Los Angeles Lakers defeat Boston Celtics, 90-89

There was a time not long ago when any opposing team would have cringed at the possibility of Ray Allen taking a 3-pointer for a victory.

The Lakers, however, welcomed that.

Not that Los Angeles would consistently take its chances on Allen missing, as he did to seal the Lakers’ 90-89 win over the Celtics yesterday at TD Garden. But it was the best possible scenario, and that is a problem for the Celtics, who desperately need another outside shooter because Allen, Eddie ...

With a chance to not just seal a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the current overlords of the NBA, but also to stop a slide that’s lasted more than a month and to salvage a three-game stretch in which they had come up short against the league’s elite, the Celtics put the ball in the hands of one of their closers.

Shortly thereafter, the referees took it out.

With the Celtics ahead, 89-88, and less than a minute left in yesterday’s game, Paul Pierce dribbled at the r...

The fans needed it. Not management. Not the coaching staff. Not the players. Not the media.

Nope, the fans were the ones who really needed to see the Celtics win yesterday’s game against the Lakers at the Garden.

The fans needed to be reassured that the Celtics remain an elite team, that the idea of a championship is something that can be discussed in the immediate future and not solely something of the recent past.

But the fans saw something they’ve seen too many...

The Celtics’ second-quarter strategy paid off perfectly in yesterday’s game against the Lakers at TD Garden, thanks to Rajon Rondo. Their final-minute moves did not go quite as well, as the Lakers scored the final 4 points of the game in taking a 90-89 victory.

Rondo was not in the lineup for the final Celtics possession, which concluded with a Ray Allen miss just before the buzzer. Nor was Rondo available for comment afterward. He had done most of his talking with his ...