Avery Bradley
Preview: Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
Preview: Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

The Lakers (18-36) expect to get Pau Gasol back from his groin injury on Friday night when the team hosts the Boston Celtics (19-36). 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 NBA draft. The Lakers will play without Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Kobe Bryant (knee), Nick Young (knee) and Xavier Henry (knee). Avery Bradley is out with ankle issues. Key matchup 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...