Adios, Mellon Arena. I knew you when you were just a kid. When we first met, you were the plain old Civic Center. Then, as we grew a little older, I remember calling you by your nickname, "The Igloo." Ah, those were the days.
My friend, I must say you deserved a much better send-off. Your friends were downright brutal Wednesday night. Didn't they know what was at stake? Maybe they thought the start time had changed. Sadly, it was the other Eastern Conference semifinal that started at 8 p.m. on the East Coast.
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