Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets
Weak work: 0-3 record, 11 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1 spg, 1 bpg, 31.4% shooting
Somewhere along the line, he forgot that he once led the league assists at 10.9 per game back in 2002. Sometime after that, he forgot completely how to shoot. The result: a point guard with few points and even fewer assists.
If the Milwaukee Bucks aren't careful, they're not going to miss the playoffs by a game or two. They're going to miss them by a minute or two. For the third time in their last four games, the Bucks had the lead going into the closing moments of a game and lost, dropping them to 34-35 on the year after five straight loses and eight defeats in their last 10 games.
On Sunday, it was Kobe Bryant hitting the game-winner with 24 seconds left in overtime to push the Lakers ahead for good at 104-103. Last Sunday, it was the Knicks coming from a 26-point third-quarter deficit to win 103-100. In between, it was Damon Stoudamire hitting the buzzer beater with 0.6 seconds left as the Blazers won, 100-99, after the Bucks had a 20-point second half lead. That's three games decided by five points in fewer than three minutes.
The Kitchen Sink
The Kings may have won their last two games, but in the four games prior to those victories, Sacramento was outrebounded 183 to 147. That's a whopping none per game even with Chris Webber in the lineup. The Kings have never been a great rebounding team, averaging 1.9 per game fewer than their opponents on the season. But to put that in perspective, the league's worst rebounding team, the Toronto Raptors, have been outrebounded by 5.2 per game.
For the second time in his career, Sonics guard Brent Barry is on pace to shoot above 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the line. He did it two years ago when he went 50.8 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from long range and 81.6 percent from the line. So far this year, he's at 50.4 percent from the field, 45.7 percent from long range and 82.6 percent from the line while averaging a career-high 5.7 assists per game.
Detroit Piston sixthman Corliss Williamson is moving back up the charts. In his last eight games, all wins for the streaking Pistons, he has averaged 12 points per game on 61.2 percent shooting.
POOPED OUT PAUL
After going 6-for-24 from the field in his last game, Paul Pierce has seen his shooting plummet to a career-low 39 percent from the field on the season and season-low 22 percent from long range and season-low 78 percent from the line in March.
Since his return from knee injury this month, Tim Duncan has made 17 of his 22 free-throw attempts for 77 percent. Prior to the injury, he was 281-for-474 from the line for 59 percent.