Class will tell as it always has, and once again in championship series No. 9, the Boston Celtics have very early conveyed the usual resounding message to the Lakers: We are the reigning champions and you better believe it!
Sure, Game No. 1 was, indeed, the Boston Massacre, Custer's last stand, the San Francisco earthquake and the Johnstown flood all wrapped into one but the Lakers and the local fandom are making brave noises once more. Essentially, it boils down to this: Los Angeles has mowed down a bunch of stiffs in a pitiful division and when they ran into the Celtic front line it was a "crushing reality." As for the series, I believe just trying to cope will be a momentous challenge for the Lakers.
FRANK R. WYNNE