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[2010]"The White Mamba" checks into Game 7 and displays some lockdown defense on Lamar Odom

Brian Scalabrine

Brian Scalabrine known better around the basketball world as "The White Mamba" believes that he could have been the difference-maker in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. He played just 51 seconds of the game but showed hustle and determination as soon as he stepped on the court.

With 51 seconds to go into the second quarter, Scalabrine checked in for his first minutes in the series, with an unusual task for a player of his type. He was assigned to full-court press Lamar Odom, and while the announcers were having a blast, “Scal” did a pretty good job managing to disrupt the offense and in the end forcing Kobe to airball a tough shot.

He agreed to speak to reporters from his home in Boston a day after the Lakers defeated them at the Staples Center. Scalabrine spoke briefly, saying he was disappointed in Doc Rivers and his decision not to put him into the game at key moments.

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"When my boy, Rasheed [Wallace] fouled out, I wanted to be the next guy to come in. I deeply believe within myself that Coach Rivers was going to have me start in Perkins' absence. I feel robbed by looking at the box score a day later to learn I only played 51 seconds," said Scalabrine, surrounded by the media.

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