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Four Bomb Threats at the Palace

Sunday, March 27, 2005; Page E07

The bomb threat that delayed the matchup between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers for 1 hour 25 minutes Friday was one of four received that night, police said yesterday.

The game was delayed after a caller told officials at the Palace at Auburn Hills (Mich.) there was a bomb in the Pacers' locker room. It was Indiana's first trip to Detroit since a brawl on Nov. 19 between the teams that spilled into the stands and back onto the court.

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"Detectives are working with Palace personnel and their phone provider in an attempt to identify the person who called in the threat," police Lt. James Manning said in a statement.

After the news of the first threat became public, Manning said, a second threat was called in to the Auburn Hills Police communications center. The Palace switchboard also received two more bomb threats at the end of the game, police said.

It does not appear the calls were made by the same person, police said, and all the calls were being investigated.

DUNCAN UPDATE: Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said he won't rush injured Tim Duncan (sprained ankle) back to help secure home-court advantage.

"If he's ready to play, we'll play him," Popovich said. "If he isn't, we won't."

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