Popovich on whether the team doctors had given him any indication that Duncan might not be ready for the start of the playoffs: "No, no, no."
—Compiled from wire services
Los Angeles Lakers: The reigning champions have been outstanding in March. They are 10-1 and beat contending teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks and Magic.
Houston Rockets: They are one of the hottest teams in the league, winning five straight and going 5-1 on a six-game homestand. They are within striking distance of eighth-place Memphis and could find a way to sneak into the playoffs.
Miami Heat: They've won seven of their last eight games, which started with a victory over the Lakers.
Atlanta Hawks: There are times when you wonder how the Hawks have a winning record, like when they lost to the Bulls by 33 points on Tuesday. They had lost four of their last five games entering their matchup against the Nets on Saturday.
Golden State Warriors: What happened to them? They were on the brink of challenging for a playoff spot by finishing strong before the All-Star break. But they lost six straight games before beating the Raptors on Friday, and coach Keith Smart's job is in jeopardy.
1. Derrick Rose, Bulls: Fans chanted "MVP, MVP" during a game this week — on the road in Atlanta. Rose had 30 points in the first three quarters of Chicago's 114-81 victory over the Hawks. He made three 3-pointers right before halftime, and that's when fans began their MVP chant.
2. Dwight Howard, Magic: His team hasn't been as consistent as Rose's.
3. Kevin Durant, Thunder: He still leads the league in scoring, but he can't lose games to the Raptors during an MVP bid.
By the numbers
9 — Before their 121-117 loss to New Orleans on Thursday, the Jazz had won nine straight overtime games. The streak dated back to March of 2009.
2 — Houston got triple-doubles from two different players during the week. Kyle Lowry had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Jazz last Sunday. Chuck Hayes had 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against Golden State on Wednesday.
133 — The Jazz were above .500 for 133 straight days before losing to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, falling to 36-36.
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