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NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers Is Same as It Ever Was

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIMay 31, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts a shot up against Kendrick Perkins #43 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on December 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers defeated the Celtics 92-83.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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This NBA Finals will let a new generation of fans experience a rivalry that has forever been the staple of the NBA. 

The Celtics' return to glory saw them run roughshod over the Lakers, leaving no doubt who was the better team in 2008. 

The greatest coach, Phil Jackson, and the best player, Kobe Bryant, in today's game have never beaten this group of Celtics when it counts.

They remember how the Celtics pounded them on the way to banner No. 17, and the Celtics remember how difficult life was without Kevin Garnett in 2009.

It is also time for them to think about how the Celtics came back from a 24-point deficit in L.A. to win Game Four in 2008. 

Parents put your children to bed early; the L.A. scene will taint their view of how fans should behave.

Los Angeles Laker fans will try to make the Staples Center an uncomfortable place, but it won't last long.  The fashionably late crowd will not let them sustain the energy needed to push them over the top.  

Come to the TD Garden, and it is a different beast. The jungle will consume you. The most sure-handed individuals will be hard-pressed to maintain their composure.  They will score but their teammates will falter when it counts.

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The raucous crowd will be in a feeding frenzy as the Celtics defense shifts into high gear.

The Celtics had to go against the game’s best individuals to get to the Finals, and they are after the last one standing: Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers begin and end with Kobe Bryant. Add a little bit of Pau Gasol, and they have been getting by.

There are stories about how the Lakers have gotten tougher, particularly Gasol, who grew a beard in honor of his so called growth. Game six in Phoenix saw Amare' Stoudemire make him a persona non grata as Kobe had to bail the team out again.

Boston has Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo, a four-pronged attack that can overwhelm you at any given time.

They split the regular season series, so that is a wash. The true test starts on June 3.

The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have a score to settle, and it may take seven games.  

Winner: Ala the 1969 Bill Russell team, Boston wins on the road to beat the Lakers for banner No. 18 .