Perhaps it's as simple as the opponent. Facing the San Antonio Spurs is a rough-and-tumble task for anyone. But maybe it is something more than just that. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson just hasn't been himself lately. And if he's not himself, the Nuggets' offense isn't itself — and it hasn't been. The consecutive games against the Spurs was tough on Lawson, who averaged 10 points and six assists in those contests, pretty pedestrian numbers compared with what he normally averages (17.8 points, 8.8 assists). He shot just 36.8 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line in a couple of listless performances. Nuggets coach Brian Shaw doesn't want Lawson's mind to wander with the end of the season clearly in sight. He wants him back on track in the last nine games. "It starts with him, and I'm tougher on him than anybody else," Shaw said. "He's the first line of offense and first line of defense for us. Everybody feeds off of him. When he comes out aggressive and gets us scoring from the start, it's infectious to our team. It trickles down to everybody else. The last couple of games he hasn't been aggressive. Coming out he hasn't really tried to take games over or try to will us to play better. So that's something that between he and I, I just have to keep working with him on to try to understand that everybody is looking at him." Otherwise, it has been a career year for Lawson, who has said he's ready to get back to work in the offseason on additions to his game. But before he gets to that, there are games to finish out.
Brian Shaw encouraging Ty Lawson to retrieve aggressive play
Denver Post | Mar 30