AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Celtics [team stats]-Lakers. You probably said it a dozen or so times before you went to bed last night.
Celtics-Lakers. Bet you texted it to an old buddy, maybe one who lives in Los Angeles.
Celtics-Lakers. Nevermind saying it. It’s more likely you screamed it, screamed it so loud that you’ll need those extra days between now and Game 1 of the NBA Finals to rest your vocal cords.
Amazing, isn’t it? Not only will the greatest nine months in the history of Boston sports include yet another run for yet another championship, but this one will be a throwback showdown of epic proportions.
The Celtics, 89-81 victors over the Detroit Pistons in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last night at The Palace of Auburn Hills, host the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at the Garden, meaning there will be plenty of history and nostalgia for everyone.
The Celtics swept the old Minneapolis Lakers in the 1959 NBA Finals. They beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals in ’62, ’63, ’65, ’66, ’68 and, perhaps most famously, ’69. Did they ever get those balloons out of the Forum rafters?