Some post-game notes:
*Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Nate Robinson has to take a physical and then attempt to fly from New York to Portland, so he is doubtful for Friday’s game against the Trail Blazers. Robinson has family in Seattle, which is a 2 1/2-hour drive, so there is plenty of incentive for Robinson to play.
*Tony Allen strained a tendon in his surgically repaired right ankle and is doubtful for the Portland game. That means the Celtics could have just 10 players available for Portland. Allen was not in the locker room after the game.
*The trio of Rajon Rondo, Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett were a combined 14 for 44 from the field and the Celtics still won.
The Celtics won Thursday night despite scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter and going 5 for 21 from the field. That’s because they held the Lakers to 8 for 22 in the final period. The Lakers won the period but the Celtics won the game and this is a critical win not only because Kobe Bryant didn’t play but because the Celtics didn’t crack in a hostile environment.
The Staples Center crowd was lively and littered with celebrities and they wanted the Celtics to melt in the final minutes. But despite going scoreless in the final 2:50, the Celtics used stellar defense and holding the Lakers to one-shot possessions to seal the win.
Boston would have been giddy with a 2-2 road trip but now they are a win from going 3-1 and now has to get greedy and try to sneak two more wins.
Paul Pierce — Only 9 shots in 41 minutes has to be some type of record for Pierce. He wasn’t aggressive and scored just two points in the second half. And he also missed two big free throws late that could have given Boston a 3-point lead.
Kevin Garnett — He missed 10 shots in just 26 minutes and attempted one free throw. Not his most aggressive or productive night but he did snap down some key rebounds down the stretch.
Kendrick Perkins — A real nice night with 13 points and 14 rebounds and three offensive rebounds. Perkins tried defensively against Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum but both proved elusive.
Ray Allen — His 12 second-half points were all scored in the third quarter but he was in vintage form tonight. He looked more confident and he had spring in his legs. He looked relieved to still be a Celtic.
Rajon Rondo — Rondo missed too many layups and short jumpers but his five steals, five rebounds and 11 assists made up for his offensive miscues.
Rasheed Wallace — He was 2 for 11 from the field and got his 13th technical. He seemed frustrated and was too physical with Pau Gasol. One of Wallace’s typical uneven performances.
Glen Davis — He played with passion and grabbed three rebounds in 16 minutes. And the canned a mid-range jumper for a key basket in the second half.
Marquis Daniels — Did he play tonight? One rebounds, no shot attempts, one foul and two turnovers in 13 minutes. He was invisible.
Tony Allen — Four points in 7 minutes before re-injuring his ankle. He could be out for a few games.
Brian Scalabrine — No stats in two minutes.