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Roll the McDyess

Updated: November 7, 2002, 3:07 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Special to Page 2

NBA coaches have aphorisms for all occasions:"Young players make mistakes." "The ball took a lucky/unlucky bounce." "I'm proud of my guys." But the one adage that coaches hate to use is this: "Injuries are part of the game."

Indeed, sometimes injuries can transcend the game, creating turmoil for a team and changing the league's balance of power for an entire season. Injuries can create heroes -- as in 1970, when Willis Reed played the seventh game of the championship series ...

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