The Denver Nuggets are in the playoffs, barring a monumental collapse in the last 24 games, and aiming for a No. 2 seed. The Los Angeles Clippers are hovering near the postseason or the lottery and have one of the easiest schedules heading down the stretch.
Easy schedule after Sunday, that is.
Reports this week are that Clippers owner Steve Ballmer wants his team to try to make the playoffs and not get into the lottery. While they have four games left with two of the worst teams in the NBA -- the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers -- they first have to face one of the best teams in the league when they visit Denver on Sunday.