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    Thumbs up NBA Finals: Celtics vs. Lakers?

    I know it's still the early conference finals, but with the Celtics and Lakers both winning games 1, I am salivating at the thought of those two going at it in the Finals. It's been SO long, and me being a Laker fan, what better rivalry to rejuvenate the NBA championships again? Two storied teams, a storied rivalry, two players at the peak of their competitive prowess. What more could you ask for?

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    I would like to see that match up-and I hope the Lakers come out on top. The 'other' in my life is a huge Celtics fan, so much it's annoying as all HELL! BTW, I dislike Kobe with a passion, but the boy has skills. There was no way the Lakers should have came back like they did tonight, but you can't judge the rest of the series on the first games!
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    I would like to set Kobe on fire and see his teammates try to jack off on him to put him out. See how he likes it.

    I HATE him.
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    I'd like to see the Celtics win, not because I'm a Celtics fan but simply because I don't want to see the Lakers win. I think their deal to get Gasol on their team was totally bogus - I still don't get how that trade actually happened. Plus, a little part of me never wants to see Kobe win a title without the help of Shaq.

    I really wanted to Hornets to beat the Spurs. I loathe the Spurs and their style of play. Their games are boring as hell to watch, plus they are dirty bastards and the league constantly rewards them for it.

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    Rivalry renewed for Celtics and Lakers - NBA - Yahoo! Sports

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Less than 24 hours after the Staples Center crowd chanted “We want Boston,” a small, upper deck cadre of Celtics fans who had infiltrated the Palace of Auburn Hills broke out their own famed refrain:
    Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!
    Bust out your short shorts, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, the two most storied franchises in the game and ancient bitter rivals, are back.
    With a gritty 98-91 Eastern Conference title-clinching victory over the Detroit Pistons, Boston did its part just a day after the Lakers did theirs. The NBA Finals begin Thursday in Boston, the climax of an improbable season that one year ago saw Kobe Bryant demanding to be traded from the Lakers and the draft lottery cursing the Celtics.

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    No one saw this coming then. Everyone will be watching now.
    “I think that rivalry really revolutionized the game of basketball,” Celtics forward Paul Pierce said.
    It featured some legendary series, an endless parade of future Hall of Famers and heated, occasionally violent action. Eventually there was a grudging respect built on the acknowledgement of mutual greatness, most notably between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
    It was more than that, though. The back-and-forth regular-season games were appointment television, the eyes of the two teams forever focused on each other. The rivalry went national, with neutral fans often choosing sides; everything from geography, style of play and race-dividing loyalties.
    This will be different, a sped-up version based as much on history as hostility. If the players aren’t as personally committed though, the respective fan bases will more than make up for it.
    “It means everything to Boston fans,” Pierce said.
    That was evident as the brave green-clad fans whooped it up in Detroit’s gym once the Finals appearance was secure. The ball had been passed to Kevin Garnett, the biggest of the Big Three who’s ability to “envision” himself in Celtics green and give up on his bottomed-out Minnesota team last summer made this happen.
    As the final seconds and the “Beat L.A.” chant faded into the air, Garnett clutched the ball aloft in jubilation, the biggest step yet in his dream of winning his first – and the Celtics’ 17th – championship this spring.
    Soon enough the players were giving their own rendition of “Beat L.A.” at the trophy presentation, trainers were posing with pictures with John Havlicek and everyone was talking ’80s retro.
    “I used to watch on Sunday, that big plate of food in front of me, watching the Lakers and the Celtics play, Hubie Brown and Dick Stockton doing the game,” said Garnett of his childhood in rural South Carolina. “I remember it like it was yesterday. (I’d say) ‘I’m (going to) grab me a seat right in front,’ Mom telling me, ‘Don’t get too close to the TV, it’ll kill your eyes.’”
    Garnett laughed.
    “I’m looking forward to this.”
    Just about everyone is.
    Each team used monster trades and perfect chemistry to secure the top seeds in their conferences. Boston took a long, hard playoff route here (20 games), but that doesn’t matter now. The Celtics’ biggest worry will be finding a way to slow Bryant, the league’s brilliant MVP. The Lakers have to deal with the multi-headed monster of the Big Three, any one, two or all of whom can burn you on a given night.
    Mostly it is a chance for NBA commissioner David Stern to remind fans of some of their fondest basketball memories, while reveling in the attention of two big-market franchises.
    Boston has 16 NBA titles, the Lakers 14. Their rivalry, while most recently heated in the 1980s, goes back to the days of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. Boston’s legendary Red Auerbach and the Lakers’ Phil Jackson are tied for the most titles won by a coach at nine (although Jackson won six of them with Chicago).
    Before Auerbach passed away in 2006, he took numerous shots at Jackson for never building a champion but just taking over an excellent team. If Jackson wins this year, that will no longer be the case.
    Regardless, you’ll hear that bitterness – and so much else – brought up repeatedly over the next few weeks.
    “It’s going to be fantastic,” said Doc Rivers, the oft-maligned Celtics coach who made it work nonetheless. “When we played them in L.A. earlier this year, I thought the atmosphere was nuts. And I told the guys after the game, ‘Boy, it would be great if we could see them again.’
    “And the only way we could have seen them again would be the Finals. That’s the way it should be as far as I’m concerned.”
    Lakers-Celtics inspired people back in the 1980s. One of them was a lanky kid from Inglewood, Calif., home of the Lakers’ then-home court, the Fabulous Forum.
    Paul Pierce would root against Boston and then go down to the park and envision he was draining a last second shot to beat the Celtics. Now he returns as their captain and leading scorer.
    “As a kid, I hated the Celtics,” Pierce said. “I’m going back home to play against the team that I grew up watching.”
    As memories can be, the ones about L.A.-Boston have grown over the years, the perception even bigger than the reality.
    During the 1980s, there were actually just three head-to-head meetings in the Finals – Boston winning in 1984, L.A. in 1985 and 1987. While they were historic clashes, it wasn’t the annual meetings some recall.
    Pierce was asked about his worst memory of the rivalry and he mentioned the time Boston won the championship in L.A.
    “They celebrated on the Lakers’ floor,” he said. “I was miserable.”
    The thing was, it never happened, which will tell you more about the impression and passion of this rivalry than the shaky memories of youth.
    While the recollection of the game’s location was false, Pierce’s feeling wasn’t. Boston made him miserable back then; more than once. And that burning pain and the ensuing triumphs still live in the heart of two fervent fan bases that have waited 21 long years for another shot at each other.

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    OH MY FREAKING LORD ITS MY YEAR! I'VE WAITED SINCE 1987!



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    I hope the Celtics finally pull the stuff together and decide to play like they did during regular season (ie. Ray Allen, I mean you!).

    Good Lord, how big are Garnett's earrings? WOW!

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    I can't wait! Being from Boston and living LA, I can honestly say I like both teams but I hope the Celtics win.
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    Boston Fans Try to Jock Block Kobe
    Posted Jun 5th 2008 10:46AM by TMZ Staff
    If you really want to piss off Kobe Bryant, click here!

    A Boston Celtics fan is ripping a page from the Tony Parker how-not-to-play book, by creating cut outs of Vanessa Curry, the former Lakers cheerleader Bryant reportedly hooked up with. Kobe denies the alleged misdeed and has fired off a legal letter to the website that spread the rumor.

    Anywho, at tonight's game, Boston fans are gonna hold up lots of pics of Vanessa. Will it distract Kobe? We're thinkin'....he's used to it.

    Stay tuned!
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    Its on our tv at 4 in the morning,no way i ll stay up,i have a lot of driving tomorrow and damn i wanna watch it..
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    C's Take Game 1

    Paul Pierce returned from a sprained right knee in the third quarter and posted 19 of his 22 points in the second half as the Celtics edged the Lakers, 98-88, in Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday.
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    Woohoo, yay for the Celtics who pulled out a great victory! I thought they'd lost it when Pierce went out in the 3rd. It was great when he came skipping back out. Rondo was great for such a young player, he'll have a really good career ahead of him.

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    This is going to be an interesting series. I'm still pissed that the Celtics beat my precious Pistons, but I'm rooting for them now. I just can't get myself to root for Kobe and the backups.

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    goooooooooooo celtics! i hate kobe!

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