The following conversation (alledgedly) took place on Sunday, May 17th, time unknown, but it would have happened before both Game 7's in the NBA...
David STERN: Get me Coaches Rivers and Adelman on the phone now!
Secretary: Right away, sir. [Ringing]
Doc RIVERS: Rivers here.
Rick ADELMAN: Coach Adelman speaking.
STERN: Gentlemen, I need to speak to both of you on a matter of extreme importance.
RIVERS: Sure, commish, what's up?
STERN: As you are aware, the second round of the playoffs is closing tonight, with both your teams playing tonight.
ADELMAN: Yeah, we should be getting ready for the games...
STERN: Yes, about tonights games, coaches, I need your help with something. I need your teams to lose tonight.
STERN: Gentlemen, this is a matter of life or death for the NBA. It is so important the government has become aware of the situation.
RIVERS: What situation? You're asking me to tank a playoff game?!?! Stern, you've gone off the deep end this time.
VOICE: I"LL TELL YOU WHO'S GOING OFF THE DEEP END IF YOU DON'T LISTEN TO THE COMMISSIONER, RIGHT NOW!!!
ADELMAN: Who the heck is that.
STERN: Agent Jack Bauer, CTU.
RIVERS: I thought he was a TV character.
BAUER: DO I SOUND LIKE A TV CHARACTER TO YOU?!?! DO I SOUND FAKE, HMM?!?!
STERN: Agent Bauer, please let me explain the situation to them.
BAUER: Make it quick, they're running out of time...
STERN: Gentlemen, the US Government forsees a widescale riot, nationwide, if both your teams win tonight.
ADELMEN: How is that possible?
STERN: Well, it's really quite simple. The experts believe that with all the high drama in the playoffs this year, that the country is now addictted to it. They need to see competitive conference finals as well.
RIVERS: And you're saying that our teams aren't up to the task.
BAUER: Coach, look at your team right now. You're too injured to continue fighting like this. You need to withdrawl.
RIVERS: You're asking me to tank a Game 7, at home, in front of thousands of loyal Celtics fans?
BAUER: I'M ASKING YOU TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR YOUR COUNTRY!!!
STERN: Calm down, Jack.
ADELMAN: Commish, I agree with Bauer. We can't continue like this. I wish it was brought to my attention sooner, that way I wouldn't have had my team push the Lakers so hard.
STERN: It's all right Rick. The Lakers understand. Can you do this tonight?
ADELMAN: Did you see our last game in LA? I don't even have to ask the guys, it would have happened anyway.
RIVERS: I don't know about this...
STERN: Coach, I know that this sounds strange, but it needs to be done.
RIVERS: How am I supposed to tell my team? Just say, we can't win tonight guys?
BAUER: No, there's an easier way.
BAUER: You need to get Paul Pierce to fake an injury during the game. Sometime during the second or third quarters.
RIVERS: Are you insane!
BAUER: THAT'S THE CHOICE YOU HAVE TO MAKE!!! If Pierce goes down, the rest of the team will be too demoralized to continue. It's your best option and it also limits the number of people who are aware of the situation.
RIVERS: And it's that simple? Tell Paul to come up lame with a hammy or a knee or something?
STERN: That's the best option that we can think of Doc. I know this is difficult, but we need your help right now. The country needs you.
RIVERS: No, I can't. I can't just give up on these guys, they've come to far...
BAUER: Listen coach, you have shown more heart in the last few weeks than any team I've seen or fought with before. But right now, we don't need you to fight. We need you to do your job.
BAUER: MAKE THE DECISION COACH!!! YOU'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!!!
ADELMAN: Come on Doc, do the right thing. We're with you.
RIVERS: All right. I'll get Paul in on the operation. You'll have your results later tonight.
STERN: Thank you Doc, Rick. I couldn't have done it without you.
BAUER: America couldn't have done it without you.
ADELMAN: You still didn't need to call me. We weren't winning tonight.
RIVERS: Yeah, you guys were about to get smoked anyway. Kobe's gonna be pissed that your series went seven games...
BAUER: Thank you gentlemen for your cooperation. I have to give a report to CTU and then watch the games.
RIVERS: But you already know what's going to happen.
BAUER: Sure, but it's still fun to watch.
STERN: God bless America.
[beep, BOOP, beep, BOOP]
The following conversation is purely fictional. Jack Bauer did not help the NBA fix the two Game 7's in question.