Tonight, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, is the platonic ideal of a professional basketball game. Two historic franchises, rivals for decades, led by epic Hall of Fame players, performing at the peak of their abilities, with one game to decide a champion. It's Lakers-Celtics game seven tonight! It's the first NBA Finals game seven since 2005 (when the Spurs beat the Pistons), and only the second since 1994 (a game you might remember a bit). Will Kobe win his fifth NBA championship, putting him just one behind Michael Jordan? Can Phil Jackson win his eleventh? Can the Celtics pull off one of the most improbable playoff runs in memory to win their second title in three years? We absolutely cannot wait.
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