Welcome to Staples Center for Celtics-Lakers

LOS ANGELES — It’s going to be an emotional night here at Staples Center, which will give late Lakers owner Jerry Buss a fitting tribute prior to the matchup with the Celtics. As for Boston, it is dealing with drama of its own generated by trade rumors that have involved Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and even Fab Melo. All three are still Celtics.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (28-25)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett

LOS ANGELES LAKERS (25-29)
PG Steve Nash
SG Kobe Bryant
SF Metta World Peace
PF Earl Clark
C Dwight Howard

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Officials: Scott Foster, Mark Ayotte, Gary Zielinski

TV/radio: 10:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet /ESPN/WEEI 93.7 FM

Pregame notes:

• The Celtics received letter of clearance from the Guangdong Southern Tigers, officially making Terrence Williams a Celtic. Doc Rivers said he has no idea if Williams will play. He will wear jersey #55.

• The Celtics will spend the night in Los Angeles and fly to Phoenix on Thursday evening, meaning the players will spent the trade deadline in LA. The deadline is at 3 p.m. ET.

• With 28 games left, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said his club will have to win 20 games to make the playoffs. But with the eighth-seeded Rockets making making moves, it is uncertain if they will drop in the standings, allowing the Lakers to make a run.

• Kevin Garnett passed former Net and Blazer Buck Williams for 11th all-time in games play with 1,308. Garnett should pass Moses Malone (1,329) for 10th later this season.

• A scout with special interest in this game is Jarron Collins of the Clippers, who is the brother of the Celtics’ Jason Collins. He said they still talk at least once a day.