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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.
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.
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?
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?
Much of the focus of the NBA world has been on the Lakers and their struggles, so it may come as a surprise that the Celtics -- who last year were just a game away from the NBA Finals -- have been even worse. Boston lost its fourth straight game Wednesday, falling to 14-17. The Celtics are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, and seem to be lacking for answers. Can they turn it around this season? And have they been more disappointing than their rivals in Los Angeles?
The age old question
This scene has been far too common this season for Celtics stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who are on the wrong side of 30.
The Celtics have been an Eastern Conference playoff fixture for the past five years, but are currently in ninth place and falling.