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Lakers vs. Celtics Revisited

Updated: May 31, 2008, 6:45 PM ET
By ESPN.com

This will be the 11th time in NBA history that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics will meet in the NBA Finals. The Celtics own a heavy advantage in those previous series, winning eight out of the first 10 meetings. In the spirit of this rivalry renewed ESPN Classic will be airing six famous games that spread across the three NBA Finals matchups between the two teams in the 1980s. It's a chance to relive the battles between NBA legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as the 2008 NBA Finals approach.

Below is the schedule on ESPN Classic to be aired just days before the NBA Finals tips off:


Monday, 6/2
Time
2-4 p.m. 1984 NBA Finals, Game 2: L.A. Lakers @ Boston Celtics
4-6 p.m. 1984 NBA Finals, Game 4: Boston Celtics @ L.A. Lakers
6-6:30 p.m. Best NBA Performances from the 2007-08 Season
6:30-7 p.m. Best NBA Games from the 2007-08 Season


Tuesday, 6/3
Time
2-4 p.m. 1984 NBA Finals, Game 7: L.A. Lakers @ Boston Celtics
4-6 p.m. 1985 NBA Finals, Game 4: Boston Celtics @ L.A. Lakers
6:30-7 p.m. SportsCentury: Phil Jackson


Wednesday, 6/4
Time
2-4 p.m. 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6: L.A. Lakers @ Boston Celtics
4-6 p.m. 1987 NBA Finals, Game 4: L.A. Lakers @ Boston Celtics
6-6:30 p.m. Best NBA Games from the 2007-08 Season
6:30-7 p.m. Best NBA Performances from the 2007-08 Season