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Lakers vs. Celtics Game Preview: This is fine

Don’t let Jim Buss trying to steal back the Lakers distract you from the fact they play the Celtics tonight.

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics dance under the lights of the NBA for the second time in a month Friday night, this time in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at STAPLES Center. The Lakers are still searching for their first post All-Star break win, but somehow managed to take another loss off the court in the hours leading up to their bout.

That loss, of course, is the report that Jim and Johnny Buss recently attempted to sweep the Lakers out from under Jeanie Buss, only to be denied by some quick work by Jeanie’s lawyers. For more on that, head right over here for Harrison Faigen’s initial thoughts on the developing situation.

Hopefully things are less dysfunctional on the court, where we’ve seen some promising things. D’Angelo Russell looks great after getting another extended break, looking like he’s back in control of the offense after struggling to steady things after missing time with his knee injuries.

Julius Randle has been all over the court as well, boarding, scoring and dishing out to his teammates seemingly every possession. Brandon Ingram has also continued his steady improvement through the season.

That’s all fine and well, but the Lakers are on a five-game losing streak and haven’t won in STAPLES Center since January 31. It’d be nice to open the month of March with a win over the Celtics, especially if it comes attached to some free tacos.

As they say, free tacos cure all.

Jokes aside, it’s a tough matchup for the Lakers, who are surely about to let Isaiah Thomas get loose for a minimum of 25 points. Let’s just hope we can all enjoy a win over the Celtics on the other side of that.

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet

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