84-82, Celtics. 4:18 to go in the game. The Kings just closed to within two after being down 7 earlier in the quarter. Sheed bricks up a three, and some guy in a white jersey makes a three. Kings lead. Wait. I think I've seen this movie before.
The teams then proceed to trade baskets after which Ray Allen rims out a jumper. Kings have the ball and the lead. Now I'm certain I've seen this movie before. I know the ending! The Kings go on a binge of three-pointers and uncontested lay-ups, while the Celtics struggle to even get a decent shot off before the clock expires.
Only that's not what happened.
Instead, the Celtics, after giving up what could have been a crucial offensive rebound, get the ball back, and give it to one of the greatest shooters of all time (by the way, the link is interesting. But Bob McAdoo was not a better shooter than Paul Pierce), who drains a three. The Celts don't relinquish the lead again. Game over.
Not a game that makes you feel great about the green. Not a particularly heartening win. On the other hand, you have to start somewhere. We'll call it a building block. Oh, Rasheed "This is my Time of Year" Wallace played well off the bench: 5-9 from the field (three of the misses from three, where he was 1-4), 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, and 17 points in 24 minutes.