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Game 54: Celtics (28-25) @ Lakers (25-29) Open Thread

 

http://www.espn.go.com/media/nba/2006/0320/photo/a_pierce_395.jpgBoston at Los Angeles
10:30 P.M. ET
Staples Center

CSNNE/ESPN

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.1 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Los Angeles:
104.9 points/100 possessions (8th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.4 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Los Angeles:
 103.4 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)

Probable Lakers Starters:
Steve Nash (PG), Kobe Bryant (SG), Metta World Peace (SF), Earl Clark (PF), and Dwight Howard (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Forum Blue and Gold

Thumbnail: For the second consecutive night, the Celtics face a team that is much stronger at home than it is on the road. However, this time around Boston faces its archrival, the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know of their well-publicized struggles thus far this season, but the Lakers’ old bodies have a lot of rest heading into Wednesday’s contest. In addition, there will be an added pride factor for Los Angeles after Jerry Buss’s recent death.

In order for the Lakers to succeed in 2012-13, they have had to hold opponents to fewer than 100 points. When they have done so, they have an 18-7 record. However, when the Lakers do not, they are 7-22. One of those 22 losses this season was a blowout at the hands of the Celtics a couple weeks ago in Boston. The Lakers’ recent struggles have mainly been because their defense. They have given up at least 100 points in three of their last five games and have lost all three. Of course, they won the other two.

Although the Celtics and Lakers were near the top of their respective conferences just a few years ago, they are both fighting for playoff spots now. They both have aged centerpieces that on their last legs. Paul Pierce showed that he was a 35-year-old on Tuesday at Denver when he shot 2-for-14 from the field. It was only the fourth time in his 1,208-game regular season and postseason career that he made two or fewer field goals while attempting at least 14 in the same game. Wednesday’s game is obviously more important for the Lakers because they are at home and on the outside looking in regarding the Western Conference playoffs. Pierce will look to continue to spoil the Lakers’ chances at playing in the postseason.

Prediction: The Celtics are victorious against the Lakers twice in one calendar month for the first time since January 1975, according to Elias.

Celtics 97, Lakers 93

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  • Jonathan

    I'm still kind of upset that both times we've had to face the lakers, it has been in a SEGABABA, while the lakers had a minimum of a day off. Oh well, no excuses, Go C's!

  • Youkilledkenny9

    I guess beating them in 2008, in the finals four times wasn’t in one month lol.

    • StatsAdam

      Funny stuff! Regular season obviously

  • Youkilledkenny9

    Haha I figured so. I’m hoping Williams gives us something. Let’s go C’s!

  • CelticsBIG3

    This game is all but set up for a Laker win with the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss. It will either signal a possible season turnaround, or the total implosion.

    • CelticsBIG3

      In terms of the Lakers not us imploding.

  • I_Love_Green

    Definitely recording this game tonight! The chances are slim, but it COULD be Paul and KG's last game as a Celtic. Scary thought!

  • I_Love_Green

    Also Terrence Williams makes his much anticipated debut. Let's see how the Lakers try to defend him.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I'd be surprised if he plays tonight, unless Courtney Lee continues to pick up fouls.

      • CelticsBIG3

        And I was wrong

  • High Rollers

    The D is not consistent for either side early on here.

  • Anthony

    Am I wrong in thinking the Celts really bad on plays coming after timeouts this year? Is there a stat for that?

    • Anthony

      Also noticed since the Rondo injury that they've been taking a step or two closer on the jumpshots and taking more 14-17 footers as opposed to 18-20 footers.

  • High Rollers

    I noticed that too, Anthony. Opponents’ runs seem to come then. Which is weird to say the least. Like everyone says yeah Doc we’re on the same page without it really being the case.

    • Anthony

      Just when I was about to say at least the team cleaned up the bonehead turnovers off inbound passes, KG throws one away. 9pt halftime lead doesn't seem insurmountable but guys beside Pierce have to step up.

      Go Celts!

  • High Rollers

    Every little bit helps.

    Very interesting game. A little Bruce Willis in a Die Hard flick -esque. A lot of blood that’s for sure. Same kind of implausibility.

  • The Cardinal

    It's happening again – when Jet is on the court with Pierce, he becomes as underutilized as he did when paired with Rondo.

  • High Rollers

    But Jet hit a very nice three ball in rhythm, going instinctual. I like it.

    Dwight’s Arthur Murray little travel two step was GREAT. (Because it was actually called.)

  • High Rollers

    And on cue, it’s become an all out shootout. At least until guys get tired, on both sides. Good thing AB is a youngster.

  • High Rollers

    Which team trips itself up first and most in the second half. That is the question.

  • High Rollers

    Is there a Jeff Green in the building? Paging Mr. Green . . .

    • CelticsBIG3

      I'm wondering why he's matched up with Antawn Jamison (age 38? And a notoriously weak defensive player) and taking fade away jumpshots. Take him to the basket for Christ's sake.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Man Bass stinks these days. Instead of taking the shot he has as the shot clock winds down, he dribbles in to get closer. Then watches a rebound go by his face.

  • High Rollers

    Two teams living off the front of the uniform… only winning at home. Sheesh.

  • High Rollers

    Road is where your real identity is formed. C’s need to get it together.

  • oKCeltic

    Can Bass play any worse than he has starting the 3rd qtr? Pathetic..

    • CelticsBIG3

      Probably, lol

  • High Rollers

    Definitely playing distracted by … well, we all know.

  • Anthony

    Tonight's defense stinks…AB and KG included. Ughh…. SMH

  • I_Love_Green

    Well this is getting out of hand.

  • I_Love_Green

    But Terrence Williams is in!!!

  • High Rollers

    Welcome T-Will. Still think we have a run in us. Doc hit it on the head with the LA “frontrunner” comment.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Yup. Take the momentum from them. Would be nice if KG could hit a shot.

  • High Rollers

    Doc should yell at Jeff more. Wowza.

  • High Rollers

    Everyone’s starting to stress that this is it. Just play.

  • The Cardinal

    Tonight highlights how the lack size makes it tough to get back into a game – the interior defense and rebounding is just too weak and inconsistent against skilled bigs. We've gotta forget about this one and focus on the last three games of this road trip.

    • CelticsBIG3

      And pray we still have have Ticket and Truth at 3 pm tomorrow.

  • High Rollers

    That KG foul on Blake beyond the three point line turned out to be huge. Dang.

  • High Rollers

    Kinda like T-Will. Not bad.

  • High Rollers

    Good points, Cardinal.

  • High Rollers

    The guys on the floor right now playing for their jobs?

  • Anthony

    Celts should've fouled, called timeout and ran a play so the LA fans don't get any tacos.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I am in agreeance with this statement.

  • High Rollers

    Lol Anthony. That would have been cool.

    Well, if that was it… it’s been real. All hail the KG Era, Truth and Ticket, long live the Green Bloods.

  • Anthony

    I enjoyed the Fab block and alley-oop.

    Less than 14 hours till the trade deadline. Fingers crossed.

    At least the next 2 games should be a little easier.

  • High Rollers

    Agree with you there.

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