Bring on the Lakers, wait, bring on any team in the NBA. The Celtics are hot. Winners of their last five and nine of their last 10, the Celtics look to keep the good times rolling when they host the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Sure, some of the wins have been against clubs struggling to find their way, but winning breeds confidence and confidence breeds inspired team basketball.
Enter the Lakers. The Lakers are very similar to the Celtics. They are an aging, once upper echelon NBA club, that is struggling to carve out an identity in this younger, faster version of the NBA.
Regardless of the circumstances, Celtics V. Lakers is always must see TV.
Now onto some stats and random bits of knowledge:
All-Time Record vs. Los Angeles: 153-121 (.558)
Largest Celtics Win: 44 points, 119-75 (11/11/55)
All-Time Home Record: 77-46 (.626)
Largest Lakers Win: 37 points, 141-104 (2/11/68)
All-Time Road Record: 76-75 (.503)
Single Game Celtic High Scorer: Ed Macauley – 46 pts (3/6/53)
Current Streak: One Lakers Win
Single Game Lakers High Scorer: Elgin Baylor – 64 pts (11/8/59)
Current Streak at Home: Three Lakers Wins
Longest Celtic Win Streak: 10 games (3/10/74 – 11/10/76) *since 1960-61 season
Current Streak on Road: Two Celtics Wins
Longest Lakers Win Streak: 5 games (1/26/68 – 11/29/68)
Record against Los Angeles since 2006-07: 4-6
Now onto the team connections.
Little is being said about the return of Troy Murphy. For a player that made huge headlines when he was traded to the Celtics last season, little is being said about seeing him in the purple and gold.
Jermaine O’Neal and Metta World Peace were teammates in Indiana from 2001-06.
Troy Murphy played for the Celtics during the 2010-11 season.
Matt Barnes, Chris Wilcox and Keyon Dooling were teammates on the LA Clippers during the 2003-04 season.
Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus were teammates in Orlando during the 2009-10 season.
Troy Murphy and Mickael Pietrus were teammates in Golden State from 2003-07.
Barnes and Pietrus were also teammates in Golden State from 2006-08.
Derek Fisher and Mickael Pietrus were teammates in Golden State during the 2005-06 season.
Jermaine O’Neal and Troy Murphy were teammates in Indiana from 2006-08.