The Denver Nuggets won a game on the road versus a below .500 team on Wednesday night, and it was one of the biggest wins of the season. That may sound odd but the game versus the Portland Trailblazers had all the earmarks of a game that the Nuggets usually find a way to lose. It certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty but the Nuggets gutted out a much needed road win.
In the grand scheme of things, the win probably doesn’t mean a lot in the standings. The Nuggets are pretty much locked into the fifth seed in the west; it’s possible they could catch the Memphis Grizzlies for the fourth spot but it is unlikely. Other than the nature of the win, Wednesday’s game also showed something else. If they are going to do anything in the playoffs, Ty Lawson and Andre Iguodala are going to have to lead them.
Lawson has been terrific for over a month now and is on the verge of being considered a star in the NBA. When he is playing well, the Nuggets are very good. Lawson has always had the talent but struggled with consistency however that has not been a problem lately. He scored 30 points versus the Blazers and hit two big shots down the stretch the kept the Nuggets in the lead. When the Nuggets need a basket, it is Lawson who has the ball in his hands. If he continues to play at his current level, then the Nuggets have a shot to beat anyone.
The X factor for the Nuggets is Iguodala; he has a ton of talent but has struggled with his offensive game since coming to Denver. On Wednesday, however, Iguodala was outstanding. He hit some jump shots and was very active on the offensive side of the court. Iguodala finished with 28 points and was also very active on defense. It may have taken longer than anyone would have thought, including Iguodala, but if he has truly found his game then the Nuggets are dangerous.
There are other key players such as; Kenneth Faried, Andre Miller, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari but if the Nuggets are going to go deep into the playoffs then Lawson and Iguodala have to lead the way. Teams win in the playoffs when they have two, maybe three players that can take over a game. It’s taken a while this season but the Nuggets may have found those two guys. No one knows what the future holds but for the first time in quite awhile, the Nuggets might just have something.
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