If you think you've seen more sitting and a more hands-off approach from Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, you have.

It's by design. The Nuggets' coach is letting his point guard, Ty Lawson, run the show.

"I've given him the green light to call what he feels on the floor," Shaw said.

It is a big development for the first-year coach who has shown huge trust in Lawson, a fifth-year pro having his best season. Lawson is now entrusted to be the floor leader, taking the offense in whatever direction he likes.

Shaw made the transition at the start of the New Year, and since then the Nuggets have been much more productive at the offensive end.

"Offensively we've been scoring points and we've been playing at a good pace," Shaw said. "I tell them every day and in every game that I could care less if we call one single play. He's out there on the floor. He sees things. And whatever he feels, between him and Nate (Robinson) and Randy (Foye), unless I specifically want to see something or if somebody's man is in foul trouble and we want to go at him I let them freelance and figure it out."

So how good has the Nuggets offense been since Shaw put it in Lawson's hands?

The Nuggets have averaged 113 points per game in January and are shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from 3-point range. The Nuggets are getting 87 shots up per game this month, up from their season average of 84.9.

Lawson said the offense has been simplified from a lot of plays being called from the bench to just "four or five plays" and a lot more pick-and-roll action.