They took some lumps during a three-game road trip to start the season.

They responded by going 4-1 during a stretch of five games in seven nights.

For their next trick, the Denver Nuggets will take on the defending NBA champion Miami Heat at Pepsi Center on Thursday. It marks the start of a four-game stretch against teams with a combined record of 24-8.

But as coach George Karl reminded his team during two days of practice, complaining and crying about the tough early season schedule won’t do any good.