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.”

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Christian Clark

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.