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Friday, 13 June 2008 22:54
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, June 14
No game scheduled. Game 5 of the NBA finals is Sunday night in Los Angeles.

OFF THE BENCH
The Boston Celtics bench has been a reliable contributor during the NBA finals, so far. With starters Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo both unable to finish Game 4, and Paul Pierce also injured, the Celtics will be relying on their reserves when they try to close out the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 on Sunday night. In all, the Celtics' bench has outscored the Lakers' 108-82 in the series and held a 48-35 rebounding edge.

DAY OFF
A day after the Lakers' colossal collapse in Game 4 of the NBA finals, coach Phil Jackson canceled practice. Jackson said he sent the players home after a brief get-together that included watching some of Thursday night's debacle against the Boston Celtics.

RATINGS
e averaging an 8.8 rating, up 42 percent over last year's 6.2. Game 1 earned an 8.7 and Game 2 had an 8.5.

HIRED
The Miami Heat hired David Fizdale as an assistant coach Friday, bringing the 34-year-old back to where he began his NBA career. Fizdale was an assistant in the Heat video room during the 1997-98 season - starting in almost the same position that new Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra did 13 years ago. He spent the past five seasons as an assistant with Golden State and Atlanta.

SPEAKING
``I don't think there's any doubt that if we had to play this morning, we probably wouldn't feel that great about playing this morning, but fortunately, we're not playing until Sunday, and we'll be back ready to go by Sunday. I just told them as a team, they had their hearts ripped out. It's tough to recover from that, but they will.'' - Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Friday at the team's practice facility. Jackson sent the players home after a brief get-together that included watching some of Thursday night's debacle against the Boston Celtics.
 

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