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Pistons not happy, Flip sent packing


DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons fired head coach Flip Saunders yesterday despite the team’s success of having reached the NBA semifinals three seasons in a row.

“I think this team became way too content and did not show up with a sense of urgency to get it done,” said team president Joe Dumars. “I can’t sugarcoat it.”

Detroit fired the 53-year-old coach just four days after Detroit was eliminated by the Boston Celtics in their best-ofseven semifinal.

The Pistons were one of the NBA’s top teams again this season, going 59-23 en route to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Although Saunders was sent packing yesterday, Dumars issued a warning to the rest of the Pistons.

“Make no mistake, everybody’s in play now,” Dumars said.

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