On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant will make his final career appearance in Boston when the Lakers (5-27) visit the Celtics (18-13).
Bryant, who will retire after the season, helped add two chapters to one of the greatest rivalries in professional sports. The Celtics beat the Lakers through the six-game 2008 NBA Finals.
The Lakers got revenge two years later, defeating Boston at the Staples Center in a lengthy seven-game battle.
The Celtics are currently the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, riding a four-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Lakers have five wins on the season, and have dropped four straight.
The Lakers are relatively healthy, as are the...