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Pistons fire Saunders

June 4, 2008

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— Flip Saunders was fired as the Pistons' coach Tuesday, four days after Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. And more changes could be on the way for a team bounced from three straight conference finals.

"Make no mistake, everybody is in play right now," said Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations.

Saunders had a year left on a four-year deal he signed in 2005. His ouster comes three years after he took over for Larry Brown, who led the Pistons to two straight NBA finals.

In Saunders' three seasons, the Pistons were 176-70 in the regular season and 30-21 in the postseason.

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