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Celtics-Lakers past is Finals prologue

The struggle for supremacy between Boston and Los Angeles is the lifeblood of the NBA

Originally Published: June 2, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Forty-one years ago, they were here -- the Boston Celtics wheezing into the postseason but as formidable by the Finals as the 4-seed they are today; the Los Angeles Lakers, bronzed and powerful, waiting then as now, as the muscular favorites.

The dynamics might change -- in '69, the Celtics dropped the first two games of the series but won a classic Game 7 in Los Angeles -- but the circling does not.

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