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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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ANALYSIS AND REACTION

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.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream

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Should Astros be stripped of World Series title? Danny Ainge has thoughts

Should Astros be stripped of World Series title? Danny Ainge has thoughts

The Houston Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scandal has become a massive story.

And Danny Ainge is uniquely positioned to weigh in on it.

The Boston Celtics president of basketball operations spent three seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays before beginning his basketball career. As such, he's been following the MLB investigation that found the 2017 Astros used an elaborate system involving trash cans to steal signs en route to a World Series victory.

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He's also been following the debate over whether Houston should be stripped of its 2017 World Series title -- and seems to support such a move if there's enough evidence against the Astros.

"It's a pretty big issue that I think needs to be handled," Ainge said Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich." "I'm not sure what is even justice.

"If it was done as flagrantly as some people are claiming, then they should probably have their championship taken away from them. And if it was not as dramatic as some people say, then maybe not."

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he considered stripping Houston of its championship but decided against it.

Ainge doesn't know the full details of the league's findings, but has enough baseball experience to know that illegal sign-stealing is no small crime.

"I don't know what the investigation is finding, but it sounds bad," Ainge said. "It sounds like flagrant cheating. If they found someone was using steroids or something like that, I don't know what the penalties would be after the fact, but this is every bit as much cheating.

"When a hitter knows what pitch is coming, that's flagrantly cheating. I don't know how it gets much worse than that."

Ainge's comments come a day after Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted he'd be "f*^king irate" if he found out he'd been cheated out of a championship, so this scandal clearly has expanded beyond the MLB community.

And there aren't many who feel much sympathy for the Astros.

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This Friday is Jayson Tatum Day here at NBC Sports Boston. Be sure to check out our exclusive content around Tatum throughout the day, both online and on the broadcast of Celtics-Timberwolves, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 8 p.m. You can also stream it on the MyTeams App.

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out indefinitely, could miss March 3 game in Boston

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out indefinitely, could miss March 3 game in Boston

It looks like Boston Celtics fans may have to wait even longer to witness Kyrie Irving's return to TD Garden.

The ex-Celtics guard has been ruled out indefinitely after re-aggravating his injured right shoulder, Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Tuesday. That likely puts Irving's status in doubt for the March 3 C's-Nets game in Boston.


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Irving didn't travel to Boston when his Nets visited the Celtics on Nov. 27. The shoulder injury has limited him to only 20 games this season, but he's been effective when healthy, averaging 27.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. 

This Friday is Jayson Tatum Day here at NBC Sports Boston. Be sure to check out our exclusive content around Tatum throughout the day, both online and on the broadcast of Celtics-Timberwolves, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 8 p.m. You can also stream it on the MyTeams App.