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TIP-OFFS
David Fleming
March 17, 1997
FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 3-9
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March 17, 1997

Tip-offs

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FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 3-9

THE QUOTE

"I always felt like one of the young guys. Now, I am one."—Rockets 34-year-old guard Clyde Drexler, after Houston signed forward Eddie Johnson, 37, on March 3, two days after the team had acquired guard Sedale Threatt, 35.

THE MOVE
Concerned about tendinitis in Toni Kukoc's right foot, the Bulls placed their sixth man on injured reserve. Kukoc hurt the foot in the playoffs last year, and because he continued to play during the Olympics, it has never healed. To recover fully, Kukoc needs to rest his foot for two months. If it doesn't respond sooner, Chicago could lose him for the postseason.

THE STAT
With a 115-106 loss to Utah at home on Sunday, the Timberwolves saw their record against winning teams fall to 6-22, including 0-13 on the road.

THE QUESTION
Can the 76ers avoid adding to their record of six straight seasons with fewer wins than the year before? Since finishing 53-29 in 1989-90, Philly's annual victory total has been 44, 35, 26, 25, 24 and 18. After beating Washington 99-93 on Sunday, the Sixers needed two wins in their remaining 21 games to equal their '95-96 victory output.

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