by Brett Edwards
That's according to the beat writer in the Denver Post, not necessarily the Nuggets themselves. The closest someone from the Nuggets came to calling this a revenge game is George Karl, when he said "I think you should remember they man-handled us and kind of embarrassed us for two days this season. For me, that's all you should need."
Um, that's not exactly beating the war drum, is it. The fact is that the Nuggets have recently entered full-on coast mode, dropping 3 of their last 4 by 11 points, 12 points, and most recently 24 points. There's nowhere for them to go in the playoff seedings, so they are simply cruising towards the end of the regular season. The Nuggets are guaranteed the 3 seed in the West by virtue of winning the awful Northwest Division, where Denver is the only team with a record above .500.
The Nuggets may face the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, and they may want to send a message that they are different than the team the Clippers rolled in back-to-back games earlier this season. Then again, they may just continue to coast through these last few regular season games.
So is this a game that the Nuggets show up for, or do the Clips handle them easily for the third straight time? As they say on ESPN, "this is why we watch."