The Los Angeles Lakers continue their road trip against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night, in a battle of two teams struggling to regain the form that saw them battle one another in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals. The Lakers (14-11) are coming off a tough road loss Monday night in Philadelphia, while the Celtics (14-10) have turned things around of late, winning their last five games.
The Lakers are 3-9 on the road this season.
This week featured a pair of milestones for the shooting guards in Thursday's contest. Kobe Bryant passed Shaquille O'Neal on Monday for fifth place on the NBA all-time scoring list, and now has 28,601 career points. On Tuesday against Charlotte, Paul Pierce scored 15 points and in the third quarter passed Larry Bird for second place on the Celtics' all-time scoring list. Pierce in his career has scored 21,797 points.
The Lakers have split the last two regular season meetings against the Celtics, with each team winning on the road in both years. The Lakers have won their last three regular season games in Boston, and have won five of their last six regular season games at TD Garden.
Steve Blake, who has missed 13 straight games with a rib injury, is expected to be a game-time decision Thursday night. Rookie Andrew Goudelock has stepped into the rotation of late, averaging 10.3 points per game over the last seven contests with a true shooting percentage of 62.5% during that span.
Thursday night's 5 p.m. PST game will be televised by TNT. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.