Ty Lawson was once quoted as saying,” Being patient is not one of my strong suits.” The Denver Nuggets and its fans must hope that Lawson can to be more patient than he normally can stand being.
With the San Antonio Spurs coming into town Wednesday night, both teams are struggling with injuries. Danilo Gallinari is out for the rest of the season for the Nuggets and while Coach George Karl has been reported as saying he would give Lawson a 15-20 minute window if he wants to play Wednesday night, the chances he actually does so are probably slim to none.
Lawson took part in 5-on-5 drills on Tuesday, but we are just talking about practice here so he is most likely not 100 percent comfortable playing at game speed just yet. With key contributors from the Spurs likely to not play, the Nuggets have a chance to extend their home-winning streak to a franchise-record 21 straight even without Lawson playing at all.
Tony Parker has missed two of the last three games with a neck injury, Manu Ginobili has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, and Boris Diaw will sit out with a lumbar facet sprain. Without Parker and Ginobili, the Nuggets have a great opportunity to tie the season series with the Spurs and continue establishing themselves as the NBA‘s best team when playing at home.
The Nuggets remain in the third spot and with five games to go in the regular season, it might be best to let Lawson rest until the playoffs start. The team has shown they can win without him, and why risk re-injury in a game the team could ultimately win without him? Home court advantage is within reach without risking Lawson’s future health, and the team will need him to go far in the postseason.