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TIP-OFFS
William F. Reed
April 14, 1997
FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 31-APRIL 16
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April 14, 1997

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FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 31-APRIL 16

THE QUOTE
"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.

THE MOVE
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.

THE STAT
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.

THE QUESTION
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.

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