TV ratings down for NBA finals

Game 2 draws fewer viewers

The Associated PressJune 10, 2009 

Television ratings for Game 2 of the NBA finals are down slightly from last year.

ABC said Monday that the Los Angeles Lakers' 101-96 overtime win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night earned an 8.2 fast national rating. That's down less than 4 percent from the 8.5 for last season's Game 2 between the Lakers and Boston Celtics.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program.

Sixers, Raptors work trade: The Philadelphia 76ers have traded forward Reggie Evans to the Toronto Raptors for shooter Jason Kapono.

Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski says the trade addresses Philadelphia's goal of getting better from the perimeter. Kapono's 45.4 shooting percentage on 3-pointers is tied with Steve Kerr for the best in NBA history.

Kapono averaged 7.2 points and two rebounds per game last season with the Raptors.

The Raptors get rebounding help. Evans, who averaged 3.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game.

O'Neal, Diawara stick with Heat: Forwards Jermaine O'Neal and Yakhouba Diawara of the Miami Heat have exercised options to remain under contract.

Both had contracts mandating they "opt in" for the final years of their deal. O'Neal will make nearly $23 million in 2009-10, and Diawara's salary is around $900,000.

O'Neal averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds this past season for the Heat and Toronto. Diawara, who started 21 games in his first season with Miami and third overall in the NBA, averaged 3.4 points per game.

Nash gets Letterman gig: Steve Nash has a new job during his offseason. The two-time NBA MVP will serve as a correspondent for CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" at Game 3 of the NBA finals Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. He will appear on tonight's show to present his report on the game.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a 2-0 lead over the Orlando Magic.

Nash's season with the Phoenix Suns ended early when they missed the playoffs.

Hearing set: A woman arrested last month at Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki's home has a July 27 hearing on her theft arrest.

Crystal Taylor was arrested May 6 at Nowitzki's home in north Dallas. The 37-year-old defendant was indicted in September 2006 on a theft of services charge for not paying a Beaumont dentist for 2004 work worth between $1,500 and $20,000.

Taylor remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $50,000. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to two years. She's also held without bond on a probation violation warrant from St. Charles County, Mo.

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