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By Avani Patel and Avani Patel,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 7, 2005
MIAMI - They will wonder about the "could-have-beens." They will ponder the "what-ifs." In the end, a season of incredible accomplishment and unprecedented joy will be haunted by heartache for the Miami Heat. Last night, Miami's season of dreams came to a premature end, the combination of Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade not enough to catapult the Heat past the Detroit Pistons and into the NBA Finals. In the final two minutes of the game, the Pistons outscored the Heat 12-4, turning a one-point deficit into an 88-82 victory, claiming the Eastern Conference finals, four games to three, and earning a return trip to the Finals, where they will defend their 2004 title against the San Antonio Spurs.
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January 22, 1999
BaseballAstros: Signed P Bob Scanlan, former Orioles P Brian Williams, P Jeff McCurry, C Marc Ronan, C Randy Knorr, C Pedro Lopez, IF Casey Candaele, former Orioles OF Brent Bowers, OF Alex Diaz and Ryan Thompson (Chestertown) and invited them to spring training.Cardinals: Named Jose Oquendo bench coach. Named Brian Rupp manager of Single-A Peoria.Diamondbacks: Signed P Stephen Randolph, IF Junior Spivey, OF Jason Conti, OF Dante Powell and OF Rob Ryan.Mets: Signed P Jeff Tam to one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
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By DAVID STEELE | June 4, 2006
Pat Riley kept saying it wasn't about him. The coach and vice president of the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat hasn't been wrong about much this season, even if the way he got to where he is has a lot of wrong about it. But on the night the team he built finally reached the NBA Finals, he was wrong about whose victory this really was. It was a win for Shaquille O'Neal - but Riley pulled the trigger on one of the great thefts of all time, from...
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2001
The New York Knicks have had a recent history of Type A - or even Type AA or AAA - coaches. From Hubie Brown to Rick Pitino, from Pat Riley to Jeff Van Gundy, the Knicks were often as overcoached as they were overanalyzed by a media crowd that rivals the one covering the war in Afghanistan. Now the landscape has changed, with assistant coach Don Chaney taking over after Van Gundy's sudden resignation Dec. 8. Chaney, Coach of the Year with the Houston Rockets in 1990-91, already has stated that he doesn't plan on working 18-hour days and watching game tape in the middle of the night, two habits that made some label Van Gundy "Van Grumpy."
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 22, 1999
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks can be obnoxious, even obscene, but say this for America's anti- heroes: Their impure hearts never stop beating.Down two games in the NBA Finals, the Knicks were in their favorite position last night: backed into a corner, fighting for survival, the entire world against them.Naturally, the Knicks made it difficult on their home court, never losing the lead but squandering advan- tages of 14 points in the first quarter and 10 in the fourth.Naturally, they missed 19 of their 23 shots in the third quarter, with Latrell Sprewell going 0-for-6 from the field and missing four free throws.
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By JERRY BEMBRY and JERRY BEMBRY,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1999
NEW YORK -- After the San Antonio Spurs' 12-game playoff winning streak ended Monday night, David Robinson wasn't ready to panic. The reason: Robinson said his team had a history of responding well to losses.The Spurs proved him a prophet last night as their twin towers of Robinson and Tim Duncan came through big, leading San Antonio to a 96-89 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.With the victory, the Spurs took a commanding, 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can win the first championship in franchise history -- and become the first former ABA team to win an NBA crown -- with a victory at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1997
LANDOVER -- For years the Washington Bullets have been bullied by the New York Knicks. The Knicks would start the game with their usual pushing and shoving, and the cowering Bullets would be finished for the rest of the game.Not last night, under new coach Bernie Bickerstaff. The Bullets hit back, and sometimes even hit first. And while they wound up losing the game, 97-92, the Bullets gave an indication that, indeed, there will be a different way about things over the second half of the season.
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By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | December 22, 1997
NEW YORK -- Patrick Ewing always promised one day to hoist a championship banner inside Madison Square Garden. Never before has such a moment appeared so remote.Now, the Knicks are praying Ewing will once again have the ability to shoot one of his patented jump shots.The Knicks' title dreams for this season unofficially expired early yesterday morning in a Manhattan hospital when Ewing underwent season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments and a dislocated bone in his right wrist.Team physician Dr. Norman Scott said Ewing will be in a cast for two months before he can start rehabilitation.
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By MILTON KENT | January 4, 2004
If the old saying that you have to take a step backward to make a positive step is true, then Isiah Thomas got his first indication on how far he has to go to rebuild the New York Knicks. Thomas, who took over as president of the Knicks on Dec. 22, upon the firing of Scott Layden, was rebuffed in his first attempt to upgrade the team. He lost out to the New Jersey Nets to sign free-agent forward Eddie Griffin, who was released last month by the Houston Rockets. In the mind of Thomas - who meant no specific disrespect to the Nets, who, after all, have been to the Finals the past two years - losing a player to another team is like a beauty queen passing over Fabio for an average Joe. "We've got to get our franchise back to the point where players want to come play for the New York Knicks and don't give it a second thought," Thomas told the New York Daily News last week.
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By JERRY BEMBRY and JERRY BEMBRY,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1999
NEW YORK -- They were here a little more than 23 years ago, being eliminated in the first round of the ABA playoffs and wondering whether the franchise would participate in another professional basketball game.Well, the San Antonio Spurs were one of four teams to make the cut in 1976, becoming a member of the NBA. And last night, they were crowned league champions with a 78-77 win over the New York Knicks before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden.The Spurs won the best-of-seven NBA Finals, 4-1, completing a postseason in which they went 15-2, tied for the second-best playoff run in NBA history.
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