- Before the Lakers and Celtics tip off tonight at Staples Center, a tribute will be held for Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died Monday morning from kidney failure after a long bout with cancer. Buss bought the team in 1979 and was part of 10 championships during his tenure, the last of which came against the Celtics in 2010, giving L.A. three of the last four titles in head-to-head matchups with their East Coast rival. The capital letters “JB” will be added to the top right corner of the Lakers jerseys.
- The Celtics routed the Lakers on Feb. 7 in Boston, getting 24 points from L.A. native Paul Pierce in the 116-95 victory that improved their record to 6-0 since losing Rajon Rondo to a season-ending knee injury. They haven’t been as efficient lately, getting beat by the Nuggets, 97-90, on Tuesday night in Denver, their second loss in the last three games. They’ve been held to 91 points or less in all three. Boston can still accomplish something it hasn’t done in 33 years, beat the Lakers twice in the same calendar month. On the negative side, the Celtics have not defeated a Western Conference team on the road this season.
- The Celtics signed 6-6 swingman Terrance Williams to a 10-day contract Wednesday and he’ll be available against the Lakers. The Nets drafted Williams out of Louisville with the 11thoverall pick in 2009 and he played in New Jersey, Houston and Sacramento before getting cut by Detroit during the most recent training camp. He went overseas to China and played 29 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, averaging 17.9 points. Boston has been thinned by the season-ending injuries to Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa. Williams will wear No. 55.