Dammit: The Celtics-Bulls series has totally hooked me. Another game, another dramatic finish. Credit Ray Allen's 28 2nd-half points (SN column lead!). Credit the C's 21 offensive rebounds.
But you can pin that loss on Vinny Del Negro, who figured it wasn't worth it to save a time-out, just in case -- y'know -- the Celtics scored in the final seconds.
From the baseline, the Bulls were finished. From half-court -- with Ben Gordon riding an absurdly hot hand -- the Bulls had as good of a chance as there was. So, thanks, Coach.
More in today's column:
*Tony Parker is the new Chauncey Billups
*Lions logo: Now 100 percent more lively!
*Ricky Rubio: I'd take him over Griffin.
*Caps: Not finished yet!
*The Pirates are the new Marlins! (Not quite.)
Complete column here. More later.