Today in the NBA: Clippers visit Celtics

Today in the NBA: Clippers visit Celtics
February 3, 2013, 11:45 am
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The 76ers (20-26) are off for a second day in a row after an 89-80 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday (see story).

Nick Young was a force in that game, finishing with 20 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. Is his play just a faze or is this a new Nick Young? (see story)

So with the Sixers off again, here are a few games around the league to watch for on Sunday.

Clippers at Boston, 1:00 p.m.

The last time Los Angeles (34-14) and Boston (23-23) met, on Dec. 27, the Clippers crushed the Celtics, 106-77.  

Despite the high score, Clippers star Chris Paul scored only eight points while shooting 3-of-11 from the floor.  The same was said from the other side, as Boston’s Rajon Rondo scored only 10 points while shooting 4-of-12 from the floor.

This time around, the Celtics will be without Rondo, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL last week. The Clippers will most likely be without Paul, who has missed the past six games with a knee injury.

Lakers at Pistons, 1:00 p.m.

This matchup will feature two teams who have struggled mightily this season.  The Pistons have gone 18-29 and the Lakers are 21-26.  

The Lakers' poor record, belongs to a team that started off the season with high expectations with an all-star trio of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.

In the last contest between these teams, on Nov. 4, the Lakers looked like their expected selves winning 108-79, thanks to 28 points, seven rebounds and three blocks from Howard.  Only this time around, Howard is dealing with a shoulder injury that may keep him out of the game.

Heat at Raptors, 2:00 p.m.

The Heat (29-14) and Raptors' (17-30) first game this season was a high scoring affair on Jan. 23. Miami won that game 123-116 in overtime. Toronto’s Alan Anderson came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points, whereas LeBron James notched another triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Raptors will look different today after a three-team trade earlier this week shipped Jose Calderon to the Pistons and brought Rudy Gay to Toronto. 

In Gay’s first game with the Raptors on Friday, he scored a team-high 20 points.

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