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The Lakers and Celtics come into tonight’s matchup as two teams that are on the verge of a rebuild. With the Lakers battling multiple injuries this season and not having enough bodies to compete on a nightly basis, they’ve placed themselves in an unfortunate situation.

As for the Celtics, they have embraced the idea of rebuilding. The “Big 3″ is no more, and they are now looking to find the next player to carry the torch for their historic franchise.

Tonight, both of these franchises will embark upon the “tank” sweepstakes as many believe that both of these franchises are setting themselves up to draft one of the top prospects in college basketball.

The Lakers will be without Nick Young, as he has been suspended for one game after his heated altercation in the Lakers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. To fill in for Young, the Lakers signed Manny Harris, who stood out in the D-League over the past few weeks.

It’s going to be tough for the Lakers to win tonight without Swaggy P, but with a complete team effort, they might be able to end this six game skid.

Frontcourt: The Celtics don’t boast a very talented frontcourt. They start Kris Humphries, Jared Sullinger, and Jeff Green. Not the most talented bunch, but they play very hard under new head coach Brad Stevens.

The Lakers will need Kaman, Gasol, and Hill to match the energy that the Celtics will play with. Gasol in particular will need to make it his duty to punish the Celtics on the offensive end. He’s easily the most skilled big man on the court, and the Lakers will rely on him if they plan to win.

Backcourt: Tonight marks the return of Rajon Rondo. The All-Star point guard has fully recovered from ACL surgery and is making his season debut. The Celtics recently traded Jordan Crawford, Marshawn Brooks, and Courtney Lee. They are lacking in guards and Rondo’s return couldn’t have come with better timing.

Surely Brad Stevens feels that the Lakers aren’t a bad team for Rondo to make his debut against, as they are also depleted at the guard position. Nick Young will miss tonight’s game due to suspension, and Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake, and Steve Nash are all still in the process of recovering from their respective injuries.

Someone is going to have to step up tonight. Be it Jodie Meeks or Kendall Marshall, the Lakers will rely heavily on these two to get the job done in Young’s absence.

Keys to Lakers Victory: 

Limit Turnovers: With only one active point guard in Kendall Marshall, and Nick Young missing tonight’s game, the Lakers have a tough task ahead of them in running Coach D’Antoni’s system. This team has struggled with turnovers due to the lack of guard depth, and it’s been tough for D’Antoni to adjust his coaching philosophies amidst that predicament. The Lakers have to limit their turnovers because against a young and athletic Celtics team, turnovers will lead to easy baskets in transition.

Controlling The Pace: The Lakers and Celtics are the exact opposite when it comes to pace. The Celtics like to slow the game down and run Stevens half-court system, while the Lakers like to get up-and-down the court and get as many offensive possessions as they can. It’s possible that the team that dictates the pace will win this game, so the Lakers must do a great job of imposing their style of play early and throughout.

Sustained Effort: Earlier in the season, this team relished the idea of having to play hard all 48 minutes. Their effort has been seemingly nonexistent over the last twenty games, and in part that can be due to the lack of healthy bodies. Still, they need to get that back, as it was a key aspect of their identity when they were having some success in November and early December.

Boston Celtics (14-26) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (14-25)
4:30 PM PST, January 17, 2014
TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: ESPN
Radio 710 ESPNLA

Celtics Projected Starting Line-up
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Jared Sullinger
C: Kris Humphries

Key Reserves: PF Brandon Bass, Gerald Wallace, G Jerryd Bayless

Lakers Projected Starting Line-up
PG: Kendall Marshall
SG: Jodie Meeks
SF: Wesley Johnson
PF: Jordan Hill
C: Pau Gasol
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers Versus Celtics best rivalry in the NBA history.Lakers gotta try hard.Win it.

    Go Lakers!Beat The Celtics!

  • independantbynature

    As a life long Lakers fan,I say “Go Celtics !” Let the tank battle begin.To the loser go the spoils.Never thought I’d say this,but this season is gone already.Joel Embiid of Kansas is the game changer in this draft.He will go number one.We need as many balls in this lottery as we can get.He would look absolutely awesome in purple and gold.He will be the next dominant big man in the NBA.I guarantee it.

  • Falco_Crescendo

    Another blow out loss. This team sucks.

  • Alexander Wynn

    Anybody thats a Laker fan and says “Let’s Tank The Season”, isn’t a true fan of their team and DEF doesn’t understand basketball. The Lakers have so much talent, and injuries is the only thing holding them back. Good thing about injuries is that they heal. Henry, Kobe, Farmer, and Blake ALL contribute so much and will be returning soon enough. Fuck tanking a season! Dumbest shit I ever heard. Who wants to approach a season with a losing mentality? DUMB! Kill yaself! We can still make the playoffs, but, DEFENSE is key. All the games we have lost is due to DEFENSE. Primarily, because we have good defenders out, and plus we need better defensive coaching. DEFENSIVE COACHING IS THE REASON WHY WE ARE LOSING! I guarantee if Phil was coaching the squad we have now with all the injuries, we would at least be in the 8th -10th seed right now. #RealTalk.

    So you so called laker fans that keep saying, “Tank The Season”, find a new team, the true fan base doesn’t want you!


    • Lakers Fan

      We don’t have to tank. They will lose, regardless who is on the court. Kobe might not come back til mid-late February. The season will be long over by then. Defense will hinder us from doing anything, and since we rely so much on shooting outside shots we will be eaten alive on the boards and will lose when the shots aren’t falling. No one knows how any of our players will play once they return, so people who wants the team to tank are hoping for a top draft pick cause that’s the only thing we can look forward to. But like I said, we will lose regardless so tanking isn’t needed.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    This is Lakers VS. Celtics you go all out and just spank the Celtics tonight.Anyone who is cheering for the Celtics yet claiming to be a Lakers fan is lost in translation.I hate the Celtics with the passion and i love the Lakers with the passion.Nuff said!


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