5:20 1st quarter, Celtics 14-11: Paul Pierce is being a jack-of-all-trades again this evening. He’s got 6 points, 1 assist, and 1 rebound. He found Jason Collins on a nifty drive to the hoop that drew Howard and left Collins wide open. The Lakers have not attempted a free throw since putting the Celtics over the limit.
9:25 1st quarter, Celtics 4-2: Dwight Howard draws two quick fouls on Kevin Garnett and another on his sub, Jason Collins. The Celtics have five total fouls and are over the limit already.
10:17 1st quarter, Celtics 4-2: Courtney Lee starts the game on Kobe Bryant, while Avery Bradley covers Steve Nash.
Pregame: It’s official: Dwight Howard is starting at center for the Lakers tonight.... The Celtics honored Doc Rivers on the plane home from Toronto Wednesday night by presenting him with the game ball. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stood up and said a few words. ...There’s more media embedded with the Lakers here at TD Garden than covering the Celtics. What a circus. ... It’s Steve Nash’s 39th birthday today.