California Love: Can the Los Angeles Lakers Tie the NBA Finals Back Up?

"California...knows how to party
California...knows how to party
In the citaaay of L.A.
In the citaaay of good ol' Watts
In the citaaay, the city of Compton
We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!"

— 2Pac, "California Love"


It's when you become a true Lakers legend. The real deal. It's what makes you the best of the best, with not only being mentioned the best with the Lakers, but one of the best in NBA history. As a Lakers player, to accomplish that, you have to do one simple thing:

Beat the Boston Celtics.

Why else is Magic Johnson considered the greatest? Yes, he is a five-time champion, but he also has beaten the Celtics—twice.

Kobe Bryant, No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers, can be considered the best. You hold a couple of records with the team, and are the team-leader in points. You have been clutch, and have made seven NBA Finals' appearances. But there's that one thing that stands in your way:

Beating the Boston Celtics.

Can it happen? It can. But Bryant and Lakers are going to have to be real determined. The Celtics have shown that they're definitely not intimidated by going into another team's atmosphere, or in other words, their place, their arena, and winning. The C's fulfilled that by beating the Lakers at the Staples Center in Game Two.

After the pivotal game, Celtics forward Paul Pierce announced that his C's were not coming back to L.A. But they are. Tonight. The Lakers are still in this one, but are down 3-2. It's bringing back some bad memories. Remember 2008?

In Game Six at Boston, the Celtics roll and couldn't be stopped, destroying the Lakers, 131-92, to win the series and their 17th NBA title.

Two years later, it's the same scenario, Celtics up 3-2, except now Game Six is in Los Angeles. In California, the city of sunshine. Now Bryant has to bring back the love and rockin' to...

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