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Posted by Chris Forsberg, Boston.com Staff  June 16, 2008 07:44 PM

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For those Celtic fans left behind in Los Angeles as the NBA Finals shifts back to Boston, you're going to have to find alternative plans if you wanted to catch the remaining games at the Staples Center.

Despite opening the arena for Games 1 and 2 of the series, the Lakers' management has decided not to host a viewing party for the remaining road games of the series. The decision likely came down, in large part, to the incident that occurred at the Staples Center during Game 2 of the Finals.

From the Lakers' public relations staff:

After meeting with law enforcement and city representatives, we have agreed to not open Staples Center for a public showing of any upcoming playoff games from Boston.

Because of concerns for resources needed to ensure the safety of fans throughout Los Angeles on nights when the games would be played as well as potential financial burdens on various city departments, we came to this decision.

On behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, we encourage all of our fans to enjoy the upcoming games with friends and family and celebrate the championship run in a safe, responsible and respectful manner.

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