A challenge for Artest?

MIAMI — Lakers coach Phil Jackson wasn’t sure what to do with Ron Artest tonight against the Miami Heat. He didn’t want him guarding the Heat’s Quentin Richardson because “he will put him to sleep because Richardson just stands out on the 3-point line most of the time.” Jackson also said, “We’ll have to get Ron on (Michael) Beasley or (Dwyane) Wade at some point just to active him.” Of defending Wade, Jackson said, “We’ll have three or four guys trying to guard him tonight.” Kobe Bryant could be one of them.

Artest has played lock-down defense on Indiana’s Danny Granger, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony in the last two games, both Lakers victories.

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