This game needs no introduction, no hype, no motivational speeches. It also needs no bulletin board material, but that didn't stop Andrew Bynum from spouting off mock threats.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum was quoted Friday night as saying, "We’re going at the Celtics’ head. We’re going at their rack. We don’t like them boys." Team reporters said yesterday that Bynum was laughing as he spoke, and Kobe Bryant was doing likewise when he reacted to his mate’s comments. "But it’s true," he said. "We’re going to go at them, and they’re going to go at us."
Another thing to look for, Rondo performing on National TV.
Forget the bright lights of LaLa Land, Sunday's Celtics-Lakers showdown (3:30 p.m., ABC) at the Staples Center finds itself under a national spotlight and that means it's time to activate the Rajon Rondo triple-double watch (heck, with Monday's battle against Chris Paul and the Clippers looming, consider this alert in effect for the next 48 hours). A whopping 13 of Rondo's 17 career triple-doubles have come on national television, including last Sunday's ridiculous 18-point, 17-rebound, 20-assist effort in a win over Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks. Now, as the Celtics kick off a season-long eight-game road trip with a doubleheader in Los Angeles, the first two games find themselves on national TV (Monday's game against the Clippers is on ESPN at 10:30 p.m.)
Who's pumped and ready for this one?