by Lang Whitaker

After a late night last night — by the time I got into bed after the postgame press conference and a stop off at the hospitality suite, it was about 2:30 a.m. — I woke up this morning at 8:30, just in time to see Ashanti and Ja Rule on “Good Morning America.” I’m pretty sure I really saw that. It was weird.

A few hours later, Ben and I were back on the bus, headed over to the FleetNorthBankCenterGardenGarden for practice and media availability. We grabbed breakfast there at an ESPN brunch where they ran out of coffee and Mike Grange told me my hair looked nice. Then we went out to the court for media availability.

Normally these sessions are unbelievably boring. Dozens of media members surround each player and ask the same two or three questions, over and over and over. And really, what am I going to do? Ask all the players about Paul Pierce being injured and then write about Paul Pierce returning from injury? No thanks. I don’t want to do that, and I don’t think you guys want to read about that, especially when I’m guessing there’s about a dozen similar columns out there.

So, I brought my video camera and tried to see what else guys were talking about…and I discovered that Tony Allen loves the camera.