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DIME SMACK: Bucks on playoff track

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It wasn't the most entertaining game of the night, but the matchup between and Milwaukee, two teams battling for 8th place in their respective conferences, was easily the most meaningful. Both teams needed the W but the just wanted it more, storming back from a 13-point deficit where even played lockdown D. The Waiter denied service to Yao in the fourth quarter, holding him scoreless and letting him grab just one board as the rolled. Guess who got a little testy last night. That's right. The NBA's en vogue villain, drew another technical for gently shoving during a loose ball situation. Then on the ' next possession, Artest gave the crowd a double-fisted Stone Cold salute, a big no-no that the Fun Police will be all over. Artest said he was prompted because someone from the crowd hit him with a quarter. Ron-Ron did take delight, however, from the PA announcer asking the crowd to refrain from throwing objects, actually patting the announcer on the back as he spoke and then thanking him verbally the next time down the floor. All of these events were foreshadowed earlier in the evening when Cleveland played the theme from the Psycho shower scene before Artest's free throw attempts. His Airness is playing major minutes as he desperately tries to will the Wiz into the playoffs, but he's running on fumes at this point. Just 17 points in 42 minutes is hardly vintage Jordan. C-Webb took advantage by dropping 28 points, 9 boards and 6 dimes on his former ¿mates in the victory. Also noting the Wiz's lack of energy was Bill Walton, who criticized Washington for still being dead from their road trip after they didn't make it down the court on a fast break. Bill, they got back Sunday night. Yesterday was Wednesday night. Looks like someone's been on one too many long, strange trips. was a master puppeteer last night, turning into his own personal marionette. Duncan crapped all over Gasol with 33 points and 19 boards and one nasty-ass crossover that will give Gasol nightmares for weeks. Timmy also decided that Gasol would only score 5 points, grab just 5 boards and then foul out in embarrassing fashion. Needless to say, the won handily and continued their second-half tear. In the Sixers quest to pass the , has been passing fancy. Last night was the pinnacle with 12 breathtaking dimes versus Chi-town to complement his 24 points and 3 thefts. AI is averaging 9.4 dimes over the past 7 games. The had no trouble disposing of the , but the win came at a price. tweaked his troublesome left knee late in the third quarter and didn't return. The Bugs can't afford to lose B. Diddy now with the playoffs fast approaching. As we said yesterday, will have a press conference today to announce Ben Howland has been named the new head coach of the storied program. It must suck to take a job and know no one will ever be happy with your performance. Word out of Texas is that will toss out the ceremonial first pitch at the April 6 Texas Rangers game. ... Denver was in throwback mode yesterday, balling in those unmistakable retro rainbow unis. Some players went the extra step, rocking white tube socks to the knees with blue and yellow stripes at the top. Even Kiki got in on the act, sporting his rainbow jersey for the night. Word is that the supremely smoking Jennifer Garner of Alias fame has split with her husband. The Smack Gods are now officially on the prowl. We're out like the filters in Artest's brain.
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