LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will renew their rivalry Sunday at Staples Center, but there has been a gag order placed on the purple-and-gold about the boys in green.
Lakers co-captain Derek Fisher told the team after Thursday's practice not to entertain questions about the Celtics until after their game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
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"We're not going to talk about the game on Sunday," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said during pregame remarks Friday night. "We're going to talk about what's ahead of us."
The taunting before Sunday's Finals rematch began in unusual fashion this week when photos surfaced on the Internet of the sneakers that Celtics forward Kevin Garnett plans to wear for the game. Embroidered in block lettering on the tongue of the shoe is the message "152-120," representing Boston's all-time win-loss record when playing against Los Angeles.
"It's just the right thing to do," Jackson said about the Celtics-related silent treatment. "We're about playing the game that's right now."
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