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Lamar Odom says he will start in Game 3 against Dallas

May 6, 2011 | 12:10 pm

Photo: Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a rebound in the first half while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center on May 2, 2011. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was coy at the team's shoot-around Friday about who would start at small forward in place of suspended Ron Artest for Game 3 of the playoffs against the Mavericks in Dallas.

But Lamar Odom, who practiced with the Lakers starting unit Thursday and at shoot-around Friday, said: "As far as I know I am [starting]."

Artest was suspended for one game by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Mavericks guard Jose Barea in Game 2 Wednesday.

Before shoot-around, the Lakers issued some game notes saying that Shannon Brown would start Friday, but Jackson merely said the league mandates the team release some pregame information.

The Mavericks won the first two games of the playoff series at Staples Center. Tipoff Friday is 6:30 p.m. PDT.

-- Broderick Turner in Dallas

Photo: Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a rebound in the first half while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center on May 2, 2011. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images


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