Celtics' Staples split sets stage for epic Finals finish, refs permitting
LOS ANGELES -- In the dark tunnels of Staples Center Sunday night, after the Celtics somehow beat the Lakers 103-94, former Rockets sharpshooter
He meant Shuttlesworth, of course, or at least I think he did. After all, were the son of God to take an interest in shooting jumpshots, he could do worse than coming back as
That Allen had a great shooting night was not a surprise -- at this point his career, it is more surprising if he doesn't have one. But plenty about Game 2 was. Like the Celtics winning even though
Usually you can get a feel for a series after two games. A style of play emerges. Themes arise. But not these Finals. Boston could go home and finish it off. Or the Lakers could win two of three. It's been that screwy. So instead, as the series shifts Eastward, let's look at the few things we have learned so far:
This leaves the Lakers in a bind. If they're going to play Artest 40 minutes for defensive purposes, as they've been doing, they need at least some offensive contribution from him. But since he's essentially unmanageable -- though
And, finally, the good news ...