ESPN Boston: Uh, Who's Guarding LeBron?
Welcome to Boston, Marcus Landry. Now go guard LeBron James.
Utilizing Landry -- a rookie forward obtained with Nate Robinson as part of a five-player swap with the New York Knicks at last week's trade deadline -- to defend one of the NBA's top talents isn't exactly an ideal situation for the Boston Celtics. But coach Doc Rivers admitted Wednesday it's one potential scenario his ailing team is bracing for when Boston hosts the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night at the TD Garden.
Both Paul Pierce (sprained thumb, flu) and Marquis Daniels (illness) sat out Wednesday's practice. Rivers said Pierce "most likely" will not play Thursday. Daniels will be re-evaluated closer to game time but "looked terrible," according to Rivers, and was sent home.
That means Boston, winner of four of its past five, could be without the two players at the top of its small-forward depth chart in a matchup against a player who is arguably the top small forward in the history of the game.
"If Marquis doesn't play, and if Paul can't go, I don't know who we'd put on [James]," admitted Rivers. "Using my basketball knowledge, it's not very easy to guard him on any night, so it'll be tough [Thursday] night too.
Of using Landry, Rivers said, "We may have no choice. It is what it is. [Point guard Rajon] Rondo may have to guard him. Seriously."
Thursday's Game Notes
• LeBron James has scored 603 points in 20 career regular-season games against Boston (an average of 30.2 per game). The only player who entered the NBA in 1970 or later and scored more points in his first 20 games versus the Celtics is Michael Jordan (679).
• The Cavaliers have lost their past five regular-season games in Boston, tying their longest current road losing streak versus any team. Cleveland also has a current five-game losing streak in Washington.
• Denver and Golden State have averaged 242.7 points per game in their three previous games against each other, the most points for any two teams that have faced each other more than once this season.
Schedule: Thursday, Feb. 25
'Tawn With The Show
After notching his first win as a Cav on Tuesday, Antawn Jamison is set to get his first taste of Cleveland's heated rivalry with Boston tonight.
How Fast Is Ty Lawson?
ESPN The Magazine
This article appears in the March 8 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
Ty Lawson is so fast ... that when he was 4 he matched his age in goals in his first soccer game for the Andrews Air Force Base Terminators. Makes sense. His mom, Jackie Lawson, was the anchor leg on her high school relay team. But even she had trouble keeping up with her son as the Terminators' videographer. "If you blinked, you missed something," she says. "He'd take the ball from one end to the other and score."
Ty Lawson is so fast ... that at 11 he joined his dad, George Lawson, a tech sergeant at Andrews AFB near Washington, D.C., for airmen's pickup games. "At first, nobody wanted him," says George. "At the base, guys stand on the side and talk trash while you're playing. But Ty just killed one guy. Then it was, 'Yeah, I'll pick the young fella.'"
Ty Lawson is so fast ... that standard modes of transportation cannot satisfy. "I used to ride my moped down a steep hill near my UNC apartment," Lawson says. "That scooter supposedly went only 35, but I swear I could get it up to 60." His amusement park ride of choice? The Joker's Jinx at Six Flags America in Prince George's County, Maryland. "Zero to 60 in three seconds," he says.