Posted: Monday November 5, 2012 6:53 PM

Nuggets hope to break 3-game slide in home opener

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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.

 
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