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Some big developments last night in the NBA Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

First, the Phoenix Suns, which made the big splash before the trade deadline by acquiring Shaquille O'Neal, were eliminated in five games by the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. It was the second straight year and fourth time in the Suns' last five playoff appearances that they've been knocked out by the Spurs.

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SI.com reported this morning that Suns coach Mike D'Antoni would take the fall for the first-round series loss. He has a 267-172 record in six seasons. Suns GM Steve Kerr later denied the report that D'Antoni had been fired.

In the NHL, the Dallas Stars, faring much better than the Dallas Mavericks, who lost their series to the New Orleans Hornets, took a 3-0 series lead over the San Jose Sharks with a 2-1 overtime win. The Detroit Red Wings also moved within one game of a sweep of the Colorado Avalanche with a 4-3 victory.

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