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“Ball in the Family” – Lakers top 76ers on the road – #Celtics ☘️ PingpongBall Alert

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December 7 — Laker #pingpongBall alert, Celtics fans.

The Lakers (sorry to say) pulled out an impressive 107-104 win over the 76ers Thursday night — in one of the best NBA games we’ve seen this year.

In so doing, they’ve surged out of the bottom 5 spots in the NBA (about 8 teams in the 7-9 win range.) They’ve still list 7 of 10, though, and are in the mix.

Here are our some of our most indicative in-game reports from the second half… further down for our “Ball in the Family” overview and previous reports.

Ball in the Family?

With losses by the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies, the inactive Lakers dropped out of the NBA’s “top 5” ping-pong ball position list by percentage points and half games.

Still, not to worry.

Lavar Ball has pulled two of his sons out of situations he doesn’t like — and now is making rumbling noises about the mis-coaching of oldest son, Lonzo “Air” Ball.

(Coach Walton has said in the past player minutes and roles are a matter for the “Laker family.” Sadly for him, LA now has “Ball in the Family,” and it’s a fave Boston Celtic fan show.)

We’re not saying Lonzo’s going to follow suit and “drop out” on the Lakers. Indeed, perish the thought. But his on-court demeanor has become more fearful than a Trump cabinet member whose secretary tells him “there’s a call from a Mr. Mueller on line 2.”

Straw in the wind: Colin Cowherd, who weeks ago was projecting a Laker “California schedule surge” and enthusiastically ratcheting up his “LeBronZo Meter,” has fallen silent — and no wonder.

Tonight, the Lakers ride a 5-game losing streak into Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Hard to say who Celtics fans dislike more, but in this case, on practical grounds, we’ll probably be pulling for Philly.

Follow along on our reverse-chronological diary below as we enjoy the Laker season. The Nets are off the hook. It’s Showtime’s turn.

December 5: Lakers hit bottom 5

As we tweet, Magic, Lonzo, and the Lakers have surged into the NBA’s bottom 5:

December 3 update: Lakers fall to Rockets

Of course, the sun never sets on the Boston sports empire, activating another pingpongBall alert for Celtics fans.

So it was on December 3, as the Lakers and Lonzo Ball, losers of four straight, took on the red-hot Houston Rockets.

To be sure, the Lakers bested Houston in Luke Walton’s coaching debut in October, 2016. Celtics fans, of course, were hoping the LALs would do their part for Danny Ainge and that provisional 2018 pick.

Another good night for the ping-pong balls on Sunday. Follow along on some of our reverse-chronology twitter updates from in-game reports below as we savor another loss for the 8-15 Lakers.

Follow our in-game reports here at #pingpongBall (you may have to click on “recent”) — or at @Celts247.

December 2 update
Nuggets bounce Lakers in o.t.

Postgame report — Nuggets top Lakers 115-100 in overtime. Lakers lose 4th straight, and now face a 9-game stretch against 8 (current) playoff teams, plus a game at Charlotte. Next up: the Houston Rockets.

Pregame report — Lonzo “Air” Ball and the Lakers go for their 4th straight loss tonight as they strive to make another thing that Danny Ainge has touched turn to gold.

Right now, the Lakers are stuck in 9th place… not good. The Celtics need a “top”-5 (losing record) finish or better to optimize their chance of a 2018 draft pick conveyance.

But the next 10 Laker games offer hope, as you can see from our twitter feeds on the “ping-pong ball watch.”

November 29 update…

Lakers vs. Warriors tonight meant a four-star ping-pong ball twitter Alert.

Bored with no Celtics game tonight?

Well, it was all okay.

Because, luckily, Danny Ainge provided for our viewing enjoyment by accumulating assets all over the NBA.

Missed it by… that much

Wednesday’s entertainment featured the Lakers losing a heartbreaker to the Golden State Warriors, inching them closer to that favorable draft position we’re all hoping for.

The Lakers pick conveys to the Celtics if it’s 2-5. So par, per Tankathon (below), they’re outside the high-degree of likelihood to get up into one of those slots.

But looking at the Laker schedule over the next 10 games, Magic and his crew appear to have a good shot.

Are you not entertained?
Other fave Celtic tweets

More from the Celtics247 twitter timeline here.

And other bon mots from the twittersphere below.

Celtics comment on Jaylen Brown’s continued rise — Celtics247 readers knew where this was heading last year when Brown was inserted as a starter: the 10-game stretch that turned the Celtic season around.

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