The Week at a Glance
Posted: Tuesday April 20, 1999 09:19 AM
The Games to Watch | Storylines
The Bandwagon |
All-NBA Watch |The Rookie Watch |
Ask the Glance
By Dan Shanoff, CNN/SI
Check back every week for "The NBA at a Glance."
At the playoffs surge, more of
what we know -- and what we don't
We know someone's head will roll if the Knicks don't make the
We don't know if Charlotte's Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell could be
any happier having escaped Los Angeles.
We know we'd love to see
the Raptors in the playoffs.
We don't know what the heck is wrong
with the Wizards.
We know the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-seeded
teams in the East (Milwaukee, Philly, Cleveland) are holding on by the skin
of their teeth right now.
We don't know how playoff-novice young
stars like Ray Allen
and Allen Iverson
will react to the late-season pressure.
We know that the
Kings would love to bump the once-mighty Sonics from the West's playoff
We don't know if Golden State's P.J. Carlesimo should be our
coach of the year yet.
We know Paul Westphal is going to be run
out of the Pacific Northwest if his Sonics do get bumped by Sacramento.
We don't know how the Grizzlies feel about being overtaken by
the Cellar-Dwellers Formerly Known As the Clippers.
these next two weeks will be intense. Watch for a flip-flop between the hot
Hornets and slumping Cavs in the East; keep an eye on Seattle, the "Wizards
of the West," who don't seem to want a playoff spot as bad as the hungry
Kings and Warriors.
| Games to Watch |
Spurs at Jazz |
Tuesday, April 20, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)
should care: Western Conference heavyweight brawl
watch: Spurs PF Tim Duncan vs. Jazz PF
Tuesday, April 20, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
should care: Surprising Golden State is in playoff
Matchup to watch: Lakers SG Kobe Bryant vs. Warriors
SG John Starks
| Raptors at Magic |
Friday, April 23, 8 p.m. ET
Why you should care: Vince Carter, Vince Carter, Vince
Matchup to watch: Raptors C Kevin Willis vs. Magic C
Storylines We'll Be Following |
the Worm Turns |
Dennis Rodman's career as a Los Angeles Laker was short and
not particularly sweet. When he showed up, Rodman provided a spark and a
championship intensity that the rest of the team was sorely lacking.
When he showed up.... In the end, he provided a great example to
follow on the court -- and one to avoid off of it. Hopefully, prima
donnas-in-training like Kobe and Shaq were paying attention at how
not to act. Worm, we hardly knew ye.
| The race for home-court
In the East, Orlando holds a one-game lead over Miami and a
two-game lead over Indiana. The Magic didn't bolster their cause on Monday
night, dropping a 90-72 decision to the desperate Raptors, while the Heat
and the Pacers both won. With eight games to play, there's no room for
anything but winning. In the West, surging Utah has run past fatiguing
Portland to take a two-game lead for the conference's No. 1 playoff seed.
The Jazz has the best home record in the conference (18-1), but the Blazers
are right behind (18-2). Here's the prediction: whichever of those two
teams wins home-court advantage through the conference playoffs will go to
| The Bandwagon
| Allen Iverson ||Had an
Answer for Barkley|
| Eddie Jones ||Only MJ
would make Charlotte sweeter|
| Toronto Raptors
team still in playoff hunt|
| Antoine Walker
truly good for nothing|
| William Avery ||Ready for
NBA? Not even ready for UConn.|
| All-NBA Watch
| In a short season, every game counts as
players vie for All-NBA Status. With no All-Star game, "All-NBA" takes on
greater meaning. Each week, we'll be handicapping the race for first-team
| CNN/SI's Ongoing All-NBA:
Great Players, No Playoffs Edition |
Finley, Dallas |
Keith Van Horn,
Rookie Watch |
| Unexpected rookie
development adds intrigue to an already fascinating short season. Each
week, we'll put the spotlight on first-year players and see which lottery
picks were worth it, which weren't and which are emerging from the sleeper
| CNN/SI's Ongoing All-Rookie Team: |
| G Jason Williams ,
G Mike Bibby ,
SF Vince Carter , Toronto
F Paul Pierce
F Matt Harpring ,
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