On the title chances of the high-scoring Bucks, who were second in the East at week's end:
"Right now I'd say Philadelphia and Charlotte are the two best teams, and Milwaukee is in that next tier, along with New York and Miami. The Bucks have done well this season breaking down teams off the dribble. In the playoffs, though, somebody is going to make them play in the half-court and see how well they execute. It's going to be interesting. The key will be how effectively Sam Cassell runs the club: He's a smart player and a good scorer, but when the Bucks can't run, will he get them to play the way they need to? Defensively they're giving up almost 98 points a game, which is way too many. I'm not saying the Bucks aren't capable of playing more physical defense; I'm saying that getting them to do it will be tough."