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.
Rich can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”