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Around The Rim
Jackie MacMullan
April 13, 1998
The pain in Pacers center Rik Smits's feet has intensified, and his usual cure-all (rest) has not proved effective. Though Smits had sat out Indiana's last five games through Sunday, the soreness was worse than ever. "Even driving hurts," he says, "so I'm trying to use cruise control as much as I can."
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April 13, 1998

Around The Rim

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The pain in Pacers center Rik Smits's feet has intensified, and his usual cure-all (rest) has not proved effective. Though Smits had sat out Indiana's last five games through Sunday, the soreness was worse than ever. "Even driving hurts," he says, "so I'm trying to use cruise control as much as I can."

...Somebody's production on the Sonics was bound to tail off after the acquisition of Vin Baker, and it's been that of shooting guard Hersey Hawkins. At week's end he was averaging 10.7 points, down from 13.9 last season, and his field goal attempts per game had dropped from 9.7 to 7.8. Hawkins's reaction: So what? "It's always been a struggle for coaches to get me to shoot," he says....

The Spurs are on course to break the 26-year-old record for opponents' field goal percentage, a stat that the NBA began keeping in 1970-71. Through last Sunday, San Antonio was holding teams to 40.8% shooting....

The Heat is concerned that Jamal Mashburn, out since Feb. 23 with a fractured right thumb, might not be ready for the postseason....

For those of you scoring at home, here's a breakdown of the seven games that Isaiah Rider has been suspended by the Trail Blazers this season: three for spitting at a fan, two after being convicted of marijuana possession and pleading no contest to possession of an illegal cell phone, one for walking off the Rose Garden court before the end of a game against the Lakers and one last week for being late for practice. The grand total of Rider's lost salary: $359,387.

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