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fay DREW SHARP Abdul-Jabbar play his best basketball in three seasons.
A Daily Sports Analysis SEATTLE - The defending champs are stronger than
It's playoff drive time in the National Basketball last year but they have not been able to pass the Lakers.
Association once again. The time when the stars make PHOENIX - The Suns are a solid ball club with'
heir money and the coaches lose their hair. It's a do-or- former North Carolina star Walter Davis and Paul,
ie situation for seven teams that are struggling to rep h an ar s
capture the four remaining playoff spots. Eight teams Westphal leading the way.
have already clinched a berth and are now playing to MILWAUKEE - The addition of center Bob Lanier
gain home-courtpositioning for the playoffs'. from the Detroit Pistons has made the Bucks a definite
gaein homercouroownng revifo the a s thatthreat.
Here is a rundown and review of the teams that are KANSAS CITY - Point guard Phil Ford makes the
still in the playoffpicture. Kings go and if they are to go anywhere, he must be
The following teams have clinched a berth: superb.
BOSTON - The Celtics sport the best record in the Here are the teams still struggling for a spot in the
NBA (58-20) and probably have the best bench in the playoffs:
league. What more can ydu say about Larry Bird. Guard SAN ANTONIO-- For the Spurs, it's all up to the Ice
- ate Archibald has been phenomenal this year and Man, George Gervin for them to do anything. They're
hould be certain to win the Comeback Player of the just about assured of a spot, though.
Year award. HOUSTON - They'll probably back their way into the
PHILADELPHIA - The Sixers were supposed to have playoffs.
won the title the last three years but let it slip away NEW YORK - Rookie center Bill Cartwright is one of
every time. The Doctor, Julius Erving is having his the best already and will probably carry the Knicks to
finest season in the NBA and center Darryl Dawkins has post season play.
put his backboard destroying days behind him and is WASHINGTON - Who can figure out the
playing some serious basketball. unpredictable Bullets. They'll probably slump their way
ATLANTA -The Hawks' Hubie Brown is the finest y y y
coach in the NBA. He has the ability to motivate his to a ong off-season.T
team to play excellent basketball. Atlanta does not boast CLEVELAND - They've won eight in a row and we all
any superstars, but they have 11 team players and know that miracles can happen.
rown molds them into a winning outfit. PORTLAND - Good young team for the future, but
LOS ANGELES - If Los Angeles never believed in where's Bill Walton?
magic before, they certainly do now. Earvin "Magic" SAN DIEGO - Oh, there he is, and in his usual
Johnson has revitalized this club and has helped Kareem habitat, injured and on the bench.
PLAYOFFS AT A GLANCE:
The MichiganpDaily-Wednesday, March 26, 1980-Page 9
Murray Eaves, Michigan's All-
American sophomore center was
named to the WCHA all-conference first
team. The team, consisting of one
goaltender, two defensemen and three
forwards, was selected by the
Other Wolverines receiving
recognition were goaltender Paul
Fricker and senior center Dan Lerg
Selected to the 1st team were
goaltender Roy Schultz of Wisconsin (55
points), defenseman Dave Feamster of
Colorado College (83), and Theran
Welsh of Wisconsin (78). The forwards
names were Mark Taylor (North
Dakota) (162), Tim Hrrer of Minnesota
(146), and Murray Eaves of Michigan
Michigan Freshman Paul Fricker
received dual honors by being named
freshman of the year as well as a
member of the second team.
New York 8, Kansas City 7
Boston 7, Chicago S
Minnesota 8, Houston 3
Texas 7, Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 6, Baltimore 3
Toronto 6, Pittsburgh 4
New York 4, Montreal 3
Cincinnati I, Los Angeles 0
Cleveland 8, California 3
Oakland 8, Seattle 3
San Francisco 8.Milwaukee 7
Chicago 10, San Diego
California 'B'4, Cleveland'B'2
Detroit 3, St. Louis 2
Rangers 3, Buffalo 3
Detroit 3, St. Louis 2
New York 3, Philadelphia 2
Boston 96, Washington 95
New York 128, Cleveland 113
San Antonio 126.Houston 107
Milwaukee 122, Chicago 1ll
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THE NBA PLAYOFFS will begin
with first round games, April first and
second. The four division champions
will receive byes in this round. The
remaining four teams in each con-
ference will play two out of three game
series to earn the right to play the four
division champions in the conference
Griffith goes out in style
DatrellGriffith sportsthe latest in fashion from Mr. Crurn's of Indianapolis as ite
makes his way tothe city's social event of the season. The party, was throwp in
Griffith's honor after he led his team, the Louisville Cardinals to an NCAA
basketball championship, beating UCLA 59-54.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Executives stick to their guns
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP)-Major
league baseball executives meeting
privately Tuesday, appeared willing to
stick to their current proposals for a
basic agreement with players despite
the growing threat of a players' strike.
"I just hope that if they strike, they
Wait until they go north," said Hal
Middlesworth, for former Detroit
Tigers' public relations man now
directing publicity for the owners'
negotiator, Ray Grebey.
Players on 19 major teams have
voted 735-1 to authorize a strike on or
after April 1, and Miller is expected to
receive similar support from more
players training in Arizona when he
meets with them this week.
On Wednesday, negotiations are to
esume with the players union, headed
by Marvin Miller. Tuesday's meetings
were labeled by several baseball
spokesmen as "information sessions"
to bring league executives up to date on
the negotiations, though one executive
said, "Then you can get the clubs
together, anything can happen."
But there was no indication that any
of the day's meetingswould produce a
change in the owners position on the
*sues Miller considers more crucial.
Yesterday's Daily carried a story on
the Michigan gymnasts chosen to com-
pete in next month's NCAA Champion-
ships in Lincoln, Nebraska. Freshman
Kevin McKee was selected to two even-
, not only one as was reported. The
orrected list of Michigan selections is:
Jim Varilek and Kevin McKee (floor
exercise); Darrell Yee (rings); Chris
Van Mierlo and Kevin McKee
(vaulting); Gordon Higman (parallel
bars); Doug Zahour (high bar); and
Brian Carey (side horse - second
"The crux of it all is the free-agency
compensation," Middlesworth said.
"And also, the owners insist the season
can open without the signing of an
The owner-proposed change ip the
free-agent system would improve the
compensation a team receives when it
loses a free agent.
As an example: The Cleveland,
Indians gave up an amateur draft
choice to the Chicago White Sox this
year in exchange for signing free agent
Jorge Orta. Under the owners proposal,
the White Sox would have been able to
select one of several players from
Cleveland's roster, rather than a draft
The owners say this would aid teams
that suffer frequent losses of free-agent
players. But Miller calls it a regressive
move that would end the free-agent
system since many teams would be
willing to sacrifice one of their
current players in order tosign a free
"The free-agent part of the
agreement was labeled experimental in
1976," said Indians President Gabe
Paul, who pointed to a section of that
contract stating that "either the
players or the owners may find it
necessary to pursue in the course of
future collective bargaining contract
provisions different from what they are
accepting in this agreement."
Negotiators for owners and layers
have met nearly 30 times, trying to
reach a four-year agreement to replace
the one they made in 1976.
Another major issue yet to be
resolved in the player negotiations is an
owner proposal that would restrict to
one-year the contracts of players with
four years of service or less. Also, there
is the owners' plan that would force an
arbitrator to give extra weight to a
player's time in service rather than to
performance when ruling on a salary
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Career Totals ........... 248 146
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