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Can J.R. wear that green jersey when the playoffs begin?...

Nuggets/Clippers Recap...

It's official. While wearing a green jersey, J.R. Smith averages 31 points on 58.6% shooting, five assists, a steal and seven-and-a-half three-point shots made per game. I know it would look awkward to have one green jersey playing aside four white and/or blue jerseys, but I say we suit J.R. up in that green jersey throughout the playoffs. The NBA clearly has a screwed up jersey system anyway (did you see the Washington "Zephyrs" the other night?), so what leg to they to stand on to say that J.R. and the Nuggets can't do it?

Nuggets/Clippers Preview...

Before this NBA season began, I wrote a column titled: "The Five Most Intriguing Teams to Watch in the NBA This Season". I had the Trailblazers at number one, the Nuggets number two, Rockets third, Heat fourth and tonight's opponent, the Clippers, fifth. On the Clippers, I wrote...

The Clippers underwent an extreme makeover this summer, losing Elton Brand and Corey Maggette while picking up LA native Baron Davis and his evil twin Ricky Davis, giving up nothing for Marcus Camby, and drafting Eric Gordon. Had Jason "White Chocolate" Williams decided not to retire (he was acquired over the summer, too), the Clippers would have surpassed the Nuggets for best train wreck potential in 2008-09. If Brand had stayed put, I had the Clippers penciled in for a four-seed. Sans Brand, they'll still be competitive and could play spoiler for the 8th seed down the stretch.

Before condemning my stupidity, check out what I wrote about the Nuggets...

You can accuse me of being biased, but any NBA fan must admit to being excited to see how the Nuggets 2008-09 storyline plays out. On the one hand, I could see the Nuggets become the darlings of the league as the team that all the experts wrote off and then shocked the world by committing to defense like never before, making the playoffs and winning a series. On the other hand, I could just as easily see the Nuggets quit on Karl early, implode and devolve into a chaotic me-first operation...like Karl's 2001-02 Milwaukee Bucks that missed the playoffs in spite of having one of the league's more talented teams. Throw in the Allen Iverson "will he or won't he stay?" B-story and the "can Nene and K-Mart stay healthy?" C-story, and the Nuggets season is poised to be newsworthy if nothing else.

So I was half right (as usual).

Talk about two teams on completely different paths. With seven games left in another disastrous season, the Clippers will likely finish with the Western Conference's second worst record. With six games remaining in theirs, the Nuggets are looking at a very different kind of second, that being the conference's second playoff seed.

So while the Clippers lived up to their train wreck potential after all, the Nuggets have indeed become the darlings of the league. Lets get win 51 tonight. Go Nuggets!!