As much as I pleaded with my online poker-playing adversaries to not say anything about Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night (which I was taping because, as with most poker addicts, my priorities are really skewed), they just couldn't help themselves.
As such, I can say with certainty there are few three-word sequences that can rip the heart out of a Lakers hater quite like these:
By the time someone else mentioned the game was going into overtime - just as my tape cut off at midnight and forced me to miss the final five minutes - I realized it didn't matter. The Lakers would win Game 2.
After a shot like Kobe's, teams don't lose.
Not a game.
Not a series.
Ask San Antonio. The Spurs can tell you all about Derek Fisher's answered prayer in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.