In his postseason debut the 23-year-old Bibby had to cope with the nonpareil Stockton and his pick-and-roll partner, Karl Malone. A half-step quicker than Stockton, Bibby induced him into early foul trouble, challenged his jump shot and failed to bite on Stockton's assorted fakes, feigns and gimmicks. Bibby's success further validated his acquisition last summer from the Grizzlies in exchange for the mercurial Jason Williams. "Our whole demeanor is different," Webber said after Game 3. "Setting the pick-and-roll with Mike up top, maybe he and I can work together and emulate those two guys in the other locker room for many years."
—L. Jon Wertheim
Cleveland's Ricky Davis
Pedal to the Metal—Finally
Through most of this season Ricky Davis appeared to be sliding into obscurity: He was an oft-injured 6'7" swingman with a career scoring average of 4.6 points, playing for his third team in four years. Then over the final 13 games the 22-year-old Davis went on a scoring binge for the Cavaliers, pouring in 21.6 points per game, including a career-high 35 against the Lakers.
Cleveland needs a slashing, midrange scorer like Davis to mesh with point guard Andre Miller and center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who played 62 games without reinjuring his feet. The Cavs are optimistic about resigning Davis, who becomes a restricted free agent this summer, but agent Dan Fegan intends to test the market "If Ricky puts together a full season that's anything like his last month, then he's in Andre Miller's category," says Fegan, knowing that Miller might be in line for a maximum extension this summer.
Wizards guard Courtney Alexander put on a similar charge last year, averaging 22.4 points in April to be named Rookie of the Month, only to struggle this season. But Davis believes he will continue to improve after finally recovering from right-foot fractures he suffered in November 2000 and last June. "When I felt no pain during the middle of the season, I stopped thinking about it and started playing," Davis says. "I hope the Cavaliers sign me—that's my first option."
Play of the Week
NCAA referees are permitted to review instant replays to see if last-second shots beat the clock. Why isn't the same aid extended to their NBA counterparts? The issue has been raised several times this season but never more loudly than last Saturday, when Bernie Fryer waved off Baron Davis's apparent game-winning three-pointer in Orlando. The Hornets had inbounded to Davis with seven tenths of a second remaining, and replays showed that he got the shot up before time expired. "He had to cock to get a three-pointer up to get muscle behind it," Fryer said. "You can't do that in seven tenths." Yet a day earlier, the Pacers' Reggie Miller had been able to take—and miss—a similar shot against the Nets with eight tenths remaining.
Fortunately for the NBA, Davis shrugged off the call and went on to lead Charlotte to a 110-100 victory in—overtime and a 2-1 advantage in the series. After the game, commissioner David Stern said the league would look into letting officials use replay in evaluating buzzer beaters.