Tag Archives: Paul Silas

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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1978: Bullets versus SuperSonics (Wes Wins his Ring)

Background Despite reaching the NBA Finals in 1971 and 1975, the Bullets failed to win a single game in the championship series as they were swept both times. Midway through the 1977 season, Washington traded for Tom Henderson to replace … Continue reading

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1979: SuperSonics versus Bullets (Seattle’s Sweet Redemption)

Background After losing a tough seven game series in the 1978 NBA Finals, the SuperSonics returned the following season with the roster largely intact (aside from the departure of center Marvin Webster) and acquired Lonnie Shelton to start at power … Continue reading

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