A look outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES -- The Boston Celtics engage in a rarity Monday night by playing consecutive-day, regular-season road games in the same arena at the Staples Center (Sunday against the Lakers; Monday against the Clippers). According to Elias Sports Bureau, Boston hasn't done this since playing the Houston Rockets on consecutive days at Hofheinz Pavilion on the campus of the University of Houston on Jan. 2-3, 1973.
Playing consecutive games at the Staples Center isn't as foreign for Western Conference foes and, according to Elias, there have been 23 previous instances where teams have played consecutive-day road games against the Lakers and Clippers since the building opened for the 1999-2000 season. Of those games two-game series, 16 teams split the two games, five lost both, and only two emerged with a pair of victories (Memphis in Dec. 2004 and Dallas in Oct. 2009).
Both the Celtics and Clippers are coming off losses Sunday at the Staples Center. Boston fumbled away a matinee against the Lakers, while the Clippers fell to the Warriors in the nightcap.