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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Jeff Ma in the driver's seat

By Henry Abbott

The Celtics have shaken up the playoffs, and the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.

Basically, one expert -- Jeff Ma, a Celtics fan -- has really believed in Boston throughout. (My mom has made a few points off them, too, and has moved out of last place.) That team has taken Ma from the middle of the pack to, today, a seven-point lead over the field.

In second place is John Hollinger, who has a fighting chance. If the Suns knock off the Lakers, he'll close within two points of Ma, which is more than close enough to give himself a chance in the Finals.

On the other hand, if the Lakers beat the Suns, we'll be crowning a 2010 Smackdown champion early, and Hollinger will lose ground to five others in the battle for second place.

Which makes Ma one Celtics fan who's rooting for the Lakers.

UPDATE: And so it is! Jeff Ma is the champion! The fight for second place is on ...