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Lawson thinks Denver could beat Miami in playoff series. Okay.

Apr 1, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari AP

You want your players to be confident entering the playoffs — you don’t want to hear: “Are you high? There is no way we could beat the Thunder in seven games.”

But that confidence can lead to some interesting statements.

Like Ty Lawson saying not only could the Nuggets reach the NBA finals but could beat the Heat once there. He meant it.

Here is the quote via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“I think so,’’ Lawson said when asked if the Nuggets could beat the Heat for the title. “They beat us twice early in the year when we weren’t really in sync. We were still trying to find ourselves. So I feel like if we play them now it would be a better game and we could actually beat them…

“Teamwork, and we could throw a lot of people at LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and not just one person,’’ Lawson said. “We can throw (Andre) Iguodala and (Danilo Gallinari) and Corey Brewer and Wilson (Chandler). You can throw so many people at (them). And then we have so many weapons.’’

I know Denver is confident after that 15-game win streak, but… no. Just no.

First, the Nuggets would have to get out of the West. I don’t see that.

Then the Nuggets would want to run with the Heat and teams that do that just can’t keep up the same scoring pace as Miami. Plus, the Nuggets have not had to deal with the kind of defensive pressure the Heat put on teams on the perimeter. Sure, Denver does have Andre Iguodala to take on LeBron James, but do they have role players who can show up four games out of seven at that level.

Denver is an interesting playoff team — they play solid defense (it was good defense during the win streak) and they beat you with transition points, balanced team play and depth. Those work great in the regular season but come the playoffs depth matters less as coaches can shorten their rotation (they know there are days off between games). And as teams focus their defense it helps to have that star player who can score and create shots — Lawson is good but he’s not LeBron or Kobe Bryant. Their team is unconventional for playoff success — but can they break the mold?

If Denver gets home court in the first round I can see them advancing, but if they draw the Thunder in the second round… I’m not sold that’s a track meet they can win. And I’m not sure they have the discipline the Spurs will certainly bring.

  1. dirtydavis - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Nuggets 2013 champs!!!

    • mydoghasfleez - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      put the bong down

  2. sun602 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    You guys find any reason to write an article about the heat. Not saying they could beat the Heat (because I don’t think they can), but what else is he supposed to say- “No, we can’t so we aren’t going to bother playing.”

    This quote doesn’t even warrant an article. Any player would respond in a similar way and he was even modest about it saying he thinks they can beat the heat.

    • yeezycray - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Kurt Helin takes any chance he can to promote his precious Heat. This article is horribly biased and unfair, like sun602 said, Lawson responded the way anyone should. I really can’t stand Helin’s posts…

    • rawgator06 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Im a Heat fan, but I am struggling to see what is wrong with what Lawson said. Was he supposed to respond to the question by saying, “no, we are much worse than the Heat and they are unbeatable.”?
      I think any playoff-bound team will say they have a chance or there fan-base would have a right to be pissed off

      • sun602 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        My sentiments exactly.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      This is just the follow up to the Celtics saying they can beat the Heat. Whenever a team says that they wouldn’t roll over to the Heat, Kurt feels the need to write an article about it because it creates a stir. Any player on any team SHOULD say they feel they should win a game. Kyrie Irving should be saying the Cavs could beat the Heat. Kemba Walker should….nevermind. He probably shouldn’t say anything.

  3. asimonetti88 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    The Nuggets have the ability to score with the Heat. The question would be whether they could play the level of defense needed to beat them. They are an improved defensive team but it is still a question mark for them. They are an underrated team in the West in my opinion.

  4. allthewaylive1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Denver is a good team, but I don’t think they can get out of the West for a run in the big dance. Lawson is allowed to dream if he wants to…

  5. jtchernak - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Every time somebody challenges the heat you guys decide to write an article about it including a snarky remark that basically says that that team has no chance ex: here you say ok as if they don’t stand a chance. Rename this site to the Miami Heat Blog

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I swear.

  6. paulhargis53 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Hey all, just wanted to let you know that dirtydavis took it in the keister for Easter.

  7. qdog112 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    How could Denver beat an undefeated Heat team? Oh, wait .. so they have been beaten. “…not only could the Nuggets reach the NBA finals but could beat the Heat once there.”

    Lawson is right to believe in his team. To say anything else is just dumb. The article talks about the Nuggets getting there first, when Lawson stated, and it’s already understood that they would have to get there before they could play.

    Helin, don’t quit your day job unless it writing for PBT.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    If they are able to win one in Miami, then why can’t they? Miami wouldn’t beat them in Denver.

    • HotHotHeat - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Cause the Heat are better.

      P.S. Miami already beat them in Denver.

    • jt1138 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      A. They beat Denver in Denver missing 2 starters and playing their 4th game in 5 nights.

      B. Miami just beat the Spurs without their 2 best players and 3 overall starters. In San Antonio.

  9. sonnycd - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    April fools!

  10. 4thquartermagic - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    The fact that Lawson and the Nuggets believe they can beat anyone if they play to their potential, makes them dangerous.

  11. reesesteel23 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Hmm…I dont think so either but I bet it would be a heck of a series if everyone was healthy…

    Guys have been asking these questions for years, stop your bitchin’…….They’re just doing their jobs……..If the person who actually did the interview ASKED the question……..he obviously asked about it so he could Write about it later…….you’re only angry because the Heat were brought up.

  12. dirtybird28 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Why bash a passionate man who believes in his team? what’s he really supposed to say?

  13. psung26 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    The Heat can play at the Nuggets pace and will thrive on it.

    The difference is that the Heat can sufficiently slow down the Nuggets on defense while the Heat will be having a parade of points on the Nuggets and their porous D.

    My prediction if the matchup were to happen: Heat score 115 per game, Nuggets score 108 per game. Series ends in 5 at Miami.

    • scalfor3 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Nuggets D isn’t porous

  14. patfic15 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    No bias here!

  15. lucifershuttlesworth - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Get healthy and make it happen Ty. Damn I can”t wait for the playoffs.

  16. broncobeta - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    “Sure, Denver does have Andre Iguodala to take on LeBron James, but do they have role players who can show up four games out of seven at that level.”

    I think you’re missing a question mark there.

    Also, the Nuggets squad is entirely full of role players. This is a horrible argument to make. God, at least go with the canned “no superstar argument” if you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  17. rushbacker - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Check the Nuggets record against playoff teams, especially since they got Wilson Chandler back. Lawson’s not just blowing hot air.

    Also, I suspect they would let Iguodala match up with Wade– whom he can slow down significantly– and let Gallinari and Wilson Chandler guard LeBron, with consistent doubles. He’s going to get his anyway, no need to cross-match and waste Iggy’s defense– let him play Wade and actually have an impact, longer defenders and a lot of help is the best hope to slow LBJ.

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