The Lakers managed to plug the Hybrid back in time for her to yell "jump!" and then the team was off to score a victory that was not sanctioned by either Mark Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy.
So the series presently stands at Celtics 3, Lakers 1 with one game still to be approved by a panel of stylistic experts. This matter is actually covered in the 12th Amendment to the Constitution as well as the NBA bylaws. The deciding vote in these matters is held by Oscar Robertson. So far, he has not been called on to use his vote, but he's on speed dial.
Today's question to ponder or even try to answer:
The last time the Celtics beat the Lakers to win the championship was in 1984. The decisive game was played on June 12. How many total pages did the L.A. Times run the next day in its entire Morning Final edition? For a point of reference, today's L.A. Times had 64 pages.
And now to be no fun. On Sunday, Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com wrote a story about Doc Rivers and his relationship with his late father and why it would be meaningful for the Celtics to win on Father's Day. It's an interesting story, but hasn't this story been told before.
Now I can appreciate a story about a deceased parent like the next guy. Losing a parent is a deeply emotional experience. But the thing is: almost everybody will go through it during their lifetime. It doesn't ennoble you. It just makes you sad. Does Rivers, who likely isn't seeking any more sympathy than anyone else in his situation, have some special grief that is different than the millions of others in the world in the same situation? Are his accomplishments any greater or lesser because of his father's death?
Presumably Rivers' father is and should be immensely proud of his son's achievements in life no matter where you think the late Mr. Rivers is. Doc Rivers' father sounded like he was a tremendous man.
However. we're all more or less interchangeable in this world when you get down to it. We all have parents. Sometimes great parents. Sometimes lousy parents. We all want to do our best.