Nuggets Ujiri: Team was 'overrated'

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Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri said he believed his team, which got plenty of publicity in January after a 14-5 start, was "overrated."

Ujiri, the team's vice president of basketball operations, knew the Nuggets had a brutal schedule in February. It also hasn't helped that the team has been plagued by injuries.

"February was a tough month for us," said Ujiri, whose team did beat Minnesota 103-101 at home Monday in overtime but still has lost 10 of 14 to fall to 18-15. "We saw it coming. The injuries made it worse. But every team is going through it. There's no excuses. I think we were a little overrated. We started fast, which is good. But it's a growing year for us. We hope to get over the injuries and get on track."

The Nuggets, who are 4-8 in February, have had starters Danilo Gallinari, Nene and Timofey Mozgov all miss significant time during the month because of injuries.

While Mozgov has returned, it's not clear if Nene will be back before this weekend's All-Star break and Gallinari definitely won't return until after the break.

"You can tell they are growing as a team even going through a hard time, which is what you want to see," said Ujiri, whose team has suffered some recent close losses.

Before the All-Star break, the Nuggets play at the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday and are home to San Antonio on Thursday.

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