Injury Update: Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic will dress for tonight’s game, but Jackson said both players looked shaky and would not reveal whether they would see playing time.
Everyone seems zeroed in on tonight’s much anticipated battle with the Celtics, including Phil Jackson. Before the game, Jackson reminded reporters that Boston’s success is due to more than their All-Star trio of Garnett, Pierce and Allen; Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Eddie House and James Posey also play important roles that have helped the Celtics to a league-leading 25 wins against only three losses.
Aside from being one of the most hyped games in recent memory, a victory tonight would also give Jackson the most wins in NBA history, exceeding legendary Boston Coach Red Auerbach’s total. However, Jackson downplayed the feat, explaining that if a coach is in the league long enough, he is bound to rack up a certain number of wins. The Lakers coach pointed to his mentor and longtime NBA Coach Bill Fitch’s impressive win total that also coincided with a large number of losses.