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  • JUNE 18, 2008 -- The Celtics Win!
  • Celtics Feature: A Familiar Theme with an Unfamiliar Leader
    Cliche time: Defense wins championships. And Rajon Rondo was the leader of the vaunted Celtics defense tonight.
  • Lakers Feature: Lakers Have No Answers
    Game 6 was over before it even started and Kobe "doesn't know" what happened. No really, he doesn't.
  • Celtics Feature: Title Dreams Realized for Celtic Trio
    After a season of sacrifice, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen can call themselves champions.
  • Celtics Feature: Bench Mobbed
    The Celtics' bench might not have been called upon consistently, but they answered every time.
  • Finals Blog: The Final Finals Post -- The Doc Will See You Now
    Doc Rivers' journey to championship coach started earlier than you might think.
  • Finals Blog: Game 6 Live Blog
    Rob Peterson thought many thoughts ... and got a scout's take on the last two quarters.
  • Finals Blog: Finals Notes
    NBA Communications' Rob Reheuser compiled this list of stats and tidbits about the 2008 Finals.
  • Photo Gallery: Finals MVP Paul Pierce
    View an exclusive photo gallery of the NBA Finals MVP, Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics.
  • Around the Association
    Where we break down the day's play.
  • NBA Finals Chat
    Writers from both NBA.com and ESPN.com chatted with fans before and during Game 6.
  • The Greatest Game 6s in NBA Finals History
    Look back at the seven best sixth games of The Finals.
  • JUNE 17, 2008
  • Living the Finals: Win Now Boston
    If the Celtics hope to avoid Kobe Bryant unleashing his inner Tiger, they better win Game 6.
  • Finals Blog: Harbor BLINKS
    In which we (and the entire basketball Internet) wonder whether this is the end.
  • Finals Blog: Game 6 Keys for the Lakers
    Pau Gasol could be the key to L.A. pushing this thing to the limit.
  • Finals Blog: Game 6 Keys for the Celtics
    This one could get ugly, so the Celtics need to turn up the D from the opening tip.
  • JUNE 16, 2008
  • Celtics Feature: Everything But the Ring
    Paul Pierce left it all out on the floor Sunday night in Game 5, but he didn't get enough help from his teammates.
  • Lakers Feature: The 'Young, Dumb' Survivors
    The Lakers are growing up fast and showed resiliency in Game 5 to send the series back to Boston.
  • Laker Feature: Productive Laker Tandem Fuels Victory
    Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol played up to par with their potential in Game 5.
  • Finals Blog: Live Blog and Last Thoughts
    Rob Peterson thought many thoughts ... and loooves the bullet points.
  • Finals Blog: Jet Plane BLINKS
    In which we're fly-ing / on a jet plane / don't know when we'll be back again ... (November?)
  • Finals Photos
    View exclusive photo galleries of the NBA Finals.
  • Around the Association
    Where we break down the day's play.
  • NBA Finals Chat
    Writers from both NBA.com and ESPN.com chatted with fans before and during Game 5.
  • The Greatest Game 5s in NBA Finals History
    Look back at the seven best fifth games of The Finals.
  • JUNE 15, 2008
  • Lakers Feature: Re-Living the Past Mistakes
    Imagine falling on your face on live TV. Then, imagine popping in the tape of it and having to watch it again. ... That's what the Lakers' did.
  • Celtics Feature: The Hunger Reaches Its Peak
    The Celtics are salivating at the thought of a championship.
  • Finals Blog: Game 5 BLINKS
    In which we offer a few words for fathers.
  • Finals Blog: Game 5 Keys for the Celtics
    More of what brought them back in the second half of Game 4 would be nice ...
  • Finals Blog: Game 5 Keys for the Lakers
    The Lakers need to start by taking it one game at a time ...
  • Finals Blog: Perkins Out, Powe In?
    Kendrick Perkins' injured shoulder will bounce him to the bench, and Leon Powe's his likely replacement.
  • Photo Gallery: Celtics in the '60s.
    View photos of the dominant Celtics' teams of the 1960s.
  • Photo Gallery: Celtics in the '80s.
    View photos of the dominant Celtics' teams of the 1980s.
  • JUNE 14, 2008
  • Finals Blog: Lakers Cancel Practice
    The Lakers took the day off for some mental relaxation and Phil Jackson hinted at a potential Kevin Garnett-Kobe Bryant feud ....
  • Celtics Notebook: Rivers, Pierce Finding Success Together
    Paul Pierce has developed into a team leader under Doc Rivers' tutelage.
  • Flea Blog: Beaten Up, But Still Have Hope
    Flea struggles with having his high hopes crushed by the Celtics.
  • JUNE 13, 2008
  • Celtics Feature: What the Celtics Do Best
    The Celtics came back and won with ... the NBA's best defense. (Surprise!)
  • Lakers Feature: What Happened!?!?!?
    The Lakers' offense disappeared after halftime, and no one can figure out why ...
  • Celtics Notebook: Striking a 'Posey'
    James Posey popped off for 18 points in the crucial Game 4 win.
  • Lakers Notebook: L.A. Lacked the Intangibles
    The Lakers offered no clich&eactue;s, instead lamenting the little things they didn't do.
  • Finals Blog: Celtics Squeeze Air Out of Lakers
    The balloons at the Staples Center popped instead of dropped after a disappointing finish to Game 4.
  • Finals Blog: Game 4 Live Blog
    Rob Peterson thought many things during four quarters ... and even thought to write them all down.
  • Finals Blog: Win
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  • Finals Blog: Friday the 13th BLINKS
    In which Rob returns favors.
  • Photo Gallery: Game 4 in Black & White
    View these exclusive black and white photos of Game 4 the NBA Finals.
  • Around the Association
    Dan Savage breaks down the day's play.
  • NBA Finals Chat
    Writers from both NBA.com and ESPN.com chatted with fans before and during Game 4.
  • The Greatest Game 4s in NBA Finals History
    Look back at the seven best fourth games of The Finals.
  • JUNE 12, 2008
  • Finals Blog: Pre-Game 4 BLINKS
    In which we read more than you knew was written.
  • Finals Blog: Game 4 Keys for the Celtics
    Four new suggestions for the Celtics to heed going into Game 4 ... along with three standbys.
  • Finals Blog: Game 4 Keys for the Lakers
    Matching Boston's intensity is at the top of L.A.'s To-Do List tonight.
  • Finals Blog: Rondo's a Go
    Despite spraining an ankle, Rajon Rondo's ready for Game 4.
  • JUNE 11, 2008
  • No Excuses
    Boston's got no complaints about the swing in officiating during Game 3.
  • How Lamar Odom Can Get His Groove Back
    Four adjustments Lamar Odom might consider making before Game 4.
  • Rondo Looks to Heal Quickly
    Rajon Rondo's ankle was sore in the morning, but improved throughout the day.
  • Kareem Speaks, We Listen
    Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had an interesting take on L.A.'s play in Game 3.
  • Finals Blog: A Special Game 3
    Two military men made a special trip to the Staples Center for Game 3.
  • Very Late BLINKS
    In which we scour the Web so you don't have to.
  • Photo Gallery: Reading Center
    Take a look at the dedication ceremony for the new NBA Cares Reading and Learning Center.
  • JUNE 10, 2008
  • Lakers Win Ugly
    The Game 3 victory might not have been pretty, but hey -- a win's a win, especially when it's crucial to series survival.
  • One Out of Three is Bad
    Boston's "Big Three" devolved into a one-man Ray Allen showcase in Game 3.
  • Lakers Notebook: Game 3
    Sasha Vujacic -- "Machine" man or "Rock-head"?
  • Celtics Notebook: Game 3
    Did Ray Allen finally get his groove back?
  • Finals Blog: Dog Tired
    The bi-coastal travel before Game 3 left most players beat, and artistry in action was lacking.
  • Around the Association
    Where we break down the day's play.
  • NBA Finals Chat
    Writers from both NBA.com and ESPN.com chatted with fans before and during Game 3.
  • The Greatest Game 3s in NBA Finals History
    Look back at the seven best third games of The Finals.
  • JUNE 8, 2008
  • The Good and the Bad
    The Celtics were a green machine for 40 minutes ... but the last eight left room for improvement.
  • Momentum Shifts Too Late for Lakers
    The Lake Show didn't start Sunday night until it was too late.
  • Celtics Notebook: Game 2
    Leon Powe has kept prepared throughout the playoffs, and it paid off big in Game 2.
  • Lakers Notebook: Game 2
    Fouls were flying ... on one side of the court. What did it look like for the Lakers?
  • Powe Answers the Call
    Leon Powe's long journey to Game 2 is evidence of his "sticktoitiveness."
  • Finals Blog: Time, History Not on L.A.'s Side
    Fouls were flying ... on one side of the court. What did it look like for the Lakers?
  • Around the Association
    Where we break down the day's play.
  • NBA Finals Chat
    Writers from both NBA.com and ESPN.com chatted with fans before and during Game 2.
  • The Greatest Game 2s in NBA Finals History
    Look back at the seven best second games of The Finals.
  • JUNE 7, 2008
  • Stopping the Run
    The Celtics defense did more than just keep Kobe from shooting well in Game 1; they slowed the game down and got back in transition to eliminate easy baskets.
  • It's Gotta Be the Shoes
    Few players in the NBA have their own shoe, but even fewer have teammates who will wear them. Kobe is an exception, though, as several Lakers sport his sneaks.
  • Celtics Notebook: Injury Report
    The injury to Paul Pierce was a sprained a knee. Kendrick Perkins, a sprained ankle. However both players are confident they will be healthy enough to play in Game 2.
  • Living the Finals: Pierce the Warrior
    Rick Kamla believes the Lakers would benefit from acknowledging the strength of the Celtics, and giving Boston the respect it deserves.
  • Finals Blog: Lazy Saturday
    Rob Peterson compiles the best links from a quiet Saturday prior to Sunday's Game 2 in Boston.
  • JUNE 6, 2008
  • The Time Is Now for Pierce
    Paul Pierce has come too far to let an injury stop him now. He plans to play through the pain and only worry about his knee once the season is through.
  • The Busted Bench Mob
    The Lakers bench was quiet in Game 1, scoring well below its average as a unit. The Celtics bench, meanwhile, carried its weight.
  • Celtics Notebook: Celtics Display Physical Education
    The Celtics' interior defense held a Lakers team that was averaging 41.3 points in the paint in the playoffs to just 19 points in Game 1.
  • Lakers Notebook: Spiritual Warfare
    In Game 1, fortune found the Celtics and left the Lakers without a break.
  • Finals Blog: The Moment of Truth
    Paul Pierce's quick and momentous comeback was a popular topic following Game 1.
  • JUNE 5, 2008
  • The Truth Hurts
    Paul Pierce went down momentarily, but bounced back – in every way.
  • No Offense, But Lakers Blame Themselves
    Kobe Bryant and the Lakers feel the ball just never bounced their way in Game 1.
  • Celtics Notebook: Game 1
    The Celtics held their own when Paul Pierce appeared to be gone for good, and that may have been the difference.
  • Lakers Notebook: Game 1
    Game 1 was a Tale of Two Halves for the Lakers, though they couldn't rebound effectively in either one.
  • Finals Blog: Game 1 Recap
    KG did his thing, but another set of initials in the Boston frontcourt proved to be indispensable in the paint: P.J. Brown.
  • Around the Association
    Where we break down the day's play.
  • NBA.com and ESPN.com Chat
    Writers from both NBA.com and ESPN.com chatted with fans about the Finals for nine hours(!) right up through Game 1.
  • The Greatest Game 1s in NBA Finals History
    Look back at the seven best opening games of The Finals.
  • JUNE 4, 2008
  • Kobe Will Receive No Special Treatment
    Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will be the toughest test the Celtics' defense has faced all year, but Boston won't be changing their ways to try and stop the MVP.
  • Lakers Remember Finals Loss 'All the Time'
    The last time the Lakers were in the NBA Finals, they were upset by the Pistons. For the four members of that team that are still in purple and gold, it's a memory that still stings.
  • The See-Shaw of Life
    Former Celtics and Lakers player Brian Shaw and now assistant coach with Lakers returns to Boston for 2008 NBA Finals.
  • The Magic-Bird Rivalry
    It was a rivalry born in the Midwest that eventually stretched from one coast to the other and made The Finals must-watch primetime TV not long after NBA championship games were shown on tape delay.
  • Top 20 Celtics-Lakers Finals Moments
    The 2008 Finals marks the 11th meeting between the Celtics and Lakers, with Boston owning an 8-2 record in the previous 10. We give you the Top 20 Celtics-Lakers moments in Finals history.
  • Finals Blog: Tomorrow's News ... Today!
    A walk around Wednesday's media availability session will give you a good idea of what will be in Thursday's papers.
  • Finals Blog: Breakfast BLINKS
    Take a trip around the web to read what's being written on the eve of The Finals.
  • JUNE 2, 2008
  • Inside the Numbers: A Contrast in Styles
    Forget history. The old Celtics and Lakers have nothing to do with the 2008 NBA Finals. NBA.com's John Schuhmann looks inside the numbers to see how these Celtics and Lakers play the game.
  • Finals Blog: Buzz vs. Hype
    When it comes to Celtics-Lakers, Take 11, you may be thinking of the hype that already surrounds it, but this Finals has buzz. Serious buzz.
  • Lakers-Celtics Finals Moments
    Watch video of some of the greatest moments from the 10 previous times the Lakers and Celtics have met in the Finals.
  • MAY 31, 2008
  • Finals Blog: The Good New Days
    Of the millions of words that will be typed, printed, blogged, texted, e-mailed and IMed about The 2008 Finals featuring the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers one word should stand out above all others to describe this matchup between these ancient foes: tradition.
  • Monday
    Oct. 26
    Rosters set for opening day

    Tuesday
    Oct. 27
    Start of 2009-10 regular season

    Saturday
    April 18
    2009 NBA Playoffs begin


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