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The Denver Nuggets were cruising as they hit the midpoint of their six-game road trip Thursday. Cheap Rockets Jerseys Authentic . They had built a healthy lead over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on Wednesday with the ball moving around the perimeter and finding open shooters.The well slowly dried up. The ball movement stopped as Washington upped its defense. The lead quickly disappeared. The Nuggets looked like they ran out of gas, fatigue killing the teams spacing and ball movement as the Wizards found that last bit of energy.Denver scored just 12 points in the fourth quarter, seeing a two-point deficit balloon to a 92-85 loss on the road. The Nuggets had just 33 points in the second half and committed a league-high 29 turnovers this season. As the game wore on, Denver saw the energy that built them as much as a 14-point lead evaporate. Their sharpness and precision whittled away.There are repercussions to not being ready to play (Wednesday night), Nuggets coach Michael Malone told Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. Back-to-backs are always tough, but when you have to dig so deep to make it a three-point game late (Wednesday) night, they jumped on us in that second half. You could see our pace slow down, we missed free throws, we missed open shots, and thats what fatigue does to you.So is the energy-sucking reality of a road trip.The Nuggets will head to Orlando on Saturday for their fifth game on a six-game road trip that has taken them from Utah to the East Coast. It is Denvers fifth game in nine days. Adding in all the travel, it is an exhausting set.The Magic know all too well the rigors of travel. Saturday represents the ending to one of the most difficult stretches they will see this season.Orlando returned home from a five-game road trip Wednesday in a loss to the Boston Celtics. The Celtics, like the Wizards did to the Nuggets, blew the doors open in the second half, outscoring the Magic by 31 points for a 117-87 win. It was a disappointing and frustrating moment for a Magic team that won four of five games on that road trip.As dutiful players, no one would blame fatigue for the blowout loss at home.I dont think that should be an excuse as far as us coming off a back-to-back, Bismack Biyombo. Everyone is playing back-to-backs. There are a lot of teams winning back-to-backs. We have to be responsible and handle our business. We have to find a way to get back to playing our game, trust the next guy, do the right thing and set the right screens and get back to being the team we want to be.Undoubtedly, though, fatigue played a role. The team just completed an eight-day, five-game road trip that ended with a back-to-back at home against the Celtics. That would make six games in nine days, an incredibly brutal stretch.And the last game of that road trip began the Magics only stretch of four games in five nights. Orlando completes that stretch with Saturdays game against the Denver Nuggets, making for eight games in 12 days. That is about as jammed a schedule as any team in the NBA will have for any stretch.That fatigue and that exhaustion got tested in Charlotte as Orlando fell 109-88. In the process, the Magic may have lost three key players to injury. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder), Nikola Vucevic (knee) and Jeff Green (ankle) all left during the game because of injuries.By the time Saturday comes around though, the Magic may very well be exhausted. So too might the Denver Nuggets with how their schedule is playing out.The schedule, though, does not wait for any team. Cheap Rockets Jerseys China . PETERSBURG, Fla. Wholesale Rockets Jerseys . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. . Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for his hometown team Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. WASHINGTON -- Team Sweden forward Rickard Rakell has an unspecified illness and will not compete in the World Cup of Hockey, the team announced Monday.Forward Patrik Berglund will replace Rakell, who was hospitalized twice over the weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden, before the team traveled to D.C. for an exhibition game against Team Europe.Berglund, 28, of the St. Louis Blues had 15 points in 42 regular-season games in 2015-16. He added four goals and five assists for nine points in 20 Stanley Cup playyoff games last spring. Cheap NBA Jerseys. .Patrik had a great Stanley Cup playoff with the St. Louis Blues after returning from injury last season, Team Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg. said. He will be able to help us with both his size and his skill, as he has shown in both the NHL and with Team Sweden in previous championships.Rakell, 23, plays in the NHL for the Anaheim Ducks. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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