A Lakers-Celtics Finals Could Be the NBA’s Best in 20 Years

May 24th, 2010 by Andrew Ungvari Leave a reply »
I don’t want to get too ahead of myself here, but it’s hard not to start thinking about a potential Lakers versus Celtics rematch in the 2010 NBA Finals.

With the Celtics holding a 3-0 lead on Orlando and the Lakers up 2-1 in their series with Phoenix, it wouldn’t be premature to at least start thinking about what the series would mean to both the NBA and the two storied rivals.

For starters, there hasn’t been a rematch or a semblance of a rematch in the NBA Finals since the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz faced one another in the 1998 Finals.

Since then, we’ve seen the Spurs and Lakers win four titles against four different opponents.

The Pistons made it to consecutive Finals, but won one against the Lakers while losing the other to the Spurs.

The Nets made it to consecutive Finals in 2002-03, but lost both times to the Lakers and Spurs, respectively.

The rest of the list is made up of teams that only won one title (Miami) or lost in their lone Finals appearance (Cleveland, Dallas, and Orlando).

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