Unlike Magic, Bird is Carrying his Team

February 25, 1980

It is becoming difficult to exaggerate the effect that Larry Bird has had on the Celtics. As the club travels around the country, rivals are becoming more explicit in their praise. And just this week Utah Jazz coach Tom Nissalke uttered the most powerful endorsement yet of the Celtics' rookie.


McHale, Celtics Dismantle Nellie, Bucks

Game 2
1984 Eastern Conference Finals

Like an earthquake, it didn't last long but when it was through shaking (and in this case baking) irreparable damage had been done.

It lasted just 3 minutes, 15 seconds and, as so often happens, it came early while most of Milwaukee slept. But when it was finished there was nothing left of the proud Bucks but ruins.


Homage to the Logo

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Jerry West has always had one direction in basketball: north.

As the Zeke from Cabin Creek, he gunned West Virginia to its only NCAA basketball final appearance, in 1959.

As the Golden Boy, he co-captained Team USA atop the Rome Olympics in 1960.

As Mr. Outside, he nailed a 63-footer at the buzzer to force overtime in Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals.

Celtics Big Three Outscore Pistons Frontline 74-18, Outrebound them 38-11

Celtics Big Three Outscore Pistons Frontline 74-18, Outrebound them 38-11

April 29, 1985

After the Boston Celtics had struggled to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs, their real front line reappeared today and helped overwhelm the Detroit Pistons, 133-99, at Boston Garden.


Parish, McHale Too Much as C's Take 3-1 Lead Over Bullets

Parish, McHale Too Much as C's Take 3-1 Lead Over Bullets

May 3, 1982

Before Bill Fitch, the coach of the Boston Celtics, would impart any thoughts to reporters about his team's 103-99 overtime victory over Washington at the Capital Centre today, he had one question for them.


Apparently the 1988-89 Celtics were the best team ever (???)

The New York Times Blogs

July 23, 2012 Monday

HEADLINE: Best N.B.A. Team Ever (Bench Included)?


The Celtics in 1988-89? The Knicks in 1972-73? The Pistons in 1992-93? Which N.B.A. team had the most impressive roster?


James-Wade-Bosh; Pierce-Garnett-Allen; Olajuwon-Pippen-Barkley.


Fitch Deploys "Four Bigs and Archibald" Strategy


November 29, 1980

The Boston Celtics, playing their big men in various combinations, overwhelmed the Knicks, 120-106, tonight before a capacity crowd of 15,320 at the Boston Garden.

Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Rick Robey, Larry Bird and Cedric Maxwell came at the Knicks in droves as the Celtics won the eighth of their last nine games and improved their season mark to 15-6. Bill Fitch, the Celtic coach, used his big men two, three and four at a time and they had one aim: pass the ball inside for layups. And they succeeded.


McHale Bank Shot Downs Lakers, as C's move to 33-6

McHale Bank Shot Downs Lakers, as C's move to 33-6

January 17, 1985

It was cold in Boston tonight, but for Celtic fans it was June in January, a time to relive the past.

The Los Angeles Lakers were in town for their first meeting with Boston since last June 12, when the Celtics won their 15th National Basketball Association championship.

The outcome at Boston Garden tonight was the same as it was last spring, the Celtics won - this time by 104-102 - but the hero was different. Instead of Cedric Maxwell and Larry Bird, it was Kevin McHale.


Bad Blood Brewing Between Ainge & Nellie

1983-84 Boston Celtics
November 1, 1983

It sounds as if there is still bad blood between Danny Ainge and Milwaukee coach Don Nelson. Prior to the third game of the Bucks' four-game sweep of Boston last May, Nelson publicly labeled Ainge "a cheap shot artist." Ainge was booed by Milwaukee fans every time he touched the ball in the next two games.

After the series, Celtics' general manager Red Auerbach refused to congratulate Nelson and said, "They beat us, but what they did to Ainge wasn't fair." Nelson was fined by the league and sent a letter of apology to Ainge. "I think Danny is a good player," Nelson said Monday. "I wrote Danny a letter at the end of the season, but I'm not going to comment on any of that stuff."

"Yeah, he sent me a letter of apology, if that's what you want to call it," Ainge said yesterday. "It wasn't much of a letter of apology. I think the league made him send it. He told me that I should learn how to take an offensive charge during the summer. "I've never hurt anyone in my life and I doubt any of his players are threatened by my presence.

"What he said didn't affect me, but it affected the fans and the officials. I had three brutal fouls called on me in the first quarter of the next game. I thought what he did was totally wrong. It didn't show much class, and the sad part is, it worked. He got the officials and the fans - not just the fans of Milwaukee - against me. I think that's stooping pretty low."


Lakers v. Pistons: Will Ainge Watch?

1988 Eastern Conference Finals: Reluctantly, The Torch is Passed

There were three seconds left, and that was that. Larry Bird walked off the floor and Danny Ainge walked off the floor and Dennis Johnson and the limping, gimping Robert Parish and Kevin McHale went with them.


C's Get Revenge for Playoff Sweep

1983-84 Boston Celtics
Celtics 119, Bucks 105
Record: 2-1

Ancient philosopher Juvenal claimed, "Revenge is always the delight of a mean spirit, of a weak and petty mind." Maybe. But Juvenal probably couldn't go to his left or make the outlet pass to start a fast break. He certainly never experienced the indignity of being swept 4-0 in the playoffs.


Celtics Satisfied with Road Result

1983-84 Boston Celtics
Celtics 109, Cavaliers 89
Record: 1-1

Bloodthirsty Celtic fans were undoubtedly disappointed with the opening weekend split in the suburban tundra of Pontiac, Mich., and Richfield, Ohio, but a realistic coach K.C. Jones said yesterday, "When you start with two games on the road and come back 1-1, I'll take it."

Celtics Subdue Pacers

1983-84 Boston Celtics
Celtics 121, Pacers 105
Record: 3-1


Say all you want about the new defensive notions of the Celtics this year. What they still do best is overwhelm you with the toughest inside game in the National Basketball Assn. The Indiana Pacers found out the hard way last night as victims of a three-pronged attack, suffering their 17th-straight road loss in falling to the Celtics last night, 121-105. Robert Parish led the Celtics' big front line with 34 points, 29 in the second half. That was only a little ahead of Larry Bird, who finished with 31. For good measure, Kevin McHale came off the bench and added 20 points.


C's Down Bullets, Post 4th Straight Win

1983-84 Boston Celtics
Celtics 120, Bullets 117
Record: 4-1


NBA teams hate playing here. It's like putting up the storm windows, rotating your tires or cleaning the oven. It's a tough job and you know it can be done, but some days you just don't feel like working that hard. Last night, the Celtics worked. They ran. They pressed. They reduced the feared Beef Brothers (Jeff Ruland and Rick Mahorn) to a dried up heap of Beef Jerky. With dogged determination and an effective game plan, Boston built a 22-point fourth-quarter lead before letting the Bullets roar back to within striking distance.


Bird Turning Heads

February 9, 1979
Indiana Stater Master of All He Surveys
One Look at Bird's Act Starts Heads Shaking

Larry Bird plays the No. 1 city game with such panache that you'd swear he was weaned on the playgrounds of New York City, Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia.

Uh, uh.


Something is Different in the Land of Chris Ford

May 6, 1995

A strange serenity has overcome Chris Ford these past few days. Does he know something we don't know?

He's been saying nice things about this Celtics team, and we know he really doesn't like this bunch, at least not professionally. Nor do they like him.


Ford Gets the Ax

May 18, 1995
Chris Ford's turbulent five-year reign as coach of the Celtics, marred by the death of Reggie Lewis and the retirements of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, is over. Ford, who struggled to rebuild the team amid repeated setbacks, was fired yesterday after his second straight losing season.

Carr and Ford Discuss Future

June 16, 1994

M.L. Carr and Chris Ford met for more than two hours yesterday, and both came away certain of at least one thing: The 1994-95 Boston Celtics will not be like the 1993-94 Celtics. They may not even have the same coach.


Chris Ford: A Big Fan of DJ

Chris Ford, Jr: A Big Fan of DJ

February 9, 1994

DANVERS - As one would expect, the coach's son is a smart player. Like his father, the current coach and former player for the Celtics, Christopher J. Ford Jr. finds the open man and never disrupts the flow. The only part that does not seem to fit is the number on his jersey.


Chris Ford is not John Wooden

May 3, 1991
Chris Ford does not sit there calmly as did, say, John Wooden. He is practically a combat coach.

This man works at his job. When the game starts, he never takes a seat. Rather, he roams incessantly from a point midway down the Celtics bench to the hash mark, continually yelling instructions, 90 percent of which have to do with defense. He gives new meaning to the phrase "into the game." 


Ford Will Drive Celts

Ford Will Drive Celts

October 31, 1990

When Jimmy Rodgers was fired unexpectedly after the Celtics lost to the Knicks in the playoffs last May, Celtics players, fans and Chris Ford waited for the loyal assistant to be promoted. Ford had been a player and coach with the Celtics for 10 of the previous 11 years. It seemed his time had come.


Chris Ford named Celtics coach

June 12, 1990

Chris Ford named Celtics coach

The Boston Celtics, again looking within their fabled franchise, Tuesday named former player and assistant Chris Ford their head coach.


The Strangler Struggles

May 18, 1985

Say what you will about Andrew Toney, that the Boston Strangler has become the Boston Struggler, that Albert DeSalvo, or even Tony Curtis, could play better than the Philadelphia guard has played against the Celtics.

Just don't say what 76er Coach Billy Cunningham did this week, that he is considering benching Toney for today's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference championship series at the Spectrum.


DJ Gets the Tough Assignments

May 17, 1984

At one end of Boston Garden's creaky floor, Sidney Moncrief is dribbling a basketball. He prances on his toes like a Lippizaner show horse. His muscles are sleek, promising quickness and the power of someone twice his weight.


They Called him The Strangler for a Reason


Andrew Toney, whose 76ers career was cut short by foot injuries, was inducted Thursday into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Toney was among 17 inductees in the ceremony at the Society Hill Sheraton, and arguably the most intriguing.


Toney was Always in Range at Dah Gahden

January 18, 2013

HE WAS JUST what the good doctor ordered. A dead-eyed jump shooter, with the icy veins of a gunslinger, who could pass with the best of them and whose first step off the dribble was a killer.

Such was Andrew Toney. He always knew where the basket was, with sonar-like precision. The bigger the game, the bigger the performance. Once pumped in 46 against the Lakers, hitting on 21 of his 29 shots from the field in 35 minutes. And when it came to the Boston Celtics . . . let's face it, there were no bigger games. And Toney usually delivered.


DJ had Boston Strangler Ranked Just Behind MJ


You think of the late Dennis Johnson, and you can't help but think of Andrew Toney.

They're just names to anybody under 40, two guys who played in the NBA a quarter-century ago, just as the David Stern Era was dawning - you know, in the pre-Jumbotron, pre-indoor-firework, pre-"Rock and Roll (Part Two)" days.

Back then they didn't even have advertising on the scorer's table, which gives those grainy film clips on ESPN Classic a bare-bones, spartan feel.

All they were selling was the game. The competition. What a concept.


Celtics-Sixers Ain't What it Used to Be

In case you're new to all this, or have stored it all deep in the recesses of your sports mind, be advised that in the seven seasons from 1979-80 through 1985-86 the hottest ticket in town was one to see the Celtics play the Sixers. During that span the Celtics averaged 62 wins a year, the 76ers 58. In 1980-81 they tied for the best record in the league at 62-20 (Boston got the edge on a tiebreaker). The Celtics won three championships and went to the Finals two other times. The 76ers won a championship and lost to the Lakers in the Finals twice. In head-to-head playoff competition, the 76ers defeated the Celtics in 1980 (five games) and 1982 (seven), while the Celtics prevailed in 1981 (seven) and 1985 (5).


Danny Did it Once; Can He Do It Again?

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From season to season and coast to coast, opinions and labels change, but Danny Ainge remains the same.

Danny Ainge (BA ’92) has been called a lot of things. In fact, he has been in the public eye for so long and been so successful as an athlete; a coach; a sportscaster; and, today, as Boston Celtics general manager, Ainge has been called just about everything.

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