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Brian Shaw's half-court system taking root with a Nuggets team used to flying down court

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    Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw instructs his team during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Las Vegas. The Clippers defeated the Nuggets in overtime 118-111. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (The Associated Press)

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    The Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, right, shoots over the Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Las Vegas. The Clippers defeated the Nuggets in overtime 118-111. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (The Associated Press)

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    The Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul covers the Denver Nuggets' Randy Foye during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (The Associated Press)

Every so often, Brian Shaw watches the Denver Nuggets revert back to their old fast-paced tendencies.

The first-year coach doesn't particularly mind or get all that miffed, realizing that all of those years of pushing the tempo under George Karl can't be changed in one training camp.

By the time January rolls around — maybe the All-Star break, at the latest — Shaw envisions his team fully embracing his system, one that hinges on half-court sets, a powerful presence in the paint and smothering defense.

Until that time, Shaw's willing to overlook some of the growing pains that go along with the transition as he steps in for Karl, who was ousted after winning a franchise-best 57 games last season only to be bounced from the first round of the playoffs for a fourth straight time.