On the Heat, which was 12-26 at week's end, seven games out of the final playoff berth in the East:
"A month ago Alonzo Mourning (above) would run up the court three or four times, and then he couldn't run anymore. Now he looks as if he's getting stronger, and Brian Grant is shooting better and getting his confidence back. The Heat can't win if Eddie Jones has a bad shooting night—they miss Tim Hardaway, because teams slough off, daring the Heat to score from the perimeter. But I still think Miami can take the seventh or eighth playoff spot. You won't see those players quit on Pat Riley. I keep hearing how awful he looks because the team is losing, but I don't think he looks beat down at all. He's calling as many plays as he ever has, the team is playing the same hard defense, and with Alonzo playing well, it has better talent than a lot of the teams higher in the standings. At the very least Miami should finish ahead of its longtime rival, the Knicks (14-24 at week's end)."