April 7, 1963

Tommy Heinsohn had 34 points and 12 rebounds to help the Celtics take a 3-2 lead in the East Division finals with a 125-120 win over the Cincinnati Royals before 13,909 at the sold-out Garden.

Just think what might have happened had Red Auerbach not commanded Heinsohn to go on a diet a few months earlier.

Heinsohn arrived at training camp that season weighing in at 223, but injuries cut down on is playing time. He also stopped smoking, which helped keep him from getting winded but also caused him to find solace by eating more, as often happens when a smoker stops lighting up.

His eight topped out at 237, prompting Auerbach’s edict. Heinsohn would have to weigh 223 by a date set by Auerbach or be fined $50 per excess pound.

The Celtics topped the Royals in seven games then beat the Lakers in six for their sixth championship.

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