The Boston Celtics, as any Lakers fan has undoubtedly noticed in the course of what has been one of the most satisfying NBA Finals in recent memory, have temper-control issues. A team featuring forward/center Rasheed Wallace, who holds the dubious NBA record for most technical fouls, and center Kendrick Perkins, who like Wallace has played in danger of suspension if he commits a seventh technical in the playoffs, is as likely to throw games away with its uncontrolled passion as it is to win them.
It turns out the same flaw applies to basketball fans.
Los Angeles could not have asked for a more thrilling or consequential series, with the Lakers tied at three games apiece with their Beantown archrivals and the championship on the line Thursday night at Staples Center. Emotions are understandably running high, and although we're rooting for a home victory as hard as anybody, we're wary about the often sad consequences of what should be a glorious occasion. Last year, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals, jubilant crowds broke car windshields, vandalized police cars and looted stores. "It makes me not want to be a basketball fan," a tearful Richard Torres told The Times after his downtown shoe store was ravaged.