SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, June 17
L.A. Lakers at Boston (9 p.m. EDT). The Lakers defeated the Celtics in Game 5 on Sunday night to cut their NBA finals deficit to 3-2.

LONG ROAD
Boston will be playing its record-setting 26th game this postseason Tuesday night in Game 6 of the NBA finals against the Lakers, leading the series 3-2.

LONG ODDS
The Lakers are trying to become the first team in NBA finals history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a title. Los Angeles cut the Celtics' lead to 3-2 with Game 6 in Boston on Tuesday night.

STATUS
Boston center Kendrick Perkins missed Game 5 of the NBA finals with a shoulder injury and is not expected to be ready for Game 6. ... The prognosis for Yao Ming's left foot is ``very good,'' but it remains uncertain whether the Rockets' center will be cleared to play in time for a pre-Olympics tournament, his agent said Monday.

VIEWERS
Television ratings for the NBA finals Sunday were up from the last time the series went five games. The Lakers' 103-98 win over Boston averaged a 10.1 fast national rating on ABC, the network said Monday. That's an 11 percent increase over the 9.1 for Game 5 of the Dallas-Miami series in 2006.

STAYING OR GOING?
Lawyers for the city of Seattle argued in court that the SuperSonics should stay at KeyArena until its lease expires in 2010. In his opening statement Monday, Seattle lawyer Paul Lawrence said the city only agreed to renovate the old Seattle Coliseum - now KeyArena - at a cost of more than $80 million in the mid-1990s because the team agreed to stay until 2010. Sonics owner Clay Bennett gained the league's approval to move the team to his hometown of Oklahoma City and is hoping to pay the city no more than $10 million in lost rent for the next two seasons.

SIDELINED
Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller is hospitalized with health complications related to diabetes.

SPEAKING
``It's going to be like coming into the Amazon, into the jungle. I look forward to coming home and playing.'' - Boston forward Kevin Garnett on returning home for Game 6 of the NBA finals against the Lakers on Tuesday night, leading the series 3-2.

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