Why the Nuggets could win and why they could lose

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 15, 2011
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WHY THE NUGGETS MIGHT WIN …

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.

… AND WHY THEY MIGHT NOT

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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