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Denver having identity crisis after latest bad loss

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The Denver Nuggets currently find themselves in a slump after they suffered another brutal loss, this time at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Speaking post-game, Nuggets head coach questioned what kind of team they are following another defeat to a lottery-bound team.

“Who are we?” Malone said via Mike Singer of The Denver Post. “And who are we going to be? That’s a decision that we have to really think long and hard about and make that decision because we are not playing as well as we’re capable of, and that’s kind of scary for it to be this time of the season.”

Denver is coming off a pretty rough five-game stretch, where they have gone 2-3. They lost in a blowout to the surging Los Angeles Clippers, then won in convincing fashion against the defending champion Toronto Raptors. However, they lost to the last place Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and barely squeezed past the Charlotte Hornets a couple of nights ago.

These last five games speak of their inconsistency as a team, which Will Barton echoed following their loss to the Cavs.

“We’re just inconsistent, as a team, period,” Nuggets veteran Will Barton said. “Inconsistent. Moments where we look real good, moments where we look real bad, moments we defend, moments we don’t defend, moments we talk, moments we don’t talk.”

Their inconsistency is obviously a major cause for concern especially at this point of the season.

Jamal Murray thinks they aren’t playing hard enough as a group, especially on the defensive end of the floor, where he admittedly said they need to find an identity.

“We’re just thinking that our talent is going to get us through that,” Murray said. “And teams are playing harder than us. … We gotta find our identity on defense.”

The Nuggets have lost their hold on the no. 2 spot in the Western Conference. They look to get their groove back on their next outing, but it will be a daunting task ahead as the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks are next on their schedule.