In their seven-point loss Saturday to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Denver Nuggets scored just 94 points and registered only 17 assists on 32 made baskets. The 94 points were the fewest Denver had scored in a game in nearly two months. The 17 assists were tied for the fourth-fewest total the Nuggets have tallied in a game this season.

It’s no coincidence that in the loss — and in two of the five games this season where Denver handed out fewer than 15 assists – the Nuggets were without starting shooting guard Gary Harris. The 6-foot-4 wing, who Nuggets coach Michael Malone has referred to as his team’s “MVP” and “most complete basketball player” this season, was also missing from Denver’s lineup Nov. 13 in Portland when the Nuggets tied a season-low in assists with 13.

Denver was without marquee free agent signing Paul Millsap for 44 games. The went 24-20 in those games because of an offense centered around Nikola Jokic and Harris, the player second in command. 

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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. Follow Harrison on Twitter - @HarrisonWind