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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Game 4: Celtics vs. Lakers nuggets

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- Here are 10 facts and figures to keep in mind before the Celtics and Lakers clash (ABC, 9 p.m) in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the TD Garden (information researched for ESPN by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.):

1. The Celtics face long odds in their quest to win the title. In the history of the NBA Finals, only seven of the 44 teams that have trailed 2-1 have come back to win the series (13.7%). But the Celtics have been in this situation in the Finals seven times in their franchise history and have come back to win the series in four of those instances (57.1 percent), with three of those coming at the expense of the Lakers (1962, 1969 and 1984).

2. Ray Allen was 0-for-13 and scored only two points in 42 minutes of action in Game 3 after leading the Celtics to a Game 2 victory with a 32-point performance. Allen is the third player in NBA history - in the regular season or postseason - to play at least 40 minutes and score as few as two points in a game immediately following a 30-point performance. Ricky Davis was held scoreless in 45 minutes on January 16, 2006 after scoring 33 points in the previous game; and Jo Jo White scored just two points in 40 minutes on February 10, 1974 after scoring 30 points in his previous game.

3. Allen was 0-for-8 from 3-point range in Game 3. Allen ranks fifth in NBA postseason history in career 3-point field goal percentage among the 78 players with 200+ attempts. But his performance in Game 3 marked the eighth time in his postseason career he has shot 0-for-5 or worse from three-point range -- the most such games for any player in NBA history.

4. Lamar Odom was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for the Lakers in Game 3. That is the best shooting performance in an NBA Finals game since Carl Herrera went 6-for-6 for the Rockets against the Knicks on June 19, 1994.

5. Phil Jackson has won 27 of the 28 best-of-seven series in which his team has led 2-1 in his career as a head coach (96.4 percent).

6. Paul Pierce is shooting 18.8 percent from the field in the first half (3 for 16) and 50 percent from the field in the second half (10 for 20) through the first three games of this series.

7. Ron Artest is shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from the line in the 2010 playoffs. Only two players in NBA history have made less than 40 percent of their field goal attempts and less than 60 percent of their free throw attempts in a postseason (minimum: 200 FGA): Woody Sauldsberry in 1961 (.364 FG%; .560 FT%) and George McGinnis in 1977 (.374 FG%; .570 FT%).

8. Jackson registered his 112th career playoff win as head coach of the Lakers in Game 3. That breaks the record for the most postseason wins any head coach has with a single franchise in NBA history, surpassing the 111 victories that Jackson registered with the Bulls. While Jackson has won 100+ games with two different franchises, only two other head coaches have reached that milestone with one team: Gregg Popovich (106; Spurs) and Pat Riley (102; Lakers).

9. The Lakers have posted a 26-11 (.703) record in the 37 games that Andrew Bynum has started in the postseason in his career. That is the highest personal winning percentage in postseason starts for any active player, followed by Derek Fisher (96-48, .667) and Kobe Bryant (115-59, .661) (minimum: 30 starts in the playoffs).

10. The visiting team has won two of the first three games of this series. This is the first time since 2003 that the visitors have won at least two of the first thee games of an NBA Finals series.