It’s the best and longest-running rivalry in professional basketball and it’s on again!
The defending NBA champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, will meet the Boston Celtics in this year’s championship series, setting up a rematch of their battle for the title two years ago, when Boston won it all.
The Lakers booked their spot in the 2010 Finals by beating out the Phoenix Suns in 6 games, clinching with a 111-103 victory on the weekend, helped by Kobe Bryant’s 37 points. Boston reached the big stage by knocking out the Orlando Magic, also in six games.
So it’s Boston and LA….again.
They have been the NBA’s two premier teams for most of the league’s history, and this marks the 12th time they will meet in the championship series that begins Thursday in Los Angeles.
It’s east-coast against west-coast, it’s the flash and glitter of the Lakers against the blue- collar scrappers from Boston. As well, it rekindles memories of great title clashes over the years, that have featured the likes of Wilt Chamberlain against Bill Russell and Larry Bird against Magic Johnson.
Superstar player, Kobe Bryant, will be the marquee name in the Finals this year, as he makes his 7th appearance in the championship series, seeking his 5th title. His supporting cast includes Spanish star, Pau Gasol, a clever and quick 7-footer that has led his country’s national team to a World Championship and to an Olympic silver medal.
On the other side of the ledger, the Boston Celtics count on what most fans refer to as “the Big Three”—veterans Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and sharpshooter, Paul Pierce.
It’s a match made in heaven. It’s an old and intriguing rivalry between two legendary teams, it’s the matchup fans and TV executives wanted, and probably, if truth be known, it’s what the NBA front office wanted as well.
The Lakers and the Celtics in the NBA Finals. It should be classic.
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