After losing just
nine games before March, Detroit has dropped three of its last six, including
an ugly 110-92 decision last Saturday to the .500 Wizards. Said Pistons coach
Flip Saunders (right), "They kicked our butts every which way."
Atlanta lost out
to Charlotte as the site of NASCAR's Hall of Fame. The Hawks have the NBA's
fourth-worst record (20-40), and both Georgia (15-15) and Georgia Tech (11-17),
despite forward Ra'Sean Dickey (left), fell in the first round of their
Shaquille O'Neal was benched for all but 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter as
the Heat rallied to beat the Cavs. With his free throw percentage at .468, Shaq
is flirting with his career-worst bricklaying mark of .461, set last year.
Connecticut and Washington both played like dogs and were one-and-done in the
Big East and Pac-10 tournaments, respectively. In the Iditarod last Saturday,
Doug Swingley's sled dogs were reluctant to leave their warm straw beds,
costing him valuable time.