Lakers – Celtics: Numbers Preview

56405312Heading into LA’s second and final regular season meeting with the Celtics in the 2009-10 season, we compared the teams through the prism of numbers:

1,000 Career victory total reached by Phil Jackson when the Lakers beat Boston 92-83 on Christmas Day last season.

97 All-time Celtics wins against the Lakers, to 83 losses, since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles.

68.4 Phil Jackson’s winning percentage (13-6) against Boston in his Lakers tenure.

42 Wins for LA, to 13 losses, putting them six games clear of Denver in the Western Conference.

33 Wins for Boston, to 18 losses, pitting the Celtics 8.5 games back of first place Cleveland.

19 Points by which Boston beat LA at STAPLES Center on Dec. 30, 2007, Boston’s last win in Los Angeles.

9.6 Rajon Rondo’s assist-per-game average, good for fourth in the NBA. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 4.6 assists, less than half of Rondo’s total.

4 Boston’s rank in field goal percentage, compared to L.A.’s 12th. Kendrick Perkins leads the NBA with his 60.8 percent average, while Andrew Bynum is sixth at 57.1 percent. Kevin Garnett (53.7 percent), Rondo (52.5 percent) and Pau Gasol (51.9 percent) are also over the 50 percent mark.

3 Straight regular season wins for the Lakers over Boston.

2 LA’s rank in rebounding, compared with Boston’s 29th, an obviously major discrepancy.

1 Boston’s rank in points allowed per game. The Celtics, however, play at a slow pace, and are only 18th in points scored per game. LA, on the other hand, ranks fifth in scoring and ninth in points allowed, the second best differential in the NBA after Cleveland (Boston is fifth).