The Denver Nuggets could potentially have been in trouble when it was announced that Ty Lawson could miss most of the remaining games in the NBA season. Lawson had been the catalyst for the frenetic pace that this Nuggets team likes to play at and had played like an All-Star many times this season. The assumption was that his loss would be greatly felt by Denver.
However, veteran point guard Andre Miller has made sure that Lawson wasn’t missed too terribly. Miller obviously plays at a much different (slower) pace than his injured backcourt mate, but his elite passing ability allows him to advance the ball quickly and make things happen the way that this Nuggets team likes them to.
Miller has started in four of the Nuggets last five games, and has been a definite leader for this team over those five games. At 37 years old, he’s still been able to endure 30.8 minutes per game over this span. Not only has he endured, he has excelled with an average of 14 points, six assists, three rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Even more impressive for Miller, who is a relatively poor shooter, is that he has shot 49.2 percent from the field over this span and hit two of his three three-point attempts.
Lawson’s timetable is still unknown, and there is no question that the Nuggets are a better basketball team with the speedster at the helm. However, if Lawson were to be sidelined longer than expected with his injury, Miller has proven over these past few games that the team would still be in good hands.