LA LAKERS AT DENVER, GAME 3, 7:30 P.M. PT
DENVER — Speedy point guardty Lawson believes more running and better rebounding will get the Denver Nuggets back into their first-round series with the Los Angeles Lakers.
And coach George Karl thinks it boils down to controlling the paint, preventing Lakers centre Andrew Bynum from dominating down low. Or the trick to turning this series around could be something as simple as this: Playing with a lead for once.
The Nuggets haven’t even led for so much as one trip down the floor in falling into a 2-0 hole against the Lakers. That’s why the Nuggets are hoping for a fast start in Game 3 tonight at Pepsi Center.
They hope to jump out on top and get the boisterous crowd into the action early. Maybe that will provide a spark.
“We definitely have to have a good start, especially against them,”nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari said.
Denver was blown out in Game 1 as Bynum posted a tripledouble with 10 points, 10 blocks and 13 rebounds in a 103-88 rout. But there was a point in Game 2 when Denver had the Lakers a little nervous. Trailing by as many as 19 in the third quarter, the Nuggets stormed back to make it a game, only to fade at the finish and fall 104-100. They need to use that comeback as motivation for Game 3. “In the second half, looked like we played with a lot of heart,” Lawson said. “If we get that into the game on Friday, then I think we have a good chance of winning.”