Ty Lawson missed two games with a hamstring injury, and it looked like the Denver Nuggets were doing fine without him. They snapped a two game losing streak and went 2-0 in his absence. So, there wouldn’t be any problems when he returned Friday night against the Utah Jazz, right?
Wrong! Lawson was held scoreless and the Nuggets lost 103-93. It should have been an easy win for the Nuggets, who continue to find success with George Karl and a proven superstar. The Jazz were boosted to victory with a huge game by Gordon Hayward. The guard had 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, a bright spot in a dark season for Utah.
More importantly, if Denver wants to make a dent in the West or in the NBA Playoffs, they will need consistency and leadership out of Lawson. As the point guard and a veteran player, he has to come with intensity and focus every game. Even if Lawson isn’t going to score 20 points or more, he needs to find a way to still be productive. Whether it is assists or defense, he must find a way to be a factor.
I like the Denver team. There are a lot of interesting and fun players for first year coach Brian Shaw to work with, such as Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler, I just don’t know if they have the star power to be a true threat to the leaders of the West. However, the Nuggets have proven us wrong in the years before.