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Ty Lawson Thinks His Denver Nuggets Could Beat Miami Heat in 2013 NBA Finals

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat controls the ball as Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets defends at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 117-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

Ty Lawson isn't short on optimism.

He's not lacking any confidence either.

When speaking about the Denver Nuggets' chances of dethroning the Miami Heat should the two teams meet in the NBA Finals, the point guard was incredibly sanguine (via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida):

I think so. 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.’

Why does he feel that way exactly?

Teamwork, and we could throw a lot of people at LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and not just one person. 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.

You've got to appreciate Lawson's faith in his team, but you've also got to question it.

Miami is 2-0 against Denver this season and fresh off the second-longest winning streak (27 games) in league history.

The Heat also recently defeated the San Antonio Spurs sans LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. One could argue that they "have so many weapons" as well.

In Lawson's defense, however, the Nuggets' two losses to the Heat were by a combined eight points. If those came when Denver wasn't playing up to snuff—like Lawson believes—then that's an encouraging sign.

But is it necessarily a harbinger of things to come?

Aside from the common belief that Miami dominates while lolly-gagging its way through the regular season, Denver still has so much to prove before shifting attention to South Beach.

The Nuggets haven't made it out of the first round since before dealing Carmelo Anthony (2009). Their primary concern needs to be eclipsing that plateau first. And then they need to figure out how to supersede teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs before they even begin thinking about LeBron and the Heat.

No, I wouldn't consider Lawson's latest assertion ludicrous. It's endearing. It's ambitious.

And yeah, it's a little crazy, too.

"I’m focused on the playoffs and trying to contend for a championship," Lawson said (via Tomasson). "We’re capable of beating anybody."

Show us you're capable of coming out of the west first. Then we'll talk.

 

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