The Nuggets are off to a respectable 14-10 start, yet coach Brian Shaw doesn't exactly feel like things are on the uptick.

"We've won 10 of our last 14 games," Shaw said. "It doesn't feel like it at all, but we have."

One of Shaw's players, veteran guard Randy Foye, knows the feeling.

"It don't feel like it because it seems like for a while we were unbeatable no matter what happened — slow start, certain guys didn't shoot well," said Foye, referring to the Nuggets' seven-game winning streak. "We were just sitting back with the attitude that we knew we were going to win.

"I think that now ... we were out for so long and we were winning, and then we came back and we dropped (a game) against Utah. That one is kind of still tough to swallow."

The Nuggets host Phoenix on Friday night.

Part of the problem in the Utah game was at the offensive end. The Nuggets had poor execution, with point guard Ty Lawson having just returned from a hamstring injury. He and Foye combined to go scoreless. Without their production, the offense suffered. But that hasn't been the only game in which the Nuggets were stagnant. In the past four games, they are averaging 90.5 points (11 below their season average of 101.8) and shooting only 42.1 percent from the field.

Foye, who is averaging only four points and shooting just 20 percent from the field in the last four games, shoulders some of the blame.

"I take a lot of pride in my shot," he said. "And since we've been back home, I haven't been making 3s the way I was making them when I was on the road."