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Lakers vs. Celtics: Always a big game

Not even the Melodrama could tarnish the importance of this meeting of rivals

Updated: February 10, 2011, 2:48 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- Oh, right, there's a game.

The Los Angeles Lakers are in town to play the Boston Celtics but you wouldn't know it from all the attention being paid to some guy who may or may not want to keep playing in Denver.

Despite Carmelo Anthony stealing some of the juice from Thursday's NBA Finals rematch, it remains a big game for this Lakers team that has played so many big games in the past three postseasons that a regular-season date sometimes fails to register.

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