Have the Boston Celtics really played "rope a dope" with the Philadelphia 76ers?
Or is it the other way around?
Shall the apparently shell-shocked and demoralized Philly team suddenly surge upward like a tsunami hidden in the ocean until it reaches the Boston shoreline?
These questions should be answered in Game 4 that could tell whether the team that could not win big games on the road has changed its proverbial stripes.
The Celtics never make anything easy, and the Easy Button seems to be stapled to Rajon Rondo's mouth guard. He wore the green sneakers for the big Game 3 victory and went sweat band-less when it came to headwear.
We presume Rondo may be mercurial, but he will be dressed exactly the same for Game 4.
The sense of urgency this postseason transcends all the other years.
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, may be familiar with the famous Boston story about the aging political boss who chooses to run one more time for the Big Enchilada. Yes, it was called The Last Hurrah!
The Big Three may be facing their own Big Chill as well. That was a movie about young people realizing mortality can rear its ugly head at any time. People in the Big Three's generation are being retired summarily all over the NBA.
Right now the fear is that this year's playoffs will turn into Pee Wee's Big Top under the Big Top of Shorty Rondo.
Celtics fans just want to avoid the Big Sleep for as long as possible, which may follow the Big Heat series anyhow.
In the meantime, the Big Kahuna remains Banner #18.