Piercing the silence in Game 1

When Paul Pierce went down, Bill Simmons thought the NBA Finals were over -- but the truth had yet to be told in Game 1. Story

Originally Published: June 5, 2008
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

There isn't even officially a name for it. Frankly, it's too ghastly to have a name. For the purposes of this column, we'll call it the Horrible Sound.

You only hear the Horrible Sound during especially big games, and only if something unthinkable happens to a good player on the home team. If you think of noise being measured from 1 to 10, an especially big game carries a particular buzz that never seems to fade. It's like the last few seconds before a concert when they shut the lights ...

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