As if an eight-game losing streak and an embarrassing home loss to one of the worst teams in the NBA wasn’t enough, the current circumstances seem to only be getting worse for the Denver Nuggets. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets have suspended Andre Miller for conduct detrimental to team.
Denver has suspended guard Andre Miller for two games for conduct detrimental to team, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 2, 2014
Wojnarowski also tweeted that the reason for the suspension is because Miller cursed at Brian Shaw on the Nuggets’ bench in Wednesday’s loss. As a result of the suspension, Miller will miss the games against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers.
When Brian Shaw was asked about the incident after the game, he said that he tried to calm his player down and that it was the wrong place and time for such an outburst. Miller was, apparently, complaining about not getting enough minutes, as he never stepped on the floor. It was the first time he saw a DNP-CD (did not play – coach’s decision) next to his name in the box score and he didn’t talk to the press after the game.
Shaw did say that he was planning on increasing the minutes for both Wilson Chandler and Ty Lawson, while cutting his rotation a little bit. It seems that Miller, who has actually been playing pretty well in certain lineups this season, got the short end of the stick and was left on the outside looking in.
Needless to say, these are pretty dreadful times for the Nuggets.