Oklahoma City Thunder Must Stop Ty Lawson on Friday Night
Kevin Durant is obviously headlining this matchup, but Denver has been nearly unbeatable at home winning nine in a row and 14 of their last 15 at the Pepsi Center. Like usual, the Nuggets aren’t getting much praise aside from scoring 110 or more points in each of their last four games. It’s ridiculous that each season passes with Denver getting less and less notoriety.
Ty Lawson has been on a tear and is looking to avenge his recent poor outings versus the Thunder as he has totaled 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting in those two games. The Thunder will have to contain Lawson and it won’t be an easy task as the former North Carolina Tar Heel has at least 20 points in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. Believe it or not he is averaging 26.1 points and 52.8 percent shooting from the field over that span–his assist total has also seen a boost with his 8.0 assists per game increasing upon his season average of 7.1.
Russell Westbrook is no slouch and will be seeing much of Lawson in the coming seasons as both are under the age of 26. Given Lawson’s recent struggles versus the Thunder he may have trouble with Westbrook’s 6-foot-3 body frame as the Nuggets point guard stands at just 5-foot-11.
I’m sure Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is aware of Lawson’s latest hot streak and it’s going to be an old-fashioned gun show with both of these teams averaging over 105 points per game. The Thunder rank first in the league with 106.8 points per game.