Big men key in Lakers-Celtics

Sunday's NBA Finals rematch at Staples Center figures to be won or lost in the middle

Updated: January 30, 2011, 3:21 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Just more than seven months ago, the Boston Celtics lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles.

What's the biggest adjustment they've made since then? Adding three centers who each stand darn near 7 feet tall.

The Celtics return to L.A. on Sunday to play the Lakers for the first time since being outrebounded by 13 and spending the postgame locker room drenched in salty tears rather than spraying champagne.

With them they'll bring 6-11 rookie Semih ...

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