Image from imbanks.comLos Angeles Lakers (42-13) host Boston Celtics (33-18)
Season series: 1-0 Lakers
Streaks: Lakers won 4/Boston won 1
Time: 7:30PM PST - TV TNT
Lakers really do not need much adjustment for this game with the way they've been playing since Kobe's absence. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and if the Lakers continue to play this well, they WILL come out victorious. Let's face the music, even though Boston won two night's ago against the Kings (not impressively btw), the injured Celtics are still a struggling team that have yet to find their usual dominating selves. Their shooting percentage is low and any team who plays tall will be a defensive nightmare.
Here is Boston's light of hope. Paul Pierce is coming off his biggest game this month scoring 17 pts. His helping shooting hand to win in Sacramento that broke the teams 2 game losing streak and a recent NBA All-Star 3 Point Shootout title will be his riding momentum flying into L.A., back to his home town in Inglewood. Also look for Rondo to bounce back from one of his worst games this season after scoring a dismal 4 pts. He always plays well against the Lakers. Remember he had 21 pts with 12 assists last time we met. Lastly, Rasheed Wallace is also coming off one of his better games this month, scoring 17 pts in just 23 minutes.
When is Kobe returning? This seems to be the big question that has everyone thrown in a loop, especially his teammates. Shannon Brown had a career high 27 pts with 10 boards the other night against the Warriors and he didn't even know he was going to start for Kobe until minutes before tip off. It's such a great feeling to know that when your superstar player is out, his teammates can pull through on a last minute's notice and just flat out play great basketball. The Lakers have shown their championship level depth that defines how truly skilled they are as a clear cut favorite to win games without Mr. MVP. This speaks volume on how respected this Laker team has become since emerging Kobe-less 51 games into the season.