Game 1 Side Lines
Referring to a column you wrote last week, if Sam Cassell wants to talk about injuries and hypotheticals, does he remember that the Wolves needed seven games to beat a Kings team that didn't have the injured Bobby Jackson? Injuries are part of the game.
STEIN: You make a valid point that certainly softens Sam I Am's claim after Game 6 that Minnesota would have undoubtedly beaten the Lakers if he had been healthy. But I'm a fan of loquacious point guards, so I'm not going to bash Sam for thinking he's good enough to have changed the series by himself. Not going to bash Sam I Am for putting his bravado in print. We like that in the journalism game.
"Have you watched us before? There you go."
— Detroit's Elden Campbell, when asked if the Pistons surprised themselves by holding the Lakers to just 75 points and dealing L.A. its first home defeat of the playoffs.