- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 24, 2002

Seen and heard at MCI Center:
CALL IT A COMEBACK On Dec. 30, the Miami Heat were 5-23 and downright woeful, but Pat Riley, Eddie Jones and Co. have gotten hot the past two months, going 16-8 to climb back to the fringe of the playoff race in the East. A two-point New Year's Eve defeat of Indiana got the Heat going, one-time Wizard Rod Strickland said. "We got a better feel for each other and the system," he said. At 21-31 coming into the game, though, the Heat still need another big push to make the playoffs. Do they have it in them? "Oh yeah," Strickland said.
L.A. LOSS LINGERS The Wizards' string of five losses in their last six games coming in could have been a result of the defeat that started the slide, a demoralizing loss to the Lakers on Feb. 12 in a game they led by 20 points in the third quarter. Coach Doug Collins said the loss "took a lot of juice out of us. We have to get that winning feeling back."
Duff Durkin

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