The Denver Nuggets were absolutely rolling a couple of weeks ago and seemed poised to make a deep run in the NBA Playoffs. That’s when Ty Lawson went down with an injury and Nuggets fans collectively began to worry how the team would survive without their starting point guard on the floor.
After all, Lawson is an integral part of this Nuggets offense. He provides them with a ton of energy whenever he is on the floor, particularly in the way he likes to run the floor and play at a fast pace. It also can’t be forgotten that he’s been their leading scorer this season, averaging 16.7 point per game.
The Nuggets haven’t actually missed Lawson as much as people expected they would. After all, they’ve won the four games that they’ve played without him. Although he’s not a point guard, Corey Brewer has tried to shoulder some of the load in replacing Lawson’s production, which has allowed Denver to stay in their winning ways.
Brewer, coming off the bench, has averaged 29.1 minutes of playing time in the four games the Nuggets have played without Lawson. In those four games, he has averaged 18 points, two rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.8 assists per game on 46.9 percent shooting and 37.5 percent shooting from three point range.
Lawson and Brewer are obviously two completely different players stylistically. However, one thing that they both do really well for Denver is energize their offense. Both players like to get out in transition and that’s where they are really the most effective. That’s one of the reasons Brewer and the Nuggets have been able to succeed without Lawson in the lineup.
There still hasn’t been a real timetable set for when Lawson will return to the lineup, though most people assume it won’t be at least until the start of the playoffs. For the postseason, the Nuggets obviously need Lawson to make a deep run. With players like Brewer stepping up with Lawson out, though, the Nuggets have been able to stay successful and maintain the three-seed in the Western Conference.