Celtics or Lakers?

Boston Green or LA Gold?
Boston Green or LA Gold?

Here We Go Again!

For the umpteenth time the rivalry that many NBA fans were asking for is back.

Okay, I am not talking about the fans of Lebron James, the Orlando Magic, the Phoenix Suns or of all the other might-be or should-be finals contenders.

Although there is next year or the next, but this is 2010 and this year after they last met in 2008, the (Boston) Celtics and the (Los Angeles) Lakers will again meet for the best-of-seven, winner-take-all National Basketball Finals. And for many Celtics and Lakers fans, the one year wait was an eternity.

Take it or leave it.

But this makes for great drama even though there are some often-times disgruntled basketball fans who have been asking for more disparity in the finals.

But just like playing the odds, the two winningest teams in the NBA again made it all the way and will again duel for the title, yes for the 12th time.

History

Now going back through NBA Finals History, the Celtics had won 17 times and the Lakers, 15 times. It would have been an even better dramatic matchup at 16 wins a piece if the Lakers won that 2008 duel, but that’s all water under the bridge now.

But these two titans only actually met 11 times in the Finals and 12 if you add the 2009-10 Season.

But what’s amazing though is that between them, they have won an astonishing 32 of the 63 NBA titles up for grabs since the league started in the 1946-47 Season. And I counted that in 40 of those 63 finals, either one of them or both of them have contended for the title, either bringing it home or not. Amazing. Yes also amazing is that I could count, although you can check it out for youself, you can find a list of all the finals winners down below.

Okay for all you who are old enough, let’s go back memory lane and take a look at all their past finals matchups including the one when the Lakers were still in Minneapolis. Yes, for all you younger NBA fans, the Lakers used to be in Minneapolis prior to 1960.

Elgin Baylor, 1959 Rookie of the Year Minneapolis Lakers.     www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nba/mpls/
Elgin Baylor, 1959 Rookie of the Year Minneapolis Lakers. www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nba/mpls/

First Celtics-Lakers Rivalry 1959-69

 Year
Winner 
MVP 
1959 
Celtics 
1962 
Celtics 
1963 
Celtics 
1965
Celtics
-
1966
Celtics
-
1968
Celtics
-
1969
Celtics
Jerry West

2nd Generation Celtics-Lakers Rivalry (1980s)

Year 
Winner 
MVP 
1984 
Celtics 
Larry Bird 
1985 
Lakers 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
1987 
Lakers 
Magic Johnson 

I myself did not start watching the NBA until the 1970s. But probably like a lot of you who follow the Lakers today, I only started watching them in the 1980s.

I followed the Celtics too since the 80s, don't get me wrong but I live in the West Coast, so I'm slightly biased.

And yes, who would forget the Famed Larry Bird – Magic Johnson Era whose two teams owned the 80s? And the start of what I would call the Second Generation Celtics-Lakers Rivalry, even though the Celtics and the Lakers only actually met three times in the Finals.

But then again, along came Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas and the Pistons and of course Olajuwon and the Rockets.

And then a guy named Michael Jordan and this coach named Phil Jackson who along with the rest of the Bulls was almost unstoppable in the 90s.

A good thing Michael retired and Duncan, Robinson and the rest of the Spurs stepped up to fill the void.

Today at the start of the new millennium, the Lakers again surged back with Kobe and the rest of the crew. But who knew the Celtics could again do their leprechaun magic and make this decade the start of the Third Generation Celtics-Lakers Rivalry, catering to a entirely new generation of basketball fans.

Third and Current Celtics Lakers Rivalry (started in 2008)

Year 
Winner 
MVP 
2008 
Celtics 
Paul Pierce 
2010 
SEE UPDATE BELOW
SEE BELOW 
 
 
 

Who are you going to root for?

For me, it's going to be a toss up. Especially depending on what type of officiating we are going to see, too loose or too tight or even too much of home cooking.

Any which way, ready or not, whether you like them or not, the Celtics and the Lakers are back and ready, are you game?

Who will win between the Celtics and the Lakers?

See results without voting

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UPDATE 2010 NBA FINALS: Lakers Win Game 7!!!

Game 1

June 3, Thursday Night at Staples, Los Angeles.

The Lakers take first blood.

Game 2

June 6, Sunday at Staples, Los Angeles

Ray Allen shot the lights out on the way to a record 8 made three-point shots in any NBA Finals Game. Good show.

Game 3

June 8, Tuesday at the TD Garden, Boston

Ray Allen almost got another finals record 0 for 13 shot attempts (0 for 8 three-point shots). Although KG and Fisher showed the young guns how it is done, in the end, the Lakers had more gas in its gas tank and they won a big one at Boston.

Game 4

June 10, Thursday at the TD Garden, Boston

Big Baby becomes the Big Man for Boston and not to be outdone the fire-starter Little Big Man Nate Robinson. Great show.

Game 5

Paul Pierce finally showed up and the Lakers just weren't in it.

Game 6

Lakers back into Staples and they finally showed up. With or without Perkins and of course Bynum at the second half, it probably wouldn't have changed the outcome of this game. Series tied 3-3 and now the series is a best of one, winner take all game.

2010 NBA FINALS GAME 7

The Lakers didn't give up and won in dramatic fashion in the fourth quarter. The Celtics could have won but still their best came up short. Lakers wins their 16th title, one less than the Celtics 17. And Kobe Bryant wins the Finals MVP.

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Game 1 Recap - Yahoo Sports

Game 2 Recap

Ray Allen set an NBA Finals Record. examiner.com
Ray Allen set an NBA Finals Record. examiner.com

Game 3 Recap

Fisher was the man. nba.com
Fisher was the man. nba.com

Game 4 Recap

The Celtic Bench got the job done. Yahoo Sports
The Celtic Bench got the job done. Yahoo Sports

Game 5 Recap

The Truth Showed Up. Yahoo Sports
The Truth Showed Up. Yahoo Sports

Game 6 Recap

The Lakers Team finally got their act together. Yahoo Sports
The Lakers Team finally got their act together. Yahoo Sports

Game 7 Recap

Team effort and never giving up won the day and the 2010 NBA Championship Trophy for the Lakers.  Yahoo Sports
Team effort and never giving up won the day and the 2010 NBA Championship Trophy for the Lakers. Yahoo Sports

NBA Finals Winners

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Year  
Winner  
Opponent  
MVP  
2009-2010
Series starts June 3, 2010
 
 
2008-09
Los Angeles Lakers
Orlando Magic
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles
2007-08
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
Paul Pierce, Boston
2006-07
San Antonio Spurs
Cleveland Cavaliers
Tony Parker, San Antonio
2005-06
Miami Heat
Dallas Mavericks
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
2004-05
San Antonio Spurs
Detroit Pistons
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2003-04
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
2002-03
San Antonio Spurs
New Jersey Nets
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2001-02
Los Angeles Lakers
New Jersey Nets
Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles
2000-01
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles
1999-00
Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers
Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles
1998-99
San Antonio Spurs
New York Knicks
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
1997-98
Chicago Bulls
Utah Jazz
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1996-97
Chicago Bulls
Utah Jazz
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1995-96
Chicago Bulls
Seattle SuperSonics
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1994-95
Houston Rockets
Orlando Magic
Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1993-94
Houston Rockets
New York Knicks
Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1992-93
Chicago Bulls
Phoenix Suns
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1991-92
Chicago Bulls
Portland Trail Blazers
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1990-91
Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1989-90
Detroit Pistons
Portland Trail Blazers
Isiah Thomas, Detroit
1988-89
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers
Joe Dumars, Detroit
1987-88
Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons
James Worthy, Los Angeles
1986-87
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1985-86
Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets
Larry Bird, Boston
1984-85
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1983-84
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
Larry Bird, Boston
1982-83
Philadelphia 76ers
Los Angeles Lakers
Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1981-82
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1980-81
Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets
Cedric Maxwell, Boston
1979-80
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1978-79
Seattle SuperSonics
Washington Bullets
Dennis Johnson, Seattle
1977-78
Washington Bullets
Seattle SuperSonics
Wes Unseld, Washington
1976-77
Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers
Bill Walton, Portland
1975-76
Boston Celtics
Phoenix Suns
Jo Jo White, Boston
1974-75
Golden State Warriors
Washington Bullets
Rick Barry, Golden State
1973-74
Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks
John Havlicek, Boston
1972-73
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
Willis Reed, New York
1971-72
Los Angeles Lakers
New York Knicks
Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles
1970-71
Milwaukee Bucks
Baltimore Bullets
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1969-70
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
Willis Reed, New York
1968-69
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry West, Los Angeles
1967-68
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
1966-67
Philadelphia 76ers
San Francisco Warriors
1965-66
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
1964-65
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
1963-64
Boston Celtics
San Francisco Warriors
1962-63
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
1961-62
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
1960-61
Boston Celtics
St. Louis Hawks
1959-60
Boston Celtics
St. Louis Hawks
1958-59
Boston Celtics
Minneapolis Lakers
1957-58
St. Louis Hawks
Boston Celtics
1956-57
Boston Celtics
St. Louis Hawks
1955-56
Philadelphia Warriors
Fort Wayne Pistons
1954-55
Syracuse Nationals
Fort Wayne Pistons
1953-54
Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals
1952-53
Minneapolis Lakers
New York Knicks
1951-52
Minneapolis Lakers
New York Knicks
1950-51
Rochester Royals
New York Knicks
1949-50
Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals
1948-49
Minneapolis Lakers
Washington Capitols
1947-48
Baltimore Bullets
Philadelphia Warriors
1946-47
Philadelphia Warriors
Chicago Stags
 
 
 
 

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

A nice article that places Lakers-Celtics matchups in their proper historical perspective. Each had fine moments without the other team being there, of course--the Lakers in the early 80's found the 76ers to be their main opponent, and Boston won two titles against Milwaukee and Phoenix in the 70's. There is something special about Boston-LA, however, and it should be a fun series.

Historically, these have been two of my favorite teams. I am going with Boston because I think they have a slightly better blend of talent and youth, and also because I live in Lawrence Kansas and watched Paul Pierce play college ball for KU. Gotta root for the Jayhawks.

Looking forward to Thursday night and the first game, however the series plays out.

Mike


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J@ps 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Nicely put Mike. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Yes, can hardly wait myself.


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Great Wide Open 6 years ago from The Astral Plane

Loved your hub, it was very articulate and I can tell that you really put some research into it. The series ended in a discraceful way with the 16 FT's in the fourth quarter of gm 7 and the riot afterwards.

Steven Randall


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J@ps 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Great Wide Open or rather Steven. And I know what you mean, I agree it could have been a lot better.

Regarding the riots, they had that last year too, so its nothing new. Just something we can all do without though. And that is why there are many people, even living within LA who hate the Lakers and hate their "fans".

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