Boston: 98.1 points/100 possessions (25th)
Los Angeles: 101.5 points/100 possessions (13th)
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.
Celtics 95, Lakers 90