DENVER — The middle part of the Western Conference standings have gotten more jumbled than your sister’s sock drawer.

As of Tuesday morning, three games were all that separated the fifth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25) from the team in 10th place, the Utah Jazz (29-28). The Thunder are a game ahead of the Trail Blazers, who are a half game ahead of the Nuggets and Pelicans, who are a half game ahead of the Clippers, who are a game ahead of the Jazz.

Two months of regular season remain, but with the way things are shaping up, it looks like the Nuggets need to avoid any serious stumbles if they want to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2013. So what can Denver do to keep pace down the stretch?

Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly gave his thoughts during his post-trade deadline press conference on Monday.

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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 and 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.