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Portland has lost seven of nine

Updated: March 2, 2005, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- For all his popularity among the players and the fans, Portland Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks ultimately didn't have the wins.

Cheeks was fired Wednesday morning, after the Blazers had lost seven of their last nine and tumbled to 22-33.

"Our players liked Mo a great deal, but sometimes a fresh voice might ignite them to go in a different direction," Blazers general manager John Nash said.

With Portland's chances of making the playoffs dwindling, ...

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