The Los Angeles Lakers will welcome a couple of Eastern Conference teams to STAPLES Center this weekend. First, the Boston Celtics will take on the Lakers on Friday, February 21at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, February 23, the Brooklyn Nets will join in on the action against the Lakers at 6:00 p.m.
The Lakers (18-36) come into STAPLES Center off a 134-108 loss against the Houston Rockets and have now dropped eight consecutive games at home. The injury report for the Lakers continues to be their biggest adversity as they are without five players on their roster as of today. Instead, the Lakers hope to work with what they have including Jodie Meeks and Kendall Marshall who scored 19 and 20 points respectively against the Rockets on Wednesday.
Late Wednesday night, Lakers point guard Steve Blake was traded to the Warriors in exchange for guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. “This is one of the best places I’ve ever played at, and in the future if they wanted me back, I absolutely, definitely would consider it,” Blake said following the news.
The Celtics (19-36) most recently dropped a 100-94 road loss against the Phoenix Suns and are looking to get back on track against the Lakers. The Celtics currently have six different players averaging over 10.0 points per game in a balanced scoring offense. Boston is led by forward Jeff Green this season, averaging 16.5 points per game.
In their last meeting, the Lakers took advantage of a close 107-104 victory in Boston despite a 25 point performance by the Celtics rookie center, Kelly Olynyk. The Celtics will look to even the score this season against their historic rivals on the road.
On the other hand, the Brooklyn Nets (25-27) are in the midst of their seven game road trip after coming off a 105-99 victory against the Utah Jazz last night. Since Jan. 1, the Nets have surged to a 15-6 record and hope to continue their hot streak. The Nets, who are without center Brook Lopez for the remainder of the season, will look for Joe Johnson and Deron Williams to lead the team.
The last time these two teams met in Brooklyn, the Lakers pulled off the victory following a 26 point performance by Lakers guard Nick Young. With Brooklyn in a tight race for the fifth spot of the Eastern Conference standings, they will certainly bring their best to STAPLES Center.
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