Police Gather Forces In Anticipation Of Celtics Win

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Boston Police and State Police are joining forces to keep the peace ahead of Tuesday night's Game 6 of the NBA Finals from Los Angeles.

The Celtics lead the Lakers 3-2 in the series and could take the organization's 18th title with a win.

State Police spokesman Dave Procoppio says more than 100 state troopers will head to Boston before the game's conclusion — in anticipation of a Celtics win.

"Should the Celtics win the championship, we'll be there to help control crowds and perform whatever security duties are needed," he said. "In all, we're sending 116 troopers from various units to Boston to be on standby for that possibility."

Over the past six years, three people have died celebrating major Boston sports victories, including a 22-year-old man following the Celtics' 2008 NBA title. If Boston wins again, Procoppio says the joint forces are hoping for no incidents to deal with this time around.

"(We're) just there to provide whatever security we can and keep the peace and keep order and allow people to celebrate peacefully and without infringing on anyone else's rights or without putting anyone at harm," he said. "And that's what we urge the public to do."

Game 6 starts at 9 p.m.

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