Mama always said there are two great imperatives in life: East your carrots and make your free throws. Faliure to do the latter, as this season's NBA playoffs have made clear, usually assures defeat. With Nick Anderson's four straight misses in the Orlando Magic's Game 1 loss to the Houston Rockets last week (page 36). late-game charity-stripe bricklaying had figured in no fewer than seven postseason losses and helped lead to five other teams" eliminations.
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