NBA: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
Tonight’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics at the Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET) will likely lose a little of its luster, as Kobe Bryant remains a question mark with a sprained left ankle.
Kobe hasn’t played since February 5, and the injury also kept him out of the All-Star Game. We were hoping the Lakers’ superstar would be up for tonight’s clash but he told reporters Wednesday: “Right now it’s a no…if I wake up and I feel drastically different, then I’ll play, but I doubt it.”
He urged his teammates at the Thursday morning shoot-around, likely urging them to play well against the Celtics, but did not take part in any physical activity.
The defending champions have gone 4-0 in his absence, though they struggled Tuesday in a 104-94 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Shannon Brown, filling in for Bryant, notched 12 of his career-high 27 points in the fourth period. The 24-year-old guard also had a career-best 10 rebounds in logging his first career double-double.
Andrew Bynum added 21 points and seven boards in his return to the lineup after missing two games because of a hip problem.
If Boston wins, the spin will turn the loss into an expected event since the team’s top scorer was on the sidelines. But no matter who shows up tonight, it’s bound to be a good one.
UPDATE: Ray Allen scored 24 points to lead Boston to an 87-86 victory over the Lakers. Kevin Garnett added 13 points and eight rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists.
For Los Angeles, Pau Gasol notched 22 points while Lamar Odom had 13 points and 14 boards.