Celtics

Final: Celtics 107, Lakers 96

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GAME: No. 12 of 82
WHO: Celtics (9-2) vs. Lakers (5-5)
WHEN:  8:00 EST
WHERE:  TD Garden
RADIO: 100.7 WZLX
TV: NBC Sports Boston, ESPN
BOX SCORE: NBA.COM

Projected Starting Lineups:

Celtics
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Marcus Morris
C: Aron Baynes

Inactive list:  Al Horford entered the league's concussion protocol on Wednesday and is out indefinitely. Gordon Hayward (leg) is out.

Lakers:

PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

SF: Brandon Ingram
PF: Kyle Kuzma
C: Brook Lopez

Inactive list: Larry Nance Jr. is out. Andrew Bogut (back) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hip) are questionable.

THIRD QUARTER ANALYSIS

  • Marcus Smart started the half in place of Tatum, who was ruled out for the game due to ankle soreness.
  • Without Tatum and Horford, the C's offense and defense started to sputter. Aron Baynes (18 points through three) was the main source of offense with Kyrie Irving struggling with his jump shot
  • Lakers continued to put plenty of pressure on the C's defense in transition, which resulted in plenty of easy looks at the basket. They have a lot of young guys who liked to run and the C's starting personnel just weren't matching up well.
  • Lots of forced shots from Marcus Smart, who seemed to put a little too much pressure on himself to create.
  • Some solid minutes from the second unit after the Lakers trimmed the lead down to 2. Theis remained active on both ends while Rozier/Ojeleye stepped up the defensive intensity.

SECOND QUARTER ANALYSIS