By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 12, 2011
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SNEAK PEEK

Next Five for Thunder

Today: at Cleveland, noon (FSO) — Cavaliers have won 12 games and are losing by an average of 10.2 points, which ranks last in the league.


Monday: at Washington, 6 p.m. (FSO) — Wizards have lost 18 of their last 21, and are losing by an average of 7.2 points, which is next-to-last.

Wednesday: at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN, FSO) — Which version of the Heat will the Thunder face? Miami was outstanding in Jan. 30 win at OKC.

Friday: vs. Charlotte, 7 p.m. (FSO) — Familiar faces visit in D.J. White and Eduardo Najera as center Nazr Mohammed faces his former team.

Sunday, March 20: vs. Toronto, 6 p.m. (FSO) — One of the Thunder's worst performances this season came in a Dec. 3 road loss to the Raptors.

TEMPERATURE GAUGE

WHO'S HOT?

Chicago and Derrick Rose. While Miami and Lebron James struggle to close out games, there is no such problem in Chicago with Rose, who likely holds an advantage in MVP voting over the polarizing James among certain media. The Bulls entered this weekend just 1/2 game behind Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference and the remaining season schedule favors Chicago.

WHO'S NOT?

Utah and Tyrone Corbin. Coach Jerry Sloan retires and heartless Jazz players rejoice that Corbin becomes his replacement. Since that moment, Utah is 3-10. A team that started the season 15-5 and once led the Northwest Division is now No. 10 in the eight-team playoffs race and barreling toward only its second sub-.500 season in the last 28 years. Be careful what you wish for.



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