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Artest was the man on the spot

When the Lakers needed calm, their most unpredictable player led the way

Updated: June 18, 2010, 7:32 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- He was the only one on the floor who played without the weight of the world -- or at least the city -- on his shoulders. He was the only one who bought into the cliché that it was simply another game, because maybe in Ron Artest's mind it was.

Maybe he thought there would be a Game 8. Maybe he forgot he was playing in the NBA Finals. Maybe he thought it was a regular-season game in November. With Artest you just never know. Whatever it was, the Lakers' mercurial forward was ...

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