TLN’s Pregame Report: Lakers @ Celtics

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The (36-16) Los Angeles Lakers are in the state of Massachusetts to face the (38-13) Boston Celtics for the second time in 11 days.  The Celtics are hosting the Lakers after a loss to the Bobcats on the road.

There is never a shortage of storylines when these teams meet. Ray Allen will more than likely become the all-time NBA leader in 3-pointers tonight. Leading several people to ask the question, did Allen wait until today to break Reggie Miller’s record at home against the Lakers?

An answer to the question is unimportant.

The fact of the matter is, the Los Angeles Lakers are seeking payback for the recent loss to Boston. They were fighting an uphill battle the entire game. The Celtics shot 60.3 % from the field, out-rebounded them (43-30), but that was far from the worst of it. They were held to 10 assists their lowest total at home in 51 years!

The Celtics are a banged up team, but still formidable in this rematch, 23-4 at the TD Garden. The Lakers are 2-0 on their extended Grammy road trip.

A motivational speech will not be necessary tonight. This rivalry will bring out a high level of intensity.

The Lakers need to play with consistency, have balanced scoring and win the rebounding battle. They have to control the tempo of the game, stop the dribble penetration of Rajon Rondo, defend the screen and roll plays and quickly rotate out to shooters. They have to not leave any potential shooter open and limit the Celtics to one shot per possession and rebound.

The Lakers need to take care of the ball and get back in transition to stop the Celtics from getting easy baskets or early offense. It is imperative that they get a big game from their front line. Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have to catch the ball in the painted area, be aggressive and attack the basket.

The Lakers front line has to be cognizant of the fact that the Celtics are going to be physical with them. They have to be physical and aggressive on both sides on the court.

A victory tonight would be a much-needed signature win against an elite team. It would also allow the Lakers to exact some revenge from the previous game.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Celtics:
R. Rondo, R. Allen, P. Pierce, K. Garnett, K. Perkins

Tip-off: 5:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: TNT
  • Boston: TNT

Radio -

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

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Torn Lateral Meniscus, Right Knee) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out

Celtics:

  • Semih Erden (Right Abductor Strain) Day-to-Day
  • Jermaine O’Neal (Sore Left Knee) Out
  • Shaquille O’Neal (Sore Achilles’ Tendon) Out
  • Delonte West (Wrist) Out
  • Marquis Daniels (Bruised Spinal Cord) Out
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • Sir

    The Lakers are wearing their throwback jerseys- guaranteed loss

    • dibs24

      they just won…

      • LakerMarc

        funny

    • Sir

      I reverse jinxed them! But they usually do lose when they wear those

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  • SHOWTIME4EVA

    when it really comes down to it.We(Lakers) are better than the celtics.We can beat them.

    • Nick

      U sure are when we are without are entire bench u fucking retard.

      • Guildtank

        because they are all in nursing home collecting pensions

      • nick the ratard old boy

        the boys lost..retards like nick blame something else. Celtics are old..boys. Nick the retard please retire.

      • NBAmazkingKB24

        “our”

      • LakerMarc

        Quit making excuses pussy!!! The Lakers have made it a career in the last 3 years of winning when several player have been out like Gasol, Bynum, Odom and even Kobe… going almost perfect ..ON THE ROAD …. quit making excuses ..you sound like Doc.

      • SHOWTIME4EVA

        You whining cock sucking bitch we got guys out too. Learn your fucking manners little fuckin punk! Truth hurts tough shit you snotty nose little faggot!

  • Chi-Town Walt

    Starting a movement get rid of blake,walton

  • Chi-Town Walt

    I 4got ratliffe,joe smith 2

  • Guildtank

    we win :)

  • Lakerso0828

    Great Win Both Gasol and Bynum had a great Night Great win guys lets continue the momentum

  • Guildtank

    Once Bynum string a few of these kind of games together, I am sure all those who say trade him will disappear.

    He gives us offence, defence and intimidation. Melo gives you better offense, that’s it

    • LakerMarc

      Agreed 100%

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    The Lakers won as expected. Hopefully this continues and we get wins at NY and Orlando next.

    Seeing the Celtics lose made my day. To be beaten by the Lakers made my week.

    • LakerMarc

      Funny how The Lakers own The Celtics in Boston…Thats what the 3rd straight victory in Boston…..

  • LakerMarc

    Totally proud of the way they won…. the Celtics got really close and the Lakers held them back and kept them at bay….beautiful…there were some faults… but I see this team on the rise ……..watch out Miami and San Antone!

  • Nick

    Ya and we have won 2 str8 in L.A whats ur point?? Great victory for you guys but please lets not discount the fact that our entire bench was injured. I’m legitimately asking does that not matter? Lol just kuz u guys are 7 deep and have no semblance of a bench please don’t try to think that you beat us fair and square. Shaq, Delonte, Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Jermaine O’Neal, and Semih Erden all get significant minutes for us, if you fucking clowns want 2 think that this was symbolic of a potential finals match then thats fine too, lol but we all know we are TOO DEEP, and TOO TOUGH, to lose a series to you guys THIS YEAR, keep hoping for Spurs and Celtics injuries fellas.

    • Inverse

      Someones scared

    • Guildtank

      the reason why those players are injured is because Celtics are a geriatric team. Can not blame anyone else but your own management for being short sighted and signing a bunch of have-beens

    • nick the ratard old boy

      yep yep! someone is scared…well, it should! pretty much childish huh.. che\icken little is telling nick that his sky is falling!

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      Did the”boa” choke on his own bullshit?

    • scared to death

      blah blah blah blah blah blah

  • lakers2000

    Haa haa. You know the old saying “excuses are like assholes, everybody has one”. I am actually starting to get amused by our new trolls!

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