Dupree set for NBA Finals

When the 2005 NBA Finals get underway Thursday night, LSU will still be represented although not by the player everyone expected to be in the best-of-seven series.

While Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat will have to watch the NBA Finals on ABC Sports, the Detroit Pistons will be trying to defend their 2004 NBA Championships and on the roster this season will be former LSU standout Ronald Dupree.

Dupree, who played at LSU from 2000-03 and finished his career as the eighth highest total scorer in school history with 1,726 points, has appeared in nine of the Pistons' playoff games, averaging 3.3 minutes a game. For the season, Dupree has appeared in 47 games, averaging 10.0 minutes a contest. The native of Biloxi, Miss., averages 3.2 points per game and 2.0 rebounds for the Detroit team, making 48 percent of his field goal attempts.

Dupree was not selected in the 2003 NBA Draft, played with Huntsville of the National Basketball Developmental League before joining the Chicago Bulls for the final 47 games of the 1993-94 season. He joined the Pistons prior to this season.

Detroit will meet San Antonio in The Finals.

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