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08-10-2010, 05:43 PM

Ten Classic Showdowns
-Bulls at Celtics, Nov. 5, ESPN

Don't hand over the Eastern Conference crown to the Heat just yet. Chicago and the team defending its East title, Boston, muscled up this offseason. The Celtics kept their Big Four intact, while adding a pair of O'Neals -- Jermaine and Shaq. Derrick Rose welcomes a new enforcer (Carlos Boozer) to headline the Bulls' Jazz infusion.

Heat at Magic, Nov. 24, ESPN

A Florida state championship won't be on the line and November is way too early to worry about bragging rights, but don't miss the second meeting in less than a month for these Sunshine heavyweights. While Dwight Howard may be Superman, the Super Friends are making their first visit to Orlando's new Amway Center.

Spurs at Mavericks, Dec. 30, TNT

There's no love lost between these Texas rivals, who've faced off in the playoffs the last two years and five times over the last decade. Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki are still among the best power forwards in the game despite being on the wrong side of 30.

Lakers at Suns, Jan. 5, ESPN

The Suns exceeded all expectations last season by reaching the Western Conference finals. It just so happens the Lakers knocked them out on their way to a repeat championship. Kobe Bryant knows better than to overlook their Pacific Division mates, who are paced by the ageless Steve Nash.

Lakers at Celtics, Feb. 10, TNT

This is a matchup worthy of HBO specials. Combatants in two of the last three Finals, the league's signature rivalry is back on track. Any time they meet, it's worthy of a stop down, but games at the Garden bring out that added bit of nastiness. Can't beat, "Beat L.A., Beat L.A."

Bulls at Bucks, Feb. 26, NBA TV

The glory years for both franchises haven't matched up in the past, which is a shame for two cities about 90 miles apart. That's going to change in this new classic within the Central Division. Worth watching just to see super sophomore Brandon Jennings and Rose go at it each other for four quarters.

Celtics at Knicks, March 21, NBA TV

Is this the year Boston-New York means something again? We already know about the C's, so it's up to the Knickerbockers to make this one relevant. The summer didn't go exactly as planned in the Big Apple, but Amar'e Stoudemire joins an ever-evolving roster. Oh, Isiah Thomas is back, too.

Nuggets at Lakers, April 3, ABC

Denver is as good a choice as any to challenge the champs in the West. Whether or not Carmelo Anthony opts out or signs that extension could hinge on where the Nuggets stand against the league's best. The Lakers are probably going to start revving up at this point with the playoffs about two weeks away.

Blazers at Jazz, April 7, TNT

The Northwest Division could still be up for grabs with the regular season winding down. (Expect the Thunder to have a say in that also.) Brandon Roy-led Portland may be taking the deepest team in the league into the league's toughest arena.

Celtics at Heat, April 10, ABC

Is the top spot in the East going to be decided in the last of their four meetings? Maybe, but that's just another footnote in this delicious clash between the old and the new. Something tells us these two will be meeting again a couple of months down the road.

08-10-2010, 05:55 PM

08-10-2010, 06:08 PM
Celtics and Knicks?

08-10-2010, 06:19 PM
celtics bulls games are usually really good even though they do blow us out sometimes