SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, May 20
Detroit at Boston (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Celtics have won 14 straight - 8-0 in the postseason - at home.

STAR
Monday
-Manu Ginobili, Spurs, scored 26 points, sending San Antonio to the Western Conference finals with a 91-82 Game 7 victory at New Orleans.

GOOD OMEN
San Antonio and the Lakers met five times in the playoffs in a six-season span (1999-2004) with Los Angeles winning three series. The winner won the NBA title four times and lost in the finals the other time.

BACK AGAIN
San Antonio's 91-82 victory over New Orleans on Monday night was coach Gregg Popovich's 100th of the postseason, moving him into a tie with Larry Brown for third on the NBA's career list. The Spurs advanced to the Western Conference finals for the sixth time in 10 seasons, but only the first time after winning the championship the previous year.

LAYOFF
Boston has played three games since Detroit won its conference semifinal in five games against Orlando last Tuesday. The Celtics advanced with a 97-92 victory over Cleveland on Sunday in which Paul Pierce scored 41 points. Boston was 8-0 at home but 0-6 on the road in the first two rounds. The Pistons have three road wins in this postseason and are 5-1 at home.

NOT YET
The Hornets fell to 0-5 in second-round series following Monday night's 91-82 loss to San Antonio in Game 7.

SURGERY
Utah forward Paul Millsap will have surgery Thursday to repair his left thumb, which was injured during the Western Conference semifinals against the Lakers.

SPEAKING
``One thing I want them to remember when they start working out next season is how they feel right now. You have to go through some things before you can really understand how good it's going to feel when you get to that next level. You don't go from not making the playoffs to winning a championship. It just doesn't work that way. ... We're headed in the right direction.'' - Hornets coach Byron Scott after losing Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night, 91-82 to defending NBA champion San Antonio.
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