Man, how the mighty have fallen.
The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have 33 NBA Finals Championships among them. Come this time next season, that number will be unchanged, as these two teams have barely combined to win more games this season (37) than their combined championship total. These two proud franchises and long-time rivals will meet in the Staples Center tonight, but what once was must-see TV will more closely resemble the Game of the Weak than the Game of the Week as these two teams are down and lottery-bound this season.
The NBA trade deadline came and went yesterday, and while the Lakers did ship point guard Steve Blake out of town in exchange for Kent Bazemore and former Celtic MarShon Brooks, neither team did anything more than prepare for the offseason. Both clubs are content with standing pat and struggling their way through the season in the hopes that the draft and free agency will be just what the doctor ordered to help rebuild championship-quality teams on the East and West Coast.
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What we have tonight, then, is a game for hard-core fans only: you’ve been warned! The Lakers are still without the services of Kobe Bryant, while the Celtics will not have The Human Double-Team, Avery Bradley, in the lineup tonight. Forward Jared Sullinger, who twisted his ankle in the closing seconds of Wednesday night’s loss to Phoenix, could also miss tonight’s game (as of the time I went to press with this, his status was still uncertain). The good news is, those players who are playing tonight for the Celtics can at least rest easy knowing they won’t be traded! And who knows – we may actually see MarShon Brooks get to play tonight, which would be nice for a change. Give this kid a chance!
The game is set to tip-off at 10;30 tonight – ack! – so if you’re up, follow me on Twitter @HoudiniCeltics and @theamazingMrS as I try to enjoy what might be the least-interesting Celtics-Lakers game in the history of the NBA.