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Billups unsure about Game 4

May 09, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups will be a game-time decision for Saturday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals after straining his hamstring in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Orlando Magic, the team said Thursday.

"It's feeling sore, kind of similar to last night," Billups said on the day after.

Rookie Rodney Stuckey probably would replace him.

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Rick Carlisle could be announced as the new coach of the Dallas Mavericks as soon as today, his agent told the Dallas Morning News. Carlisle, 48, would replace Avery Johnson.

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Former Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe became the New Jersey Nets' GM, less than six months after being hired as a special assistant. He replaces Ed Stefanski, who left for Philadelphia. . . . Milwaukee Bucks guard Mo Williams had surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb.

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