Gasol hasn't played since the end of January.
The Celtics and Lakers are longtime rivals who are competing this season not for playoff position, but for lottery combinations in the 2014
The Lakers will play without
The Lakers defeated the Celtics in Boston in mid-January with a big fourth-quarter run.
Gasol was the Lakers' leading scorer with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists -- although he's certain to be rusty on Friday after sitting out three weeks.
After a strong run for the Lakers with Gasol out,
Marshall hit four of five three-point attempts against the Celtics.
Through 11 appearances, Rondo is averaging 10.5 points, 7.4 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 40.5% from the field.
At his best, Rondo is one of the top point guards in the league, but he's still working his way back after tearing an ACL.
The best way for the Lakers to "beat" the rival Celtics is with a higher pick in the draft -- possibly attained with a loss on Friday.
Even the die-hard proponents of the Lakers' "tank" seemed to want the Lakers to beat the
The same fans may pull for a Lakers win over Boston, based on the long-rich, contentious history between the two franchises.