Coach Ken Marks turned to the bench and
uttered words he didn't want to say to
someone who didn't want to hear them.
"All right, Sam, go get him."
Sam Thompson stuck in his chair, then rose slowly
and slumped to the scorer's table -- a 6-foot-3 beacon
of bad news to an audience that was extremely proud
of Patrick Thibodeau's mere presence on the court but
had held out hope there might be some magic in the
air on a snowy night in Maine.