January 29, 2014
Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson out for tonight vs. Charlotte Bobcats
DENVER – The Denver Nuggets have lost their point guard, former North Carolina star Ty Lawson, for tonight’s home game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Lawson is out with a shoulder injury. As Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said, he doesn’t have another pure point guard in Lawson’s absence.
Well, yes and no: Andre Miller is still on Denver’s roster, but he’s been separated from the team following a spat with Shaw over playing time.
Shaw said he’s uncertain who he’ll start in Lawson’s absence. The seemingly obvious choice is Nate Robinson, but Shaw has misgivings about shaking up the chemistry of his second unit. So it’s possible he’d have Randy Foye or Evan Fournier be a fill-in point guard.
Lawson is a big loss. He’s posting All-Star like numbers of 17.9 points, 8.9 assists and 1.5 steals. He is the single biggest factor in the Nuggets’ fast-break, arguably the best in the NBA.
“Nobody has the end-to-end speed that Ty does,” Shaw said pre-game. “Hopefully we can throw the ball ahead more” to Denver’s speedy big men.
There was enough chatter about Lawson’s injury – he didn’t practice Tuesday – that Bobcats coach Steve Clifford prepared for the possibility Lawson would be out at shootaround this morning.
Clifford told his team getting back on defense and minimizing turnovers were crucial to giving the Bobcats a chance tonight. The Bobcats haven’t won in Denver since the 2006-07 season. The last two losses here were by 22 and 30 points.
Posted by Observer Sports on January 29, 2014 at 07:53 PM | Permalink
that wilson chandler dunk defines everything this season stands for.
Posted by: charlottean | Jan 29, 2014 10:36:43 PM
That MKG block defines everything this season stands for.
Posted by: Monster | Jan 30, 2014 4:32:30 AM
This team must find a way to get and keep the wings going . They suffer from not being able to get easy buckets . But both shut their men down in the last 5 minutes of the game . If they had a pass first pt gd , they could score much better . If Jefferson passes out of double teams to wing cutters to the tune of 5 assists a game , this team would rarely lose as well . He' has to improve his passing more than his defense bc the passing makes everyone better and it's easy to improve .
Posted by: Iron man | Jan 30, 2014 10:24:24 AM
"That MKG block defines everything this season stands for."
What does his 4-10 performance from the line stand for?
Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 30, 2014 11:41:00 AM
^^^Stands for a west coast win moron. Big Al for the All-Star Game!
Posted by: Monster | Jan 30, 2014 1:23:31 PM
This was one of the Cats' best wins this season.
The Nuggets missed their starting PG, we missed our starting PG. It sure helped us that little Nate got injured in the first quarter.
But, this is the NBA. Injuries cripple teams all the time. The Nuggets are still a very good team, and you still have to play very well to be capable to take advantage of their injury troubles.
Great defense, holding the Nuggets at 39% shooting from the field, and keeping three of their starters in single digits.
Of course, MKG was outstanding in defense (including that block in the final seconds, but not only).
Great rebounding job too.
The Nuggets are among the best rebounding teams in the league - thanks to players like Mozgov, Kennneth Faried, J.J. Hickson - and to beat them on the boards by 10 rebounds is impressive, and an important part of the win.
Al Jefferson plays lately like one of the very few top offensive centers in the NBA. That's what he is, whether they do, or don't, invite him to the All Stars game (which has a lot do with the team's record too).
Good game for Sessions and Henderson as well. Hendo continues to struggle with his jump shot(hopefully, this issue goes away soon), but he never gave up, and even made a three pointer. When his jumpers were failing, he kept driving.
Shooting slumps happen; what matters most is that the player stayed aggressive and still managed to contribute to the offense.
Posted by: Sandy | Jan 30, 2014 4:36:30 PM
2 observations from last night. 1: MKG shot is broken and cannot be fixed. MKG took a uncontested jump shot last night and MISSED THE RIM!!! The shot wasn't short, it was completely off target. 2: Biyombo has hands of stone. He CANNOT CATCH THE BALL!!! He fumbles so many passes. He can be wide open, but his teammates are afraid to pass it to him because they know he can't catch it.
Posted by: Bobby | Jan 30, 2014 10:51:22 PM
Denver is on the "west coast" huh? Nothing more needs about that slurper.
Now back to our regular programming...
I'd have liked to have seen Big Al get a look for the All-Star team but the stench of the Boob Organization is tough to wash off and Al just couldn't overcome it.
By my count 6 PG's were selected overall between the fans and the coaches. Russell Westbrook was passed over by the coaches due to injury. Mike Conley and Kyle Lowery were mentioned as "had a great case but coaches didn't pick 'em." So that takes the count to 9. Deron Williams still hasn't completely healed up from Shorty's cheap shot but if he ever gets fully healthy again he'll resume a position at the All-Star level. Then you gotta consider Isaiah (talk about a #60 pick paying off!), Holiday and possibly Bledsoe, count is 13.
Folks, it's gettin' to look like your boy Shorty ain't even in the top half of the league...
...and for sure he ain't the guy to deliver on Air Min's stated promise of repeated forays deep into the playoffs -- that is the ultimate goal, right?
We are suffering through The Plan (worst NBA record EVER) so we don't consistently lose in the 1st round, right? (not like we've ever consistently gotten to the 1st round)
Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 30, 2014 10:55:31 PM
^^^wait a minute. Isn't this the same guy that said Walker would never re-sign with the Bobcats? Now he can't play. Why would they want to sign a guy like that any way? Wait...what...I mean. He won't...they shouldn't...oops.
What ever is stuck in your mouth you should take out troll. Complete babbling idiot. I would rather hear from the guy that thinks you can run back door cuts and alley oops all game.
Posted by: Steph | Jan 31, 2014 6:38:00 AM
Steph.. You're a clown . If Pop had his way , he would run back doors all night . Keep protecting the runt despite not being able to throw lobs , back doors , entry passes or pass the ball up ct on breaks and see how far that gets you . Oh I forgot his worst failure is to run the pick and roll . Lol . There's a reason that the coaches didnt or won't ever pick him . On ball defense or help defense killed him too . As it did Jefferson . He doesn't pass to cutters that are open , doesn't play defense or help defense . Does anyone ever think the coaches will reward that ESP from a team that used to be recently the laughing stock ? No . He's a clown like you
Steph . Neither passes but it's ok w you . But not when it comes to recognition or wins .
Posted by: Iron man | Jan 31, 2014 8:48:48 AM
And the Cats shouldn't want to re -sign Kemba bc he sucks at pt gd . Look at his assists at the rim and assist to turnover ratio . They should do whatever it takes to get Exum. They missed on Lilliard and Carter
Williams . Only a clown like Steph would do it again . But Cho is a clown . See , Mkg, Biz , Kemba at pt gd and Zeller .
Posted by: Iron man | Jan 31, 2014 8:53:30 AM
Steph, take a remedial reading class you moron. I said, (gonna spell this out nice and slow for you)...
Go slow, you can do it.
It's clear the Boob's will never thrive under Air Min...why would a player with other options want to stay?
Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 31, 2014 12:50:44 PM
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