Preview: Celtics v Lakers

The chant is back among Celtics fans — 'Beat LA.'

The Celtics and Lakers are set to open the NBA finals. Game one of the best-of-seven series is at the Garden, Thursday night at nine.

The teams have met 10 times in the NBA finals, but it's been a while since the last one...1987.

The all-time tally: The Celts won the first eight, but the Lakers won the last two.

To talk about the ties between these teams, and to preview this year's series, WBUR's Bob Oakes turns to Bob Ryan, sports columnist for the Boston Globe.

This program aired on June 5, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.