The Nuggets fire Shaw after less than two years with the team. The Nuggets have lost six games in a row and have compiled a 20-39 record this season under Shaw. General manager Brian Connelly:
I want to sincerely thank Brian for his time with our organization. You won’t find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I’ve ever been around. Unfortunately things didn’t go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him.
The Clippers win 110-103. Griffin scores 22 points, Jordan scores a double-double (20 points, 21 rebounds) and J.J. Reddick scores 20 points. Chandler scores 32 points and Faried scores a double-double (19points and 17 rebounds) for the Nuggets. Coach Rivers on playoff schedule:
There’s nobody that’s not good in the West. You’re going to have a tough series. The teams that embrace that are going to do well and the ones that don’t are going to be out early.
It was down to our team defense. We locked them up. We had to win this game.
I think people are kind of overlooking them because the West is so good.
Chandler signs four-year extension with the Nuggets. The new contract is worth $46.5 million and includes a player option in the fourth year.