Now the former champions are going through the rebuilding process, both having won only two of their last 14 games.
The Celtics are expected to get All-Star point guard
The Lakers have a long list of players out of action:
The Celtics recently traded point guard
Rondo won't play big minutes but when he's healthy, he's among the top playmakers in the league.
The Celtics will also rely on guards
The Lakers are getting steady production from point guard
The Celtics don't have any elite scorers but
Boston also has a number of big men who put up steady numbers, including
Despite their record, the Celtics are a scrappy team.
With no Young on Friday, the Lakers need to rely on their big men for points inside.
Friday night's game will not decide who makes the playoffs, but it could affect their position in the 2014
The Celtics should have a big night with Rondo finally back from injury.