Will Barton can’t help it. After games, the Denver Nuggets’ swingman logs into his phone to check the standings in the Western Conference.
The Nuggets are fighting for their playoff lives. They’re 9-5 since the start of February. Still, they woke up Thursday ninth in the West — on the outside looking in of the postseason picture.
“Yeah, I check the standings,” Barton said. “I can’t lie about it. I do. But at the end of the day, it’s about us. We can’t be banking on teams to lose games. If we take care of our business, we’ll be fine.”