LAKERS AT CELTICS, 8 P.M. ET

TV: TNT

  • Pau Gasol will not be active tonight and that will remain the case for the next 6-8 weeks for the Lakers center as Gasol suffered a partial torn plantar fascia during Tuesday’s win over the Brooklyn Nets.
  • With Gasol sidelined, the Lakers hope to have star center Dwight Howard back in action for the first time since January 30th, when the big man aggravated a right shoulder strain against the Suns. Howard has missed the team’s past three games but took part in the Lakers shootaround today and is listed on the active roster for tonight’s contest. Head coach Mike D’Antoni was optimistic he would play during his pregame media session, but called Howard a gametime decision.  
  • Kevin Garnett is just six points away from reaching becoming the 16th player in NBA history to reach the 25,000 point mark.
  • The Celtics are riding a five-game winning streak since their All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a torn ACL last week. A major reason for the hot streak has been Garnett’s stellar play on both ends of the floor, as the 36-year-old has posted 18 points and nine rebounds per game over his past five contests on 57% shooting from the field.
  • Doc Rivers earned his 400th win as a Celtics head coach last night in Toronto, the second highest total for a head coach in Celtics history, behind Red Auerbach. Courtney Lee said before the game the team paid tribute to their head coach with a few speeches for Doc on the late night plane ride back to Boston. As a sign of thanks for the gesture, Rivers delivered cupcakes to each player’s locker before the game.

– Brian Robb

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