Game 7 Turns Grizzled Vets Into Nervous Wrecks

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The mother, the father and two adult siblings carried their suitcases into the front door of the downtown hotel. A large black SUV sped away. An NBA player, a fairly big star actually, had just dropped off his immediate family members at the hotel even though he lived in a huge manse right there in the same town, 20 minutes away. No, there hadn't been any kind of dispute, and there were no bad feelings. The player had dumped his loved ones at the hotel because it was the eve of Game 7 and it was time to be alone, with video clips, thoughts, maybe a pizza delivery.

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