To Sloan's credit, he outperformed the Denver Nuggets' head coach.Yeah, like how he underperformed on his way to beating a Nuggets team with two of his starters out, and with no homecourt, right? Moron
Partly because the Denver Nuggets' head coach wasn't there.
Also, Sloan can thank Okur's injury, rendering unfeasible the counterproductive temptation to play MO against a more athletic Nuggets frontcourt.
Fesenko did OK for Okur in most but not all of the Denver games, and Millsap was a beast. Boozer was huge also for most of the series.
But the key difference between the losses in the regular season and the wins over Denver in the playoffs is the absence of a competent coach on the opposing bench. Also, K-Mart's contribution or lack thereof had a huge correlation with Denver's winning and losing.
Sorry, AD. Even your own player hinted that the team would've been better with Karl on the sideline. (No excuses, right?)
Which also bolsters my claim that effective coaching--including in-game coaching--makes a difference.