TLN’s Game Report: Lakers @ Celtics

The (36-11) Los Angeles Lakers are in Boston to face the (29-15) Celtics.

It will be billed as a rivalry renewed. There’s no love lost in this game and make no mistake, this is a must-win game. Lakers need to approach this as a playoff game.

The Lakers are on a 3-game winning streak, 4-2 on this road trip and 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Celtics aren’t playing good basketball and are on a soon to expand two-game losing streak.

As we all know this is a marquee match-up in the NBA; it is also one of two games that the Lakers circle on the calendar every year the schedule is released.

This is the 47th game of the season and both teams have questions that need to be answered. The questions for the Lakers would be their health, bench scoring, and offensive rebounding. There’s a litany of questions for the Celtics; the main one, is this team too old to contend?

This is a game that the coaching staff won’t have to motivate the players; everyone knows what’s at stake — this game is a measuring stick for both teams. As usual Boston will attempt to be the more physical team and attempt to out-muscle Los Angeles, they must be aware that their opponent will use this tactic and need to be prepared for it.

The Lakers are a rhythm team, that are currently playing in a good rhythm. The frontline needs to be aggressive and continuously attack the rim. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom need to join Kobe Bryant and have a major impact on the outcome of today’s game.

Kobe is 47 points shy of being the Lakers all-time leading scorer, the only question is when it will happen. No one will have a problem seeing it happen today, but I want to see Kobe make multiple trips to the free-throw line.

Some members of the media on the east coast, will state that Boston is a Championship contender and that everything will miraculously come together by the end season. I don’t see it that way, I’m a realist and after seeing Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic blow by Kevin Garnett like he was nailed to the floor, tells me that Garnett’s knee isn’t sound after being out for an extended period of time. This also lets you know that they’re not the same team. The team’s defense has faltered, their rebounds, and points are down.

The Celtics rely on the three point shot and have several players that can get hot shooting behind the arc in Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Eddie House and Rasheed Wallace. Lakers needs to challenge every shot and not let anyone get hot, so the Celtics can’t ride the hot hand and defend out to the three point line. The Lakers have to take care of the ball, play defense without fouling and control the glass.

Securing a victory will take a total team effort, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown have to limit the impact of Rajon Rondo and keep him out of the painted area. The Lakers need to play with high energy and outwork this team.

Tip-off: 12:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: ABC
  • Boston: ABC

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Boston: 850 WEEI (Sean Grande & Cedric Maxwell)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Sasha Vujacic (Strained Right Hamstring)

Celtics:

  • SG Marquis Daniels (Thumb) Out
  • SG J.R. Giddens (Knee)
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • TheLAKERSwon09

    DESTROY BOSTON!

  • lakers2000

    It is not enjoyable listening to the Laker hating, east loving t.v. announcers! I hope we put it to all who hate. Kobe will show that we have not forgotten what Boston has taken from him. Go Lakers!!!!
    P.S. I want to see Ron bitch slap Paul (The wheel chair wonder) Pierce!

  • Jim

    This game separates the men from the boys, we absolutely have to win this game. Make us proud guys. Go Lakers!!!!!!

  • http://57.amklac HE`S HURT AGAIN?

    LAKER HONKS ALL PUCKERED UP…BETTER TOUGHEN UP LADIES..

  • Green Flannel

    See… when the Lakers know if they don’t show up the game is lost, but tonight they approach the Celtics as a playoff game. Now all the haters get to see what you get in the post-season…GOOD LUCK NBA! lol

  • Anthony

    Wow, looking at the Lakers and how great they are when each piece (player) plays well and within themselves this team can be amazing.

    Ron went out and it’s hardly noticed.

  • Green Flannel

    Fish hit it right in his eye!

  • drive-for-16th

    its fuckin embarrassing right now a 13 point lead gone, Why the hell dont they give bynum the ball enough and time he plays good and lamar sucks nuts. Kobes taking stupid ass shots too.

  • Piss on your Green Flannel

    Yeah, what a way to blow that lead there…

  • drive-for-16th

    ron artest is no where to be seen on pierce and he keeps knocking 3s down.

  • drive-for-16th

    we need to man the fuk up and play harder this is so gaay.

  • letherebelight

    pound the ball inside. Whiy did phil put in luke. Luke had 3 fouls on rondo with 8pts with those fouls. Damn luke walton

    • Luke Walton

      Because I have a high basketball IQ, I know the Triangle, and Phil loves me.

  • trevors_voodooDoll

    I’m sayin’ it now… win or lose….. this team plays like a bunch of idiots!

  • b_ball_river

    Apparently kobe has forgotten how to play in boston garden…. making tony allen look like a hall of famer

  • http://57.amklac HE`S HURT AGAIN?

    THATS WHERE HE`S HURT COMES IN DUDE…

    • Green Flannel

      Fuck you, fuck Paul Pierce, Fuck clutch less Ray Allen, and fuck the citizens of Boston and the city! Kobe GOAT and the best finisher in the NBA. Go Lakers!!

      • Green Flannel

        oh yeah Bryant had only 19 points but guess who one? Lakers, but i have never made excuses about any player being hurt, but it is a little easier to play kobe when he has a broken body part… but DAMN, c’mon C’s!

  • Kobe8/24

    Although we struggled a little bit, and made Rondo run wild, we still got that all important W.

  • sheds

    WIN!

  • drive-for-16th

    Fuk the Celdicks, fuk the haters. KOBE = MOST CLUTCH PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE NBA!!!!

    FUK ARE YOU GONAN SAY NOW BOSTON, WHAT THE FUK ARE YOU GONNA SAY NOW BITCHES?!!!!!!!!!!

  • drive-for-16th

    KOBE CAN GO 1-20 IN A GAME HES STILL TAKING THE LAST SHOT.

  • letherebelight

    hahahhahahahahhaha smeltics………MAMBA 24

  • drive-for-16th

    KOBE IS THE FUCKING MVP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • letherebelight

    Yea like cooper said……..kobe shot was straight child abuse on ray allen hahahahahhaa

  • Ronnie

    This is not that impressive of a win. The lakers were suppose to win this considering how Boston has been struggling defensively and Garnette has been slow to come back to full strength. It is still a win and that’s all that matters, Kobes clutch shot saved this team from a clumsy loss, too many TURNOVERS. WAAAAY too many.

    • BE_A_LakerFan

      Save the negativity for the haters. All that is true, but a win is a win. We played through it.

      Lake Show!

  • drive-for-16th

    not impressive but still a W over the celdicks and now lets finish STRONG over memphis tomorrow and come home winners.

  • drive-for-16th

    now i wanna see if they put kobe up no 1 in mvp race cause thsi is his 5th cluth shot thsi year 3 game winners.

    • b_ball_river

      no because lebron is gonna almost get a triple double tonight against the clippers and thats gonna headline the sportscenter highlight

      • drive-for-16th

        why doesnt the media just get in line in front of lebriks house and take a number to whos gonan suck his dick the most. fuk the media including espn, nbatv, fuk them all for not recognizing real greatness which is kobe bryant.

  • http://57.amklac HE`S HURT AGAIN?

    the celtics look like a bunch of dereck fishers…poor kobe limping around on a bad ankle…did he get hurt again?

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      no!he shut your silly lemouth with that clutch shot like always! kobes the g.o.a.t!

  • drive-for-16th

    cleveland is raping the clips and lebrik has 23 in teh first quarter, i think that douche is going for a career night by picking on the clips.

  • drive-for-16th

    or hes probably trying to reach 81. haha. naaaah

  • Popcorn

    Very important win for LA. Kobe is the deadliest player in the league with the game on the line; even when he has been missing shots he will kill you.

    Hopefully we could get one more W tomorrow. We’re going to need Gasol to play better tomorrow an Bynum to have another good game like today.

    Glad we beat the Celchicks today.

  • b_ball_river

    I hope no one missed the fascinating highlight of lebron filing his nails…. it was extraordinary!!!!

    • 242LakerFan

      Well, at least he’s using clippers now (pun intended) and not peeling them off with his teeth, like a nasty 12-year-old.

  • Kobe8/24

    Andrew Bynum was the player of the game for me. He straight OWNED KG with that dunk.

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