Late-game letdown keeps Celts' champagne corked

Originally Published: June 16, 2008
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- The NBA employee carrying the championship trophy tried to avoid eye contact with everyone as he scooted down the hallway beneath the stands just after the final buzzer, passing a work crew folding up and stacking the platforms that would have been used for the stage where the title trophy and the Finals MVP award would have been presented.

The trophy was wrapped in a white cover, and the ceiling-mounted camera in the visiting locker room was sheathed in a similar ...

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