Test Your Knowledge: Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers
by Staff
The NBA's two most legendary teams face off in a quiz for the ages. How much do you know about the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers?

How many times have the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals?

  • 12
  • 9
  • 7

In the 1980's, the great Celtics vs. Lakers rivalry was best captured by the on-court battles between which two players?

  • Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabar and Robert Parish
  • Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

In 2007-2008, the Celtics made it to the Finals to face the Lakers thanks to their so-called Big Three, made up of who?

  • Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Nate Robinson
  • Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen
  • Kevin Garnett, Nate Robinson and Paul Pierce

After much deliberation, the Celtics passed on this Lakers legend in the 1996 draft.

  • Kobe Bryant
  • Steve Nash
  • Pau Gasol

Altogether, the Celtics and Lakers have how many NBA championship banners?

  • 18
  • 14
  • 33

The original "Big Three" in Boston consisted of which players?

  • Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Larry Bird
  • Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson and Robert Parish
  • Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Danny Ainge

The made-for-TV battles between these two players are often credited with saving the NBA from bankruptcy in the 1980's.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabar versus Robert Parish
  • Larry Bird versus Kurt Rambis
  • Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird

Magic Johson and Larry Bird actually ended up playing together on which team?

  • The 1993 Minnesota Timberwolves
  • The 1992 Olympic Team
  • The 1994 All-Star Team

Which social issue lurked heavily as a backdrop between the on-court sparring between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird?

  • the AIDS epidemic
  • illegal drug use
  • race relations

The relationship between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain became famously icy because of what incident?

  • Chamberlain kissed Russell's wife.
  • Russell accused Chamberlain of giving up during a Finals game.
  • Russell called Chamberlain a coward.

Which renowned Celtics players was selected eight spots ahead of Kobe Bryant in the 1996 draft?

  • Antoine Walker
  • Ray Allen
  • Paul Pierce

In the 1980's, which coach famously led the Lakers to multiple championships?

  • Phil Jackson
  • K.C. Jones
  • Pat Riley

What was the nickname given to the Lakers' dynamic, fast-paced offense?

  • Hollywood
  • Showtime
  • Airtime

1981, the Lakers acquired Magic Johnson and contracted to pay him how much per year?

  • $10 million per year for 10 years
  • $15 million per year for 15 years
  • $1 million per year for $25 years

Which goggles-wearing Lakers player used his dynamic skills to bedevil Boston for years?

  • Byron Scott
  • James Worthy
  • Sam Perkins

Why was the Lakers' 1985 title particularly notable?

  • It was the team's first title with Magic Johnson
  • It featured the biggest margin of victory in each game
  • It was the first time a team had won a title on Boston's home court

After a blowout Finals loss to the Lakers, what did Larry Bird call his teammates?

  • sissies
  • babies
  • morons

The dominance of the Lakers and Celtics was usurped by which team?

  • Chicago Bulls
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Miami Heat

What facilities issue greatly affected both teams during Game 5 of the 1984 Finals in Boston?

  • The lights kept flickering
  • The air conditioning malfunctioned
  • A water main broke and there was no working plumbing

What was the nickname of Kareem Abdul-Jabar's signature shot, which he used to great effect against the Celtics?

  • the skyscraper
  • sky hook
  • baby cloud scraper

Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal gave Celtics player Paul Piece which nickname?

  • The Dagger
  • The Answer
  • The Truth

In Game 1 of the 2008 Finals, Paul Pierce left the court on which contraption due to injury?

  • wheelchair
  • stretcher
  • crutches

Which year did the Celtics and Lakers first meet in the Finals?

  • 1959
  • 1961
  • 1957

In game 4 of the 1985 Finals, the Lakers wrecked the Celtics by a score of 148-114, a beating so thorough it became known as what?

  • The Memorial Day Massacre
  • The Bloodiest Sunday
  • The Boston Bombing

How many years had Boston been absent from the title game before they met the Lakers in the 2008 Finals?

  • 8
  • 10
  • 20

How many points did Larry Bird average when he was named 1984 Finals MVP?

  • 27.4
  • 25.5
  • 31.2

What was the name of Converse's basketball shoe line promoted by both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson?

  • arsenal
  • weapon
  • shooter

Which Lakers player did Celtic Kevin McHale violently knock down during the 1984 Finals?

  • Magic Johnson
  • Kurt Rambis
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

During the 1980's, how many times did the Lakers play the Celtics in the Finals?

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

After the epic game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Kobe Bryant picked up his second Finals MVP Award. How many times was he named Finals MVP?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4