Ty Lawson booked it out of the locker room Thursday night, skipping out on any reporters who might have wanted to ask him about his scoreless night in the Nuggets' 98-93 home loss to the NBA champion Miami Heat.

But it was not a contentious thing. Reporters were not blown off so much as they were sped past. The amiable starting Nuggets point guard wanted to get back on a basketball court as fast as possible, but with workers already starting to tear apart the jigsaw of the Pepsi Center hardwood, that meant heading directly upstairs to the practice court.

For the following hour or so, Lawson underwent a kind of physical therapy, an attempted reaffirmation that his skills hadn't just vanished into the night. Would a basketball shot from his hands ever go in again? Would his eyes ever see the white of a fluttering net as the ball passed through?

Yes. Now comes the hard part: going back out on a real court and getting reaffirmation all over again. Consider the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday night, therefore, something of a revivalist tent for a man whose faith in himself was temporarily shattered.

"You lose your confidence, things go bad," Lawson said after the Nuggets' practice Friday, before the team boarded a charter in preparation for Saturday's game with the Spurs. "I've just got get back in the mind-set of just attack and be carefree."