Nuggets hope to break 3-game slide in home opener
DENVER (AP) - Long after most of his Denver Nuggets teammates had cleared the practice floor, Danilo Gallinari remained out there running a shooting drill he devised back home in Italy.
Each time he missed a shot during the back-and-forth exercise, Gallinari punished himself by starting over again. For 90 minutes, this went on and on.
It's simply his method for breaking out of a shooting slump - and Denver urgently needs Gallinari to find his touch before the team falls too far behind.
For a squad with designs on challenging the top teams in the West, this wasn't exactly the start the Nuggets envisioned: An 0-3 road swing in which their offense looked sluggish.
They're hoping to rebound Tuesday in the home opener against Detroit, another team searching for its first win.