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Boston Celtics History

Articles about the Boston Celtics and their storied history.

My favorite quotes about Larry Bird

Great tributes illustrate the unsurpassed hoop career of Larry Legend.

Reliving the almost-perfect championship series stint authored by Larry Bird in the 1985 Finals at LA

Bird’s all-around 4th quarter tour de force in Game 4 turned the tide, leading to a Celtic buzzer-beating win at the Lakers

KC: the quiet Celtics legend who won at every level

The initials K.C. don’t stand for anything; just K.C.

Seeing Larry Legend in Luka Doncic

CelticsBlog’s basketball historian sees a lot of Larry Bird in the Mavericks point guard.

Larry Bird’s comeback cut short in 1990 NBA Playoffs

Questionable calls doomed coach Rodgers, Celtics in upset Game 3 collapse to Knicks.

LeBron James’ career as told through the eyes of the Boston Celtics

Across his nearly 17-year career, the evolution of LeBron James can be traced through his yearly battles with the Boston Celtics.

Ranking the best Celtics teams to never raise a banner

In a franchise that celebrates 17 NBA championships, the most in league history, the teams that came close but did not happen to win it all tend to get lost or forgotten.

Remembering Gerald Henderson’s overlooked contributions to the Celtics’ epic 1984 championship

Wedman, Ainge, Maxwell and Carr also played key, unheralded roles in thrilling 1984 7-game triumph over LA

What If the Celtics and Lakers had switched conferences in the 1980’s?

Boston would likely have doubled its titles in the weak West instead of the rugged East of the 80’s.

The greatest Celtics Game 7 wins of all time

Rivalries with 76ers, Lakers, Hawks, Bucks and Knicks capped by numerous game 7 thrillers

Rajon Rondo’s Game 2 performance in 2012 ECF gets lost in Boston Celtics lore

National TV Rondo was in the zone for this historic showing.

The last chance: revisiting Game 7 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons

Thirty-three years later, Isiah Thomas is still in denial.

True stories from ESPN’s The Last Dance with Bob Ryan

Bob joined Bobby Manning’s "Dome Theory" podcast on CLNS Media, formerly The Bobcast, with the historic context of The Last Dance that he lived through.

Celtics greats key to retro Olympic Dream Teams

Can you imagine John Havlicek and Jerry West teaming up on a dream team in 1972?

Ranking Larry Bird’s best buzzer beaters

Larry Legend authored more improbable buzzer beaters than anyone in NBA history.

History week: How will you remember the 2010-2019 Celtics?

How will you remember a decade of relevancy? One that didn’t go easy on injuries and heartbreak.

Larry Legend’s last game

Bird’s brilliant career came to a sad, unsentimental end at Cleveland in a seventh game in 1992.

History of Celtics retired numbers

The 1981 Eastern Conference Finals: the greatest playoff series ever

Down 3-1 to the 76ers, Boston rallied to win each contest in the final seconds.

Celtics’ streaks quiz

Free throws, win streaks, and beating the Knicks.

Tommy Heinsohn: player, coach, broadcaster, Celtics legend

Nobody can boast Tommy’s resume as a player, coach, and broadcaster with the Celtics.

History Week roundtable: where were you on June 16th, 2008?


Nineteen what-ifs over the last nineteen Celtics seasons

It’s History Week, so naturally we’re discussing the ways history could have gone differently.

Ranking the Celtics sixth men

In the 1950’s, Red Auerbach invented the famed bench role, now common at all levels of basketball.

History Week roundtable: ideal Celtics lineup

History Week roundtable: favorite non-star Celtic

As kids, we loved dunks.

Celtics assistant coach quiz

Test your knowledge on Boston’s bench bosses.

Welcome to History Week

After getting our first glimpse of the newest Celtics in green, we take a look back this week at the Boston’s legends that paved the way.

Remembering former Celtics Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette

The Hoosier big man helps headline the all-time Celtics/Lakers team; the arch-rivals in American pro sports’ most epic championship feud have surprisingly shared two dozen players and a few coaches over the years.

All-time Boston Celtic teams by state/region

The following is my subjective list of the all-time Celtics teams by state, or when lacking enough players, by region.

Celtics history discussion: Which former Celtics player do you wish you could have watched?

So many great names, so many great stories. Which do you wish you had witnessed?

Boston Celtics History: Debunking and exploring Larry Bird Myths trivia quiz