After a frustrating 1-4 road trip, things aren’t about to get much easier for the now 10-6 Denver Nuggets.

On the latest episode of Pickaxe and Roll, Weekends with Swipa edition, Ryan Blackburn and Swipa break down the Denver Nuggets 1-4 road trip all without Jamal Murray. Both the offense and defense devolved on the road, culminating in a blowout loss to the Houston Rockets in which the Nuggets scored a mere 86 points. The Nuggets are clearly tired, but things aren’t going to get better until Murray gets healthy.

They discuss why the Nuggets are so much better at home, what’s going on with Aaron Gordon and others in the rotation, and what the Nuggets can/should do to get right. Could Michael Malone try a radically different rotation in the coming weeks? Could the Nuggets look to add a new rotation player via free agency or trade? What do the Nuggets need?

Finally, they look ahead to a brutal upcoming schedule with another five games in seven nights, including two back-to-backs.

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