Nuggets familiar with stumbling blocks

Originally Published: November 14, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Two more victories. The evolution of Carmelo Anthony, the revelation of Ty Lawson, the redemption of J.R. Smith … none of it means a thing if the Denver Nuggets can't find a way to win two more playoff games against the Los Angeles Lakers than they did last season.

Maybe this Nuggets team found exactly what it needed. A singular target. How were they supposed to focus when they had nothing to focus on? The goal wasn't tangible enough.

They used to let their own issues overwhelm ...

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