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Game 40/66: Celtics (21-18) @ Lakers (24-16) Open Thread

 

Boston @ Los Angeles
Staples Center
3:30 PM EST
ABC

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 98.1 points/100 possessions (25th)
Los Angeles: 101.5 points/100 possessions (13th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 96.0 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Los Angeles: 98.3 points allowed/100 possessions (9th)

Probable Lakers starters: Derek Fischer (PG), Kobe Bryant (SG), Metta World Peace (SF), Pau Gasol (PF), Andrew Bynum (C)

View from the Opposing Bench: Forum Blue and Gold

On February 9th, the Celtics faced the Lakers in a sloppy overtime slugfest at TDGarden.  The Celtics lost mostly due to their inability (unwillingness?) to run their offense.  When this Celtics team doesn’t run their offense, they get poor shots and their lack of height/ability to secure offensive rebounds puts them at an obvious disadvantage.  Playing the Lakers only highlights these deficiencies given how good the Lakers are at hitting the glass.

Since the Celtics last lost to the Lakers, the C’s have matched both their longest winning and losing streaks (5 games). Meanwhile, the Lakers have gone 9-5 and have got a strong win against Miami and a rare loss to Washington.  There couldn’t be more of an “anything can happen” game than today’s contest.

Obviously, the news on Chris Wilcox’s potential heart condition is a scary situation both in terms of Wilcox’s health but also because of the Celtics’ dearth of front court depth.  It’s probably for the best that Wilcox is missing this game given what Kobe Bryant did to Ricky Rubio the other night with his mind bullets.

The Celtics begin a long road trip today that will see them face some tough competition.  The C’s are going to have to play the Lakers, Clippers, Hawks, Sixers, and Nuggets all on the road and all before March 24th.  It’s essential that they start their road trip off right with a win today.  There isn’t a point during this road trip that they will be more rested than they are right now and a loss today could spiral the C’s back down another losing streak.

Prediction

Celtics 95, Lakers 90

  • someguyinsac

    And Rondo leads the team to a win with another triple-double, right?

  • ElRoz

    Hey the Hub, Boston has 21 wins, NOT 20….wake up!

  • I_Love_Green

    SPOILERS

    We get out rebounded by 35.

  • CelticsBIG3

    I want Headbando back. This is a bad start

  • I_Love_Green

    RONDOOOOO

    We'll need a heroic effort from him today.

    • Batman

      we got one

  • Kafel

    Defense is pretty good but there is completely no offense on our side…

  • Morpheus

    Our frontcourt getting smashed

  • IBleedGreen

    Someone please tell pierce stop going one on one

  • guest

    I love how they keep letting Kobe throw those elbows after all these years. That being said, I could care less if we tank the rest of the season, I just want them to beat LA.

  • guest

    And someone go back in time and get 80's McHale to clothesline Ron Artest while we're at it.

  • ElRoz

    Pierce had 0 rebounds…in 39 minutes of play…and he let Ron Artest -an offensive nonentity – outscore and outplay him? What a let down by Pierce!

    Boston losses this game the same way they have been loosing close games the last 3 years: the opponent goes on a 8-0 run, 10-0 run, etc…..

  • CelticsBIG3

    Especially disapointing is losing the season series to LA this year in what is probably the last time these teams will meet as currently constituted.

  • I_Love_Green

    GOD DAMNIT IF YOU'RE GONNA LOSE, LOSE BY 10

  • Josh

    This is a fact, and those who don't agree with it are in COMPLETE denial. Pierce was a total let down this game. In fact, its play like that, that makes me question his leadership and drive if there is any in him at all. Win or lose, you know Ray and KG are gonna put 100% in and bust their asses every game. Pierce was a *****en joke this game. I lost respect for him today.

  • Maryusa

    GOD DAMNIT IF YOU'RE GONNA LOSE, LOSE BY 10

    You are definitely right, but I have a little other opinion
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