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DIME SMACK: Rockets blow their chance

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Damn, did the come up short. Deadlocked with the for the eighth playoff spot in the West, they had an opportunity to steal one last night in New to not only keep pace with Phoenix, but to also make a statement that they belong among the NBA¿s playoff teams. They didn¿t even show up. The clobbered them 110-86, behind Richjard Jefferson¿s triple-double. RJ went for 30 points, 10 boards and dropped 11 dimes and the slipped out of the 8th spot to a half game behind Phoenix ¿ Dikembe smacked Yao in the throat with one of those ridiculous elbows that seem to be hitting people at all times of the day. Yao responded by scoring 24 points ¿ The Sixers/Magic game was sick. Philly¿s go to guy for much of the game? A.I.? Van Horn? DC? Try . Larry Brown¿s offense went through multiple sets in the first half to iso Thomas one-on-one with his defender. A few times he had T-Mac guarding him and just worked him. No joke. Thomas finished with 24 points and 20 boards. A.I. still ended up with 42 as the Sixers clinched a playoff spot with the OT win ¿ Last night during the Duke/Texas Tech women¿s elite eight game, a certain network promised to have higlights of the Sixers/Magic featuring "T-Mack" ¿ Why were we watching the women¿s game you ask? Flipping through, we were so shocked that a women¿s game was on that wasn¿t featuring Tennessee or UConn up 50 on some helpless team, we had to stop to peep the end. Honestly, that¿s one of the reasons we don¿t have time for women¿s college ball. There are only 3 legitimately good teams (Tennessee, and depending on the season, Duke, or ) and those teams beat everyone else by 50 a night ¿ Pitt coach Ben Howland met with his players yesterday and reports are that not-so-happy players were seen leaving. You have to think he¿s going to take the job. Why wouldn¿t he? Here¿s why: At the time of his firing, Steve Lavin, employed by a state-run school, was the highest paid state employee in at $578,000 a year. Howland could make at least twice that somewhere else ¿ We¿re out like the ¿ heart.

Tagged: UCLA, Rockets, Nets, Suns, Tennessee, Old Dominion, Connecticut

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