The Celtics are in Toronto tonight to take on Rudy Gay and the Raptors, but I'm having a hard time keeping the focus off tomorrow's date with the Lakers. After all, it's the Lakers. And this year's Lakers have garnered more attention than any Lakers team in a long time. And for Celtics fans, it's attention for all the right reasons.
More bad news arrived today for LA, as they learned and we learned, courtesy of CBS' Ken Berger that Pau Gasol will miss at least six weeks with a partial tear of his plantar fascia.
Of course, that means that Pau will miss tomorrow's game in Boston, and losing another big man is just about the last thing this team needs. They're already without Jordan Hill (who's out for the year with hip surgery). They haven't been able to rely on Dwight Howard (who's struggling through back AND shoulder issues and has missed the last three games.)
Chances are that Howard will try to play tomorrow, especially after he was called out by Kobe last night in Brooklyn. But if he can't play, the Lakers are in trouble. More trouble than they've been in all season. And that's saying a lot.
Then again, the Lakers issues will be the least of Boston's concerns if they look past Raptors like I'm doing right now. Here's hoping they take care of business tonight, and return to American soil ready to beat down the beat up Purple and Gold.