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Starting five: Lakers 87, Celtics 81

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  June 11, 2008 02:03 AM

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3. I've been yelping all postseason for Doc Rivers to give Eddie House more minutes, so it pains me to say he probably played a little too much tonight. House saw 20 minutes of action, just two fewer than Rondo, who missed a significant stretch in the second half because of his ankle injury and Doc's apparent reluctance to put him back in the game. Given his first extended PT since Game 7 of the Cleveland series, House struggled, hitting just 2 of 8 shots, and he sure didn't look like he had his sea legs when he missed an open 13-footer that would have tied the score at 78 with approximately two minutes remaining. Of course, Doc could choose to play House's ubiquitous toddler at the point, and I'd consider it an improvement over the Sam Cassell Chuckin'-'n'-Heavin' Experience.

4. Considering he's one of the top three or four most skilled players on the floor at any given moment, it's amazing, if not entirely surprising, how lost Lamar Odom looks. (Or maybe the better word is "indifferent.") He was atrocious tonight - he hit just 2 of 9 shots for 4 points while committing a game-high 5 turnovers - and he's playing with all the urgency of someone who just stumbled out of Spicoli's van. Phil Jackson has coached his share of space cadets through the years, but even he seems mystified as to how to get Odom righted - cutting his minutes doesn't seem to be having the desired effect - and I'll be surprised if he's a positive factor at all for the remainder of the series.

5. As for today's Completely Random Basketball Card:

Years before he began shoveling his smug Zen Master b.s., Jackson was an affably goofy, ridiculously lanky defensive specialist for those memorable Knicks teams of the early '70s. I'm pretty sure I would have liked him better then.

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