CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS
For Ben Wallace to claim his third rebounding title in a row, he would have to average 21.2 boards per game over the Pistons' last 11 games to catch Kevin Garnett, assuming the Minnesota forward maintains his 14-rebound per game average. On the season, Wallace is at 12.9. But in his last 11 games, he's fallen to 11.5.
CHAIRMEN OF THE BLOCKS
In order for Ben Wallace to claim his third shot-blocking title in a row, he would have to average 5.7 blocks per game over the last 11 to catch Theo Ratliff, assuming the Portland center maintains his 3.47 per game average. On the season, Wallace is at 3.1. But in his last 11 games, he's fallen to an even 3.
Houston Rocket Jim Jackson is on pace a drill a career-high 167 3-pointers this year after making only 96 in his last 3 seasons.
THE OTHER O'NEAL
Jermaine vs. East: 20 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2 apg, 2.5 bpg, 43.5% shooting
Jermaine vs. West: 21.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.8 bpg, 42.7% shooting
MRS. CHRISTIE SPECIAL
Sacramento Kings (51-19) versus Los Angeles Lakers (47-23)
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Staples Center at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
The most important game of the NBA season. Until, of course, they play again on April 11.
"If they're down to one guy and four managers, we'll be ready."
Dallas Maverick Michael Finley refusing to make a bold prediction if the Nets started Sunday night's game with one guy, three managers and a towel boy.