Nuggets coach George Karl has a stance on adjustments a coach makes between games during a playoff series. It's probably not what you think it is, however.
"I know you want to talk about the adjustments that's going to be made," Karl said. "And there will be some adjustments. Early in a series you throw some things out really quick, add some things really quick. But the things that you already have in your pocket that are good, that you sustain and get them better, nobody talks about.
"We don't want to give back anything we did defensively that was advantageous to us. And the little things on offense that we feel we were pretty good at ... we don't want to give them back. We want to get them better. I know everybody wants to talk about the strategic adjustments. They have a great staff, I have a great staff, there will be adjustments. But it's a unified effort of adjustments, betterment, rotations, confidence that makes you win games."
The Nuggets won Game 1 of their first-round series against Golden State on Saturday despite poor shooting. Andre Miller shot 68 percent (11-of-16), saving the day for the Nuggets, but the rest of the team shot only 39 percent (27-of-69). Miller scored a season-high 28 points off the bench in Denver's 97-95 victory, including the winning basket with 1.2 seconds left.
"We were missing a lot of shots that we normally make," Ty Lawson said Sunday. "If we make those like we normally do, it'll be a lot easier game. I think we got the shots we wanted; we got open 3s. People didn't realize how open they were at the free-throw line."