Lakers, Celtics not holding anything back in early going

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are running roughshod through the league. They're tops in the Power Rankings, too, but will they keep that perch all season?

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are running roughshod through the league. They're tops in the Power Rankings, too, but will they keep that perch all season?

The lesson that the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers taught us last year — that great teams can pace themselves in the regular season and flip the switch once the playoffs begin — has apparently been forgotten by the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.

With the exception of Boston’s post-opener hangover in Cleveland, the two conference champs have been perfect through the first two weeks of the season. While other contenders are still trying to find their rhythm or losing focus from night to night, the Lakers and Celtics have hit the ground running, despite injuries to key players.

The Lakers are the third most improved team statistically from last season, which is kind of scary. Even scarier is that they have the No. 1 offense in the league with Kobe Bryant shooting worse than he did last season and Ron Artest shooting just 39 percent.

The Celtics haven’t been quite as dominant, but they’re not holding back. Rajon Rondo (40.4), Ray Allen (39.1), Paul Pierce (37.3) and Kevin Garnett (33.6) are all averaging more minutes than they did last season, with Doc Rivers going only nine-deep in his rotation thus far.

Can the two veteran teams keep this up? We’ll learn a lot on Thursday, when they both face tough challenges on TNT. The Celtics visit the Heat (8 p.m. ET) and the Lakers visit the Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET) in what is clearly the best doubleheader of the season thus far.

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