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It's usually a big deal whenever the Lakers take on the Celtics. The two teams have battled back and forth across the years in matchups featuring some of the greatest players of all time in their primes. This time around, though, it's a bit of a letdown. The Lakers are struggling, and the Celtics are barely hanging on in the East. Kobe Bryant is frustrated; Paul Pierce doesn't want to be part of a rebuilding process -- it's a fallow time for this rivalry. Is it still an all-time great?

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Which team wins?

Both teams need this win badly. The Lakers are dealing with Pau Gasol's injury, while the Celtics have lost Rajon Rondo for the season.

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SN's Pick: Lakers at Celtics

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On Friday, ESPN's "First Take" debated Kobe Bryant's responsibility for the Lakers' bad loss to the Celtics on Thursday night. Boston scored 37 points in an explosive third quarter, and the Lakers were generally helpless to stop the Celtics over the course of the whole game. Stephen A. Smith thinks factors outside of Bryant's control were more to blame -- the Celtics were amped-up and emotional -- while Skip Bayless points to Bryant's zero assists as a big reason for the loss.

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Reuben Foster has an Auburn tattoo. That's not terribly unusual for a guy who's going to be playing football at Auburn, although it is unusual for a guy who decommitted from Alabama first. It's even more unusual for a guy who's going to be recommitting to Alabama, which Reuben Foster did on Monday. No word on whether or not he's going to be keeping the tattoo, although modern technology offers several options for doing so.

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The Celtics have won four straight since Rajon Rondo went down for the season, but several sources suggest that they might be ready to start the painful process of rebuilding -- possibly by trading Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers. The potential deal could involve Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler. Would Garnett help put the Clippers over the top?

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Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will miss the remainder of the NBA season after suffering a torn ACL in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks. With their floor general on the court, the Celtics have a 99.2 offensive efficiency rating and a 100.4 rating without him. Does this give Boston hope that they will be a playoff team without their starting point guard?

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