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Friday, May 30, 2008

21 years later...

The last time it happened I was graduating from high school. That was the last year that there were four different digits in the year (which won't happen again until 2013 but who's counting... if you don't believe me, figure it out for yourself!).

There have been 61 previous NBA Finals. The Celtics and Lakers have won thirty of them, 16 titles in 19 trips for Boston, 14 titles in 28 trips for Los Angeles. Amazingly, they have not met in the NBA Finals since 1987. In fact, the Celtics have not even sniffed the NBA Finals since that year (the Celtics had absolutely no chance of winning the Eastern Conference Championship when they played vs. New Jersey in 2002).

Remember the 80's were the days of Bird, Parish, McHale, DJ and Danny v. Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Scott and Rambis.

Honestly, basketball has been irrelevant in Boston since the original big three retired, especially with the championship success of the Red Sox and Patriots in the last eight years. But this match-up is special. These teams are basketball royalty.

Looks like I'm gonna be watching a little more hoops in the next three weeks.

The amazing thing is that last year the Celtics were horrible. Start with Paul Pierce. Then you add Ray Allen and a man called the "Big Ticket", who at first did not want to come play in Boston and you have the new "Big Three".

WHAT?!?!?! Someone who didn't want to play for the Celtics?

Quite frankly with the recent history of that franchise, I wouldn't want to play for them either. Twenty years ago that would have been unthinkable. Unthinkable.

Forget that this will be the 11th time these two teams have met in the Finals, (where the Celtics are 8-2 v. LA). None of that matters now. These players for both teams, were kids in 1987. Celtics forward Paul Pierce says he grew up watching Celtics v. Lakers and it was this match up that got him interested in basketball.

Even though NBA basketball has been an afterthought for me since the 1980's, I've always been a homer and have wanted the Boston teams to do well, including during the horrible ML Carr and Rick Pitino years. And lest we forget the tragedy that was Len Bias. Now all we need in this area is for the Bruins to get off the schneid. (HA!)

So here's the schedule:

NBA FINALS - BEST OF SEVEN (2-3-2 format). Boston wins 4-2.

Date, Time, Match-up, Network (Results updated after each game.)
Thursday, June 5 @ Boston Celtics 98, L.A. Lakers 88

Sunday, June 8 @ Boston Celtics 108, L.A. Lakers 102

Tuesday, June 10 at L.A. Lakers 87, Boston Celtics 81

Thursday, June 12 Boston Celtics 97, at L.A. Lakers 91

Sunday, June 15 at L.A. Lakers 103, Boston Celtics 98

Tuesday, June 17 (9 p.m. ET) at Boston Celtics 131, Los Angeles Lakers 92

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At 01 June, 2008 08:45, Blogger DaBich said...

UGH! Basketball is one sport I don't do. But...
Go Boston Celtics!

At 04 June, 2008 00:02, Blogger Esther said...

Being from Kentucky originally, basketball runs in my blood.

I vaguely remember the days of the Celtics being unbeatable and Larry Bird being unattainable in his fame. I have thought little of the Celtics in terms of basketball in recent years, except to think how it bothers me as an English Teacher how the name is erroneously pronounced, but. . .

I am actually quite happy to hear of their good fortune recently, and I'm rooting for them again. It's nice to see a team return to some of its former glory.

By the way, I REALLY like your new additions in the sidebar. The layout, colors, and style look fabulous, Mr. Green. Keep up the good work!

At 07 June, 2008 10:37, Blogger Rebecca said...

I'm not loving that we have to play 3 in LA; I much prefer the two game away split.

Great game the other night. Not sure why everyone was hating on Paul Pierce?

At 07 June, 2008 13:08, Blogger green said...

dabich: I don't normally do basketball either but must root for the local 12.

esther: The glory days of the 80's were good for being a Celtics fan. The reward now is that for so long the C's have been horible bordering on putrid, magnified by the success of the Red Sox and Patriots.

rebecca: It was a great game on Thursday. Yeah, the 2-3-2 format for the Finals is weird, but if the C's can win on Sunday and take one of three in LA then they have a good shot at banner #17.

I really didn't see or read any hating on PP - more so jubilation when he came back from the locker room in the 3d qtr after hurting his knee.

I say Celtics in six.


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