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How good is Denver?

I'm going to make this post short because I am sick. Both physically and mentally tired. So bare with me if I don't sound cohesive.

In all honesty, how good is Denver? I don't want to hear "They suck! Blazers FTW!" arguments here. It is obvious with a little less than half a season left before the playoffs that they are our main competition in our division. The te am, or atleast Nate and the coaching staff from my recollection, said that was the main goal of the season; not the playoffs. Inherently, winning the division would mean you would be in the playoffs anyways, so it's a pretty, for the lack of a better word, "nifty" goal.

Well, in the period of our 5 game win streak and now our loss to Dallas, we have been as close as 1 game away and now were 2.5. That's a little disheartening, considering they [Denver] have been defeating some serious teams we usual have some speed bumps dealing with. But then again they beat a Spurs team missing it's top trio and tonight barely squeezed a win out of OKC. 

In my mind, it all points to defense. They have more of it than we do but I don't want to go any further into that subject at the moment. 

Can we over take them, the rest of our schedule looks pleasing enough to get by the. Sooner or later? For good? They have a "difficult" schedule coming up but why is it that I don't see them failing substantially? They have proved themselves in my eyes, in a way. I do see them playing strong basketball. Chauncey has done wonders.

The one thing I would love for us to do is win our division and put Denver to shame. And maybe behind Utah, haha, wishful thinking. What are your opinions. This isn't a Portland vs. Denver game discussion (even if it were the case, were 1-1). This is about us versus our opposition/schedule and them versus theirs. And this might seem hypocritical and/or confusing but not records versus records, obviously they and we have beaten teams as underdogs. And if I remember correctly they have won more as underdogs than we have or are least consider so than us.

So, before I lose myself from illness, let me reiterate myself. How good is Denver and can we beat them to the top? Not short? Damn.

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