MILWAUKEE — The Denver Nuggets are 8-3 in their last 11 games. Over that span, Denver is fielding the league’s fourth-best offense but 27th-best defense.

A win is a win in the NBA and the Nuggets have 31 of them this season — good for the seventh seed in a crowded Western Conference playoff picture. With a depleted rotation due to injuries to two front court players in Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee, Nuggets coach Michael Malone can’t wait until this weekend’s All-Star break gets underway.

“It couldn’t come at a better time,” Malone said. “Our guys are beat up mentally and physically, as is every other NBA team.”

But Malone’s starting point guard Jamal Murray just wants to keep playing.

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Harrison Wind

Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. The University of Colorado alum grew up in Boulder and has covered the Nuggets for the last three seasons. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Nuggets podcast.