Peep Show

Updated: March 29, 2004, 9:24 AM ET
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Miami Heat: Stan Van Gundy and the Heat are doing their best Rodney Dangerfield impressions these days. "I'm not going to get into why, but that's the whole game," Van Gundy said in the Miami Herald after the Pacers took 43 free throws to the Heat's 17. "[The Pacers] were on the line all night, we were driving the ball, we had more points in the paint [28-20]. We've been through this before . . . We'll have to look, because their technique must be great because they really lean on you, and they never foul." The players agree. "It seems lopsided," said Rafer Alston. "I'm pretty sure sometimes on Dwyane's drives he's getting hit. They have to hit him when he's driving because he's either going to dunk it or lay it in. We weren't getting any calls. Every time we turned around, Brian [Grant] hits a dude in his head band, and it's a foul. We're trying to play through it, but it's tough."

Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets may have lost the latest battle with the Jazz, but they claim the war isn't over."I think we'll be in pretty good shape, and I think you all will see us in the playoffs," Carmelo Anthony said. And he wasn't the only one. "It's certainly not over," guard Jon Barry said in the Rocky Mountain News. "There's a lot of time to go. Just got to get back on track with Seattle on Tuesday, take care of Houston on Friday and see where we're at. It's certainly a long way from over." Even the coach joined in. "This thing could change every day," Jeff Bzdelik said. "We just need to win, plain and simple." Then Marcus Camby got a little carried away. "We're still in control," Camby said. "These last seven ball games, we have to find a way to win all of them."

New York Knicks: While Isiah Thomas has switched to damage control, the rest of the Knicks aren't buying it. "It would definitely be a letdown," Kurt Thomas said in the New York Post. "The last two years not being in the playoffs, then having the opportunity right in front of you, if it didn't happen, it would definitely be disappointing." Recently, Thomas has told reporters that he wouldn't blame his team if it failed to make the playoffs despite a league-high $90 million in payroll with another $37 million in luxury taxes looming.