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IAN THOMSEN
October 24, 2005
What contenders need to have happen, what will happen and whom you'd want on your team (real or fantasy)
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October 24, 2005

5 Minute Guide

What contenders need to have happen, what will happen and whom you'd want on your team (real or fantasy)

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How These Contenders Can Dethrone the Spurs

THE PACERS

? Ron Artest doesn't do something that draws a suspension or behave in a way that makes Jermaine O'Neal want to strangle him.

? Stephen Jackson and newcomer Sarunas Jasikevicius make the huge last-minute threes in what used to be Miller time.

?Injury-prone 7-footer Jonathan Bender and second-year center David Harrison emerge as forces off the bench.

THE HEAT

?Volatile point guard Jason Williams channels Jason Kidd rather than Jason Voorhees (of Friday the 13th).

? Antoine Walker wins the Sixth Man Award after increasing his assists, trimming his turnovers and making more layups than threes.

? Shaquille O'Neal is healthy entering the playoffs, even if that means reducing his minutes during the season and sacrificing home court advantage.

THE PISTONS

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