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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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