Seven games. It's funny. During a season, seven games is a small sample size, yet during the postseason, seven games can define a season.
Well, in the Nuggets' past seven games, point guard Ty Lawson has put up numbers that mirror those of the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker. Not bad. The long-term goal, though, is for Lawson to be like Parker in seven games in May (or, dare we say, June).
"When Ty's playing well," Andre Iguodala said Monday, "we're playing well."
In the past seven games, the last six of which Denver has won, Lawson has averaged 20.3 points, 7.4 assists and 2.4 steals while shooting 50 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from 3-point range. For the season, the Spurs star and former NBA Finals MVP Parker is averaging 20.1 points and 7.6 assists.
"I'm just playing hard, trying to get a win at all costs," Lawson said. "I'm playing well right now, getting my team involved."
Lawson's success has coincided with a bevy of home games (and games against opponents such as the rebuilding Hornets, against whom Lawson tallied 13 assists and nary a turnover). But he has been aggressive and assertive. And to use his description for the Nuggets' new yellow uniforms, his play has been "swagged out."
"He's just playing with more confidence, and that tends to happen throughout a season; your confidence goes up and down," Iguodala said. "He's playing right now with the kind of swagger that guys always want to have, when they feel like they can do anything they need to do on offense, whether it's scoring, passing, penetration, just getting it done.


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