Infected (cont.)

Monday March 28th, 2005

NBA Power Rankings
RankLW Team
1618 They're staying competitive despite all those injuries, but the schedule is not going to give them any breaks. Of their remaining 13 games, nine are against playoff-caliber teams.
1716 They beat the Bucks on Friday to improve to 8-6 in March. With games this week against the Knicks (Mon.) and at Milwaukee (Wed.), they could notch their first winning month of the season.
1822 They won a big one Sunday at the Lakers to climb over .500 for the first time since mid-November. With five wins in six games they look like they might reach the postseason after all.
1917 Consecutive home losses to the Grizzlies and T'wolves have curbed the enthusiasm generated by that five-game win streak. Even Jason Kidd admits time is running out on their postseason hopes.
2019 Time to get Phil Jackson on the phone. They lost at Portland on Saturday night to fall to 0-2 on their West Coast road trip and all but end their slim playoff hopes.
2123 They saw their three-game win streak halted Sunday at Minneapolis. But at least Shaun Livingston is back to provide a glimpse of the future, and they're still playing better than the Lakers.
2220 What's worse? An eight-game losing skid, their longest in 11 years? Or that clip from last week's loss in Denver, in which no Lakers bothered to run back on defense?
2321 Yes, it's been a disappointing season to say the least. But with five more victories they can at least surpass last year's 33-49 campaign. They went 24-58 in 2002-03, so it's progress.
2429 March Madness? Led by Primoz Brezec's 27 points and 11 rebounds, they shocked the Heat on Saturday for their third victory in four games. Take that, Tar Heels.
2524 They missed Steve Francis (suspension) in those losses to the Bobcats. With Hedo Turkoglu and Doug Christie out with injuries, they couldn't afford that lapse in judgment by Steve-O.
Utah Jazz (22-47)
Andrei Kirilenko (wrist) is out again, this time for the season, as their annus horribilis comes to a merciful end. In all, Kirilenko and Carlos Boozer (foot) played together a combined 25 games.
2726 Management is talking about drafting a point guard or finding one on the free agent market this summer. Apparently they're not counting on T.J. Ford to return from his neck/back injury next season.
2825 J.R. Smith had a career high 33 points in Saturday's win over the Grizzlies to prevent them from being the first team in history to go an entire season without a win in their division (1-14 against the Southwest).
2928 Has any player in recent history been on more losing teams than Shareef Abdur-Rahim? Here's hoping the classy vet finds a winning situation as a free agent this summer.
3030 They lost to the Raptors on Saturday to make it eight straight defeats, and 21 of 22 overall. With two victories in the past two months, they're counting the days.

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