It appears that thanks especially to Ty Lawson, the Denver Nuggets have their act together.
The Nuggets were without starter Danilo Gallinari, the team’s leading scorer with an average of 16.9 points per game, for the second straight game because of a left thigh bruise. Denver is currently in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, one spot away from home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
If Lawson keeps playing the way he did on Wednesday, the Nuggets aren’t going to lose many games for the rest of the season.
Lawson had 12 of his points in the final quarter to lead the Nuggets to a successful rally.
NBA teams that rally on the road in the fourth quarter to salvage a win over what appeared to be a certain loss, are going to be the most dangerous in the playoffs.
The Nuggets, at 37-22, are flying high right now and Lawson is among the reasons. Against the Trail Blazers, Lawson was 12-of-22 from the floor and added six assists with 30 points. He continues to have a steady season with 16.6 points and 7.1 assists.
As the Nuggets have steadied themselves on a winning course, Lawson hasn’t gone off stride either. From Feb. 10 to 27, in eight straight games, he has scored 20 points or more.
The Nuggets don’t want to rely on Lawson’s talents alone. One-man teams won’t get far in the playoffs. But with Lawson, the Nuggets are guaranteed of at least making some noise.