Test Your Knowledge: Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers


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The NBA's two most legendary teams face off in a quiz for the ages. How much do you know about the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers?

How many times have the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals?

These titans of the hardwood have clashed 12 times in the Finals, with the Celtics winning nine.


In the 1980's, the great Celtics vs. Lakers rivalry was best captured by the on-court battles between which two players?

Media often depicted the Bird-Johnson showdowns as Bird's blue-collar determination against Johnson's Hollywood swagger.


In 2007-2008, the Celtics made it to the Finals to face the Lakers thanks to their so-called Big Three, made up of who?

Allen was the sharpshooter, Garnett controlled the lane and Pierce was the general in control.


After much deliberation, the Celtics passed on this Lakers legend in the 1996 draft.

That's right, Kobe Bryant, a die-hard Lakers fan and the face of the 2000's-era team, was nearly in Boston green.


Altogether, the Celtics and Lakers have how many NBA championship banners?

It nearly boggles the mind, but these teams have won 33 championships, accounting for nearly half of the championships in the league's entire history.


The original "Big Three" in Boston consisted of which players?

These three Hall of Fame players won their first title together in 1981 versus the Houston Rockets.


The made-for-TV battles between these two players are often credited with saving the NBA from bankruptcy in the 1980's.

As the Magic-Larry rivalry blossomed, they essentially became the faces of the NBA, driving up lagging ticket sales and TV ratings.


Magic Johson and Larry Bird actually ended up playing together on which team?

The 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" dismantled international competition by an average of 44 points per game.


Which social issue lurked heavily as a backdrop between the on-court sparring between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird?

In a league that was predominantly black (especially in the 1970s) the black-versus-white competition between Johnson and Bird became fodder for national conversation. Both players tended to avoid the topic altogether, content to simply play the game.


The relationship between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain became famously icy because of what incident?

Chamberlain exited a contest after suffering a severe knee injury at the end of the 1969 Finals. Russell accused him of quitting to avoid being on the floor at the end of the game, which the Lakers lost.


Which renowned Celtics players was selected eight spots ahead of Kobe Bryant in the 1996 draft?

Allen proved his worth by having a spectacular and long-lived career


In the 1980's, which coach famously led the Lakers to multiple championships?

With his trademark slicked-back hair, Riley led the Lakers to four titles in the 1980s.


What was the nickname given to the Lakers' dynamic, fast-paced offense?

The "Showtime" offense depended heavily on fast breaks to score quick points.


1981, the Lakers acquired Magic Johnson and contracted to pay him how much per year?

It seems like a pittance compared to today's salaries, but Johnson's contract guaranteed him a life of luxury.


Which goggles-wearing Lakers player used his dynamic skills to bedevil Boston for years?

Worthy was iconic for his goggles and also for his impressive offensive abilities.


Why was the Lakers' 1985 title particularly notable?

The victory in Boston Gardens was sweet revenge for the Lakers.


After a blowout Finals loss to the Lakers, what did Larry Bird call his teammates?

His childish ploy worked, motivating the Celtics to fight back and win the next game in overtime.


The dominance of the Lakers and Celtics was usurped by which team?

The ascendance of Michael Jordan made the NBA virtually a one-man league.


What facilities issue greatly affected both teams during Game 5 of the 1984 Finals in Boston?

It was called the "Heat Game" because the on-court temperature soared to 97 degrees Fahrenheit, making both teams miserable.


What was the nickname of Kareem Abdul-Jabar's signature shot, which he used to great effect against the Celtics?

With his great height and long arms, the sky hook was a nearly unblockable offensive weapon.


Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal gave Celtics player Paul Piece which nickname?

Shaq waxed poetic about Piece's fantastic shooting ability against the Lakers and the name stuck.


In Game 1 of the 2008 Finals, Paul Pierce left the court on which contraption due to injury?

Minutes later he was back in the game and many people accused him of faking the injury to inspire his teammates.


Which year did the Celtics and Lakers first meet in the Finals?

The Lakers were still in Minneapolis at that point but moved to LA shortly afterwards


In game 4 of the 1985 Finals, the Lakers wrecked the Celtics by a score of 148-114, a beating so thorough it became known as what?

It happened in the first game of the series, which the Lakers won four games to two


How many years had Boston been absent from the title game before they met the Lakers in the 2008 Finals?

Before 2008, the Celtics hadn't made the Finals since 1987


How many points did Larry Bird average when he was named 1984 Finals MVP?

Perhaps more impressively, Bird also averaged 14 rebounds per game


What was the name of Converse's basketball shoe line promoted by both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson?

The two appeared in numerous advertisements together and became good friends.


Which Lakers player did Celtic Kevin McHale violently knock down during the 1984 Finals?

The rough play is often considered a turning point for the series, which Boston eventually won.


During the 1980's, how many times did the Lakers play the Celtics in the Finals?

The Celtics won one series and the Lakers took the other two.


After the epic game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Kobe Bryant picked up his second Finals MVP Award. How many times was he named Finals MVP?

Bryant was also a 17-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champ.


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