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Finals karma's gonna get you

What wins an NBA tiltle? Eric Neel says it's the cosmic things, like the power of Artis Gilmore's afro.

Updated: June 5, 2003, 7:15 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

In the story of the Finals, first there are the scores. Beneath the scores there are the statistics -- shooting percentages, assist-turnover ratios, runs and charity-stripe efficiency. Beneath the numbers, there are the match-ups and the chess game. Somewhere just below the radar are the eyes and impulses of the officials. And lower still, at the bottom, down deep in the core of the game, are the intangibles.

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