The Celtics are 9-1 in their last 10 games, carried largely by a strong efforts on the defensive end. Boston's allowed just 81.5 PPG in its recent 10-game stretch, holding teams to just 39.4 percent from the field. [+]
Celtics This Season 1st 14 Games Last 10 Games Team W-L 5-9 9-1 PPG diff -1.2 +12.0 FG pct 44.8 48.1 Opp FG pct 43.4 39.4 Close [X]
The Lakers have the largest home-to-road drop-off in defensive rating in the league this season. At home, the Lakers have allowed just 91.5 points per 100 possessions, but away from home, they've allowed 105.9 points per 100 possessions. The home-to-road difference of 14.4 points per 100 possessions is the largest in the league.
[+]Largest Home to Road Drop-Off - Opp Pts/100 Possessions, This Season HOME ROAD DIFF Lakers 91.5 105.9 -14.4 Jazz 98.2 109.3 -11.1 Spurs 94.8 105.9 -11.1 Celtics 90.8 101.4 -10.5 Close [X]
Last season, the Lakers were one of the best road teams in the league. That hasn't been the case this season. They're just 3-9 away from home, and allowing 12 more points per game on the road than at Staples Center.
[+]Lakers This Season Home Road W-L 11-2 3-9 PPG 95.1 91.1 Opp PPG 85.2 97.2 FG pct 47.3 43.3 Opp FG pct 39.9 43.9 Close [X]
Line Boston by 3.0, O/U: 176.0
Gameday Matchup Los Angeles Boston W-L 14-11 14-10 Avg Points 93.2 90.8 Avg Points Allowed 91.0 86.5 Home Record 11-2 10-6 Road Record 3-9 4-4 Current Streak L2 W5 Last 10 4-6 9-1 Injury Report
Los Angeles Steve Blake PG - Feb 9: Day-to-Day
Boston Sasha Pavlovic SF - Feb 9: Day-to-DayKeyon Dooling PG - Feb 9: Day-to-DayBrandon Bass PF - Feb 5: Day-to-Day
Last 5 Games
Los Angeles Boston Feb 06 @PHI Loss 95-90Feb 04 @UTAH Loss 96-87Feb 03 @DEN Win 93-89Jan 31 CHA Win 106-73Jan 29 @MIN Win 106-101
Feb 07 CHA Win 94-84Feb 05 MEM Win 98-80Feb 03 NY Win 91-89Feb 01 TOR Win 100-64Jan 31 @CLE Win 93-90
Los Angeles (PPG) Boston (PPG) SG K. Bryant 29.3 SG R. Allen 14.9 PG D. Fisher 5.4 PG R. Rondo 13.6 PF P. Gasol 16.4 PF K. Garnett 14.0 SF M. World Peace 4.9 SF P. Pierce 18.4 C A. Bynum 17.1 C J. O'Neal 5.4 Team Stat Leaders Los Angeles Boston Points K. Bryant 29.3 P. Pierce 18.4 Rebounds A. Bynum 12.4 K. Garnett 7.3 Assists K. Bryant 5.4 R. Rondo 9.8 Steals K. Bryant 1.2 R. Rondo 1.7 Blocks A. Bynum 2.0 J. O'Neal 1.4 Team rosters: Los Angeles | Boston
(14-11, 3-9 away)
(14-10, 10-6 home)
Los Angeles: K. Bryant 7 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast
Boston: P. Pierce 5 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast
[end of 1st quarter]
Pierce, Nowitzki headline reserves for 2012 All-Star Game
By Official NBA
Posted Feb 9 2012 7:25PM
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NEW YORK -- Perennial All-Stars Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) have been chosen as All-Stars for the 10th and 11th time, respectively, and headline the list of 14 players that have been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today.
The 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 7 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.
Joining Pierce as reserves on the East squad are Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Deng, Hibbert and Iguodala are first-time All-Stars, while Williams earns his third trip, Johnson his sixth, and Bosh his seventh.
Nowitzki, whose 11 selections are consecutive, is joined on the West team by reserves LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). For Aldridge and Gasol, this marks their first All-Star selection. It's the second All-Star nod for both Love and Westbrook, while Parker goes for the fourth time, and Nash, at 38 the oldest player in this year's game, is an All-Star for the eighth time.
Selected to start in the East -- through the 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint -- were Derrick Rose (Bulls), LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), and Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic). Voted to start for the West were Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers), Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), and Kevin Durant (Thunder).
Including Bynum, this year's midseason classic will feature five first-time All-Stars. On the other end of the spectrum, Bryant ties Jerry West, Karl Malone, and Shaquille O'Neal for the most consecutive All-Star nods in NBA history with 14.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game. If the injured player is a starter, the head coach of that team will determine who replaces him in the starting lineup.
The 14 players selected -- seven each from the Eastern and Western Conferences -- were chosen by the 30 NBA head coaches, who were asked to vote for seven players in their respective conferences -- two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.
The East and West All-Star coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 15. The Celtics' Doc Rivers and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich coached the East and West All-Stars, respectively, last season and are therefore ineligible for the honor this year.
NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league's history for a global celebration of the game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for a 10th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 28th year of All-Star coverage. NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm will feature the Haier Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2012 will include the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. Orlando also hosted NBA All-Star in 1992
Lakers 45(14-11, 3-9 away)Celtics 47(14-10, 10-6 home)
TV Coverage: TNT8:00 PM ET, February 9, 2012 (Thursday night)
TD Garden, Boston, MA 1 2 3 4 T LAL 22 23 - 45 BOS 26 21 - 47
Los Angeles: K. Bryant 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast
Boston: P. Pierce 7 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl
Lakers 67(14-11, 3-9 away)Celtics 64(14-10, 10-6 home) - (end of 3rd quarter)
TD Garden, Boston, MA 1 2 3 4 T LAL 22 23 22 - 67 BOS 26 21 17 - 64
Los Angeles: P. Gasol 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast
Boston: R. Allen 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk
END OF REGULATION - OVERTIME NOW
Lakers 82(14-11, 3-9 away)Celtics 82(14-10, 10-6 home)
TD Garden, Boston, MA 1 2 3 4 T LAL 22 23 22 15- 82 BOS 26 21 17 18- 82
Los Angeles: P. Gasol 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk
Boston: R. Allen 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk
Don't you mean Metta World Peace? LOL