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Los Angles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

The stage is set after last weekend’s results of the Conference Finals in both Eastern and Western Division. Defending champions, LA Lakers, booked their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance with a win against the Phoenix Suns last Saturday winning the series with 4-2. The Boston Celtics win came last Friday with an easy win 4-2 victory over Orlando Magic in the series. Both teams are ready to spark one of their legendary rivalries in the NBA history.

Two years ago sitting outside of the TD Banknorth Garden was an unforgettable night for Kobe Bryant and some of the surviving team mates of the 2008 Lakers team. Their defeat to Boston that night saw the NBA trophy go over to their rivalry for the 17th time in Boston’s history. On top of that, as the fans poured into the streets, the bus was unable to leave the stadium carrying the LA Laker players and worse was to come when the Boston fans attacked the Lakers bus. That hurt was echoed once again last year when Kobe Bryant lifted the NBA trophy for the 15th time for the Lakers. This time the Lakers will be pulling all resources to get things straight, a win over the Boston Celtics will be the icing on the cake in the NBA Final 2010. Kobe Bryant was instrumental in the last game against Phoenix Suns, he was seen for the first time in the NBA playoffs where he close out a game by himself. He was complimented with the good form of P. Gasol and Ron Artest throughout the Conference Final. Ron Artest has certainly turn a few heads with his high scoring points with a game winner buzzer shot in Game 5. Coach Phil Jackson can once again count on the Lakers team coming out strong for the most important game of the season.

The Celtics recruited heavy to make sure they make the NBA Finals this season. The ageing squad with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett, this could be their final chance in picking up the most prestige awards in the NBA season. When the old guards failed to live up to the dream, young bloods like Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinsen and Kendrick Perkins step up to the plate and guided the wins over mighty Cleveland Cavalries in Semifinals and Orlando Magic in the Conference Finals. Best Celtic player in the post season, Rondo got injured against the Magic and his replacement, Nate Robinson, did not fail to make an impact in his place. The Celtics seems to have the depth in their squad this season and with some good wins on their belt, they are more than ready to fight it out with the Lakers for their 18th banner hanging from the rafters.