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Are Lakers just what Celtics need?

Kobe and Co. present big challenge for reeling Green, but also big opportunity

Updated: January 30, 2010, 5:16 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Bring on the Lakers.

Reeling after dropping back-to-back games to Eastern Conference rivals Orlando and Atlanta to start a grueling stretch (four games in four cities over five nights), the Boston Celtics stumble home, as close to rock bottom as they've been since the Big Three united two years ago.

On a day the Celtics could desperately use a visit from the likes of the four-win New Jersey Nets (that won't come until later in the week), they get the 36-win Lakers ...

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