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Celtics vs. Lakers: Just Another Game?

02.18.10 at 12:18 am ET
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To Rajon Rondo, a trip to the Staples Center in the middle of February feels the same as a stop at any other arena.

He sees a basketball court, not the banners hanging above it. And regardless of the rivalry against the home team, he is simply focused on leaving with a win.

‘€œIt’€™s not like a championship game,’€ he explained. ‘€œIt’€™s not a series. It’€™s one game. It helps our record or hurts our record, one way or the other. It’€™s another game.’€

On Thursday, the Celtics will take on the Lakers in their final match up of the regular season. The last time the teams met on Jan. 31, the C’€™s blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead and watched Kobe Bryant sink a game-winner with 7.3 seconds left.

In spite of the desire to avenge their loss, Rondo’€™s right. This isn’€™t a championship game. In fact, at this point in the season it is more about the Celtics vs. themselves rather than the Celtics vs. the Lakers.

The C’€™s have been their own worst enemy lately, surrendering leads and making mistakes down the stretch. This game against Los Angeles, the second stop on a four-game West Coast road trip, will be a test for them to get back to Celtics basketball after a recent departure.

‘€œIt’€™s important,’€œ Paul Pierce said of the entire road trip. ‘€œWe want to go out there and start playing better, start playing more consistent basketball. We know it’€™s a tough trip, and maybe this is a chance for us to get out on the road and get ourselves back together because we really struggled over the last month-and-a-half.’€

The loss to the Lakers capped off a three-game losing streak and a month of January in which the Celtics went 6-8. They entered the All-Star Break on a two-game skid, still struggling to put together 48 minutes of basketball.

A win over the Lakers would give them momentum to jumpstart the second half of the season. They narrowly edged the 18-win Kings on Tuesday night and will face the playoff contending Trail Blazers, Nuggets, and Cavaliers over the course of the next week.

‘€œNext is down to business,’€ said Kevin Garnett. ‘€œObviously trying to play better, consistent basketball for the Celtics and being productive. So that’€™s what’€™s next for us.’€

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