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Michael Malone gives brutally honest review of the Nuggets’ humiliating loss in Game 2

The Denver Nuggets got absolutely hammered by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night, losing Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series 106-80. After the game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone gave a brutal assessment of where his team stood.

Malone didn’t sound happy when talking about his team’s loss. He said“They kicked us. Yeah, it got away from us. It’s going to be a challenge. The body language is not where I think it should be. We just got beat up in our building. We were embarrassed in front of our fans .” Malone continued“You’re ashamed. You feel exposed. What are you going to do about it.”

The defending NBA champions have their backs against the wall. Having started the series with two home losses, things will now move back to Minneapolis and the Timberwolves have all the momentum. Malone rightly felt embarrassed and uncomfortable.

Denver didn’t get what it needed from its stars in Game 2. Nikola Jokic had 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, but went 5-for-13 from the field. Jamal Murray struggled mightily, finishing with eight points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and was 3-for-18 from the field.

On the other hand, the Timberwolves got everything they needed from their big stars. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks while going 10-for-15 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range. Anthony Edwards continued his breakout postseason, scoring 27 points, adding seven assists and finishing an efficient 11-for-17 from the field.

Malone and the Nuggets will have to find an answer quickly to turn things around or they will become the sixth straight defending champions not to reach the NBA Finals.