That was enough for Shea. He rushed to Market Square to claim the prize. The shaving began on-camera and was completed off-camera in a men's room at the arena. Then Shea took his seat at his new location—in the $130-per-ticket section. "A nice upgrade," Shea said.
Rubbing his pate after the game, Shea declared, "I'm satisfied with the look, although it feels a little weird right now. It was well worth it. If I had more hair, I'd do it for the next game."
Line of the Week
And what a week! With nods to the Bulls' Michael Jordan (48 points versus the Hornets in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series), the Rockets' Hakeem Olajuwon (45 points versus the Jazz in their Game 1) and the Pacers' Miller (29 points in the first half, including a playoff-record-tying six three-pointers, versus Atlanta in their Game 2), we select Kenny Smith, Houston, Game 2 versus Utah: 10-13 FG, 7-8 3PT FG, 5-5 FT, 9A, 32 PTS. With fellow backcourt mainstay Vernon Maxwell sidelined by a hamstring injury, Smith, who struggled in the regular season, lobbed in six treys in the first half (tying the record Miller had also matched, hours before). Smith's bombardment helped the defending champs, who nailed 19 three-pointers (a playoff record for a team), get off to a rocketing start in their series-tying 140-126 win.
Around the Rim
Magic coach Brian Hill on his quandary after clearing the bench during Orlando's 124-77 demolition of the Celtics—it was Boston's worst loss ever—in Game 1 of their first-round series: "I never want to run the score up on anyone. That wasn't our intention. I didn't have anyone else to put in."...
Heat executive vice president Dave Wohl will announce the fate of interim coach Alvin Gentry within two weeks. Miami was 15-21 after Gentry took the reins from Kevin Loughery in midseason, and the team missed the playoffs. Most Heat players want Gentry back, though Wohl is critical of Gentry for not pushing them enough. Forward Keith Askins points the finger not at Gentry but at some of his teammates: "All we've been saying in this league is that there aren't enough black coaches. The majority of this team is black guys, and they can't even play for a black coach?"