Tim Connelly didn’t get much sleep the same night his team came up an inch short. After the Nuggets fell to the Timberwolves Wednesday in overtime of a do-or-die game, Connelly spent the return flight home thinking about the what-ifs.

“That flight home was tough,” the Nuggets president of basketball operations said. “Had a sleepless night last night. I rewatched the game several times.”

The Nuggets had three shots to go ahead in the final 72 seconds of regulation, but their offense stalled and they misfired on all of them. They also had an opportunity to tie the game late in overtime. Will Barton’s floater went left.

When you’re still close to it, those are the sequences that made the difference. When you have a chance to zoom out, those plays are specks in the bigger picture.

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Christian Clark
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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. 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: Covering the Missouri football team’s boycott in 2015. It led to University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe’s resignation and had so many other ripple effects. 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.