While the Boston Celtics seem to be chasing the elusive No. 18 banner forever, the Los Angeles Lakers are having the time of their lives celebrating their archrival’s latest postseason disappointment.
Yes, five of the Lakers’ 17 NBA Championships took place when they played in Minneapolis. And yes, their most recent championship came in the tricky Orlando bubble. However, the Lakers have won three league titles more recently than the Celtics, who lost to the Celtics in six games Warriors of the Golden State in the 2022 NBA Finals. Boston has not won the Larry O’Brien since 2008.
Other teams may glee with glee at the Celtics’ recent failure to make the playoffs, but no fanbase does so more shamelessly than the Lakers. Los Angeles absolutely loves this!
The Los Angeles Lakers love the fact that the Boston Celtics lost in the NBA Finals
Granted, the Celtics are more likely to win the 2023 NBA Finals than the Lakers. Boston may not make it to the finals, but that has more to do with the other top-tier teams at the top of the Eastern Conference table than anything else. The Lakers weren’t even invited to play in last year’s Play-In tournament. LeBron James isn’t getting any younger either.
The good news, if anything, for the Lakers is that two seasons ago the Warriors were nothing short of dog food. It might have had more to do with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson suffering massive injuries, but Golden State wasn’t invited to the Orlando bubble and had to settle for No. 2 overall in 2021 NBA draft, which they blew on James Wiseman. At least Andrew Wiggins worked it out.
Ultimately, it’s very likely that after next year the Lakers and Celtics will be tied with 17 championships each. Other teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns, or someone else entirely could pull it all together to win the 2023 NBA Finals. Golden State may not repeat itself, but even that feels more likely than the Lakers or Celtics coming out on top next summer.
May the Lakers and Celtics fire for each other’s saddest deaths the rest of the time each season.
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