Whatever happens from this point to the end of the season, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw would prefer it happen with some fire. With some sweat. With some grit.

That's because his Nuggets are losing by larger and larger scores as their injury list grows. And the lack of grit is showing up on the defensive end more than anywhere else. You need fight on that end of the floor. And the Nuggets aren't putting up much of a fight, the latest loss being a 39-point debacle at Indiana on Monday night.

"There's a difference between losing and being a loser," Shaw said. "And basically when things go bad, I don't want everybody to just splinter off in different directions and jump off the ship."

Since Jan. 1, the Nuggets have taken several steps back at the defensive end.

The Nuggets are currently 13th in the NBA in opponent field-goal percentage at .451, which isn't bad, except when teams miss, they often get the offensive rebound and the extra possession that comes with it. The Nuggets are tied at fourth-worst in the NBA in offensive rebounds allowed per game (11.9).

Only the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers allow more points per game than the Nuggets' 104.2. And since Jan. 1, the Nuggets are allowing 109.3 points per game, which is tied with the Lakers for the worst in the league. Opponents are also shooting 46.6 percent since Jan. 1.

"We're not healthy. Our numbers are down. We're shorthanded at certain positions," Shaw said.

One of those positions is point guard, with Ty Lawson out because of a fractured rib and veteran Andre Miller banned from the team.