Will Adelman beat Jackson this time?

The Rockets' coach looks to change a historical trend in Game 7 against the Lakers

Originally Published: May 16, 2009
By Shelley Smith | ESPN.com

Phil Jackson has dashed Rick Adelman's dreams before. His Bulls beat Portland to capture the 1992 NBA championship, and his Lakers knocked off Adelman's Sacramento Kings in the playoffs in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Adelman has usually been fighting uphill against Jackson, as he has in this series. In fact, Houston's Game 1 win gave Adelman a lead over Jackson for only the second time in the playoffs. In this case, he did it in his second year with the Rockets, without Tracy McGrady, ...

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