FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 31-APRIL 16
"That might be the worst team in the world. They're an embarrassment to basketball."—Rockets forward Charles Barkley on the Nuggets, who fell to 20-52 after a 116-99 loss to Houston on April 1.
When Tim Hardaway signed with the Heat last July 23, he had an incentive clause included in his contract that would pay him $1 million if his assist-to-turnover ratio was 3 to 1 or better for the year. By dishing out nine assists and committing just one turnover in his team's 98-84 win over the Raptors on April 5, the Miami guard improved his season ratio to 3.01 to 1.
After jumping out to a 51-37 halftime lead on Sunday night against the Lakers, Dallas scored just two points in the third quarter—an alltime NBA low for a single period. The Mavericks missed all 15 of their shots from the field, getting their paltry points on two free throws by Derek Harper. Dallas went on to lose 87-80.
Can the slowly sinking Cavaliers manage to avoid a losing season? If so, Mike Fratello would be the first Cavaliers coach to finish at .500 or better for four straight seasons.