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By Jerry Bembry | May 4, 1998
No. 2 Seattle (61-21) vs. No. 3 L.A. Lakers (61-21)Season series: Seattle won, 3-1.Key players: Seattle -- Gary Payton (26.0 ppg, 5.6 apg in playoffs); Vin Baker (14.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg); Hersey Hawkins (15.8 ,, ppg). Los Angeles -- Shaquille O'Neal (29.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg); Nick Van Exel (8.8 ppg, 3.3 apg), Kobe Bryant (11.3 ppg).Key matchup: Van Exel vs. Payton. Van Exel comes off the bench, but he likely will get the most minutes against Payton, the league's top defensive point guard.What the Sonics have to do to win: If Seattle is unable to contain O'Neal, it has to do a good job of containing everyone else.
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By Sam Smith and Sam Smith,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 25, 2003
DALLAS - Nick Van Exel has never been afraid to state the obvious, no matter the consequences. A few years back, he was with the Los Angeles Lakers when they were trailing the Utah Jazz three games to none in a playoff series and the players huddled after practice. They put their hands together and were to shout, "Team!" When they did, Van Exel shouted, "Cancun!" The Lakers were sent on vacation after the next game and Van Exel was traded. So when the Dallas Mavericks guard was asked about star teammate Dirk Nowitzki being doubtful for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals tonight against the San Antonio Spurs because of a knee injury, Van Exel said: "It happened to Portland and it happened to Sacramento.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1997
LANDOVER -- To a man, the members of the Washington Bullets say there's still enough time to make a postseason push. But it was difficult to find any encouraging signs after last night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers limped into USAir Arena losers in four of their previous five games. Shaquille O'Neal and Robert Horry were sidelined with injuries.Still, behind the play of Elden Campbell and Nick Van Exel, the Lakers made it look easy down the stretch in a 122-107 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,756.
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By Sam Smith and Sam Smith,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 23, 2003
DALLAS - This might be the weekend we find out if anyone can win an NBA championship without trying to prevent the other team from scoring. "This group will always have its doubters," Dallas guard Steve Nash said. "If we win a championship, I'm pretty sure a lot of people will be debunking [it]. It seems like people are just waiting for us to fail, to say they knew it and they told us so." So, Nash, other than the raging paranoia, how are the playoffs going for you? The Mavericks return home tonight for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals with what they presumably wanted, a split in San Antonio that swings home-court advantage to Dallas.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | July 1, 1993
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- North Carolina forward George Lync wasn't the player the Los Angeles Lakers hoped would be available when they picked 12th in the first round of yesterday's NBA draft.They would have preferred it if Lindsey Hunter, Vin Baker or Allan Houston were left on the board.But as coach Randy Pfund quipped afterward, "We didn't get a chance to take Chris Webber, either."So with the aforementioned players already taken by other clubs, the Lakers wound up with Lynch, a 6-foot-8, 223-pound forward who bolsters a thin forward corps and helps the club in a much-needed area -- rebounding.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | March 29, 1993
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The game was 15 minutes old and Cincinnati was running away from North Carolina when Donald Williams went up for a jumper from the key. It was impossible not to ask: Where had he been?Williams is rarely invisible for long. A Carolina sophomore guard, XTC he is addicted to shooting. He is a shootist. Pass the ball to him and away it goes. He drives his coach crazy. He shoots just 44 percent. He makes game-winning shots. He carries the team when it matters. One of those players.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | March 27, 1993
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They lasted longer than Coppin State and New Mexico State, but the Virginia Cavaliers didn't stick around long enough to stop Cincinnati's roll through the NCAA East Regional.Maybe the Bearcats will finally get a severe test from North Carolina East Regionalin tomorrow's regional final, but they've done everything as planned through the first three rounds. The Cavaliers rallied in the second half and led with 11 minutes left before the relentless pressure that is the Bearcats' trademark under coach Bob Huggins produced a 71-54 victory at the Meadowlands Arena and a spot in the Elite Eight.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | March 29, 1993
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If North Carolina is going to cut down any nets, it's going to happen in New Orleans.After surviving Cincinnati, a blown dunk by Brian Reese at the end of regulation and an anticlimactic overtime for a 75-68 win in the North Carolina 75, Cincinnati 68NCAA East Regional final at the Meadowlands yesterday, the Tar Heels told the maintenance men to put away the ladders.Top-seeded North Carolina has had a photo of the Superdome posted in its locker room on game days this year, and there won't be any celebrations unless it wins two more games in New Orleans, the site of coach Dean Smith's only NCAA title, in 1982.
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March 1, 1996
Opponent: Los Angeles LakersSite: Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Calif.Time: 10:30TV/Radio: Ch. 50/WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)Outlook: This is the Bullets' first game against the Lakers since the return of Magic Johnson, who is nursing a strained calf. G Nick Van Exel (hip pointer) also is day-to-day. In nine games, Johnson is averaging 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists. The Lakers capped a 10-2 February with Wednesday's 99-80 win at Vancouver. For the Bullets, this is the third stop on a five-game trip.
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By Sam Smith and Sam Smith,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 25, 2003
DALLAS - Nick Van Exel has never been afraid to state the obvious, no matter the consequences. A few years back, he was with the Los Angeles Lakers when they were trailing the Utah Jazz three games to none in a playoff series and the players huddled after practice. They put their hands together and were to shout, "Team!" When they did, Van Exel shouted, "Cancun!" The Lakers were sent on vacation after the next game and Van Exel was traded. So when the Dallas Mavericks guard was asked about star teammate Dirk Nowitzki being doubtful for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals tonight against the San Antonio Spurs because of a knee injury, Van Exel said: "It happened to Portland and it happened to Sacramento.
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By Milton Kent | May 19, 2003
Conference finals West No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 3 Dallas Mavericks How they got here: The Spurs beat No. 8 Phoenix in six games and No. 5 Los Angeles in six games. The Mavericks beat No. 6 Portland in seven games and No. 2 Sacramento in seven games. Season series: The teams split four games. (Both teams finished 60-22 atop the Midwest Division, but the Spurs won the tiebreaker by virtue of a better conference record.) Key matchup: San Antonio's Emanuel Ginobili vs. Dallas' Nick Van Exel.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
WASHINGTON - The rat-a-tat pace of the NBA schedule generally doesn't allow time for one loss to immediately burrow in on a team's psyche. More likely, the effect of the Washington Wizards' 106-101 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks yesterday might be felt in mid-April, if the Wizards just miss the playoffs. Come season's end, if the Wizards can't get into the postseason, they'll add yesterday's thriller to a growing list of games that were within their grasp, but ultimately eluded them.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2002
The NBA trading deadline has come and gone and actually lived up to all the media hype, with some interesting deals sliding under the door before it closed. The fact that big names, on the order of Raef LaFrentz, Nick Van Exel, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Rodney Rogers and Marc Jackson, changed hands is remarkable, given the significant roadblocks thrown in the way by the league's collective bargaining agreement. "You have a lot of high-price players, a lot of lower-price players and not a lot of in-betweens," said Washington Wizards coach Doug Collins.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2001
WASHINGTON - The dates and opponents change, but the situations stay the same for the Washington Wizards. Once again, the Wizards took a lead into the fourth quarter against a quality opponent, namely the Denver Nuggets, only to see their offense fall apart at a critical juncture, allowing the Nuggets to escape with a 105-100 win before 13,429 at MCI Center last night. As is usually the case, the Wizards (12-36) gave an inspired effort, getting into a position in which a victory over a good team like Denver (27-21)
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | May 24, 1998
Los Angeles Lakers coach Del Harris complained about the noise at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. Point guard Nick Van Exel complained about abusive Utah fans, as well as the forearms delivered by Jazz guard John Stockton. And Shaquille O'Neal complained about the officiating. Again.So, whatever happened to be the big, bad Lakers team that demolished the Seattle SuperSonics in five games in the second round? The Lakers team that was playing so well that many had already issued it a pass to the finals -- even before the series against Utah?
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By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | May 23, 1998
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The Utah Jazz's starters were as good as usual. The bench was unstoppable. And all the Los Angeles Lakers had was Shaquille O'Neal.Add it all up and the Jazz is one win away from sweeping the Lakers and advancing to its second straight NBA Finals. Utah made all the big plays down the stretch again, posting a 109-98 win before a disbelieving Forum sellout crowd last night.The Jazz can wrap up the Western Conference series here tomorrow afternoon. The last four times they have trailed 3-0 in a series, the Lakers have been swept.
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October 8, 1997
BaseballBrewers: Outrighted P Peter Benny, P Mike Misuraca and P Tim Van Egmond to Triple-A Louisville.Reds: Recalled RHP Todd Williams from Triple-A Indianapolis. Claimed RHP Donne Wall off waivers from Astros. Announced LHP Pedro A. Martinez declined assignment and will be free agent.BasketballLakers: Announced G Nick Van Exel (knee bone bruise) will miss two preseason games.Wizards: Added C Charles Shackleford to training camp roster.CollegesNCAA: Announced Sunday Adebayo is eligible to play basketball at Arkansas.
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