EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Their meeting in the NBA finals last summer seemed to go on forever, stretching through seven games over two weeks until the exhausted Los Angeles Lakers finally edged the injury-depleted Boston Celtics in the final quarter.
After seven months to recover, the rivals are finally together again.
Yet when they meet Sunday on the same Staples Center court where the Lakers won their 16th title and denied the Celtics their 18th, players on both teams claim they won't think much about their epic shared history.
Both teams also are heading into their showdown after embarrassing losses Friday night. The Lakers played horribly at home against lowly Sacramento, while Celtics coach Doc Rivers and star Kevin Garnett were ejected in Phoenix.