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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, April 11, 1988

Netters
Continued from Page 9
At no. 1 singles, Dan Goldberg
overcame Purdue's Jim Gray 3-6, 6
3, 6-1.
The Wolverines also had to go
three sets at no. 2 singles and no. 3
doubles. Ed Nagel battled Purdue's
Jim Shumacher to a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
victory. And then Dan Goldberg and
Brad Koontz teamed up for a 6-3, 4-
6, 6-3 victory over Purdue's Brian
Ritz and Tom Reilly.
The only defeat came at no. 2
doubles, where Purdue's John
Winegardner and Tom Butterfield
posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over the
Wolverines Jon Morris and Mike
Pizzutelo.
"WE DID NOT PLAY as
well as we are capable of against
Purdue," said head coach Brian
Eisner.

Against the Fighting Illini,
however, the Wolverines played
much better,'and did not lose a set
in the win.
"We were much more relaxed."
said head coach Brian Eisner, whose
singles players turned in
particularly strong performances.
The best match of the day was
between Dan Goldberg and Mark
Long. Both players were content to
stay back on the baseline and slug
it out. Goldberg out-slugged Long
6-4, 6-3.
No. 3 singles, Malivai
Washington, who lost only four
games during the weekend was
impressive in beating Illinois' Gary
Pearne, 6-0, 6-1. He also teamed up
with Ed Nagel at no. 1 doubles
earning a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
"With their quickness, they were
just dominating, " said Eisner.
"Everybody's starting to develop
their confidence playing outside.
This is the improvement you"ve
got to be able to do."

A Cel
As much as I hate to admit it,
it looks like we'll be seeing an-
other Laker-Celtic matchup come
June.
During the first half of the
season, it looked like Atlanta or
Detroit would displace Boston as
Eastern Conference champs. For
the first time in years, someone
other than K.C. Jones coached the
Eastern All-Stars. Mike Fratello
did the honors, as his Hawks had
the best record at the half way
point in the season.
The Pistons also had a strong
first half, possessing one of the
best benches in the league. From
man one to eight, no team can top
the Pistons.
BUT ATLANTA and Detroit
recently began to falter, and the
Celtics made their move. Gradu-
ally, they improved their record,
and now sit atop the league.
What looked to be an old tired
team, got a lift from the exploits
of Dirk Minniefield, who at this
time last year wasn't even in the
league. Then they acquired another
reserve, Jim Paxson, from Port-
land, and suddenly their much ma-
ligned bench didn't look so bad
anymore.
But it's the starters that make
the Celtics go, and they're stronger
and healthier than ever.
Kevin McHale returned from
off season foot surgery, and con-
tinues to be a force in the paint.
Dennis Johnson and Robert Parish
are rolling on, showing no signs

tic-hater's nightmare

BY DOUG VOLAN

of age. And Larry Bird appears
headed for yet another MVP award.
IN ADDITION, Bill Walton
is expected back for the playoffs,
which would give Boston the in-
spirational lift to carry them
through post-season play.
Being the Celtic-hater that I
am, it's gravely disappointing to
come to grips with this. I really
thought Atlanta or Detroit would
do it this year. Certainly they are
capable.
If only Dominique Wilkins,
Kevin Willis, Tree Rollins, Jon
Koncak, Antoinne Carr, and Cliff
Levingston could wear down
Boston's front line.
If only the Pistonscould fast
break them off the court. And if
only Vinnie Johnson would live
up to his nickname of
"microwave."
ONCE AGAIN, I've had to
come to grips with the fact that
it's just not going to happen.
Kevin Willis, the only power for-
ward in the league who can match
up to Kevin McHale, just hasn't
had a good year.
The same is true for Vinnie
Johnson, who's done anything but
microwave his opponents.

My last chance is the Lakers.
Unfortunately, teams just don't
seem to be able to repeat. And as
the injury to Magic Johnson
showed, they're not much of a
team without their leader.
Yes indeed, my worst night-
mare will come true - there's
going to be another championship
banner hanging in Beantown.
Expawsion woes
After years of hardship in the
70's, the NBA began to pick up in
the last couple of years as young
stars such as Michael Jordan and
Patrick Ewing came into the
league.
Subsequent million-dollar tele-
vision contracts from CBS and
WTBS have lifted the league to
unprecedented prosperity. Teams
can no longer lose money, as a
fixed amount of revenue is
guaranteed from these contracts.
The owners, however, have
gotten even more greedy and will
add four more teams over the next
couple of years. It is profitable for
the owners because of the large
entry fees the new franchises are
required to pay.
But as the owners will soon
find out, expansion is a big mis-
take. First of all, there are not
enough quality players to go
around. Present NBA rosters are
polluted with the likes of Martin
Nessley, Eric White, Mark Wade,
and Eddie Hughes. The new teams

are certain to have weak squads,
filled with CBA caliber players.
IN ADDITION, these new
franchises will be horrible for
years to come. The Clippers will
be considered a powerhouse once
these teams are in the league.
One new team will be the Mi-
ami Heat. This franchise is certain
to fold within the next few years.
Sure, the people of Miami are ex-
cited now, but wait until they see
how bad their team is. Miami is
notorious for winning teams. But
whenever those teams falter, the
support ends there.
Finally, expansion will hurt
the existing teams, which are al-
lowed to protect just eight players.
Such teams as Dallas, Atlanta, and
Detroit, who have finally moved
up to challenge the Lakers and
Celtics for the title will suffer the
most. Each of them will lose the
tremendous depth have acquired
over the years.
Dallas will likely lose Bill
Wennington and Steve Alford. The
Hawks could lose Cliff Levingston
and Spud Webb. And the Pistons
could lose James Edwards and
Ralph Lewis. Just when new
teams are beginning to emerge as
powers, expansion will set them
back.
Best quotes
-A top Phoenix official said to
Red Auerbach after William Bed-
ford was busted for drug abuse in
1986 and after Len Bias died of a
drug overdose "You think you've
got problems, at least your guy is
dead."
-A Sacramento King on why
former coach Bill Russell never
talked during timeouts "We
wouldn't have listened to him
anyway."

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