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Portland guard Brandon Roy enters, dabbing his eyes with a blazers rally towel.
ROY: Sometimes I just start to tear up, Doc. After I played only eight minutes in Game 2 against Dallas in the first round, I confessed to Jason Quick of The Oregonian, "There was a point in the first half, and I was thinking, You better not cry. I felt really sorry for myself."
DR. PHIL: It's not unusual for an athlete to get teary-eyed over a lack of playing time, Brandon. In Little League. Let's be big boys. I remember Michael Jordan cried—when he won his first title. The next time anyone gets misty, he'd better be holding the Larry O'Brien trophy. What is it with the weepiness this year, anyway? During the season Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said some of his players were crying in the locker room after a loss to Boston. At this rate the Finals will be sponsored by Kleenex. Now, I'm afraid our time is up.
ROY: Already? That makes me want to—
DR. PHIL: Deep breaths, B-Roy, deep breaths.
Roy leaves as Miami forward Chris Bosh walks in and takes a seat.
BOSH: Dr. Phil, I've been feeling—
DR. PHIL: This whole season has been about how the Heat is feeling, hasn't it, Chris? We have Miami to thank for all this armchair therapy because everyone wants to take your team's emotional temperature. Is LeBron James confident in the clutch? Is Spoelstra commanding enough on the bench? With the Heat it's never just postgame analysis; it's postgame psychoanalysis. You in particular have been a bundle of neuroses, Chris, especially in the playoffs. I see by your case file that after you had six points in that Game 3 loss to Boston, you said, "My emotions got the best of me early on, and it kind of dictated what I was doing for the rest of the game." The clinical term for that is scared to death.
BOSH: We're trying to deal with that, Doc.