Missing in action: McNasty

What are all eight remaining playoff teams missing? A player with the awareness of Rick Mahorn.

Updated: May 27, 2004, 12:38 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2

Watching the incredible end to the Lakers-Spurs Game 5, when two prayers were answered in the final four-tenths of a second, it occurred to me that Gary Payton was worth it to the Lakers for throwing a perfect pass to Derek Fisher, who could then catch it in the act of shooting, the only way he could've gotten it off in time. That pass had to be delivered exactly where it was. It's the kind of subtle thing upon which championships are made.

Was Gary Payton aware he'd done this at the time?

I ...

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