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June 03, 1977 - Image 11

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Friday, June 3,



Page Eleven

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Sixers plan playoff chnge

1 If I. A D E L P H I A -
P itadetthia 76ers Coach Gene
e thinking about replac-
i uItmtip - ridden George
pitis in the starting line-up
fifth game of the Na-
10M Basketball Association
m ntpionship series.
The 76ers and the Portland
Trail Blazers are tied 2-2 in
the best of seven playoff,
each team winning on its
home court. The fifth game is
here tonight, the sixth in
Portland Sunday, and a sev-
enth, if necessary in Phila-
delphia June 8.
Baseball leaders
G AR R H Pct.
('Mn 45 184 31 67 -364
To 35 12 24 45 A34
102.1 irs, Te 31 tnt it 4t .347
1 s.n. 44 151 38 52 .344
Tor 34 123 17 41 .333
n 43 165 30 54 .327
it""n 44 190 26 62 .326
hottlm, Chi 37 134 19 43, .32I
Ialk t 43 15O 14 48 .320
38 100 14 32 .320
iiame Runs
Z ic,,(10go, 14; GSott, Boston
f? '1 d with 11.
11uns Batted. In
1tisle, Minnesota, 45; Rodi. Cali-
rnia. 4: Zisk, Chicago, 38; Mun-
rn \e York, 35; Hobson, Boston,
11:-,d on 100 at ats
G AB R H Pet.
r1kwr F-gh 44 182 33 67 .368
l5O hi 44 156 24 57 .365
cs M l 41 105 13 37 .352
'nLn s Sit, 43 155 28 52 .335
."lentrne MIl 39 158 21 52 .329
Kr,nepo11 NY 40 119 10 39 .328
Ontiveros Chi 44 141 15 46 .326
nendri k SD 47 164 24 53 .323
t iffey Cin 46 189 36 61 .323
Ro ('in 46 177 37 57 .322
iHene Runs
Cey, Los Angeles, 13; Burroughs,
tolanta, 12; Smith, Los Angeles, 11;
I;sFster,. Ininnati, 11; CJohnson,
Fillston. 10; Baker, Los Angeles, 10;
Winfield, San Diego, 10.
Runs Batted In
rey. .os Angeles, 48; Winfield,
Sal1 Diego, 42; Burroughs, Atlanta,
410: Parker, Pittsburgh, 39; Garvey,
Los Angeles, 39.
Bsed on 100 at Bats
mon-rot., !p.m.-2o.m.
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June 5

Shue made it clear that he
had not decided on whether to
start Steve Mix in place of
"I was asked what my
thoughts might be in- that area
and I left it open," Shue said.
"I am considering it. It is a
The thought here is that Shue
will stay with McGinnis, a su-
per star forward who averaged
21 points a game in the regular
season, but has been in a deep-
ening playoff slump. In the four
games with Portland, he is av-
eraging 9.8 from the floor, a
poor 33 per cent, and seven for
13 at the foul line, just 53.7 per
An indication of Shue's
thinking could be in the words
of Sixers assistant coach Jack
"The key to our chances is

George," McMahon said. "If
George continues to play below
par,- struggle, we're in trouble.
If George regains his form
we'll win.
"Here we are 2-2. It's a
three-game series now and we
have the home court ad-
vantage. You would think I
would be optimistic. But I'm
worried. When George breaks
out of it, that's the whole key.
And there is no sign of it. I
don't know the answer," said
McMahon forlornly.
McGinnis, who had spoken
freely about his perplexing
slump, has decided not to talk
about it anymore.
"Now it's time to do it or
shut up," says the 6-foot-9 star.
Meanwhile, Shue is trying
to soft pedal the 76ers' grow-
ing reputation as the Bicker-
sons. He's tired of reading

about his players criticizing
each other and his strategy.
Ile's particularly displeased
with what he calls a poor
press in Philadelphia.
"I believe in positive thoughts,
also facts," the coach said be-
fore Thursday's secret practice
session. "I do not believe this
team has"been given its due by
the local media . . . The ten-
dency all year has been to
make this team controversial.
"The most knowledgeable
people in basketball around the
league, looking from an outside
point of view, cannot believe
the things they read. This team
is so successful."
IHe doesn't explain, how-
ever, what he expects the me-
dia to do when Joe Bryant
rips Mix, Mix complains
about the way he is being
used, Lloyd Free and Darryl

Dawkins demand to bh trad-
ed, Julius 'Dr. J." Erving
criticizes strategy, Doug Col-
lins questions the game plan,
etc. Should the media look
the other way?
Shue says the 76ers seen in
the playoffs are a different
team than the one that won its
conference in regular season
play. Then, McGinnis was in
form and Free healthy.
Doon Gt1lett, 26-year-old
southpaw pitcher obtained by
the New York Yankees in the
fall free-agent bidding, is a na-
tive of Lynn, Ky. He won the
opening game of the '76 World
Series ' for Cincinnati, beating
the Yankees.
Southpaw pitcher Mickey Lo-
lich of the New York Mets is
a native of Portland, Ore.

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