Take a deep breath Nuggets fans, Ty Lawson is back.
At least he certainly appeared to be in Monday evening’s win over the New Orleans Hornets. Sure, the Hornets aren’t exactly the league’s creme de la creme, but the last time I checked, shooting 8 for 10 is still 80 percent regardless.
Fortunately, rhythm is cumulative in the NBA and Lawson has now increased his field goal percentage in each of his last four contests. More importantly, he’s been noticeable more aggressive, which is really the foundation on which his and the Nuggets’ entire game plan is based.
For example, Lawson has attempted an average of 3.1 shots from 16 to 23 feet in losses. While that may seem relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things, there’s nothing quite like only connecting on 26 percent of those attempts to rattle a shooter’s confidence.
On the other hand, Lawson is converting 66 percent of his attempts at the rim in wins. Plus, he shoots 55 percent a clip from beyond the arc when he actually takes more than seven shots at the rim.
In other words, when Lawson is attacking, he just flat-out shoots better.
He’s now averaging 15.5 points while shooting 49 percent for the field in Denver’s last four contests. That’s a monumental improvement from his cringe-worthy 8.5 points on 32 percent the four games prior.
Lawson and the Nuggets will now look to build on the momentum of their four-game win streak against the Utah Jazz tonight at Energy Solution Arena. You can catch the game at live 9 p.m. Eastern via NBA League Pass.
*All statistics via hoopdata.com