- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
PACERS STILL ON THE OUTSIDE Even though the Indiana Pacers beat the Washington Wizards and have the same record as Milwaukee both are 40-40 the Bucks hold the upper hand in the battle for the last playoff spot based on their 3-1 advantage in head-to-head meetings.
The Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets yesterday to maintain their hold on the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Pacers stayed ninth. Only eight teams from the conference make the playoffs.
"The tiebreaker is going to hurt us," said Pacers center Brad Miller, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. "We've got two games left, and they're the two biggest of the season. We had to get through with this one. Now we've got to move on to Cleveland. And they are a team that kicked our [rear ends], so we know it's not going to be easy."
Cleveland has won the last two meetings between the teams.
A TAILOR, TOO During a timeout with 6:23 left in the game, referee Sean Corbin ran over to the Wizards' bench with a problem: The hem in his pants leg had fallen out.
No problem.
Wizards trainer Steve Stricker reached for some medical tape, applied it to the hem line of Corbin's pants and sent him on his way for the remainder of the game.
For the record, the tape held.
John N. Mitchell

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