The other day on a Celtics message board, someone wrote “I don’t know what the big deal is. The Celtics are my favorite team and the Lakers are my second favorite team.”
Poor kid probably was one of those wearing the Kobe jersey at the Gah-den a few years back.
I’m not sure how many Celtics fans there are out there who don’t quite grasp all that is the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, but I suspect the numbers aren’t small.
For the most part, these folks are
Too young to have seen Red and Russell send the Lakeshow home losers in seven straight Finals.
Too young to have seen Red and Larry make it eight straight in 1984.
Too young to see the purple finally claim victory in 1985 or 1987
For the uninitiated amongst us, I offer you the below videos. More specifically, I point you to Parts 18, 19, and 20.
Two phrases come to mind when watching those videos:
Tooth and Nail
Hammer and Tongs
The intensity level is amazing.
Basket. Basket. Basket.
Swish. Swish. Swish.
Back and forth, thrust and parry.
And it’s only the third quarter!!
The lead never varies more than 3 points for much of the three parts, until the 3:15 marker of the last part, when Danny Ainge nails a jumper to open up a six point lead. The fourth quarter has yet to begin, but you can see the Celtics start to squeeze the life out of the purple.
This, my dear friends, is Celtics-Lakers.