the brink of a road victory. “I told our guys just now, Nikola’s not a good player, (he’s) a great player,” Malone said. “But every time he comes out, everything just falls apart. It’s every night. I went to him in the fourth quarter, I called his name, and he looked at me, kind of like, ‘Already?’ And I feel for him. … Nikola’s gonna be worn down by Christmas at this rate.”
Duvalier Johnson: Well, can’t say that the Nuggets don’t care. Jamal Murray is agitated in the post game presser.
Harrison Wind: Malone: We're not going to go anywhere if Nikola and Jamal combine for 27 points...it's not just on Jamal it's not just on Nikola." "We're not coaching well enough, we're not playing well enough."
Michael Singer: Two days later, Michael Malone was still stewing over the Washington loss and what's transpired over the last six games (29th in defense). "Our defense sucks," Malone said. "Take ownership in it."
With 17 regular-season games remaining in a tight playoff race that has the Nuggets on the outside, coach Michael Malone knows his team doesn’t have much time to figure it out. “When a player of Paul Millsap’s magnitude misses 44 games and comes back with 22 games to go, that is a huge challenge,” Malone said. “Especially when the team was playing so well.”
Though Millsap has flashed active moments while blocking shots, making steals and maintaining stout position defense, Malone cautioned that the Nuggets can’t rely on one player to transform their performance on that end of the floor. “(Millsap) needs the other four guys to buy in and give the same effort that he’s giving,” Malone said.
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone ripped into his team during his postgame interview on @AltitudeTV for their lack of defense: “They kicked our ass, it's becoming the same story every single night….my message is stop feeling sorry for yourself…"
As the Nuggets get to work in preparation for the NBA season, Kenneth Faried stubbornly refuses to accept a reserve role and defiantly insists if Denver can’t give him the minutes on the court he deserves, there are 29 other teams in the league where he can go play.
“I’ll just put it out there for everybody. I’m not a bench player. I’ve been saying that for the longest. I’m a starter,” Faried said Monday, when I asked him about his status with the Nuggets. “I love to hear the crowd (when introduced as), ‘Starting at power forward, No. 35, Kenneth Faried.’ Yes, that’s me. One hundred percent, that’s been my whole life. And I’m going to fight for a starting position. I’m just not going to lay down and let somebody take it. ”
“There are 29 other teams,” said Faried, whose contract with the Nuggets runs through 2019. “If this team doesn’t want, or respect me enough, to play me the minutes that I think I deserve to play, then I understand that. Hey, there’s 29 others. Maybe I’ll go somewhere else and do what I need to do there. But at the same token, I’m here in Denver, and I want to play Manimal basketball, no matter what, every time I step on that court.”
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