This was recently posted on the LA Times' Laker's blog. This is the best 20 minutes of NBA Basketball you'll ever see.
Here are two great teams, and long-standing rivals who really do not like each other.
They are evenly matched, and the heat and noise of the old Boston Garden gives the game the intensity of a high-school or college rivalry. Watch the team benches as the game moves along--nobody is sleeping!
There are two near-brawls (bloody nose included), but the officials capably handle it with no ejections, and without league review!
These two teams both play sound fundamental basketball, passing, defense, etc . . . I really miss that.
It doesn't get better than Bird, Magic, Kareem, and some of the best role players ever (i.e., Rambis, Cooper). I had forgotten how much I disliked Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge as players.
Enjoy this blast from the past! I sure miss Chick Hearn calling Laker games. No one better. At one time, we had Vin Scully calling Dodger games, Chick doing the Lakers, and Dick Enberg calling the Rams, Angels, and UCLA basketball. We were so spoiled.