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Brad Stevens claimed the Celtics-Lakers game will be a great opportunity for everyone to savor the experience of one of the most historic rivalries in sports.

(via masslive.com):

“You always have to remind yourself what you at 8 years old would have thought. What you at 15 years old would have thought,” Stevens said before Saturday’s matchup.

When you’re concerned about your role or how many minutes you might play or when you’re going in, don’t forget about that 15-year-old that would have died to be at the end of the bench.

“This is a special opportunity, a special rivalry. Obviously, the opportunity to compete against the very best is always a great challenge,” Stevens noted.

“This is a special opportunity, a special rivalry. Obviously, the opportunity to compete against the very best is always a great challenge,” Stevens continued.

The Celtics will face the Lakers for the first time this season. Boston is on a 6-4 record during its last 10 games trying to find balance as a team after going through leagues health and safety protocols the last couple of weeks.

On the other hand, the Lakers are on a two-game losing streak after starting the season with a 10-0 record on the road.