Kobe Bryant often inspires panic. The pure, unadulterated kind where palms sweat and psalms are read. The coach of the Celtics, Doc Rivers, saw the sharp corners of panic setting in as Bryant started to go Wilt Chamberlain in the third quarter.
"We were up, I think, 12 or 10 when he was making that run, and we had to use a timeout to settle our guys down," said Rivers, " ... you could see [the Celtics players] wanted to change the defense, they wanted to start trapping [Bryant], and I just kept telling them, 'It's only two points each time he scores. It's not 10 ... ' But it makes you question your defense, because he was terrific."