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TIP-OFFS
Tim Kurkjian
February 10, 1997
FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 2
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February 10, 1997

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FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 2

THE QUOTE
"It was good to see them celebrating at the end, jumping up and down after beating us. Can you believe that? Just wait till we get our team right."—Celtics coach M.L Carr, after the Knicks handed Boston its 18th straight loss in their series, 109-107, on Jan. 28.

THE MOVE
Because it worked in Games 4, 5 and 6 of last season's NBA Finals, Sonics coach George Karl put Gary Payton on Michael Jordan in Sunday's showdown with the Bulls. The result? Jordan scored 26 of his game-high 45 points in the first half as Chicago downed host Seattle 91-84.

THE STAT
By scoring 40 in a 99-93 victory at New York on Sunday, Charlotte forward Glen Rice raised his average since Jan. 1 to 32.2 points per game. Jordan's average in that span: 30.3.

THE QUESTION
Will Portland deal forward Cliff Robinson before the Feb. 20 trading deadline? Several teams, including New Jersey, Indiana and Phoenix, are interested in Robinson, who is in the last year of his contract. And when center Arvydas Sabonis and forward Rasheed Wallace return from the injured list later this month, the Blazers will be overloaded up front.

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