Most people would have thought none at all. And for a while, things looked bleak. But with the Lakers were surprisingly lively all game and gave themselves a chance.
A former Celtic did the rest, as Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo somehow wound up with the ball with a chance to beat his old team at the buzzer.
Rondo delivered, lifting the Lakers to a 129-128 win.
The end of the road for the Lakers without Pelicans star Davis? Well, maybe not. Because on the night of the trade deadline, the Lakers may have nabbed their biggest road win of the season.
James (28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists) led the way with yet another triple-double. James' former Cleveland Cavaliers running-mate Kyrie Irving paced the Celtics with 24 points.
But while everyone loves the stars, it was the crafty old pro Rondo who saved the day, and in an otherwise dreary day, gave the Lakers something about which to cheer.