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Feb. 22, 1963

Feb. 22, 1963 Bill Russell caused a scare in countless hearts by hitting the deck and losing consciousness for four minutes. Battling San Francisco Warriors big man Willie Naulls, Russell landed on the hardwood hard enough to knock himself out. It is not known whether Celtics radio legend Johnny Most accused Naulls of unleashing the cheapest of cheap shots on the Boston center. There were some muscle tussles to get Most’s blood pumping. In the third quarter Jim Loscutoff bolted from the Boston bench and onto the floor when Clyde Lovellette and Wilt Chamberlain began mixing it ...

Feb. 16, 1958

Feb. 16, 1958 NBA numbers crunchers should disown their ancestors for failing to recognize blocked shots as a statistic worth recording. Blocks were not a certified NBA stat until the 1973-74 season. Since Bill Russell retired in 1969, after leading the Celtics to their 11th championship, anyone claiming the mantel of all-time leader in blocked shots should be strapped to a chair and forced to watch Russell at work. This comes to mind after reading a report on the Celtics’ 110-96 win over the Philadelphia Warriors on this date. Frank Ramsey scored 35 points. Bob Cousy scored ...

Dec. 27, 1962

Dec. 27, 1962 Squeezing in a basketball game during the Garden’s Christmas week Ice Capades extravaganza, the Celtics topped the Warriors, 119-116, before 13,302. Wilt Chamberlain scored 43 points and had 32 rebounds. But, as often happened against the Celtics, Chamberlain couldn’t hoist his teammates onto his shoulders. Sam Jones scored 19 to lead the Celtics, with Tommy Heinsohn scoring 19 points in in just 26 minutes on the floor. Satch Sanders had 14 points. John Havlicek’s assignment for the day was to hold Willie Naulls in check and he succeeded, holding him scoreless down the stretch. ...

Oct. 30, 1962

Oct. 30, 1962 Ah, you have to love Red Auerbach … Well, if you bleed green. As the 1962 season revved up, a national magazine scribe referred to the Lakers as “the team of destiny,” more than able to knock off the club that took a four-championship win streak into the new campaign. Speaking at a luncheon meeting of the Boston basketball writers, Auerbach said, “I’m sick and tired of reading what Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain can do. How many pennants have they helped win? “When the chips are down, we have the guys who come ...

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Oct. 16, 1962

Oct. 16, 1962 The Celtics traded for backup center Clyde Lovellette, sending the St. Louis Hawks their second pick in the 1963 NBA Draft. Lovellette, a 10-year NBA veteran, came to the Celtics as a backup for Bill Russell. He presented opponents a completely different challenge. While Russell used his intelligence, agility and athleticism to frustrate foes inside, Lovellette provided an outside shot and was not afraid to mix it up with anyone. His battles with Wilt Chamberlain were legendary, one ending with Chamberlain delivering a knockout punch seen by everyone in the building but the two ...

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