The last time Boston and Los Angeles faced off, the Celtics looked like the best team in the NBA, but since then, both rosters have changed due to the inevitable injury bug.
Without valuable reserve Marquis Daniels coming off the bench, Doc Rivers needs to have a set plan when he subs in for Paul Pierce.
Daniels was the most qualified backup for Pierce, who was sidelined during practice on Wednesday, but being a tough athlete Pierce will tough it out to be on the court.
Due to a sore Achilles, Shaq will be sidelined for his fourth straight game and reserve center Semih Erdin won’t be available leaving the big-man duty up to Kendrick Perkins.
The Lakers have their own heath issues to deal with.
Kobe Bryant is still receiving treatment on his aggravated ankle, but it won't be enough to keep him out of the starting lineup.
While center Andrew Bynum is still wearing a protective knee sleeve after suffering a bone bruise during the Lakers last matchup against Boston.
Injury issues plague every team and its up to the coaching staff to set their team up to win even without vital parts of the lineup. Doc and Phil Jackson have plenty of experience to overcome these matters and it wont be a problem for either coach to put a productive product on the court.