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The Lakers have a 2-1 edge after Game 3's win.
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24-second thoughts from Game 3

Posted Jun 9 2010 12:31AM

24 -- Based on his performance in the last game, the odds were 1 in 10 that Ron Artest would connect with a teammate for a pre-game chest bump.

23 -- One minute and 15 seconds in and Kevin Garnett can take the rest of the night off. He's already got three field goals, one more than he scored in all of Game 2.

22 -- So much for redemption. All those 1-footers practiced by Artest before the game won't help as he sits on bench with two fouls in 2:19.

21 -- Two words: Ron-Do!

20 -- Call him the late Lamar Odom. 6:05 into Game 3 and the Lakers are still waiting for him to show up for the Finals. Keeping up with the Kardashians instead of the Celtics.

19 -- What happened to that roaring wall of sound from the Garden crowd? Two-man game by the Celtics -- K.G. and Rondo with 16 of 17 points in the first quarter -- isn't much to cheer about?

18 -- Since he ran out onto the floor in Game 2 to call a timeout, maybe Doc Rivers could get out there again to nail a jumper and help the Boston offense.

17 -- This is why all coaches go grey. You're beating the Celtics up unmercifully with their big guys, so of course, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar both jack up long jumpers.

16 -- Legend John Havlicek shown on Jumbotron screen for 10 seconds and no reaction from the crowd. They're too busy chanting: "Kobe sucks!"

15 -- What's the worry about Phil Jackson leaving? Based on last shot of Lakers huddle, Coach Kobe can run the team. Oh, doesn't he already?

14 -- Pierce finally gets first bucket (1-for-7) of the game. But less than a minute later, he picks up his 3rd foul. Give Rivers credit for rolling the dice and leaving him on the floor.

13 -- Celtics getting to the foul line. Now making them (5-for-10) would be a nifty idea.

12 -- A left-handed, driving, spinning, sweet, killer teardrop floater over the arms of the defense. I shouldn't have to tell you who. He's got 16 points, six rebounds and three assists, quietly brilliant.

11 -- Can the Celtics hang up a Nerf hoop in the locker room so that Pierce and Ray Allen (1-for-13) can practice at halftime? 52-40 Lakers.

10 -- Cruising' K.G. 8-for-10 (17 points): It's those first 34 years that toughest.

9 -- High level, very complex strategy for the Celtics in the second half -- pound the hell out of the Lakers.

8 -- He walked on water in Game 2. But so far tonight Jesus Shuttleworth (0-for-9) hasn't had a prayer.

7 -- Yes, size matters. Lakers 7 blocked shots already. 58-49.

6 -- Allen 0-for-11, Pierce 2-for-9. And if you're the Lakers, you're suddenly in big trouble. End 3Q: 67-61.

5 -- How much Kobe is too much Kobe? Suddenly all of his teammates are standing around just watching the show. All, that is, except the Grey Mamba, Derek Fisher (11 of 16 in 4th quarter).

4 -- He might have to leave the court at the end of the game in Paul Pierce's wheelchair, but Old Man River K.G. keeps rolling.

3 -- This would be a good night for Ray Allen (0-for-15) to try skydiving without a parachute. He wouldn't hit the ground.

2 -- There's the glitch with the replay rule. Odom knocked ball out of bounds, but Rondo clearly fouled him and refs couldn't call it after the fact.

1 -- Kobe Who? Gone Fishin'!

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