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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Dec. 7, 1968

Dec. 7, 1968 Bill Russell, center and coach of the Celtics, came down with the flu, leaving him home to listen to Johnny Most’s broadcast in the old WHDH radio 850 on your AM dial. Jim “Bad News: Barnes took over at center. Red Auerbach came down from his loge seat to handle the coaching. Barnes scored 14 points and had 14 rebounds to give Auerbach his first coaching win in three years, 139-118, over the Detroit Pistons. It was noted that Auerbach did not light his victory cig while the clock ticked down to 0:00.”No Smoking” signs were hoisted ...

Better team doesn’t always win

Now are the Celtics taking this seriously? By now, everyone paying any attention to the fast-fading Celtics understands a thing or three. They cannot win when Jayson Tatum's jump shots are falling short, clanging off the back of the rim, or being blocked. Joe Mazzula ain't Red Auerbach. The 76ers are better than anyone in these parts thought. Let's set aside Mazzula's foibles and Philly's abilities. There is enough murmuring over the coach being in over his head, unable to keep up with Doc Rivers' sheer savvy. And why in the world did they ever get rid ...

April 7, 1963

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 ...

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