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Starting five: Pistons 94, Celtics 75

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 27, 2008 02:35 PM

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3. Is Richard Hamilton essentially Reggie Miller without the ridiculous range? Let's see . . . he's scrawny and, um, unconventional looking, he's a sneaky-weasel cheap-shot artist, and he's more or less unstoppable catching and shooting off a screen. I'd say the comparison is valid, though it couldn't hurt to wear prosthetic ears and start a feud with Spike Lee.

4. At this very moment, do you believe the Celtics will - not can, will - win the 2008 NBA Championship? My gut says the Lakers are going to win the thing, but after watching the likes of Lamar Odom sleepwalk through Game 3 against San Antonio, I think I could probably talk myself into believing the Celtics are the favorite. The more I see of this Detroit team, the less I like them, and while only a fool would write off the Spurs - they're the Patriots of the NBA as far as I'm concerned - they just don't seem to have quite enough this year. So at the moment and with great reluctance, I say Lakers over the Celtics in seven. But that's subject to change.

5. As for today's Completely Random Photo Of A Former Pistons Coach Who Unwittingly Did His Part To Help The Celtics (See Item No. 22):

Yup, that's Dickie V., bay-beeee, countless lost hair follicles and many Duke man-crushes ago.

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