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Will Kemba Walker end this crazy streak vs. LeBron James in Celtics-Lakers?

Will Kemba Walker end this crazy streak vs. LeBron James in Celtics-Lakers?

Kemba Walker is expected to play for the Boston Celtics in Monday night's showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers, and if he does suit up, the veteran guard will be aiming for his first ever win against LeBron James.

Walker is 0-28 against James in his career. Yes, you read that right.

The 29-year-old point guard spent the first eight years of his NBA career with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets. He's never beaten a James-led team, whether that's been the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Lakers. James joined the Lakers before the 2018-19 season.

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Walker signed with the Celtics as a free agent last summer, and Boston gives him the best chance he's had to take down James. The Celtics have split their last four games versus the Lakers, and they've won four of the last six meetings in the rivalry. Boston enters Monday in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 27-14 record, including a 16-5 mark at home.

Walker is averaging 22.1 points and 4.9 assists per game this season, and both of these numbers lead the Celtics. He'll likely need to score at least 25 points for the Celtics to beat the Lakers, who oddsmakers have pegged as slight betting favorites Monday night.

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Celtics vs. Lakers live stream: Watch NBA game online

Celtics vs. Lakers live stream: Watch NBA game online

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will write the latest chapter in the NBA's greatest rivalry Monday night at TD Garden.

These longtime rivals have won a combined 33 championships, and for the first time in many years, both franchises rank among the top teams in their respective conferences.

The Celtics are fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 27-14 record, while the Lakers enter this matchup sitting atop the Western Conference at 34-8.

Both teams are set to get important players back in the lineup.

Celtics guards Kemba Walker (knee) and Jaylen Brown (thumb) both are expected to play after missing the last few games due to injury. The Lakers are expecting superstar center Anthony Davis to return after missing the last five games. This will be Davis' first game in Boston since his trade from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Lakers over the summer. He'll likely receive plenty of boos from C's fans who wanted him to come to Boston.

Will the Celtics end their three-game skid, or will LeBron James and the Lakers earn another win in this rivalry? Here's how to watch NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics vs. Lakers, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 6:30 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Mike Gorman, Brian Scalabrine, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Abby Chin. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

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George Kittle celebrated Super Bowl berth with hilarious Jimmy Garoppolo shirt

George Kittle celebrated Super Bowl berth with hilarious Jimmy Garoppolo shirt

George Kittle had a little fun with his quarterback after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers in Sunday night's NFC Championship Game to clinch a berth in Super Bowl LIV.

The All-Pro tight end showed up to his postgame press conference with a custom t-shirt that included a shirtless photo and autograph of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Check it out in the tweet below:

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Garoppolo was asked by reporters about Kittle's shirt, and he couldn't hold back his laughter.

“I got him earlier in the week with a shirt, showed it to the media and everything, so he had to get me back a little bit," a smiling Garoppolo said, per 95.7 The Game. "I thought it was a nice shirt he had on. Maybe we’ll get them in the team store soon.”

Garoppolo is no stranger to the Super Bowl. He made two Super Bowl appearances with the New England Patriots as Tom Brady's backup, and in two weeks he'll make his first start on that stage.

The 49ers quarterback hasn't had to play at an elite level for his team to reach the Super Bowl, but that should change in Miami on Feb. 2. The AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs have an offense that looks unstoppable right now, so Garoppolo likely will need to play one of his best games as a pro to give San Francisco a strong chance to win its sixth Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

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