Historic Rivalry revived

A new chapter in one of sport’s most storied rivalries is about to be written. With last night’s win over the Detroit Pistons the Boston Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987 where they will face the Lakers for the championship. Game one starts Thursday.

Shades of hard fouls against Kurt Rambis, shades of Magic and Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge. It’s time to party like it’s the late 80s all over again.

 

Lakers fans are talking a lot of smack about their team but I am afraid they are going to be silenced by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the rest of the Celts. By virtue of their NBA best regular season record, the Celts have home field advantage so the first two games are in the Garden. The Lakeshow will have to win on the road on the parquet floor where so many historic duels were waged before coming home to L.A. for three games, although only two games at home are guaranteed in the best of 4 matchup.

Let’s not forget that Boston has already beaten Kobe and his cohorts twice this season, even though most Lakers fans will have you believe that means little given the fact Paul Gasol and other key components were not present for the regular season match ups. No matter, I still have faith that the Celts will end L.A.’s unbeaten record at home in the playoffs. The Celtics are the most successful franchise in NBA history with 16 championships to L.A.’s 14, though the Lakers have had more success of late. It’s time to change that trend and to hang another banner above the parquet floor. Go Celtics!  

 

The Lakers and the Celtics have met a total of 10 times in the NBA finals, with Boston winning the first eight meetings, and Los Angeles the last two

Year

Champion

Opponent

Result

1958-59

Boston Celtics

Minneapolis Lakers

4-0

1961-62

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1962-63

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-2

1964-65

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-1

1965-66

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1967-68

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-2

1968-69

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1983-84

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1984-85

Los Angeles Lakers

Boston Celtics

4-2

1986-87

Los Angeles Lakers

Boston Celtics

4-2

2007-08

 ???

 ?????

0-0

 

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2 Responses to Historic Rivalry revived

  1. RV3 says:

    Oooooh!!! You said I’ve talking a lot of smack!
    😉

  2. tyroshutterbug says:

    Not just you but a lot of Lakers fans I know

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