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Why the Nuggets could win and why they could lose

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Published: April 15, 2011


They love to run: Point guard Ty Lawson, a frequent OKC killer, is as quick baseline to baseline as anyone you will ever see. And yes, that includes the Thunder's Russell Westbrook.

They have great depth: Eight Denver players have averaged between 15.0 points and 11.0 points since the Feb. 22 trade with the New York Knicks. Double-digits rarely come in eights.

They have George Karl: Thunder coach Scott Brooks served under Karl in Denver and can't brag enough about the guy. Says Karl is brilliant diagramming plays during timeouts.


They have no answer for Kevin Durant: Denver can rotate as many defenders as it wants against the two-time scoring champ, but Durant always seems to find a way to score.

They don't have the beef: Kendrick Perkins and Nene have meet and apparently don't like each other. Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison and Nazr Mohammed also have a presence.

They are ailing: The injuries might only be nagging and the players could return, but as many as five significant contributors have been injured the past two weeks. What lousy timing.

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