The Celtics and Lakers are in Boston for tonight’s game three (ABC, 9:00pm, CSN Pregame 7:30pm)  of the NBA Finals with the series tied at a game apiece.

With most of the media traveling East yesterday from Los Angeles, there actually isn’t a ton of articles this morning on the series. Here are the better ones:

Rondo, Allen create matchup chaos – Bill Doyle has the Celtics backcourt causing problems for the Lakers.

Opportunity knocks for Celtics – Chris Forsberg says that the Celtics have the chance to avoid a return to LA, but need to take game three tonight first.

Stop crying foul – Bob Ryan explains what has happened to NBA officiating.

It’s Rajon Rondo’s world right now – Scoop Jackson(!) says that it is time for the media to recognize Rajon Rondo and stop treating him like a child.

Struggling Lamar Odom and Kevin Garnett Will Have to Step It Up in Game 3 – Evans Clinchy says that the two forwards hold the keys to this series.

Change format and give it a rest – Gary Washburn says that it is time to put an end to the 2-3-2 finals format.

It’s been a foul series for Odom so far – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has more on the struggles of Lamar Odom, and a number of other items.

I did not include Gerry Callahan’s column on Kevin Garnett being finished, not because it is *gasp* critical of a local athlete, but because it’s a poorly-written, lousy column. Gerry tries a little too hard to be clever today: “more miles on him than Al Gore’s Gulfstream” Zing! “sounding like a member of the Washington press corps talking about that nasty old hag Helen Thomas.” Zap! “cry like Jim Joyce on Oprah” Slam! “like saying Sly Stallone lost his boyish good looks” Pow!

KG may well be Willie Mays in 1973, OR he might just be hurt, OR maybe he just had two bad games.

NBA Commissioner David Stern was on with Dennis and Callahan this morning on WEEI, and it was great radio. A lot of give-and-take on both sides.

Red Sox

The Red Sox were in Cleveland last night for the first of four with the Indians. Daisuke Matsuzaka threw eight shutout innings as the Red Sox won, 4-1. Get all the coverage over at RedSoxLinks.com.

Has Daisuke actually figured it out this time? – Rob Bradford wonders if Dice-K has finally turned a corner.

It’s a happy homecoming for V-Mart – Joe Haggerty looks at Victor Martinez’s first game back in Cleveland since being traded.

Red Sox fondly remember day they were drafted – The MLB draft started last night, and Daniel Barbarisi talks to Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Josh Reddick and Terry Francona about the days they each were drafted.

Back to school: Red Sox seek impact college players on day one – Alex Speier has the Red Sox taking college players with their first three picks.

Matsuzaka nabs milestone victory – Haggerty’s notebook wraps up a number of loose ends.

Patriots

The Patriots had another round of OTA workouts that were open to the media yesteday.

More OTA action – Andy Hart reports on the on-the-field action yesterday.

Welker not getting caught up – Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots WR saying that his return to the field is no big deal.

Chung’s development a key for Patriots – Mike Reiss looks at whether the second year safety can emerge as a defensive playmaker for the Patriots. Karen Guregian also has a good piece on Chung.

Banta-Cain aims to deliver boost to pass rush again – Christopher Price has the Patriots linebacker looking to bring the pressure again in ’10.

Patriots Already Building Camaraderie During OTAs – Jeff Howe looks at a few plays from yesterday’s session.

International soccer veteran and New England Revolution star forward Taylor Twellman will join Comcast SportsNet for its network-wide World Cup coverage starting on Wednesday, June 9, three nights before the highly anticipated U.S. vs. England match on Saturday, June 12. 

Throughout the World Cup, Twellman will join SportsNet Centralon game days to breakdown the day’s matches at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. Twellman will also contribute to Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight during the month-long tournament.

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