NBA games lost yesterday: 3.
Total games missed: 376.
Earliest estimated date season can start: Feb. 1.
Projected player salary losses (through Feb. 1): $535 million.
Negotiations: Five hours of talks yesterday failed to produce an accord. No further talks are scheduled.
Today's best canceled game: Toronto at L.A. Clippers. The real NBA die-hards either show up at the Sports Arena or tune their satellite dishes to this gem.
Pub Date: 12/28/98