“I don’t want trust to be a hollow word”: Why Michael Malone plans to expand his rotation

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Michael Malone knew his players were gassed Saturday night. He could see it when Will Barton sat down on the Pepsi Center hardwood during breaks in action, and he could tell whenever he watched Gary Harris launch jumpers.

"Gary Harris — he had a look on his face that looked so fatigued and tired," Malone said. "Every time he shot the ball, I didn’t think it had any chance to go in. He was that fatigued down the stretch."

The effects of a shortened rotation finally seemed to catch up with the Nuggets in their 107-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Three days after watching his team shoot 26.2 percent in the second half of a disappointing home loss, Malone told his team in a "State of the Union" address that he plans to scrap the "seven and a half man" rotation he'd been riding and lean on his bench more beginning Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.

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