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This isn't doomsday for the NBA

The reality that no one wants to hear is that interest in the Detroit-Indiana rivalry, and this entire season by association, will inevitably skyrocket in the wake of Friday night's fights.

Updated: November 20, 2004, 1:22 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Sorry, but . . .

It was not the darkest day in league history. It was not a permanent black eye that will make fans stop going to games. It was not doomsday for the NBA, as it will be described for the next several days, weeks and maybe even months.

Very scary?

Incredibly sad?

Downright shameful on so many sides?

Certainly. Without doubt. All of the above.

But let's be clear here.

The reality that no one wants to hear is that interest in the Detroit-Indiana ...

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