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June 2, 1984

June 2, 1984 As the Celtics and Lakers arrived in Los Angeles for Game 3 of the 1984 NBA Finals, Boston and vicinity couldn’t stop celebrating the closing seconds of Game 2. With LA having won Game 1 at the Garden and holding a two-point lead with 20 seconds left in Game 2, the C’s immediate future couldn’t have looked much dimmer. Kevin McHale missed two free throws, the Lakers had the ball. The thought of a series sweep was not outside the realm of possibility. James Worthy inbounded the ball to Magic Johnson. The Celtics’ press left Worthy, deep ...

June 2, 2024|Categories: Bill Russell, Boston Garden, Celtics, History, NBA|0 Comments

Tony C.’s surprise

May 4, 1969 In historical terms, the biggest story of the day originated on Causeway St. Don Nelson scored 25 points, alleviating the foul trouble that haunted Sam Jones and a cold start to the proceedings for John Havlieck, leading the Celtics to 99-90 triumph over the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA finals. Nelson scored an important point or two in Game 6 at the Forum one night later, sending Bill Russell into retirement with the Celtics’ 11th championship in 13 years. Meanwhile, on Jersey St., the Red Sox beat the defending World Series champion Detroit Tigers, ...

April 19, 1969

April 19, 1969 The Bill Russell Celtics proved they still had a few wins left in the tank, much to the chagrin of the up-and-coming Walt Frazier New York Knickerbockers. John Havlicek successfully drained the 24-second clock with last-second shots down the stretch and lifted the Celtics to a 106-105 win over the frustrated Knicks in Game 6 of the Eastern Division Finals and a 4-2 series victory. WIlt Chamberlain and his Los Angeles Lakers awaited an opportunity to pay back the C’s for some of the pain and suffering they endured over the years. Seven games later, the Celtics ...

April 19, 2024|Categories: Bill Russell, Celtics, History, NBA|0 Comments

March 3, 1959

March 3, 1959 The following is true. This really happened. NBA Commissioner Maurice Podoloff hinted that he might investigate the Celtics’ 173-139 win over the Minneapolis Lakers, specifically exactly how any team could score 179 points in one, 48-minute NBA game. Podoloff would talk to the referees, players from the Lakers and players from the Celtics. He also was expected to speak with the coaches. If only there was a recording of Podoloff questioning Red Auerbach … Since nothing ever came of this, perhaps Podoloff figured out that strange things can happen that could make any sporting event enter the ...

March 3, 2024|Categories: Celtics, History, NBA, Red Auerbach|0 Comments

March 1, 1949

March 1, 1949 Alvin Julian (aka Doggie Julian) was certainly a basketball prophet. At the weekly Boston basketball writers luncheon, Julian said professional basketball would soon be the Land of the Giants. Believing that Julian was the only coach in the Basketball Association of America (which included the Celtics), not to mention the National Basketball League (on the brink of merging with the BAA), seems a stretch. For one, Red Auerbach was coach of the short-lived Washington Capitols at the time. But ol’ Doggie, former coach at Holy Cross, did nail it. “There’s no sense kidding ourselves, fellas, all of ...

March 1, 2024|Categories: Celtics, History, NBA, Red Auerbach|0 Comments

Jan. 12, 1948

Jan. 12, 1948 This is as old-time as the NBA gets: The Celtics playing at Boston Arena. Their opponent is the Washington Capitols. And the coach of the Capitols is Red Auerbach. Before a crowd of 4,294 at the Arena, the Celtics defeated the Capitols, 84-56. Auerbach was in a tough spot. One night earlier, Washington outlasted the New York Knickerbockers, 106-99, in overtime at the Uline Arena.  That venue eventually became the Washington Coliseum, and hosted the Beatles’ first concert i the United States.  But we digress … Mel Riebe led the Celtics with 21 points and Ed Sadowski ...

January 12, 2024|Categories: Celtics, History, NBA, Red Auerbach|0 Comments
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