FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 24-30
"When I saw the shrimp cocktail and cut-up pieces of fruit, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven."—Bucks center-forward Jimmy Carruth, a call-up from the CBA, on the hors d'oeuvres that greeted him as he boarded his first charter flight.
Portland forward Cliff Robinson failed to score in back-to-back games. Before that Robinson had scored in 549 straight, dating back to his rookie season in 1989-90.
Charles Barkley, out since March 1 with a lacerated hip, chose not to return to the lineup on March 25 as expected. The Rockets then scheduled him for seven days of intense therapy, including the use of anti-inflammatory steroids, but at week's end they were still uncertain about his return. Houston is 33-10 with Sir Charles, 15-13 without him.
Can Karl Malone finally win an MVP award? Through Sunday he was averaging 27.8 points (on 54.8% shooting), 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists while leading Utah to the top record in the Western Conference. While Malone, 33, is not a better player than Michael Jordan, he may well be more indispensable to his team.