TUSCAL00SA Antonio McDyess and his Detroit Pistons teammates put an end to his fellow former University of Alabama star’s season Wednesday night when the Pistons defeated Williams and his Milwaukee Bucks 122-93 in Game 5 of the 2006 NBA Playoffs in Detroit. That leaves Tide fans with four teams to cheer on in the playoffs because those teams have University of Alabama connections.
McDyess and the Pistons advance to the second round of the playoffs. He’ll face the winner of the Wizards-Cavs series. In Wednesday night’s elimination game for the Bucks, McDyess scored 11 points and had six rebounds. Before he finished his season, Williams, the 2002 SEC and Sporting News National Freshman of the Year, played in all five playoff games, highlighted by the 20 points he came in off the bench and scored in Game Three. Williams averaged 7.2 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in his five playoff games.
Tonight Tide fans can catch a glimpse of former Tide star and former Miami Heat player Keith Askins. Following his playing career with Miami, the Heat hired him as an assistant coach. Askins will coach the Heat against the Chicago Bulls tonight at 7 p.m. CT on TNT.
And Friday night it’s a double-dose of Bama ties when the Sacramento Kings play the San Antonio Spurs. Six-time NBA World Champion Robert Horry plays for the Spurs. Trying to out-wit Horry and crew will be Sacramento Kings assistant coach and former Tide and NBA star, T.R. Dunn. That game will be televised on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. CT on Friday.