NBA Finals series are mirror images

Updated: June 16, 2008, 2:26 AM ET
By John Hollinger

LOS ANGELES -- With all the hype over the Lakers-Celtics re-enacting their great rivalries of the '60s and '80s, it surprising that nobody has pointed out yet how similar this series is to the last time to these two teams met in the Finals, in 1987.

Perhaps that's because the two sides have switched roles.

In '87, it was the Lakers who won the first two games at home -- including a 141-122 runaway blowout in Game 2. This year, of course, it was the Celtics who did the ...

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