Celtics versus Lakers Rivalry Stands the Test of time

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Last summer, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers added yet another stunning chapter to the greatest rivalry in National Basketball Association history, as they wrapped up another epic war at the 2010 NBA Finals. This marked the 12th time these two historic franchises have met to decide who is the top dog in all of basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was handed the Finals MVP Award after leading an epic comeback from a 13-point third quarter deficit.

The Latest Chapter

Each team certainly has the adequate talent to carry their team to championship glory, but it was the Lakers who got the better of Boston on this occasion. Bryant led his Los Angeles Lakers, along with fellow stars Ron Artest, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol over a Celtics bunch that trotted out a starting lineup comprised of Rajon Rondo, Rasheed Wallace, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. This was just another in the long line of great matchups between these two bitter rivals, but it was the Lakers who now have the last laugh.

Even after winning the 2010 Championship, if the Lakers want to truly even up this rivalry, they will have to defeat the Celtics six more times for championship titles. That may not be so easy, since this current Celtics team isn’t exactly going away anytime soon. This version of the Celtics franchise may not have guys like Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Bob Cousy or Bill Russell, but this group has enough future Hall-Of-Famers to be highly formidable for at least a few more years. If 2011 has been any indication, the Boston Celtics are more than ready to renew this battle in another NBA Finals war.

The Future of the Rivalry

These two franchises always come back from adversity, so even if one or both were to have a down period, you can be assured that they will come back stronger than ever and keep this rivalry going for as long as the NBA is in existence. Both teams showed their toughness yet again last season, as they each overcame adversity and injuries to rise to the top of their respective conferences.

History

There are numerous great NBA teams that have their own memorable rivalries. This includes battles between the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, Seattle Supersonics (yes, I know there are no Supersonics anymore, but they were a great rival) and Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, among many others. However, the Celtics vs. the Lakers is on a completely different level. Together, these two franchises have accounted for a whopping thirty championships since the inception of the NBA.

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A funny thing happened on LA's way to the finals!

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I said before the series that if Denver was able to steal the first game because LA was hung over from the series against Houston, LA might be in trouble. LA managed to win game 1 by a margin that made the Senatorial election in Minnesota look like a landslide. Then came game 2 last night.

The Nugget win in Game 2 was impressive for several reasons. The biggest factor is that the Lakers have no way to counter either Chauncey Billups or Carmelo Anthony. LA PG Derek Fisher is not strong enough to get physical with Billups and not athletic enough to match his quickness. Fisher needs help but isn’t getting any because the other guys in gold have their own problems. Kobe Bryant is getting warn out trying to carry the entire team on his back.

A second indication that the Lakers are in trouble is the difference in the physicality of the bigs. Pau Gasol is a finesse player. It is also clear that Andrew Bynum is no where near 100%. Bynum doesn’t seem to have the explosiveness he showed before his latest injury. When Denver’s Nenê decides to play hard, Gasol and Bynum are little more than speed bumps on the way to the basket.

Lamar Odom is one of the most over rated players in the league. He is struggling against the Nuggets.

The one thing that the Lakers can depend on is their depth vs. that of the Nuggets. The Nugget starters may run out of gas because of the Laker depth. In game 1, the Denver bench did little to contribute. But in game 2 Linas Kleiza had a coming out party scoring 16 points on 5-8 shooting in 21 minutes. The Lakers have to hope that was a one time explosion.

The Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin is unchallenged on both ends of the floor. It seems no one in LA wants to get in his way. Maybe a Laker should have a chat with Martin’s Mom. Look how well that worked out for Dallas.

The Lakers are in trouble. They are going to have to get a split at Denver or they will be in danger of not making the finals. They either have to start to play much more physically or hope that Nenê and a couple of other Nuggets take some games off. I don’t expect that to happen.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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