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GAME 3: LAKERS 87, CELTICS 81

Xs and O's

June 11, 2008|Lonnie White

Times staff writer Lonnie White breaks down the keys to Game 3 and looks forward to Game 4:

Three keys from Game 3

* Jellybean flashback: Kobe Bryant's offensive display against Boston has to make his father Joe proud.

* Missing points: Paul Pierce has poor shooting game and the Celtics struggle to score.

* Sasha time: Lakers get 20 big points off the bench from Sasha Vujacic.

Three keys to Thursday's Game 4

* Help please: Lakers need another starter -- other than Bryant -- to step up offensively.

* Healthy Rondo: Celtics can only hope that their second-year point guard is not seriously injured.

* Bench play: Whichever team gets better play from its reserves will win.

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