On Blazers forward Scottie Pippen, who was averaging 10.4 points through Sunday:
"At the start of the year he wasn't into it. Maybe there was a carryover from the way Portland's season ended last year against the Lakers. He was also trying to get his teammates involved, especially with two more All-Stars in Dale Davis and Shawn Kemp; it's a big job keeping everybody happy on that team. Now it looks like the joy is back for Scottie—he's looking for his shot and playing with more energy. Don't forget, he can still defend as well as anybody. He's got the speed, the length and the smarts, and he can guard three positions, which is pretty good for somebody who's 35."