Apr 4, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 95-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets: Wednesday Fastbreak

Fastbreak is a series of quick hit news sources around the Internet for your reading pleasure. Each issue will feature news around Denver Nugget circles and news from around the rest of the league from various outlets around the web. We will also take a look at what happened in the NBA last night.

Nuggets news:

The Nuggets close out the regular season at home against the Phoenix Suns.

“Lawson is back” writes Christopher Dempsey of the Denver post.

From The Hub: The Nuggets look at the playoffs as another proving ground, writes Aaron J Lopez of NBA.com.

Possible Nugget target, James Michael McAdoo, returns to school.

According to ESPN’s panel of NBA and TrueHoop writers, Denver coach George Karl and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra are neck and neck in Coach of the Year race.

News around the league:

Freshman guard and projected top-5 pick, Marcus Smart, to return to school.

Tracy McGrady is joining the San Antonio Spurs just in time for playoffs.

The tug-of-war between Seattle and Sacramento for an NBA franchise continues.

Dennis Rodman speaks to the FBI about North Korea.

Last night in the NBA:

Toronto Raptors, 113 — Atlanta Hawks, 96

The NBA on TNT is always a good time when the “Inside the NBA” crew is on screen. Last night was no different. Shaq and Chuck talked about Young Jeezy’s song “R.I.P” and Ernie watched in disbelief. One of the best parts of the night was watching the crew try to scramble together their thoughts on this Raptors/Hawks games. I’m not so sure anyone on the panel has watched either team all year. DeMar Derozan dropped 30 points in 28 minutes, which was fun. The Hawks overall played poorly and Josh Smith played limited minutes as he is battling tendinitis in his knee. You can watch all of Derozan’s 30 points here.

Portland Trail Blazers, 77 — Los Angeles Clippers, 93

The Clippers win puts Denver in complete control of its destiny. The fifth of the Clips’ five game winning streak means that the Nuggets must beat Phoenix tonight in order to lock up the No. 3 seed. LAC travels to Sacramento tonight. If both teams lose, the Nuggets take the No. 3 seed but if LAC wins and Denver loses than the Nuggets fall to No. 4.

This game wasn’t close. The Blazers never led in the game and at one point were down by 27. They were out-rebounded by the Clippers 33-to-51 and shot less than 42 percent from the field. Nobody on Los Angeles played more than 27 minutes.

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