His will to win is simply extraordinary. Prediction: 33 points, seven rebounds, seven assistsCeltics Player to Watch: Ray AllenElsa/Getty ImagesOne stat that's been overlooked so far this season is Allen's efficiency from beyond the arc. He's shooting an eye-popping 53 percent from long range even though he's jacking up nearly five per game. His previous career high for an entire season is 44 percent.
Both squads are getting up there in age, so having the chance to rest some of the veterans down the stretch before the playoffs will be crucial. Since it's a condensed season, every game holds some type of significance, and tonight's game in Boston certainly is no exception. What They're SayingKobe Bryant is getting up there in age, and his wrist has been bothering him for most of the season, but his drive to win another championship remains, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Lakers Player to Watch: Kobe BryantDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesBryant continues to carry the Lakers on his shoulders despite a nagging wrist injury that finally seems to be getting back near full strength. He leads the NBA in scoring at 29 points per game and will be making another All-Star Game start at month's end. His sheer determination is unmatched. He knows how important it is for the Lakers to have him out there every night, so he keeps toughing it out. That's the type of player Bryant has always been.
LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and MoreJeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Lakers (14-11) and Boston Celtics (14-10) face off on Thursday night in what's always one of the NBA's best matchups. Even though both teams have sputtered out of the gate this season, it's too early to take them out of the contender category.
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