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Barry Falls, but He Can Get Up

PRO BASKETBALL DAILY REPORT : CLIPPERS

April 20, 1997|CHRIS BAKER

The Clippers got a scare in Saturday's game at Seattle when guard Brent Barry fell to the court near the Clipper bench without being touched and came up holding his right knee with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter.

But Barry, who sat out the first 14 games of the season because of a thumb injury, wasn't injured and had five points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.

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Talk about versatile: A videotape of SuperSonic forward Terry Cummings singing the national anthem was shown before the game.

Cummings had eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.

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Do the Clippers, who have lost 14 consecutive games to the Jazz at Salt Lake City, have any chance to win their first-round series?

"They've got a lot better chance than Sacramento or Golden State," Laker Coach Del Harris said Friday night. "They've got a chance. You can't tell any of those guys they don't have a chance because they're very competitive people.

"They've got to make it as tough as possible for [Karl] Malone, [John] Stockton and [Jeff] Hornaceck and they've got to make some shots."

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Coach Bill Fitch, who guided the Boston Celtics to the 1981 NBA title, has now taken teams to the playoffs in all four divisions--the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and the Clippers. He also coached the New Jersey Nets to the playoffs.

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Fitch plans to hold a mini-camp this week to prepare the Clippers for the playoffs.

Fitch will hold two practices a day before the Clippers depart for Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

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