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1 1 7 7 r r 7 r c ' ' ' ' ' ri i r i i i i i r t r i THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 5C In the Paint Heat Calendar WWF-SANCTIONED: Circle April 19 for the Jazz-Lakers , rematch following Saturday's throat-slitting gesture by Utah's, Greg Foster. "When he goes (to the hoop), he better go up ; strong," Shaquilte O'Neal said,-"because a couple guys might try to take his head off. THAT TIME OF YEAR: With the Sonics closing in on a fourth straight Pacific Division title, the George Karl watch is on again. That is, will he be back as coach? "He's never told me anything," Karl said of GM Wally Walker. I was in pain ... not only in my feet." RIK SMITS, Pacers, sidelined with foot injuries, on watching his team score an NBA-record low 55 points in a loss to the Spurs on Sunday. 30 31 7:30 1 2 8:30 3 ': Cdtto Spun Homto SUN 33 SUN 6 7 8:00 8 B OO 9 10 8:00 11 rWotvM Kckl Raptor SjN TBS UPN M 0 BUMi REPORT SUN - Sunshine. Shaded games at Miami Arena; All times EOT 29 I TV: Late Sunday Lakers 116, Wizards 89 Clippers 108, Mavs 86 Bench making most Conference standings EG FT Rb DALLAS Mill M-A M-A O-T A PF Ptt FG FT Rb M-A M-A 0-T APFPtJ WASH. 2 22 2-8 2 9-24 2-6 0 8 3 8 3 6 33 4-5 0-0 3-7 2 20 2-8 4-4 1-4 2 in 18 0-0 1-4 2 EASTERN CONFERENCE 5-12 5-7 2-7 1 3 15 0-2 1-4 2-5 g I 2 4 20 1-5 2-4 0-0 1 ATLANTIC 1-5 0-0 0-2 14 1-5 5 1 24 W 10-16 2-4 Green Wells Riley Reeves Finley Bradley Muursepp Strickland Davis 2-2 3-6 1 2-8 W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf of chance to play 0 4 4 6 12 2-7 0-0 2-5 0 21 0-1 6-10 4-7 0 5-13 0-0 1-2 5 Webber Howard Davis Cheaney Strickland Whitney Murray Wallace Eackles Grant Ham 4-9 0-0 0-1 I 3 5 2-8 1 25 2-8 1-2 .708 W6 27-9 24-12 33-13 .556 11 LI 25-11 15-21 25-21 71 A.U 0-1 0-2 1 1-3 6-10 1 0-0 0-1 0 3-6 1-9 0 14 2 7 17 3-7 0-0 1-2 1 Respert 0-0 0-111 0-2 W2 240 33-79 15-25 15-44 16 18 86 3-5 0-1 6-8 0 21- 16 16-19 20-24 22- 13 14-22 20-24 Totals LI 51 21 40 32 37 35 36 35 36 36 31 40 26 45 2-7 3-4 0-0 2 .. . jib ct juin Three Shmmgd x-Miaml New York Orlando New Jersey Washington Boston Philadelphia CENTRAL .514 14 .507 14'! .500 15 .437 19'i .366 2416 L3 20-14 16-22 18-26 LI 21-14 10-26 18-25 Celtics vs. Heat 16-21 10-24 12-32 Wl rercn,u"; ' - ' ' . - , point goals: 512, .417 (Finley 2-3, Davli 2-3, Respert 1-3, Wells 0-1, Reeves 0-1, Muursepp 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Green, Riley). Turnovers: 23 (Muursepp 6, Riley 4, Finley 3, Wells, 2, Bradley 2, Strickland X Respert I Green, Reeves). Steals: 8 (Davis 2, Muursepp 2, Green, Wells, Finley, Respert). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: 1. FG FT Reb L.A. Mln M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS Totals 24035 10214-27 22 51 23 18 89 Percentages: FG .33, FT .519. Thrte-point goals: 5-14, .357 (Webber 2-3, Murray 2-3, Whitney 1-4, Eackles 0-2). Teem rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 2, Webber, Cheaney). Turnovers: 15 (Strickland 4, Howard 3, Webber 2, Ham 2, Davis, Murray, Wallace, team). Steals: 15 (Wallace 4, Strickland 2, Murray 2, Grant 2, Shammgod 2, Webber, Howard, Eackles). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: I. WHAT: Boston Celtics (31-40) at Miami Heat (51-21). WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Miami Arena. ij VSJ I A. Reb O-T APFPtS FG FT Min M-A M-A TV: Sunshine. L.A. 3-6 3 1 27 1- 10 2 1 10 2-6 6 2 14 0-0 4 1 11 2- 8 4 4 24 x-Chicago 55 17 .764 W9 32-3 23-14 36-9 x-lndlana 49 22 .690 5!6 LI 26-9 23-13 34-11 Charlotte 45 26 .634 9'i L2 27-8 18-18 25-18 Atlanta 42 28 .600 12 Wl 23-10 19-18 27-17 Cleveland 40 31 .563 14'2 W3 21-13 19-18 22-23 Detroit 34 38 .472 21 L2 23-13 11-25 22-23 Milwaukee 30 41 .423 24 L3 20-17 10-24 17-30 Toronto 15 55 .214 39 L5 10-26 6-28 7-36 WESTERN CONFERENCE 0-1 3 0-2 3 2-13 0 2 33 1-5 0 5 Murray Rogers Austin Martin Robinson Wright Taylor Richardson Smith Closs Collins 1-6 3 0 13 11-18 4-11 7-11 4-7 9-16 1-4 3-10 3-7 1-2 1-1 0- 2 1- 2 1-3 I 1 0-3 0-0 0-0 3 1-5 1 1-8 1 21 2-2 0-0 28 4-7 1-3 26 13-18 7-12 30 6-11 1-2 27 4-5 0-0 16 3-7 0-0 16 3-4 W 23 5-12 5-5 21 26 0-0 12 4-7 0-0 12 2-3 0-0 6 1-2 0-0 Horry Fox O'Neal Jones Fisher Campbell Blount Bryant Van Exel Bennett Barry Rooks 0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0 2-3 0 1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0-0 1-2 0 0 Vrankovic MIDWEST 1- 5 2 1 15 0- 0 6 0 5 2- 4 0 1 1- 2 10 5 0-12 12 W L Pet GB St. Home Away Conf RADIO: WIOD-610AM, WACC-830AM (Spanish). TICKETS: About 100 available. Call Ticketmaster at. (561)966-3309. SCOUTING REPORT: Boston F Antoine Walker is seventh in the NBA in scoring (22.4) and eighth in rebounding (10.4). Ex-Florida Gator Andrew DeClercq is making his 44th start at center. INJURIES: Boston G Kenny Anderson (knee), out; C Travis Knight (knee), questionable; F Bruce Bowen (foot), C Pervis Ellison (ankle) and F Popeye Jones (knee), injured list. Miami F Terry Mills (knee), day-to-day; F P.J. Brown (ankle), F Jamal Mashburn (thumb) and GF Keith Askins (knee), injured list. LATEST LINE: Heat by 12'2. Totals 240 45 91 10 16 14-45 23 10 1U Percentages: FG .495, FT .667. Three-point goals: 814, .571 (Murray 3-4, Martlr. 2-2, Robinson 2-4, Rogers 1-2, Richardson 0-1, Collins 0-1). Team rebounds: 9 Blocked shots: 3 (Taylor 2, Austin). Turnovers: 16 (Murray 4, Austin 4, Robinson 2, Taylor 2, Collins 2, Rogers, Richardson). Steals: 13 (Murray 6, Rogers 2, Martin 2, Robinson 2, Taylor). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. , Totals 24049-8414-22 9 S0 31 21116 Percentages: FG .583, FT .636. Three-point goals: 4-10, .400 (Fox 2-4, Van Exel I- 2, Barry 1-2, Jones 0-1, Bryant 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (O'Neal 3, Rooks 2, Fox, Campbell, Blount, Bryant). Turnovers: 20 (O'Neal 6, Blount 3, Fox 2, Fisher 2, Van Exel 2, Horry, Campbell, Bryant, Bennett, Barry). Steals: 11 (Fisher 3, Horry 2, Fox 2, Campbell, Blount, Van Exel, Barry). Technical fouls: Fisher, 9:18 x-Utah 53 17 .757 W5 30-5 23-12 29-11 x-SanAnt. 49 23 .681 5 W2 27-8 22-15 28-16 x-Minnesota 38 34 .528 16 W3 22-15 16-19 27-22 x-Houston 37 34 .521 16!6 L2 23-13 14-21 25-18 Dallas 18 54 .250 36 L2 12-25 6-29 11-31 Vancouver 16 55 .225 37'2 L3 13-22 3-33 11-30 Denver 9 63 .125 45 Wl 7-29 2-34 7-37 PACIFIC 22 20 23 21- 66 29 24 25 30-108 Dallas L.A. Clippers third. Illegal defense: i. 1 18 25 27- 69 Washinaton Blazers 99, Warriors 83 29 37 32 19-116 L.A. Lakers Starting lineups a it crtK 17 A1 T.l' Officials Ber- FG FT Reb Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PtS PORT. MIAMI HEAT nie Fryer, Bruce Alexander, Tim Donaghy. BOSTON CELTICS .746 .718 .653 .563 .356 .225 By Chuck Otterson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI Injuries to key players can be devastating to a basketball team's chances for a .500 season, let alone its playoff hopes. The Miami Heat, in contrast, seem to thrive on such adversity. Despite the loss of starters Jamal Mashburn and P.J. Brown and sixth man Keith Askins, the Heat have clinched their second consecutive Atlantic Division title and have the second best record in the Eastern Conference and the fifth best among the NBA's 29 clubs. Heat Players who started the season on the end of the bench (and seldom left it) or weren't even with the Heat actually have widened leads while in the game. Miami has beaten its past four opponents by an average of more than 25 points, extending its winning streak to six games. "We have some people on this team that want to play," point guard Tim Hardaway said Monday. "When their chance comes, they're going to make the most of it." Among those who have made significant contributions recently: Mark Strickland, who scored a career-high 23 points after Brown was injured March 22 against Portland and matched that figure against the Boston Celtics three nights later. Marty Conlon, who scored 11 points in Friday's 102-77 win against Milwaukee and added eight points PPG 31-4 22-14 31-10 30-7 21-13 36-9 28-10 19-15 28-14 23-14 17-17 27-15 20-16 6-31 17-27 10-26 6-29 13-33 9-24 5-33 11-33 Wl Wl W2 W3 Lll Wl L2 PS I NAME 2 6'a 13 28 37 18 20 25 31 47 55 57 53 51 47 40 26 16 15 x-Seattle x-L.A. Lak. x-Phoenix x-Portland Sacramento L.A. Clippers Golden St. 37 7-14 5-7 3-5 3 19 4-7 0-0 2-5 1 32 4-10 3-4 2-8 3 PPG PS NAME 7.0 Dan Majerle 22.4 Antoine Walker 35 10-17 1-2 2-5 1 2 21 32 4-10 2-2 0-2 6 1 12 B.Grant O'Neal Sabonis Rider Stoudamlre Augmon G.Grant Cato Williams Crotty 6.5 Mark Strickland 3-6 1-2 2-2 4 2 9.7 Walter McCarty .208 38V4 25 13 2-3 0-0 0-3 3 1 19.2,; Alonzo Mourning 3-5 24 4-6 5.5 Andrew DeClercq 1-3 2-2 0-3 1 1-1 0-0 (Ml 1 20 3 18.7 Tim Hardaway 9.2 Dana Barros 24040-7717-2414-38 24 24 99 12.4 3 Totals Voshon Lenard 15.1 Ron Mercer x-clinched playoff berth. Monday's results No games scheduled Today's games Basketball updates Call 511 and enter the codes below to KCIll hear previews, 'ffilli scoring updates and final recaps for all pro basketball games. 50 for up to 5 minutes. See 2A for more details. Team Codes Reserves: Guards Eric Murdock, Brent Barry, Rex Walters. Forwards Terry Mills, Marty Conlon. Center Duane Causwell. Reserves: Guards Tyus Edney, Greg Minor. Forwards Dontae Jones, Reggie Hanson. Centers Travis Knight, Zan Tabak. Percentages: FG .519, FT .708. Three-point goals: 2-9, .250 (Stoudamlre 2-4, Sabonis 0-1, G.Gront 0-1, Rider 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (O'Neal 3, Cato 2, Sabonis, G.Grant, Williams). Turnovers: 10 (B.Grant 4, Williams 2, Rider 2, O'Neal, Augmon). Steals: 8 (Sabonis 2, Stoudamire 2, Augmon 2, Rider, Cato). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. Chuck Otterson LATEST LINE FT Reb M-A O-T A PF PtS FG M-A G. STATE Min 2-7 4-9 5-11 2-4 0-0 0- 1 1- 1 0- 1 1- 5 0-0 6-9 7-14 6-11 6-17 3-7 1-3 1-7 0- 2 1- 3 1-1 Wthrspoon CaMey Dampier Jackson Bogues Ferrell Delk Foyle Fuller Madkins Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Miami by 12Vj LA. Lakers at Toronto, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers by 12Vi L.A. Clippers at Indiana, 7 p.m. Indiana by 13 San Antonio at New York, 7:30 p.m. Pick Atlanta at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey by 2V2 Philadelphia at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte by 10 Cleveland by 5 Marty, even Rex Walters," coach Pat Riley said. "I would not have any problem playing any of those guys, but we're pretty rock-solid with our top eight or nine when everybody's healthy." Mourning honored: Alonzo Mourning was named NBA Player of the Week. He averaged 25.3 points and 11.0 rebounds. " and three steals in 14 minutes in Sunday's 109-77 win over Houston. Duane Causwell, who had eight rebounds and blocked two shots in 15 minutes against the Rockets. Eric Murdock, who scored 10 points in 14 minutes against Houston. "These guys are veteran players Eric, Duane, 3458Minnesota 3436New Jersey 3438New York 34400rlando 3442Philadelphia 3444Phoenix 3446Portland 3448Sacramento 3450San Antonio 3452Seattle 3453Toronto 3454Utah 3456Washington 34 60 Vancouver 3401MIAMI 3406Atlanta 3408Boston 3410Chariotte 3412Chicago 3414Cleveland 3416Dallas 34 18 Denver 3420Detroit 3422Golden St. 3424Houston 3426lndiana 3428L.A. Clips. 3430L.A. Lakers 3432Milwaukee Orlando at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Seattle, 10 p.m. Totals 240 32-7419-3015 39 19 19 83 Percentages: FG .432, FT .633. Three-point goals: 0-4, .000 (Jackson 0-2, Delk 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: I (Wthrspoon). Turnovers: 17 (Caffey 6, Jackson 3, Wthrspoon 2, Dampier, Bogues, Foyle, team). Steals: 4 (Jackson 3, Wthrspoon). Technical fouls: None. Illegal Chicago by 10 Pick Seattle by 42 Vancouver by 3 Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Milwaukee at Golden St., 10:30 p.m. Milwaukee by ZVi oerense: i. 21 22 33 23 - 99 23 20 26 14 - 83 Portland Golden State iBarkley's 'gutless' ref comment earns $10,000 fine spraining his right ankle Sunday .... Hawks After the game, Barkley said: "I'd like to mmMimmm win The Associated Press HOUSTON The NBA fined Houston Rockets forward Charles Barkley $10,000 Monday for calling referee Jack Nies "gutless" after being ejected from a game against the Orlando Magic. "I stick by what I say," Barkley told KRIV-TV of Houston. "I don't care about $10,000. The money goes to a worthy cause. So I look at it in a positive light. I got my money's worth. I definitely got my money's worth." Barkley was thrown out of Friday night's game for his second technical foul with 9:02 remaining and the Rockets trailing by 18 points. He received his first technical for protesting the lack of a call during the second quarter. He drew his second technical after complaining that he was held while going after a pass. guard Steve Smith had fluid drained from his right knee and will miss tonight's game at New Jersey. . . . Philadelphia signed center Benoit Benjamin for the rest of the season. LATE SUNDAY Lakers 116, Wizards 89: Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points as host Los Angeles overwhelmed Washington. Clippers 108, Mavericks 86: James Robinson and Lamond Murray scored 24 points each as host Los Angeles snapped a five-game losing streak. Trail Blazers 99, Warriors 83: Isaiah Rider had 21 points, including 14 in the third quarter, as Portland beat host Golden State. say one thing about Jack Nies: I think he is a gutless official who holds grudges. "For him to toss me for no reason . . . since we had our altercation, I've always thought he was gutless. He did nothing to dispute that tonight. Y'all print that because I want the NBA to call me." Barkley did not attend the Rockets' workout Monday because he was being treated for an injured shoulder. He didn't think his actions called for his ejection. "I didn't say anything, I got tossed for dropping a ball," Barkley said. "I always take my punishment like a man. I'm not going to gripe. Whatever they do I felt would be fine." Noteworthy: Atlanta's Christian Laettner could miss up to seven games after "The Absolute Sale Event Of The Year!" SATURDAY APRIL 4TH 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM SUNDAY APRIL STH 10:00 AM 6:00 PM Never Seen Before Prices On Super Sale Items Manufacturers Representatives On Hand Sat. 4th from 10-2 Sets of Irons, Woods, Putters, Bags, Wedges, Cloves, Balls, Men's & Ladies' Coif Apparel, Training Aids, Caps & More! See 1998's Hottest New Products Register to win give-aways incl. Cobra Driver, Adams Tight Lies, Cleveland Titanium Wood, Top Flite Intimidator 400 Wood Hernandez no longer can ride his bicycle to the games when his brother signed that $6.6 Still a chance to buy tickets 'In Cuba, you lived a more relaxed life. I would go out to the discos the day before I pitched. I'd stay out, I'd go out the next day and ride a bicycle to the stadium I'd pitch, and I'd win. Life was easy. ' UVAN HERNANDEZ Officially, today's Marlins season opener against the Chicago Cubs at Pro Player Stadium is sold out. But there's still a chance to get a ticket, since the tickets that were being held for potential season-ticket buyers will be released. Chances are slim, though, since fewer than 100 tickets were expected to be released this morning. For information, call 305-930-4487. Dan Grazlano MARLINS From 1C pitched. I'd stay out, I'd go out the next day and ride a bicycle to the stadium, I'd pitch, and I'd win. Life was easy. "Now, you can't do that. We're playing the best baseball in the world. Things change." They sure do. Joe Cubas, the man who helped Hernandez and Osvaldo Fernandez escape Cuba in the winter of 1995-96 and got Hernandez that $4.5 million contract from the Marlins, is no longer on speaking terms with his former client. Hernandez has claimed Cubas cheated him out of money, and Cubas (who could not be reached for this story) has angrily denied it. But even now, after Cubas engineered an escape and another, more lucrative deal for Livan's half-brother, Orlando, Hernandez doesn't like to discuss him. "I don't have anything against him, and I don't know if he's got anything against me," Hernandez said. "I'd rather not discuss what happened between us." The part of it he will discuss gives you a glimpse into the man's pride. "People say, 'He helped you get a lot of money,' " Hernandez said "But the reason I got a lot of money was because I play baseball and because I play good baseball. If you're not good, they're not going to give you the money. No one makes mistakes here." He didn't seem angry discussing it, but he did seem to be million deal with the Yankees. "Talking to Livan, and hearing about how it was here, that made it much more important for me to make it here," Orlando Hernandez said. "He was a big inspiration for me to get here somehow." Livan Hernandez said he used to talk to his brother about what it was like here. And since Orlando has been in the States, they've talked frequently. "I give him advice about life in the United States, the different things that can happen," Livan Hernandez said. "But about pitching? He knows." And there it is, that mischievous smile. The one he flashes just to let you know he's having a good time. The one he must have flashed the first time he tried to hit a golf ball. "The first time I ever played was in Alex Fernandez's tournament," he said. "I played in a group where they were giving me advice the whole time. The first time I tried to hit a ball, I swung three times and missed all three times." He laughs about it now, because he's now shooting in the mid-80s. And he likes the game enough that he traded in his yellow Ferrari to buy a pair of Mercedes. The clubs didn't fit in the Ferrari, you see. His mother's still here. too. For now. They don't talk about when her visa might expire and when shell have to go back. He's too busy treating her like a queen. He bought her a BMW for Christ- register to Win 511 1. Call 5-M on your telephone.- 2. Enter code 1-0-1-5 when prompted 3. Enter your phone number & last four digits of your social security number. .-it's that easy!!! mas and gave her his Miami Beach apartment. He moved into a smaller place in the same building. Yes, things are pretty good for Livan Hernandez as he stands on the verge of his first full big-league season. And those around him seem to think there's nothing he can't handle. "This is all new for him," Alex Fernandez said. "I just hope he is consistent and stays focused. It's not going to be easy to do what he's expected to do. And that's different from what he's supposed to do." Livan Hernandez conveys the impression he knows exactly what he's supposed to do. Maybe it's that smile. All Mill in S0 r wilt pe yw Weprw toll Erter M mn Hmet H you Kin 0 wmw chosen j eick month. Yo m dw niter by imij your urn KM rw phom mmilw r u code CAU. 5t1 Cti Cornell ?751 So Dim Htghwiy. Welt PXm Becn, R. 3305 i i i. rnrt Jill 1 1 SUUbLOU growing uncomfortable. Many issues, mainly those surrounding his own defection and the defection of other Cuban ballplayers, make him bristle, though he does have opinions. "I'm not in agreement (when) they take someone's career away from them," Hernandez said, alluding to the Cuban government's suspension of his brother and other Cuban ballplayers suspected of trying to defect. "That hurts everyone. It's the only thing they know how to do." Hernandez was relieved and happy last week when the group of Cuban ballplayers that had been lost at sea were found safe, and out of Cuba. And he was very happy a call! 2XU Smug yon by CAU 5ft, nrvict d Tin film Bewk fi&. Sun-Serum 4 The V TeHoa figet Find the vehicle of your drcjm in The r.a!m fle.h Pom Cljitleds.

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