Thursday, June 12
Boston at Los Angeles Lakers (9 p.m. EDT). After winning at home on Tuesday night, the Lakers look to even the NBA finals in Game 4.

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo missed practice on Wednesday because of a bone bruise in his left ankle, but he said he would be ready to play in Game 4 of the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. X-rays were negative, and Rondo iced and rested his ankle overnight.

In the midst of the SuperSonics' bid to relocate to Oklahoma City, the team's NBA Developmental League affiliate was moved to Tulsa on Wednesday. The NBA announced an expansion and realignment of the minor league circuit, including a change that will associate the Sonics with the Tulsa 66ers instead of the Idaho Stampede. Tulsa will continue to serve as the minor league club for the Milwaukee Bucks, but no longer will be linked to the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals drew the highest television ratings of the series. The Lakers' 87-81 win Tuesday night earned a 9.2 rating on ABC, the network said Wednesday. That's up 44 percent from the 6.4 last year for Spurs-Cavaliers. It was the highest rating for a Game 3 since Lakers-Pistons in 2004 drew a 10.5.

``It's the same game, it's just a bigger stage. You're not at your high school auditorium any more. This is Carnegie Hall.'' - Boston's Sam Cassell, on trying to get his teammates to relax and not be overwhelmed by the enormity of the NBA finals. The Celtics lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 on Thursday in Los Angeles.

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