Brian Shaw did not try to imitate Knute Rockne to motivate when the Nuggets went into halftime down by 20 points Friday night. He didn’t say a word, in fact, he didn’t even bother going in the locker room.
“There was no message at half time,” Shaw said after the game and still visibly upset due to the Nuggets stale and uninspired first half performance. Denver came out flat – giving up the first 14 points of game to the Celtics – even though they had no reason to.
“They had the day off yesterday, we were just coming off a back-to-back, so they had a complete day to rest to get ready for today’s game so there was no excuse for coming out flat they way we did. So I didn’t even go in there at half time. I just wanted them to think about it, because they were just too cool right from the beginning,” he continued.
The Nuggets did actually rally following intermission as they cut the lead to only three points in the third quarter, but Boston won 106-98 going away. Shaw also duly noted that Denver can’t put themselves in that position and expect to comeback.