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Boston Celtics
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Information
Conference Eastern Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1946
History Boston Celtics
(1946–present)
Arena TD Garden
City Boston, Massachusetts
Team Colors Green, Gold, Brown, Black, White
                        
Media Comcast SportsNet New England
WEEI
Owner(s) Boston Basketball Partners L.L.C.
General Manager Danny Ainge
Head Coach Brad Stevens
D-League affiliate Maine Red Claws
Championships
NBA NBA Championship logo 17 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008)
Conference Conference Championship logo 21 (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2008, 2010)
Division 21 (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Other
Retired numbers 21 (00, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, LOSCY, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33, 35, MIC)
Official Website celtics.com
Uniforms
Boston Celtics Road Uniform Boston Celtics Home Uniform Boston Celtics alternate uniform
Home court
Boston Celtics court logo

The Boston Celtics is a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, playing in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is owned by Wycliffe Grousbeck and coached by Brad Stevens, with Danny Ainge as the President of Basketball Operations. Founded in 1946, their 17 NBA Championships are the most for any NBA franchise, while the 1959-to-1966 domination of the NBA Championship, with eight straight titles, is the longest consecutive championship winning streak of any North American professional sports team to date. They currently play their home games in the TD Garden.

The Celtics either dominated the league or played a large part in the playoffs in the late 1950s through the mid 1980s. After the deaths of top draft pick Len Bias in 1986 and all-star Reggie Lewis in 1993, the team fell into a steady decline, only making the playoffs four times from 1996 to 2007. The franchise has recently returned to prominence with the acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen during the 2007 off-season. On June 17, 2008, the Boston Celtics won their 17th championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4–2 in the 2008 NBA Finals.

Franchise historyEdit

For details, see: History of the Boston Celtics

1946–1956: The building of a dynastyEdit

The Celtics were formed in 1946 as a team in the Basketball Association of America, and became part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the merger of the BAA and the National Basketball League to form the NBA in the fall of 1949.[1] In 1950, the Celtics became the first franchise to draft an African American player, signing Chuck Cooper.[2]

The Celtics had struggled during their early years, until the hiring of Coach Red Auerbach. One of the first major players to join the Celtics was Bob Cousy, whom Auerbach initially refused to draft.[3] Cousy eventually became the property of the Chicago Stags.[4] When that franchise went bankrupt, Cousy was acquired by the Celtics in a dispersal draft. After the 1955–56 season, Auerbach made a stunning trade. He sent perennial All-Star Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks along with the draft rights to Cliff Hagan in exchange for the Hawks' first round draft pick, the second overall.[5] After negotiating with the Rochester Royals, Auerbach used the pick to select University of San Francisco center Bill Russell.[6] Auerbach also acquired Holy Cross standout, and 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year, Tommy Heinsohn.[7] Russell and Heinsohn worked extraordinarily well with Cousy, and they were the players around whom Auerbach would build the Celtics for more than a decade. Russell, who delayed joining until the middle of the 1957 season in order to play for the U.S. Olympic Team,[7] had an immediate impact.

1957–1969: The dynastyEdit

Russell went on to play almost every game of the season, and the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals and defeated the St. Louis Hawks in seven games, giving the Celtics the first of their record 17 NBA Championships.[8] In 1958, the Celtics again advanced to the NBA Finals, this time losing to the Hawks in 6 games.[9] However, with the acquisition of K.C. Jones that year, the Celtics began a dynasty that would last for more than a decade.[10] In 1959, with Cousy at point guard, Russell at center and Heinsohn at forward, the Celtics won the NBA Championship after sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers.[11] Still coached by Auerbach, the Celtics won seven more consecutive championships, extending their streak to eight in a row. During that time, the Celtics met the Lakers in the Finals six times, starting an intense and often bitter rivalry. The Celtics would eventually meet the Lakers a total of 11 times in the NBA Finals. In 1964, Auerbach made the Celtics the first team to have an all African American starting lineup.[12] [[Image:BRussell.jpg|230px|thumb|right|Celtics center Bill Russell (#6) led the Celtics to 11 NBA Championships during his 13-year career.]

After the 1966 championship, Auerbach retired as coach and Russell took over as player-coach.[13] With his appointment, Russell also became the first African American coach in the NBA.[14] Auerbach would remain the General Manager, a position he would hold well into the 1980s. However, that year the Celtics' string of NBA titles was broken as they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The aging team managed two more championships in 1968 and 1969, defeating the Lakers each time in the NBA Finals.[15] Russell retired after the 1969 season, effectively ending a dominant Celtics dynasty that had garnered 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons.[16] The streak of 8 consecutive NBA championships is the longest streak of consecutive championships in U.S. professional sports history.[17]

1970–1978: Rebuilding the dynastyEdit

The 1970 season was a rebuilding year, as the Celtics had their first losing record since the 1949–50 season, the year prior to Auerbach's arrival.[18] However, with the acquisition of Dave Cowens, Paul Silas, and Jo Jo White, the Celtics soon became dominant again.[19] After losing in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1972, the Celtics regrouped and came out determined in 1973 and posted an excellent 68–14 regular season record. But the season ended in disappointment, as they were upset in 7 games by the New York Knicks in the Conference Finals.[20] The Celtics returned to the playoffs the next year, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals in 1974 for their 12th NBA Championship.[21] The teams split the first four games, and after the Celtics won Game 5 in Milwaukee they headed back to Boston leading three games to two, with a chance to claim the title on their home court. However, the Bucks won Game 6 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar nestled in a hook shot with three seconds left in the game's second overtime, and the series returned to Milwaukee. But Cowens was the hero in Game 7, scoring 28 points, as the Celtics brought the title back to Boston for the first time in five years. In 1976, the team won yet another championship, defeating the Phoenix Suns in 6 games. The Celtics advanced to the 1976 NBA Finals, which featured one of the greatest games in the history of the NBA. With the series tied at two games apiece, the Suns trailed early in the Boston Garden, but came back to force overtime. In double overtime, a Gar Heard turn-around jumper at the top of the key sent the game to an unprecedented third overtime, at which point the Celtics prevailed.[22] Tommy Heinsohn coached the team for those two championships. After the 1976 championship and a playoff appearance in 1977, Boston went into another phase of rebuilding.

In the 1977 NBA Draft, the Celtics drafted a young forward from the UNC Charlotte named Cedric Maxwell.[23] Maxwell did not contribute much in his rookie season, but he showed promise. Auerbach's job became even tougher following the 1977–78 in which they went 32–50 as John Havlicek, the Celtics All-Time leading scorer, retired after 16 seasons.[24]

1979–1992: The Bird yearsEdit

In 1977–78, the Celtics owned two of the top eight picks in the 1978 NBA Draft.[25] Since the Celtics had two draft choices, Auerbach took a risk and selected junior Larry Bird of Indiana State with the 6th pick, knowing that Bird would elect to remain in college for his senior year. The Celtics would retain his rights for one year, a rule that was later changed, and Auerbach believed that Bird's potential would make him worth the wait. Auerbach also felt that when the college season ended the Celtics would have a great chance to sign Bird. Auerbach was right and Bird signed soon after leading Indiana State to the NCAA Championship game, where they fell to a Michigan State University team that was led by Magic Johnson.[26]

The other important story of the Celtics' 1978–79 season was the ongoing dispute between Auerbach and new owner John Y. Brown.[27] The dispute nearly led Auerbach to resign as General Manager for a position with the New York Knicks. With public support strongly behind Auerbach, Brown elected to sell the team rather than face the wrath of the city for being the man who drove Red to a hated rival. During his short ownership, Brown orchestrated a trade for Bob McAdoo that Auerbach despised, and the team unraveled.[28] The Celtics would struggle through the season, going 29–53 without Bird.[29] Newcomers Chris Ford, Rick Robey, Cedric Maxwell and Tiny Archibald failed to reverse the team's momentum.[30]

Bird debuted for the Celtics during the 1979–80 season, a year after his selection.[31] With a new owner in place, Auerbach made a number of moves that would bring the team back to prominence. Auerbach traded the unhappy McAdoo, a former NBA scoring champion, to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for guard M. L. Carr, a defensive specialist, and two first-round picks in the 1980 NBA Draft.[28] He also picked up point guard Gerald Henderson from the CBA. Carr, Archibald, Henderson and Ford formed a highly competent backcourt, with their unique skills blending in perfectly with the talented frontcourt of Cowens, Maxwell and Bird, who would go on to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors. The Celtics improved by 32 games, which at the time was the best single-season turnaround in NBA history, going 61–21 and losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

After the season, Auerbach completed what may be the most lopsided trade in NBA history. Auerbach had always been a fan of stockpiling draft picks, so even after the success of 1979–80 the Celtics had both the 1st and 13th picks in the 1980 NBA Draft left over from the M. L. Carr trade. Auerbach saw an opportunity to improve the team immediately, sending the two picks to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for center Robert Parish and the Warriors first round pick, the 3rd overall. With the draft pick, Auerbach selected University of Minnesota power forward Kevin McHale. With these three future Hall of Famers on the team the Celtics had a core in place to become a dominant team in the NBA.

The Celtics went 62–20 under coach Bill Fitch in 1980–81, despite losing center Dave Cowens to retirement late in training camp. Once again the Celtics matched up with the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics fell behind 3 games to 1 before coming back to win a classic 7th game, 91–90. The Celtics went on to capture the 1981 NBA Championship over the Houston Rockets, just two years after Bird had been drafted. Maxwell was named NBA Finals MVP.

In 1983–84 the Celtics would go 62–20 and finally get back to the NBA Finals after a three year hiatus. In the final, the Celtics came back from a 2–1 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, winning their 15th championship. Bird renewed his college rivalry with Lakers star Magic Johnson during this series. After the series the Celtics traded Henderson, whose dramatic steal in game 2 altered the course of the series and gave the Celtics a chance, to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for their first round pick in the 1986 NBA Draft.

In 1985, the Lakers and Celtics met again, but this time the Lakers took the championship. During the following offseason the Celtics acquired Bill Walton from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Cedric Maxwell. Walton was a big star with the Portland Trail Blazers, but injuries had kept him from living up to expectations. He was also a lifelong Celtics fanTemplate:Fact and willing to come off the bench, deferring to the three big men already with the team. Walton was a big part of the Celtics' success in 1986.

In 1985–86 the Celtics fielded one of the best teams in NBA history. The 1986 Celtics won 67 games, going 40–1 at their home, the Boston Garden. Bird won his third consecutive MVP award after having arguably his finest season, and Walton won the Sixth Man of the Year Award. They won their 16th championship and last of the 20th century, easily defeating the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals.

Thanks to the 1984 trade of Gerald Henderson and the subsequent fall of the Seattle SuperSonics, at the end of the 1985–86 the Celtics owned not only the best team in the NBA but also the second pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. The Celtics drafted Len Bias with the pick and had high hopes for the young University of Maryland star. Fans believed Bias had superstar potential, and that he would be the perfect complement to the aging, but still strong, Celtics. The hope was that his presence would ensure that the franchise would remain a powerhouse after Bird, McHale and Parish retired. Unfortunately, Bias died 48 hours after he was drafted, after using cocaine at a party and overdosing. It would be the first in a long string of bad luck for the Celtics, and many fans believe the Celtics have never recovered from the loss of Bias. Despite the loss of Bias, the Celtics remained competitive in 1986–87, going 59–23 and again winning the Eastern Conference Championship.

After the 1987–88 season, head coach K.C. Jones retired. Jones was replaced as head coach by assistant Jimmy Rodgers. Rodgers faced immediate trouble in 1988–89 when, only 6 games into the season, Larry Bird decided to have surgery to remove bone spurs in both feet. The injury was to sideline Bird until well after the All-Star Break, although supposedly he would be able to return. However, despite his best attempts to return he was unable to make it back as the Celtics stumbled to a 42–40 record and a first round playoff defeat to the Detroit Pistons.

Bird returned in 1989–90 to play in 75 games and lead the Celtics to a 52–30 record. In the playoffs, after winning the first two games of a Best of 5 series against the New York Knicks, the Celtics collapsed, losing 3 straight, including the decisive 5th game at the Boston Garden. In the wake of the embarrassing defeat, Rodgers was fired and replaced by assistant coach (and former Celtic player) Chris Ford.

Under Ford's leadership the Celtics improved to 56–26 in 1990–91, recapturing the Atlantic Division title even though Bird missed 22 games with a variety of injuries. In 1992, a late season rally allowed the Celtics to catch the New York Knicks and repeat as Atlantic Division champions. The team finished 51–31 and again matched up with the Indiana Pacers in the First Round, this time sweeping the series 3 games to 0. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals the Celtics lost a grueling 7 game series to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 3. Due to back problems, Larry Bird played in only 45 of the 82 regular season games, and only 4 of the 10 playoff games.

After thirteen seasons with the club and winning a gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics with the Dream Team, Bird retired in 1992 primarily due to his back injuries.

1993–2001: Tragedy and declineEdit

At the time of Bird's retirement former Celtics guard Chris Ford was the coach of the Celtics. 26-year old Reggie Lewis (out of Boston's Northeastern University) was seen as Bird's successor as the franchise player for the Celtics. Lewis, a small forward, fainted during a 1993 first round playoff matchup with the Charlotte Hornets. It was later revealed that Lewis had heart problems, yet he was able to get doctors to clear him for a comeback. He died of a heart attack after participating in a pickup basketball game during the offseason. The Celtics honored his memory during the following season by retiring his number 35.

In 1994, the Celtics hired former player M. L. Carr to be the team's new G.M. In his first draft in charge of the Celtics, he drafted University of North Carolina star Eric Montross with his first round draft pick. The Acie Earl era was already nearing an end, as Montross became the new heir apparent in the paint.

1994–95 was the Celtics' final season in the Boston Garden. The Celtics signed the aging Dominique Wilkins as a free agent, and he led the team in scoring with 17.8 PPG. Second-year player Dino Radja, a power forward from Croatia, added an interior presence to the team that had been lacking in 1993–94. The Celtics made the playoffs, losing to the heavily favored Orlando Magic in 4 games.

In 1995, the Celtics moved from the Boston Garden into the Fleet Center (renamed the TD Banknorth Garden in 2005). Carr fired Chris Ford and took the coaching reins himself. After drafting Providence College star Eric Williams, the Celtics struggled to a 33–49 record. Things got worse in 1996–97 as the Celtics lost a franchise record 67 games, winning only 15 times despite the emergence of 1st-round draft pick Antoine Walker.

Carr stepped aside to another job in the organization when the Celtics convinced Rick Pitino to join the franchise as the team's president, front office manager, and head coach. Unfortunately for the franchise, Pitino was not the savior everyone expected him to be, although he acquired several talented young players during his tenure.

The Celtics received the third and sixth draft picks in the 1997 NBA Draft, and used the picks to select a brand new backcourt. They drafted Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer and dismantled much of the young team that lost 67 games the year before. David Wesley and Rick Fox were let go, and Williams was traded to the Denver Nuggets for a pair of second round draft picks.

The following year the Celtics drafted Paul Pierce in the 1998 NBA Draft, a college star who had been expected to be drafted much higher than the Celtics' tenth overall pick. Other notable players Pitino acquired were Walter McCarty and veteran Kenny Anderson, both for future Finals MVP Billups. Pitino failed to coach any successful teams and resigned in 2001.

2001–2007: Attempts to rebuildEdit

Following the resignation of Rick Pitino, the Celtics improved greatly under coach Jim O'Brien. Paul Pierce matured into an NBA star and was ably complemented by Antoine Walker, along with the other role players acquired over the years. The team finished the season going 24–24 under O'Brien (after going 12–22 before Pitino's resignation) and following the 2000–01 season O'Brien was given the job of head coach on a permanent basis. As a result of numerous trades, the Celtics had three picks in the 2001 NBA Draft, a luxury that seemed to set the franchise up well for the long term. General Manager Chris Wallace used the picks on Joe Johnson, Joe Forte (a favorite of Red Auerbach) and Kedrick Brown.

The Celtics entered the 2001–02 season with low expectations. The team's success in the latter stages of 2000–01 was largely forgotten, and critics were surprised when the team, along with the New Jersey Nets, surged to the top of the Atlantic Division ahead of teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, who were fresh off a trip to the NBA Finals. The Celtics won a hard-fought five-game series with the 76ers in the first round, 3 games to 2. Pierce scored 46 points in the series-clinching blowout at the Fleet Center. In the Conference Semifinals, the Celtics defeated the favored Detroit Pistons 4 games to 1 in a series best remembered for the Celtics low-scoring Game 3 victory, which they won 66–64. In their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since 1988, the Celtics would jump out to a 2–1 series lead over the New Jersey Nets, after rallying from 21 points down in the fourth quarter to win Game 3, but would lose the next three games to fall 4 games to 2.

In 2003, the Celtics were sold by owner Paul Gaston to Boston Basketball Partners LLC, led by H. Irving Grousbeck, Wycliffe Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca, Robert Epstein, David Epstein, and John Svenson. The team made it back to the playoffs but were swept by the Nets in the second round, despite bringing Game 4 to double overtime.

Before their elimination, the team hired Danny Ainge to take over the front office, pushing Chris Wallace to another job in the organization. Ainge believed the team had reached its peak and promptly stunned the team by sending Antoine Walker to the Dallas Mavericks (along with Tony Delk). In return, the Celtics received the oft-injured Raef LaFrentz and a first-round draft pick in 2004.

The Celtics made the playoffs, only to be badly swept in the first round by the Indiana Pacers, losing all 4 games by blowout margins.

The Celtics were a young team under new coach Doc Rivers during the 2004 season, yet they seemed to have a core of good young players, led by rookie Al Jefferson, to go along with a selection of able veterans. The Celtics went 45–37 and won their first Atlantic Division title since 1991–92. The Pacers defeated them in the first round yet again, with the series culminating in an embarrassing 27-point loss in Game 7 at the Fleet Center.

[[Image:NBA Game.jpg|thumb|300px|Celtics in a game versus the Miami Heat at the TD Banknorth Garden in April 2006]] The Boston Celtics continued to rebuild on the night of the 2006 NBA Draft. Danny Ainge traded the rights to seventh overall pick Randy Foye, Dan Dickau and Raef LaFrentz to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, and a future second-round pick. A subsequent trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Allen Iverson was reported as a potential move beneficial to each team, although such a trade never happened and Iverson was shipped to the Denver Nuggets in December. Orien Greene was waived, and the Celtics replaced him by trading a first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft to the Phoenix Suns for rookie Rajon Rondo. In the second round the Celtics added Leon Powe to the team, and later signed Villanova star Allan Ray as an undrafted free agent.

The 2006–07 season was a gloomy one for the franchise. The season began with the death of Red Auerbach at the age of 89. Auerbach was one of the few remaining people who had been a part of the NBA since its inception in 1946. The Celtics went 2–22 from late December 2006 through early February 2007 after losing Paul Pierce to injury, the result of a stress reaction in his left foot (he would later miss the latter part of March and all of April because of swelling in his left elbow). At first, the Celtics received a much needed boost from guard Tony Allen but he tore his ACL on a dunk attempt in a game vs. the Indiana Pacers on January 10, 2007. The Celtics recorded a record of 24–58, second-worst in the NBA, including a franchise record 18-game losing streak that lasted from January 5 to February 14. As the streak grew, some suggested that Pierce sit out the rest of the season to the let the young players such as Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Rajon Rondo and Delonte West get more experience.

2007–2012: Return to gloryEdit

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With the acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Seattle SuperSonics respectively, Paul Pierce finally had a pair of superstar teammates by his side. The Celtics started the season hot, winning their first eight games, and going into 2008 with a 26–3 record. They finished the season with a 66–16 record, the most wins in a single season for the franchise since the last time they won the NBA Finals in the 1985–86 season. Their record guaranteed them home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Their first matchup in the 2008 NBA Playoffs was against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. At home, the Celtics were dominant: their lowest home margin of victory against the Hawks in the playoffs was 19 in Game 2. However, the surprising Hawks were able to beat the Celtics in all three games in Atlanta. The series went seven games, with the home team winning each game. The second round pitted Boston against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once again the series went to seven games. Game 7 saw Paul Pierce and LeBron James in a shootout with each scoring over 40 points, but the Celtics emerged victorious 97-92. In the Eastern Conference Finals the Celtics faced the Detroit Pistons. In Game 2, the Celtics finally lost at home for the first time in the playoffs. However, the Celtics bounced back to win Game 3 on the road in Detroit. The series continued and the Celtics took down the Pistons in six games, winning the deciding game on the road.

The 2008 NBA Finals were contested with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and a Los Angeles Lakers team in the middle of a dominant playoff run. They swept the Denver Nuggets in the first round, defeated the Utah Jazz in the second round in six games, and extinguished the repeat hopes of the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs in five games in the Western Conference Finals. Factoring in the Lakers strong playoff run to the Finals and the Celtics problems of even reaching the Finals with two 7-game series, the Lakers were expected to beat a seemingly tired Boston team. The first games of the series started with the Celtics once again dominating at home. Game 1 saw Paul Pierce suffer a knee injury early in the game only to come back and make 70-percent of his attempted field goals, resulting in a 98–88 Celtics win. In Game 2, Boston nearly lost a 24-point lead only to win 108–102. The Lakers returned to Staples Center and won Game 3, 87–81. When Los Angeles took a 24-point lead in the second quarter of Game 4 the Celtics appeared to be losing control of the series. Led by a bench that outscored the Lakers bench by 20-points, the Celtics took over Game 4 with a 97–91 victory, the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history. Although the Los Angeles Lakers won Game 5, 103–98, the series went back to Boston for Game 6, and the Celtics finished off Los Angeles with a 131–92 victory. Game 6 was the most lopsided win in a NBA Finals game since the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz by 42 points in the 1998 NBA Finals, and the all-time largest margin of victory in a deciding game. Paul Pierce was named NBA Finals MVP. The Celtics had won their record 17th NBA championship, the first new banner for the TD Banknorth Garden, and the franchise's first championship in 22 years.

The next year the Celtics picked up where they left off starting the season 27-2, the best start in NBA history. However the Celtics lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Finals rematch and went on a slump the next few games. The Celtics did find a way to get back on track, winning 12 straight only to have the winning streak ended once again by the Lakers. The game went into overtime where the Lakers won by 1 point. The game was controversial because it had multiple questionable calls, resulting in star Kevin Garnett fouling out with just under 5 minutes left in the game. The Celtics continued to succeed until Kevin Garnett was injured in a game against the Utah Jazz. Garnett came back several weeks later but was limited in the time he played and the games he played. While the Celtics defense struggled without Garnett, the offense thrived in his absence. The Celtics finished the year 17-7 without Garnett. The Celtics finished the year with a 62-20 record, earning the number 2 seed in the Easter Conference. but their playoff run would end against the Magic in the second round, losing in seven games after leading 3–2, the first such occurrence in team history.[85] In the prior round they were pushed to a Game 7 against the Chicago Bulls, with four of those games went to overtime, yet the Celtics' experience was too much for the young Bulls.[86] The following year,with the return of Kevin Garnett from injury and the additions of Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels, the Celtics started the season 23–5 and at one point had the best record in the NBA. However Doc Rivers ultimately decided to lessen his aging stars' minutes to keep them fresh for the playoffs. As a result the Celtics sputtered to an even 27–27 record the rest of the way and finished the 2009–10 regular season with a 50–32 record, with a better road (26–15) than home (24–17) record.[87] Despite previous predictions that the Celtics would never go deeper into the playoffs, the Celtics still managed to make the NBA Finals despite their lowly fourth seeding. They defeated the Miami Heat in five games, upset the top-seeded Cavaliers in six games and toppled the defending Eastern Conference Champion Magic, avenging their loss from the previous season. Rajon Rondo finally emerged as a bonafide superstar during post-season play, continuing his rise to fame beginning with his first All-Star appearance.[88] The Celtics and the Lakers met for the 12th time in the NBA Finals. After taking a 3–2 lead heading into Los Angeles for Game 6, the Celtics appear poised to pack in their 18th title. But Kendrick Perkins, the team's starting center, suffered a severe knee injury early in Game 6,[89] and the Celtics would lose Game 6, and go on to blow a 13-point lead in Game 7. After speculation that coach Doc Rivers would resign to spend more time with his family, he affirmed on June 30, 2010 that he would return to the team for the 2010–2011 season. With Perkins expected to be out until February 2011, the Celtics signed two former All-Star centers, Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal, for insurance; they also signed Turkish center Semih Erden, their 2008 second round pick. The Celtics also welcomed back Delonte West to back up Rondo. Paul Pierce became the third Celtic to score 20,000 points, joining Larry Bird and John Havlicek. Ray Allen broke the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a career, while the Celtics won 3,000 games, the second team to do so. On February 17, however, Kendrick Perkins was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder partially due to the expectation that Shaquille O'Neal would return from his injuries to fill Perkins' role. The Celtics were 33–10 in games Perkins had missed during the year due to injury,[90] and they were 19–3 in games that O'Neal played over 20 minutes.[91] The Celtics were 41–14 at the time of the trade and held the Eastern Conference leaderboard despite another rash of injuries. Following the trade, however, they proceeded to win only 15 of their final 27 games to finish with a 56–26 record, sliding to the third seed, due to the difficult adjustment of new Celtics such as Jeff Green, Nenad Krstić and Carlos Arroyo as well as player injuries. Shaquille O'Neal played only five minutes after February 1.[90][92] The Celtics swept the New York Knicks 4–0 in the opening round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, but in the second round they were ousted by the Miami Heat in five games. Shaquille O'Neal missed the first round of the playoffs, and he was limited to 12 minutes in two games in the second round against the Heat (lost to Mavericks in NBA Finals).[93] Shaquille O'Neal retired at the end of the season. At the 2011 NBA Draft, the Celtics selected Providence Friar swingman MarShon Brooks with the 25th overall pick then immediately traded his rights to the Brooklyn Nets for the rights to the 27th overall pick, power forward JaJuan Johnson. Then the Celtics selected E'Twaun Moore with the 55th overall pick in the 2nd round (reason being for his choice of #55), which reunited the Purdue teammates. During the short preseason following the 2011 NBA lockout, the Celtics signed free agents Marquis Daniels, Chris Wilcox, Keyon Dooling and Greg Stiemsma, while acquiring Brandon Bass from the Magic for Glen Davis and Von Wafer. They also re-signed Jeff Green, only to have it voided after a physical revealed that Green was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, forcing him to miss the season. The Celtics started the season 0–3 with Paul Pierce out with a heel injury. To fill the void, the Celtics signed French swingman Mickaël Piétrus, but did not make his season debut until January 6, 2012 against the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics, however, continued to struggle, at one point posting a five-game losing streak that was the longest in the 'Big Four' era. At the All Star break, the Celtics were below .500 with a 15–17 record. However, they were one of the hottest teams after the break, going 24–10 the rest of the year and winning their 5th division title in a row. The Celtics would end up making the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. In the playoffs the Celtics would face the Hawks beating them in six games with a strong play by Pierce and Garnett. In the Conference Semifinals the enemy would be the Philadelphia 76ers led by Doug Collins and a young group of promising players that would push the Celtics into a full-seven game series. Following a Game 7 85–75 win the Celtics would face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, who had defeated them in the playoffs the previous year. After losing Game 1 93–79, the C's fought back, pushing Miami into a Game 2 overtime, but ultimately fell short losing 115–111. Facing a 0–2 deficit heading back to Boston, the Celtics would comeback with a strong 101–91 Game 3 win and then a hard fought 93–91 Game 4 overtime win, with Dwyane Wade missing a potential game-winning three point shot at the buzzer. The C's then won Game 5 in Miami 94–90, giving them a chance to take the series back at the Garden. The Celtics couldn't close out the series however. Game 6 ended up in a blowout home loss of 98-79 taking the series back to Miami for Game 7, where the Celtics built an early lead but eventually lost 101-88

2012-present: Falling out of contention/RebuildingEdit

2012 became a pivotal offseason for Danny Ainge's Celtics, as both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett became free agents and only six players remained under contract (Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Avery Bradley, JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore & Sean Williams). In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Celtics drafted three players, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph with their 21st, 22nd and 51st picks respectively. The Celtics re-signed their free agents Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Keyon Dooling along with Chris Wilcox and Jeff Green, who both were returning to play after sustaining season-ending heart ailments. The Celtics also signed former Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry. On July 20, the Celtics acquired free agent Courtney Lee in a three-team sign and trade, sending JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Sean Williams and future second round pick to the Houston Rockets and Sasha Pavlovic to Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Lee. Jason Collins was later signed to a one-year deal. However, Allen chose to sign with the Miami Heat, for less money, bringing the five-year "Big Three" era to a somewhat acrimonious end. On September 20, Keyon Dooling was waived by the Celtics following his retirement from basketball, however, Dooling came back from retirement and signed with the Memphis Grizzlies later that year. In addition the Celtics signed center Darko Miličić and guard Leandro Barbosa. Later in the season, it was announced that Miličić would return to Europe for a family matter. On December 24, the Celtics signed forward Jarvis Varnado of the NBA D-League team Sioux Falls to a deal. He was then waived on January 6 along with rookie forward Kris Joseph. On January 27, 2013, it was revealed that Rajon Rondo had tore the ACL on his right knee and would miss the rest of the season along with part of next season. On February 2, it was announced that Jared Sullinger would also miss the rest of the season due to having back surgery to cure his back that was rumored during the draft before he was drafted. Despite losing Rondo and Sullinger to injury, the Celtics compiled a seven-game winning streak, namely against the Heat in double overtime and the Nuggets in triple overtime. The winning streak was snapped on February 12 when Leandro Barbosa suffered a torn ACL; he would miss the rest of the season as well. Then on February 18 the Celtics signed forward Terrence Williams to a deal. On February 21 the Celtics traded Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins for Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford. On February 28 and March 21, respectively, the Celtics signed forwards D. J. White and Shavlik Randolph. The Celtics finished the season with 41 wins, but played only 81 games after a home game against the Indiana Pacers on April 16 was cancelled following the Boston Marathon bombings; the game was not made up with both teams already assured of their playoff positions.[94] The 41 wins were the lowest totals the Celtics achieved as a playoff-bound team since 2004. The Celtics trailed 3–0 to the New York Knicks in the opening round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, before losing the series in six games. In Game 6, the Celtics nearly completed a come back when they went on a 20-0 to cut the lead to 4, but that was the closest they got as the New York Knicks would take over to win. On July 3, 2013, the Celtics announced that Brad Stevens, the head coach of Butler University, would replace Doc Rivers as Head Coach. On July 27, 2013, the Celtics traded their 16th overall pick with the Mavericks' 13th to select Kelly Olynyk out of Gonzaga. Also included in the deal were two future second round draft picks going to Dallas. Olynyk posted career highs in his All American junior season with 17.8 points a game and 7.3 rebounds. The pick comes as little surprise given Boston's crop of big men's lack of height as Olynyk is 7 feet tall.[100] After starting 0-4, Boston's young group of athletes have been able to rattle off 3 straight wins with the last being a gutsy win over the defending champion Miami Heat, which Jeff Green made a miracle game winning 3 pointer with .6 seconds left. On December 8, the Celtics won the game against the New York Knicks by 41. On January 7, the Celtics traded Courtney Lee and a 2016 second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jerryd Bayless. From December 18 to January 13, the Celtics went on a 1-12 streak, giving up 104 points or more 8 times. Their only win was a shaky 103-100 win over a weakened Cavaliers team, of which the Celtics managed to almost give up an 18 point lead. On January 15 the Celtics traded Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for future first and second round picks as well as Miami Heat center Joel Anthony. On the same night, PF Jared Sullinger scored the first 20-20 game since Kevin Garnett in the 2007-2008 season, Sullinger totaled 25 points and 20 rebounds going 7-14 FG. On January 17, 2014, Rajon Rondo made his return from an ACL tear. He was named the new Captain of the Boston Celtics, the 15th Team Captain in team history. On Sunday January 26, the Celtics played the Brooklyn Nets which was the first game Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to Boston. They were greeted with video tributes and emotional fans, the Nets won the game 85-79 clinched by a last minute fast break dunk by Garnett.

On Friday April 4, 2014, Rajon Rondo recorded his first triple double since his ACL tear it was also his 29th triple double of his career.

At the end of the 2013-14 season Celtics Rookie Kelly Olynyk was named to the NBA All-rookie second team.

On June 26, 2014, the Celtics drafted Marcus Smart and James Young at the 2014 NBA Draft.

On July 9, 2014, The Celtics were involved in a three team trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. The trade sent a future second round pick to the Cavs in-exchange for Marcus Thornton, Cody Zeller and a 2016 first round pick that is top-10 protected until 2018.

On July 21, 2014, Evan Turner agreed to sign with the Celtics using the Mid-level exception.

Historical rivalriesEdit

The Boston Celtics have a long-standing rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, which is widely regarded as the league's greatest rivalry, as these two teams have faced each other 11 times in the NBA Finals, with the most recent being the 2008 NBA Finals. The teams have won a combined 31 NBA championships in the 62 NBA seasons, making both teams accountable for half of all NBA championships. In the 1960s, the Celtics faced and defeated the Lakers six times in the NBA Finals, despite the efforts of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. The rivalry was renewed in the 1980s, when the Lakers and Celtics won 8 of the 9 NBA Championships awarded from 1980–1988 (the Lakers won 5 while the Celtics won 3), and played each other in the NBA Finals on 3 occasions. The rivalry cooled off as the Celtics slipped into mediocrity in the mid- and late-'90s until they met in the 2008 Finals.

In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics long-standing rivals have been the Philadelphia 76ers,[32] led by Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s, and by Julius Erving and Moses Malone in the 1970s and 1980s. The Celtics-Sixers rivalry in the 1980s was marked by intense personal confrontations between Larry Bird and Julius Erving. Their most recent playoff rivalry came in the '02 First Round, as then-Sixer Allen Iverson and Paul Pierce, both prolific scorers of their time, went head-to-head.

Another fierce rivalry formed in the 1980s between the Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. The two franchises met in the playoffs 5 times between 1985 and 1991, and more than once there was a physical confrontation between a Celtic and Detroit's Bill Laimbeer. The rivalry, like their rivalry with the Lakers, cooled in the 1990s as the Celtics slid into a long decline, although there was a renewal of interest when the teams met in the 2002 East Semifinals, and later in the 2008 East Finals.

Boston's other fierce rivals included the Atlanta Hawks (dating back to the late 1950s, which resurfaced during the rivalry of Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins, and later in 2008), Milwaukee Bucks (during the mid-1980s), Indiana Pacers (1991–92 and 2003–05; both involved Larry Bird as a player and as an executive), New York Knicks (both were original NBA franchises, and have never moved to another city nor changed its nickname), and New Jersey Nets (2002 and 2003). In addition, the San Antonio Spurs have provided a tough challenge for Boston, especially since adding Tim Duncan with the number one pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. Since then, the Spurs racked up 18 straight wins against Boston before the streak was broken on St. Patrick's Day 2007, concomitantly ending a 17-year, 15-game drought in San Antonio.[33]

Individually, Paul Pierce has been developing rivalries on the court with LeBron James and Ron Artest. During games between the Celtics and the Cavaliers, Pierce and James often combine explosive scoring with defensive intensity.[34]

Roster Edit

Boston Celtics roster
Players
Pos No. Player Age Height Weight From
C 50 Canada Flag Joel Anthony 32 6 ft 9 in 245 lbs UNLV
PF 30 U.S. Flag Brandon Bass 29 6 ft 8 in 250 lbs LSU
SG 11 U.S. Flag Jerryd Bayless 26 6 ft 3 in 200 lbs Arizona
SG / SF 4 U.S. Flag Keith Bogans 34 6 ft 5 in 215 lbs Kentucky
PG / SG 0 U.S. Flag Avery Bradley 24 6 ft 2 in 180 lbs Texas
PF / C 38 Brazil Flag / Spain Flag Vítor Faverani 26 6 ft 11 in 260 lbs Brazil
SF / PF 8 U.S. Flag Jeff Green 28 6 ft 9 in 235 lbs Georgetown
PF 43 U.S. Flag Kris Humphries 29 6 ft 9 in 235 lbs Minnesota
SF / SG 12 U.S. Flag Chris Johnson 24 6 ft 6 in 201 lbs Dayton
PF / C 41 U.S. Flag Kelly Olynyk 23 7 ft 0 in 238 lbs Gonzaga
PG 26 U.S. Flag Phil Pressey 23 5 ft 11 in 175 lbs Missouri
PG 9 U.S. Flag Rajon Rondo 28 6 ft 1 in 186 lbs Kentucky
PF 7 U.S. Flag Jared Sullinger 22 6 ft 9 in 260 lbs Ohio State
SF 45 U.S. Flag Gerald Wallace 32 6 ft 7 in 220 lbs Alabama








StaffEdit

Head Coach - Brad Stevens Assistant Coaches - Ron Adams, Jamie Young, Jay Larranaga, Micah Shrewsberry


http://www.nba.com/celtics/roster

Boston Celtics roster
Players
Pos No. Player Age Height Weight From
C 50 Canada Flag Joel Anthony 32 6 ft 9 in 245 lbs UNLV
PF 30 U.S. Flag Brandon Bass 29 6 ft 8 in 250 lbs LSU
SG 11 U.S. Flag Jerryd Bayless 26 6 ft 3 in 200 lbs Arizona
SG / SF 4 U.S. Flag Keith Bogans 34 6 ft 5 in 215 lbs Kentucky
PG / SG 0 U.S. Flag Avery Bradley 24 6 ft 2 in 180 lbs Texas
PF / C 38 Brazil Flag / Spain Flag Vítor Faverani 26 6 ft 11 in 260 lbs Brazil
SF / PF 8 U.S. Flag Jeff Green 28 6 ft 9 in 235 lbs Georgetown
PF 43 U.S. Flag Kris Humphries 29 6 ft 9 in 235 lbs Minnesota
SF / SG 12 U.S. Flag Chris Johnson 24 6 ft 6 in 201 lbs Dayton
PF / C 41 U.S. Flag Kelly Olynyk 23 7 ft 0 in 238 lbs Gonzaga
PG 26 U.S. Flag Phil Pressey 23 5 ft 11 in 175 lbs Missouri
PG 9 U.S. Flag Rajon Rondo 28 6 ft 1 in 186 lbs Kentucky
PF 7 U.S. Flag Jared Sullinger 22 6 ft 9 in 260 lbs Ohio State
SF 45 U.S. Flag Gerald Wallace 32 6 ft 7 in 220 lbs Alabama








StaffEdit

Head Coach - Brad Stevens Assistant Coaches - Ron Adams, Jamie Young, Jay Larranaga, Micah Shrewsberry


http://www.nba.com/celtics/roster


Season-by-season recordsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Percentage

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Boston Celtics
1949-50 22 46 .324
1950-51 39 30 .565 Lost Division Semifinals New York 2, Boston 0
1951-52 39 27 .591 Lost Division Semifinals New York 2, Boston 1
1952-53 46 25 .648 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Boston 3, New York 1
Syracuse 2, Boston 0
1953-54 42 30 .583 Lost Division Semifinals Syracuse 2, Boston 0
1954-55 36 25 .500 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Boston 2, New York 1
Syracuse 3, Boston 1
1955-56 39 33 .542 Lost Division Semifinals Syracuse 2, Boston 1
1956-57 44 28 .611 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, St. Louis 3
Boston 3, Syracuse 0
1957-58 49 23 .681 Won Division Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Boston 4, St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 4, Boston 1
1958-59 52 20 .722 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Minneapolis 0
Boston 4, Syracuse 3
1959-60 59 16 .787 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, St. Louis 3
Boston 4, Philadelphia 2
1960-61 57 22 .722 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Syracuse 1
Boston 4, St. Louis 1
1961-62 60 20 .750 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 1
1962-63 58 22 .725 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Cincinnati 3
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 2
1963-64 59 21 .738 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Cincinnati 1
Boston 4, San Francisco 1
1964-65 62 18 .775 Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 1
1965-66 54 26 .675 Won Division Semifinals
Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 3, Cincinnati 2
Boston 4, Philadelphia 1
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 3
1966-67 60 21 .741 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Boston 3, New York 1
Philadelphia 4, Boston 1
1967-68 60 21 .741 Won Division Semifinals
Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Detroit 2
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 2
1968-69 48 34 .585 Won Division Semifinals
Won Division Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Philadelphia 1
Boston 4, New York 2
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 3
1969-70 34 48 .415
1970-71 44 38 .537
1971-72 56 26 .683 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 4, Atlanta 2
New York 4, Boston 1
1972-73 68 14 .829 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 4, Atlanta 2
New York 4, Boston 3
1973-74 56 26 .683 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Buffalo 2
Boston 4, New York 1
Boston 4, Milwaukee 3
1974-75 60 22 .732 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 4, Houston 1
Washington 4, Boston 2
1975-76 54 28 .659 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Buffalo 2
Boston 4, Cleveland 2
Boston 4, Phoenix 1
1976-77 44 38 .537 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Boston 2, San Antonio 0
Philadelphia 4, Boston 3
1977-78 32 50 .390
1978-79 29 53 .354
1979-80 61 21 .744 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 4, Houston 0
Philadelphia 4, Boston 1
1980-81 62 20 .756 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Chicago 0
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Boston 4, Houston 2
1981-82 63 19 .768 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 4, Washington 1
Philadelphia 4, Boston 3
1982-83 56 26 .683 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Boston 2, Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 4, Boston 0
1983-84 62 20 .756 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 3, Washington 1
Boston 4, New York 3
Boston 4, Milwaukee 1
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 3
1984-85 63 19 .768 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Boston 3, Cleveland 1
Boston 4, Detroit 2
Boston 4, Philadelphia 1
Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston 2
1985-86 67 15 .817 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 3, Chicago 0
Boston 4, Atlanta 1
Boston 4, Milwaukee 0
Boston 4, Houston 2
1986-87 59 23 .720 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Boston 3, Chicago 0
Boston 4, Milwaukee 3
Boston 4, Detroit 2
Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston 2
1987-88 57 25 .695 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 3, New York 1
Boston 4, Atlanta 3
Detroit 4, Boston 2
1988-89 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Detroit 3, Boston 0
1989-90 52 30 .634 Lost First Round New York 3, Boston 2
1990-91 56 26 .683 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Boston 3, Indiana 2
Detroit 4, Boston 2
1991-92 51 31 .622 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Boston 3, Indiana 0
Cleveland Cavaliers 4, Boston 3
1992-93 48 34 .585 Lost First Round Charlotte 3, Boston 1
1993-94 32 50 .390
1994-95 35 47 .427 Lost First Round Orlando 3, Boston 1
1995-96 33 49 .402
1996-97 15 67 .183
1997-98 36 46 .439
1998-99 19 31 .380
1999-00 35 47 .427
2000-01 36 46 .439
2001-02 49 33 .598 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 3, Philadelphia 2
Boston 4, Detroit 1
New Jersey 4, Boston 2
2002-03 44 38 .537 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Boston 4, Indiana 2
New Jersey 4, Boston 0
2003-04 36 46 .439 Lost First Round Indiana 4, Boston 0
2004-05 45 37 .549 Lost First Round Indiana 4, Boston 3
2005-06 33 49 .402
2006-07 24 58 .293
2007-08 66 16 .805 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Boston 4, Atlanta 3
Boston 4, Cleveland 3
Boston 4, Detroit 2
Boston 4, Los Angeles Lakers 2
2008-09 62 20 .756 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Boston 4, Chicago Bulls 3
Orlando Magic 4, Boston 3
2009-10 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Boston 4, Miami 1
Boston 4, Cleveland 2
Boston 4, Orlando 2
Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston 3
2010-11 56 26 .683 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Boston 4, New York 0
Miami 4, Boston 1
2011-12 39 27 .591 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Boston 4, Atlanta 2
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Miami 4, Boston 3
2012-13 41 40 .506 Lost First Round New York 4, Boston 2
Totals 3011 2058 .594
Playoffs 315 228 .580 17 Championships

Franchise LeadersEdit

Statistic Total Player
Games Played 1,270 John Havlicek
Minutes Played 46,471 John Havlicek
Field Goals 10,513 John Havlicek
Field Goal Attempts 23,930 John Havlicek
Field Goal Percentage .563 Kendrick Perkins
Three-point Field Goals 1,578 Paul Pierce
Three-point Field Goal Attempts 4,273 Paul Pierce
Three-point Field Goal Percentage .412 Eddie House
Free Throws 5,808 Paul Pierce
Free Throw Attempts 7,212 Paul Pierce
Free Throw Percentage .912 Ray Allen
Offensive Rebounds 3,450 Robert Parish
Defensive Rebounds 7,601 Robert Parish
Rebounds 21,620 Bill Russell
Assists 6,945 Bob Cousy
Steals 1,556 Larry Bird
Blocked Shots 1,703 Robert Parish
Turnovers 2,826 Paul Pierce
Personal Fouls 3,281 John Havlicek
Points 26,395 John Havlicek

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1981
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1982
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1984
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1985
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