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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, June 10
Boston at Los Angeles Lakers (9 p.m. EDT). The Celtics have a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals thanks to two home wins.

COACHES
Michael Curry will be the Pistons head coach next season after only one year as an assistant. Curry was set be introduced as Detroit's new coach at a news conference Tuesday, Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars told The Associated Press. The Pistons and Curry agreed on a three-year deal worth $2.5 million a season. The team holds an option for a fourth season.

STILL LOOKING
Vinny Del Negro has been offered the Chicago Bulls head coaching job, according to a person within the league who is familiar with the situation. Del Negro, the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Suns who has never been a head coach, would take over a team that went from 49 wins to 49 losses and missed the playoffs after making the second round in 2007. The Bulls have the first pick in the draft later this month.

DISHING
Rajon Rondo's 16 assists in Game 2 of the NBA finals Sunday night were the fourth most in Boston history. Only Bob Cousy, who twice had 19, and Dennis Johnson, with 17, had more in a finals game.

WORK CUT OUT
Only three teams have bounced back to win the NBA finals after losing the first two games: the Celtics against the Lakers in 1969, Portland against Philadelphia in 1977, and Miami against Dallas two years ago. Los Angeles trails Boston 2-0 with Game 3 at home Tuesday night.

ROAD WOES
Boston is just 2-7 on the road this postseason heading into Game 3 of the NBA finals Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Lakers are 8-0 at home in the playoffs and have won 14 straight at the Staples Center dating to the regular season. The Celtics lead the series 2-0.

SWINGS
Lakers center Pau Gasol scored 25 first-half points in the first two games but just seven second-half points as Los Angeles trails 2-0 in the NBA finals against Boston with Game 3 at home Tuesday night.

VIEWERS
Television ratings for the NBA finals are up big from last season. Game 2 on Sunday drew an 8.5 fast national rating on ABC, the network said Monday, an increase of 52 percent from the 5.6 last year for the Spurs-Cavaliers series. The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions.

SPEAKING
``I know you all go to the games. But if I see any of you with a Lakers jersey on, I'll know who my real friends are.'' - Boston forward Paul Pierce on returning to his Los Angeles hometown to face the Lakers for Game 3 of the NBA finals Tuesday night. The Celtics lead the series 2-0.
 

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