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1969: Celtics versus Lakers Round Seven (Russell’s Last Season)

Background Heading into the 1969 season, it was suspected that both Sam Jones and Bill Russell would retire. Expectations were low as many thought this year would be the end of the Celtics’ dynasty. Nevertheless, they won 48 games in … Continue reading

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1974: Celtics versus Bucks (The Big O’s Farewell)

Background The Celtics briefly struggled after Bill Russell retired in 1969, missing the playoffs in 1970 and 1971. In 1973, they reeled off a team-record 68 wins behind league MVP Dave Cowens, but they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals … Continue reading

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1976: Celtics versus Suns (Hondo’s Last Finals)

Background Coming off their 1974 NBA championship season, Boston was the favorite to win back-to-back titles. In 1975, the Celtics won 60 games but were disappointed when their bid for a repeat championship ended with a loss to the underdog … Continue reading

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2010: Lakers versus Celtics (Los Angeles Repeats Again)

Background Coming off their 2009 NBA championship, the Lakers were determined to defend their title in 2010 and acquired former Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest to start at small forward. The team raced out to a conference-best 57 … Continue reading

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2008: Celtics versus Lakers Round Four (The Rivalry Rekindled)

Background Despite reaching the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics struggled to rebuild in the mid-2000s and finished with only 24 wins in 2007. Boston made huge splashes the following off-season when they traded for 2004 NBA MVP Kevin Garnett … Continue reading

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1987: Lakers versus Celtics Round Three (Larry’s Last Finals)

Background 1986 was only the second time during the decade that the Los Angeles Lakers would miss the NBA Finals. In 1987, the Lakers made a resurgence in the regular season after trading for former number one overall pick Mychal … Continue reading

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1986: Celtics versus Rockets Round Two (The Twin Towers)

Background In 1986, the Celtics looked to retool their bench, a major weakness in the 1985 NBA Finals against the Lakers. They traded aging forward Cedric Maxwell to the Los Angeles Clippers for former MVP Bill Walton and traded backup … Continue reading

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