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If Rondo has his headband on, he dishes in double digits. (Kelvin Kuo /USATODAY)
Prologue: The last time these two teams played, I was again the one writing the recap, and I was simply flabbergasted at the number of Lakers whom I had never heard of before. This time, it felt nice to see some familiar faces for a change, (hello, Marshon! Oh look, it's Farmar! Wait, they could neither trade Hill nor Kaman?) yet the stars of the previous game who put on a clinic from beyond the arc weren't there. Or maybe they were. I don't even remember who they were. I just remember white R. Kelly.

Anyhow, as with all the Celtics games this season, this one was a huge win/loss depending on how you look at it. The Celtics were leading comfortably by double digits in the third quarter, yet the Lakers managed to come back behind Bazemore's huge threes (yay, another relatively unknown guy shines against us!), Kaman's post play that once made him an above average NBA center, and Brooks's need to prove himself against his former team. He had not one but two steals! What has this world come to?! But in all seriousness, the score in the final quarter was 38-18. That was really bizarre.

There were several Celtics who have played as expected, and some even exceeded those expectations: Sullinger had another double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Bass had 20 points and 8 rebounds, Green had 21 points (7-15 shooting), Wallace continued his relatively impressive play after Rondo came back with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Speaking of Rondo, it looked like he would get a triple-double in the third quarter, yet the poor play of the Celtics in the final quarter stopped him short with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Oh, he also could have shot better, 2-12 is sorta disappointing. Pressey blocked a shot (I guess it was Farmar's) too, in case you were curious.

By the way, haven't the Lakers fans got the memo? How enthusiastic were they to be falling behind the Celtics in the tank-a-thon? I guess they really hate the Celtics. THE RIVALRY IS ALIVE! SEE YOU IN MARCH WHEN PLAYERS START GETTING MYSTERIOUS INJURIES!

The Celtics now have the 5th worst record, and Orlando beat the Knicks in double overtime so that's more good news for the pro-tank camp. I guess the Celtics had to make up for standing pat yesterday. Oh, but if you were serious about beating the Lakers no matter what, this is our 9th loss in the last 12 games against them, so yeah, it still does hurt a little bit I guess.

semioticus (shelbyl) 2/22/2014 01:11:00 AM Edit
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