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Tuesday, March 28, 1972

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Sever

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NBA

playoffs

tip

off

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west

tonigl

If:

Bucks open defense of crown;
Warriors are first round foes

Lakers' league records on line
against defensive-minded Bul1

'1.

MILWAUKEE (A) - Golden
State had far more success than
most of the rest of the National
Basketball Association against
the Milwaukee Bucks this sea-
son, but Coach Al Attles thinks
his Warriors could have done
even ;better.
The Bucks and Warriors, who
will open their best-of-season
W e s t e r n Conference playoffs
here tonight, split their season
series 2-2. The defending league
champion B u c k s were 61-17
against all other teams in win-
ning the Midwest Division crown,
Perhaps the most revealing.
statistic is that Kareem Abdul-
Jabbar, averaged 34.8 points per
game to win the NBA scoring
title but was held to a 25.5 aver-
age in four games against the
Warriors.
"The fact they've beaten us
twice with Kareem nine points
under his average indicates we
should have won all four games,"
Attles said. "But we know
there's no way we can continuet
to hold him down like that, so
we've got to get more improve-
ment from our team as aY
whole."
"We've got to be alert and notE
get caught in between. We've
got° to help Nate Thurmond on'
Kareem, but at the same time;
not let Kareem dump the bail
underneath to an open man like
Bob Dandridge."
Dandridge could be a key man
in this series.I
The Warriors will counterI
Jabba r with the 6-foot-1i Thur-
mond, described by Milwaukee
Coach Larry Costello as "prob-
ably the best defensive center
around.'

daily
sports'
NIGHT EDITOR:
FRANK LONGO
Thurmond also is one of the
best outside shooters among the
league's big men.
Attles, however, indicated he
would resist the temptation to
try to draw Abdul-Jabbar away
from the boards by letting Thur-
mond fire from long range.
"If I were coaching against
us," Attles said, "I'd have to
see how Nate was hitting before
Playoff
The playoff schedules:
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Boston vs. Atlanta-March 29, at Bos-
ton; March 31, at Atlanta; April 2,
Boston, afternoon; April 4, at Atlanta
April 7, at Boston, if necessary; April 9,
at Atlanta, afternoon, if necessary; Ap-
ril 12, at Boston, if necessary.
Baltimore vs. New York- March 31,
at Baltimore; April 2, at New York;
April 4, at Baltimore; April 6, at New
York; April 5, a' Baltimore, afternoon,
if necessary; April 11, at New York, if
necessary; April 14, at Baltimore, if
necessary.

I'd send a man out after him.
"We don't like to have to de-
pend on Nate for scoring. If
Nate's taking the outside shot,
they can block out Clyde Lee and
then we don't have anybody co
hit the offensive boards. We'd
like to see Nate shoot his aver-
age and have the other players
pick up theirs."
The Warriors achieved one of
their victories over the Bucks
when Thurmond didn't even play.
The moved the 6-foot-10 Lee from
forward to center, where he
completely took the boards away
from Abdul-Jabbar.
"All you have to do is look at
the films to understand why,"
Costello said. "We didn't block
him out, and that's one thing
we're going to have to do is keep
Lee away from the boards."
schedule.
Western Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles vs. Chicago - March 28,
at Los Angeles; March 30, at Los An-
geles; April 2, at Chicago, afternoon;
April 4, at Chicago; April 7, at Los
Angeles, if necessary; April 9, at Chi-
cago, afternoon, if necessary; April 12,
at Los Angeles, if necessary.
Milwaukee vs. Golden State - March
28, at Milwaukee; March 30, at Milwau-
kee; April 1, at Golden state; April 4,
at Golden State; April 6, at Milwaukee,
if necessary; April 8, at Golden State,
if necessary; April 12, at Milwaukee, if
necessary.

LOS ANGELES 0P)-The rec-
ord-setting Los Angeles Lakers
opentheir bid for their first Na-
tional Basketball Association title
since they came West when they
start playoffs against Chicago's
Bull's tonight.
"I'd like to trade all our rec-
ords for success in the playoffs,"
said first-year coach Bill Shar-
man, who played with title
teams at Boston and coached
Utah to the American Basket-
ball Association title last season.
In closing their regular season
with a 124-98 victory over Seat-
tie, the Lakers won their 69th
game, 'eclipsing by one the rec-
ord of the 1967 Philadelphia
76ers.
The finale also was the 81st
time the Lakers had scored more
than 100 points, another NBA
record.
During the season, the Lakers
won 33 in a row, also a league
mark.
They finished 69-13 to lead the
Pacific Division. Chicago wound
up 57-25 for second place behind
Milwaukee in the Midwest.
While Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry
West and the Lakers were set-
ting their records on offense, the
Bulls held foes to less than 100
points in 27 games, the best in
the NBA since 1954 when the
24-second shooting clock came
into existence.
However, Chicago didn't hold
the Lakers under 100 and won
- - -

but one game in their four meet-
ings. Now they battle in a best-
of-seven playoff.
This regular campaign was the
most successful for the Lakers
since moving from Minneapolis
for the 1960-61 season. But never
have they won the NBA cham-
pionship even though they reach-
ed the playoff finals seven times.
Chamberlain, the 7-foot-1 pivot
man named the Lakers' captain
when Elgin Baylor retired, has
enjoyed one of his greatest sea-
sons. He's ready along with the
other ".starters, West, Happy

Hairston, Gail Goodrich and Jin
McMillan.
Chicago has been worried
about the condition of center
Tom Boerwinkle and forward
Chet Walker, both injured in
that final meeting of the tjo
teams in the regular season.
Bob Love of the Bulls has
proven the most effective scorer
against the Lakers this season
with an average of 26.5 poin;s.
Walker has averaged 20.5.
Chicago led the league in de-
fense, holding foes to an average
of 102.9 per game. a-

Professional League Standings {.
Final NBA Standings Western Conference 4
Eastern Conference Midwest Division
Atlantic Division Milwaukee 63 19 .78
W L Pct GB Chicago 57 25 .695 S
Boston 56 26 .683 - Phoenix 49 33 .598 14
New York 48 34 .585 8 Detroit 26 56 .317P
Buffalo 22 60 .268 34 Pacific Division
Central Division Los Angeles 69 13 .841
Baltimore 38s44 .463 - Golden State 51 31 .622
Atlanta 36 46 .439 2 Seattle 47 35 .573
Cincinnati 31 51 .378 7 Houston 34 48 .415 3
Cleveland 23 59 .280 15 Portland 18 64 .222
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-Associated Press
BOB LANIER, The Detroit Pistons' fabulous second year center,
hooks home two points over the outstretched arm of the Boston
Celtics super young center Dave Cowens. The Celtics won the
game 133-120, and will open the playoffs at home tonight against
the Central Division runner-up Atlanta Hawks.

'"

POST WHITEWASH
stickmen obliterate Oberlin

By BOB HEUER

y The Michigan Lacrosse team
outpassed, outshot, and out-
1 u p o u thustled Oberlin yesterday on their
way to a 6-0 pasting of the Yeo-
men. Goalie Jay Johnson was su-
perb in the nets for the Blue,
posting his first shutout of the
eyes Hill
year with the help of back-up
goalie Charlie Crone, who came
in to preserve the whitewash vic-
LEXINGTON, Ky. (k) - Adolph tory midway through the fourth
Rupp's unprecedentedncoaching quarter.
career at Kentucky ended last ---

son fired the rebound past Ober-
lin goalie Kenny Hirz.
Michigan further increased its
lead on a drive started by Johnson
from his own goal crease. The
Wolverines netminder foiled an
Oberline scoring bid by intercept-
ing a centering pass at the goal-
mouth. He then headed upfield
with the ball and started a fast
break which climaxed in a score
by scrappy midfielder Chico Rog-
ers. Rogers converted a center-
ing pass from fellow middie Steve
Hart. Rogers was equally tough
at the other end of the field, pac-
ing the rugged Michigan defense
with his hard hitting style.
Dick Dean made it 4-0 at the
11:09 mark of the third period
with a pretty solo effort.bDean
took a long lob pass from behind
the net, faked his man, and beat

vacuum cleaner sweeping up ev-
erything in sight and turning the
play around for Michigan.
Midfielder Skip Flanagan turned
the game into a rout at the 48
second mark of the final quarter.
An alert Flanagan picked off the
Oberlin goalie's clearing pass and
rifled the ball back into the net
before he had time to recover.
Johnson and the Wolverine de-
fense remained perfect despite
having to play two men short af-
ter back to back penalties to Flan-
agan and defenseman Dave Fisch-}
er halfway through the quarter.
Playing four men to six at their
own end, Michigan threw a zone
of their own around the goal and,
held the attacking Obies at bay
for 60 seconds until the team re-
turned to full strength.

champions of the league, the Blue
Stickmen will take a 1-0 record
into their clash this- Saturday
with Bowling Green.
"Bowling Green will be pretty
tough," said victorious coach Bob
Kaman. "It's good to have a win
under out belt going back intoI
that one."
Saturday's contest will be 1
played at Bowling Green.

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night with a quiet announcement
by the school's Athletics Board of
his retirement.

~Theteams had battled to a
scoreless deadlock in a first half
which saw Michigan's defense
completely stifle the ObrLina t-

Rupp, whose teams won more tack. The Wolverines carried the
games than those of any other play, outshooting Oberlin 22-9,
college coach in history, had want- but had trouble cracking the slow
psed th reaid althoughhe adown type zone defense thrown up
passed the required retirement age 'by the Obies.
of 70.
He was not present at the an- It was just a matter of time,
nouncement. though, before the defense was
Earlier this week, Rupp said if solved and the goals started com-
he were not allowed to continue ,ing for Michigan. At 5:36 of the
coaching, he would seek the Dem- third quarter, attackman Don
ocratic nomination for congress Holman took a pass from line-
from Kentucky's Sixth District. He' mate Phil Powers and banged it
has two days to file for that of- home to give Michigan a 1-0 lead.
fice. Just over a minute later, with
Rupp 'coached Kentucky teams Oberline playing a man short, Bo
to 879 victories during his 42 years Cooper hit the goalpost with a
at the helm. ( drive and midfielder Curt Adkis-
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