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"Uh-oh" said Bird. "Wayne's losin' his power."
A little later, Lebeaux brought coffee to the coaching staff, and Bird spotted him. "Wayne, we could use some orange juice," Bird said. " 'Course we're only players."
"Orange juice?" said Lebeaux. "That's why they have a coffee shop back at the hotel."
"Listen, better wipe that stuff off your nose, Wayne," said Bird.
"Just don't answer him," interrupted Casey. "That's what those country hicks want you to do."
"Hey, watch it now, Case," said backup center Joe Kleine. "We got a couple country hicks here." Kleine hails from Slater, Mo., which Kleine has described as a "Last Picture Show type of town."
After practice, the two hicks adjourned to the coffee shop of the Celtics' Fisherman's Wharf hotel for lunch. The weather was warm and sunny, and Bird's back felt terrific. He ate Mexican food and talked about his disappointment with the Celtics' play in a home game against Golden State four weeks earlier. "Won't happen agin," he said. He glanced outside and spotted Shaw, who had played in Italy the year before. Shaw had his equipment bag slung over his shoulder, and he was heading to his parents' house in Oakland for a visit.
"Hey, Brian!" shouted Bird out an open window. "Goin' back to Italy?"
McHale's ankle sprain was a lot worse than was originally believed. "The Lord giveth," said Ford, glancing at Bird and then at McHale, "and the Lord taketh away." McHale had spent almost all of his time in San Francisco getting treatment from Lacerte. "Quigley Down Under, with Tom Selleck, on the in-room movie service has been the highlight of my trip so far," said McHale, lying on the training table in the visitors' locker room at the Oakland Coliseum Arena before the game. Dyrek manipulated the ankle, literally trying to massage the blood out of it, and McHale winced. Dyrek called the process tissue mobilization. "Well, I call it pain," said McHale.
Tim Hardaway, the Warrior point guard, gave Shaw fits early in the game, and Ford really went after Shaw. "You're backing down!" Ford shouted. "You're being a pussy!"