Just back not long ago from the Wachovia Center, and before we talk about the Sixers, a few words about local drivers, snow and the combination thereof.
I was nearly sideswiped going down Pattison Avenue by someone pulling out of the pay lot next to the Novacare Complex. Then there was a very dangerous person in an Infiniti who had his/her foot to the floor and was spinning wheels all over the Platt bridge. It wasn't until I reached the safety and sanity of Delaware County -- where everyone had good sense and monster SUVs -- that I was sure things would turn out all right.
Would that the Sixers had that kind of night. Things definitely did not turn out all right, particularly since coach Tony DiLeo had Samuel Dalembert on the floor for a final Boston possession in which -- guess what? -- the Celtics were going to shoot a three-pointer.
Here's the rule: If you are on the road (and particularly if you are already 40-9), and if you don't have your best player (Kevin Garnett), and if you play the Lakers in two days, and if it is snowing like hell outside and you want to get out of there, then it is written, if you are trailing by two and have the ball with six seconds, you ARE GOING TO SHOOT A THREE-POINTER and live with whatever happens.