Nuggets hope to break 3-game slide in home opener

Associated Press Modified: November 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012
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At the other end, veteran guard Andre Miller practiced his mid-range jumper. Then again, he always stays late, so that's really nothing new.

Any sage advice for his teammates to break them out of this funk?

"You really don't say too much," Miller said. "You've just got to come ready every night to play."

Especially against a team like the Pistons, who will be looking to spoil the home-opening festivities. Detroit has few recognizable names on its roster, which has Iguodala on high alert.

"Anybody can get it going at anytime," Iguodala said. "They're a scary team."

The Nuggets also could be scary, once they start clicking. That potential is why many prognosticators selected them to be one of the favorites in the ultra-competitive West. Although the Nuggets are lacking a bona fide star, they do have athleticism and depth.

For now, though, Karl may shorten his rotation. He went with eight players against Miami, mainly because Wilson Chandler didn't suit up for the second night of a back-to-back to save wear and tear on his surgically repaired hip.

Once the Nuggets find some traction, Karl may tinker with his lineup a little more.

"You experiment when you start playing well," Karl explained. "When you're struggling, simplifying is usually the way to go."

So is joviality, just to keep the pressure off his players.

With his team playing on election night, Karl had a little fun by anointing Iguodala as his team's best politician.

"But the guy that knows what's going on all the time is Andre Miller," Karl quickly added. "I don't know if he could be president, but he could be a mayor of a city. He could make it run better, because he makes us run better."

Informed that Karl had appointed him the team's top politician, Iguodala just laughed.

"First eight years of my career were in Philly, so you learn how to be politically correct," Iguodala said. "I learned a lot from being there."

Chief among them, don't fret too much over lackluster starts so early in the season.

"I've been on teams where we started out really slow and we made bursts around January," Iguodala said. "I've been on a few teams where we haven't got it going until after the All-Star break.

"Just continue to do the things we've been doing well and fix the things we've been doing wrong," he added.

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Pat Graham can be reached at: www.twitter.com/pgraham34

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