In danger of sweep by Lakers, Nuggets appear stuck on second tier

Originally Published: April 26, 2008
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

DENVER -- This is the Denver Nuggets' winningest season in two decades, while the past five years have been the most sustained stretch of regular-season success in the franchise's NBA history.

It's hard to reconcile those facts with what is becoming an increasingly ugly ending to the campaign.

Saturday's 102-84 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers put Denver down 3-0 in their first-round playoff series, and elimination now seems as certain as death and taxes (no NBA ...

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