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
The Lakers got revenge two years later, defeating Boston at the
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 Celtics -- although
Boston relies on multiple players for scoring but point guard
The Lakers always seem to have a particularly difficult time with the lightning-quick Thomas.
Clarkson is scoring 13.1 points with 2.5 assists a game. Russell is at 11.8 and 3.3, respectively.
The Celtics can get big scoring bursts from
Collectively, Boston scores 103.1 points a night while holding opponents to 98.7.
The Lakers are on the opposite end of that spectrum, allowing 107.3 while generating 96.3.
Bryant is the team's leading scorer at 17.3 points a night, shooting 34.3% from the field. Lou Williams (13.1) and Julius Randle (11.4) are also averaging double figures.
The Celtics are a scrappy, deep team fighting for playoff position in the East. The Lakers aren't consistent enough to pick to win on Wednesday.