Field Goal %
- LAL 41.4
- 52.9 BOS
Three Point %
- LAL 21.7
- 45.5 BOS
- LAL 13
- 9 BOS
- LAL 56
- 54 BOS
- Boston, MA
0:00 - 4th Quarter
End of the 4th Quarter
NEXT LEVEL: The Celtics went 21-35 inside five feet Thursday, their third most makes from that distance this season. Boston made one less field goal from inside 5 feet (16) than the Lakers attempted (17) through three quarters, when the Celtics' lead ballooned to 26. Entering Thursday's game, the Lakers had allowed the fifth most points per game inside 5 feet in the NBA (35.6).
NEXT LEVEL: Kobe Bryant was involved in a season-high 13 post-up plays Thursday, 10 more than his season average. Bryant ranks 33rd in the NBA in post-up plays per game this season, but his FG percentage of 57.5 leads the league (min 100 plays).
NEXT LEVEL: The Celtics were dominant offensively without Dwight Howard on the floor Thursday. With the Lakers trailing by 13 with 6:52 to go in the third quarter, Howard went to the bench with his fourth foul and the Celtics made 12 of their 14 shots (86 percent) the rest of the quarter, outscoring the Lakers by 13.
The Lakers are just 8-17 on the road this season. But L.A. is even WORSE on the road against teams currently at .500 or above. EACH of their last 3 losses have been by double digits in Chicago, Memphis and Boston.
This is just the 3rd time since the ABA-NBA merger that the Lakers are below .500 through 50 games.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern said that the infamous proposed 2011 deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers could have been reworked, but fell apart when then-GM Mitch Kupchak "panicked."
Kevin Love doesn't understand why the Cavaliers are considered the underdogs going into their matchup with the Warriors in the NBA Finals since they are the defending champions.
Kevin Love took exception to the idea that the Cavs are heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, noting that the Cavs enter the series as the defending champions.