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Ready or not, here come the Celtics

February 10, 2011 | 10:48 am


The Lakers have been in Boston for three days, a quirk in the schedule since their victory Monday in Memphis.

Now they finally get to play a game tonight at TD Garden.

For reasons either informational or torturous, they were forced by Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to watch game video of their 109-96 loss to Boston at Staples Center two weeks ago.

"It was entertaining," Kobe Bryant said Thursday, cognizant of the Lakers' lazy fourth quarter in which Boston scored 32 points.

After the team's shoot-around Thursday, Bryant had fun with an us-vs.-them mindset.

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has been criticized recently for over-aggressive play, including a game in Phoenix in which he hit Suns forward-center Channing Frye in the groin.

"He’s a Celtic," Bryant said wryly. "That’s what Celtics do. He’s always been intense. But he’s a great guy. He plays his heart out.”

Then Bryant stepped way back into the feisty Lakers-Celtics history.

"It’s Danny Ainge. Kurt [Rambis] getting clothes-lined. We’re the good guys," he said. "I’ll probably be jawing with all of them tonight. It's fun."

-Mike Bresnahan reporting from Boston

Photo: Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen defends Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Jan. 30. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Reuters.