Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Breaking Down the Monumental Matchup

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Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Breaking Down the Monumental Matchup
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This Sunday the most storied rivalry in professional basketball heads back to L.A. as the Boston Celtics square off against the Los Angeles Lakers in a rematch of the 2010 NBA Finals.

This is the first time the two teams will have met since last year's classic Game 7, giving the Celtics a shot at revenge and the Lakers a chance to put another exclamation point on their championship victory.

Both teams are well on their way back to potentially meeting one another in the finals, as the Celtics sit atop the standings in the East, while the Lakers are second in West behind only the San Antonio Spurs.

The successes of both teams should come as no surprise, as each squad returns the top two-thirds of its roster, keeping its core intact—not needing to add too much to their repertoires in the offseason.

That said, there are some newcomers and updated factors that will decide the outcome of Sunday’s epic matchup.

Let’s break down the two teams, piece by Pierce, and see how they stack up against each other this season.

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