5.25.2017

Gastclown Gets Last Laugh

June 20, 1995

No, it isn't. Not funny in a "ha-ha" sense, at least not if you happen to be interested in the fortunes of the Boston Celtics. But M.L. Carr naming himself coach of the team is funny in an alternate sense, more along the lines of funny as in weird, bizarre or inexplicable. So in that sense, yeah, it most certainly is funny.

5.24.2017

Celtics Sign X




September 13, 1992

Last week, the Celtics signed free agent Xavier McDaniel, a 29-year-old forward who the past four years has undergone two knee operations, been traded twice, been left unsigned by a third team and been called ... how does one say this? ... a divisive presence.

Yet, for the staunch Celtics fan, the McDaniel acquisition is another in a long line of major coups. This fan says, "He shall overcome." This fan has proof.

Proof?

5.22.2017

C's Nip Knicks



Celtics Improve to 44-15
1981-82 Boston Celtics

Before anyone writes up Danny Ainge's Hall of Fame nomination petition, before we rename the bottom 24 square feet of the foul lane Cedric Maxwell boulevard, before we formally declare Robert Parish for pivot sainthood, and before we beg Harry Mangurian to sign Kevin McHale to a 17-year contract lest he ever do the nasty things to the Celtics that he now does to other folks, let us step back for a moment and state the real reason the defending champeens have won their last seven games in succession, with or without Tiny Archibald and Larry Bird.

5.21.2017

Sixers End Celtics Streak



Celtics Fall to 55-16
1981-82 Boston Celtics


Robert Parish knew it was going to be one of those days long before it started.

"In the locker room," said the Celtics giant center, "I knew it then. We were too relaxed. It wasn't the same as you normally have for a Celtics-76ers game. "All streaks end and I thought Philly might be a club capable of doing it. But I didn't expect them to beat us as badly as this."

5.20.2017

C's Dump Hawks



Celtics Improve to 57-16
1981-82 Boston Celtics


The Boston Celtics were valid World Champions in victory. The Atlanta Hawks were noble in defeat. The Atlanta fans were sportsmen who came to see a basketball game and not to indulge in any extracurricular activities. A whole lot of people did themselves proud at the Omni last night.

5.19.2017

Celtics Reach 60 Mark, Clinch Division Title



Celtics Improve to 60-17
1981-82 Boston Celtics

Forget about saluting the Celtics with "We Are The Champions" this morning. Instead serenade Robert Parish the next time you see him with "Hail To The Chief."

The Celtics are indeed the Atlantic Division champions for 1981-82. Their 106-103 triumph over the New Jersey Nets at the Garden last night took care of that, since either a Boston triumph or a Philadelphia loss would have ensured Boston's eventual division title by virtue of the tie-breaking system. But it's still nice to win it instead of having it handed it to you, and thanks to Robert Parish they won it, all right.

5.18.2017

Celtics-Hawks to Resume Game from November



1990-91 Boston Celtics

Well, who wouldn't? They're already up by 15, the game is almost 14 minutes old and they're at home, where they've won 11 straight and their average victory margin is 16.8 points.

(Aside to NBA commissioner David Stern: Larry was only kidding.)

5.17.2017

Walton and Wooden -- Almost as Good as Auerbach and Russell

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Midway through the second half of the 1973 NCAA Tournament championship game at The Arena, UCLA guard Greg Lee spoke up during a timeout.

"Greg said to Coach Wooden, 'C'mon Coach, we've got a 20-point lead, can somebody else besides Bill shoot for a while?'" recalled the subject of Lee's plea, center Bill Walton. "And Coach Wooden looked around and said, 'Why?'"

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