Lakers prepare to play physical Celtics
Yes, the Boston Celtics are struggling. No, the Lakers maintain, that doesn't mean the Celtics will be no less of a challenge when the two teams play Sunday at TD Garden.
After starting this eight-game, 13-day trip 1-2, the Lakers have won three consecutive games on the road.
The Celtics, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back games and are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
But the Lakers still expect the Celtics to play physical basketball.
Boston goes with a frontline of starters Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins and reserves Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis.
The Lakers will counter with Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
That threesome will have to stand up to Boston's group.
"That's a team in the East, they play bully ball," Kobe Bryant said. "So, I'm looking forward to seeing how we answer that challenge."
-- Broderick Turner