What a game last night against the Thunder! I was texting Jeff Morton game updates at a pace that would have made Brian O’Conner very proud. With the game tied 95-95, I texted that it was “gut check” time for the Nuggets – and they went and won the game after overcoming a very difficult stretch and OKC scoring run (remember when it was 92-88 Nuggets?!). After the jump, we’ll tackle some NBA links …

Oh, and with a victory in Minnesota tonight, the Nuggets can lock up the No. 6 seed and a date with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Metta World Peach discusses elbow – ESPN
Some audio of Ron Artest discussing his knockout of James Harden.

The Lakers Should Survive Metta World Peace’s Suspension – C.A. Clark, Silverscreen and Roll
“Now, the Lakers will be without their poorly named and troubled behemoth for the next seven games, the majority of which will be lost in the playoffs. How will the Lakers be able to cope with his absence?”

OKC drops the finale, but can now look ahead to the playoffs – Royce Young, Daily Thunder
I really shouldn't link to this site, it's basically Young suckling at the teet that is the Thunder – offering excuses and letting the loss roll off the fan-base's shoulders. I guess when your team chokes away the No. 1 seed and can't beat a good team in the final stretch of the season, you shouldn't be worried at all.

Nuggets 106, Thunder 101: At Least We Don't Face Them In The First Round…Hopefully – Zorgon, Welcome to Loud City
The rational Thunder blog offers some insight into the game and, at least the title, suggest the Thunder might have some questions come playoff time.

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