The Nuggets have a plan to improve their defense

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Tim Connelly didn't get much sleep the same night his team came up an inch short. After the Nuggets fell to the Timberwolves Wednesday in overtime of a do-or-die game, Connelly spent the return flight home thinking about the what-ifs.

"That flight home was tough," the Nuggets president of basketball operations said. "Had a sleepless night last night. I rewatched the game several times."

The Nuggets had three shots to go ahead in the final 72 seconds of regulation, but their offense stalled and they misfired on all of them. They also had an opportunity to tie the game late in overtime. Will Barton's floater went left.

When you're still close to it, those are the sequences that made the difference. When you have a chance to zoom out, those plays are specks in the bigger picture.

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