For the past several seasons Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl as urged his point guard Ty Lawson to take control of the team and become a leader. He proved he could do that in the regular season leading the Nuggets to 50+ wins and the #3 seed in the Western Conference. He was instrumental in beating opposing teams in the West such as the Grizzlies, Clippers and OKC. While those are great accomplishments TY will now be tested for real and will need to pick up the intensity.
If you look at Lawson's statistics compared to last season they aren't that much different. He has become much better at controlling the flow of the offense and getting the ball where he wants to go. Whether its a Pick and roll with Kenneth Fareid or penetrating the middle to kick out to guys like Corey Brewer or Iguadola on the Perimeter Ty is getting it done for the Nuggets this season.
As the Playoffs begin later on Today the Denver Nuggets embark on a crucial playoff run. They are the third seed in the West and Lawson has said they could win the west if they just take care of their business. This Nuggets team has all the ingredients to become a champion. They score the ball better than anybody the league. They also rebound just about better than everybody else in the league as well thanks in large part to Kenneth Faried. If the Nuggets Can put a banner up at the Pepsi Center then that would be historic for a franchise that has never tasted that particular level of success. David Thompson, Alex English, Dikembe Mutombo and not Even Carmelo Anthony Delivered a championship to the city of Denver.
Before the Nuggets worry about banners they got to worry about passing their 1st round test-The Golden State Warriors. Like the Nuggets the Warriors score the basketball in the upper echelon of the league ranking at 7 averaging 101.2 points per game. Lawson's matchup Steph Curry has looked like an MVP for stretches of the season and has played the best basketball of his career. Lawson has to buckle down defensively and make sure Steph doesn't under any circumstance get hot from the outside because that will be the death of the Nuggets. It's going to be an exciting series between the two teams but the the team that buckles down better will take this series.
How far can the Nuggets go?
The playoffs begin today April 20th as Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.