There's a very good chance Thursday's game was the last page in the most recent chapter of the storied Lakers/Celtics rivalry, given how much change could be coming to each team and the long odds for either team -- let alone both -- to make this year's Finals.
If so, the teams went out with, if not a bang (tough to use that word in an overtime game where neither squad hits the 90-point mark), a hard fought, tightly contested 53 minutes of basketball reflecting their recent history. Lakers win 88-87, evening their record on the Grammy trip at 2-2 and opening the door to a strong finish ahead of wholly winnable games in New York and Toronto.
We touched on all this, and the following, during tonight's Lakers Late Night:
A big night for L.A.'s Big Three, at once reinforcing the team's top end strength (good) and all the issues with the middle and bottom parts (not good).
The return of Steve Blake, and what it means.
Andy's cat, and her first LLN appearance of the season.