Ruh Roh: C's Lose Game at Home

Uh Oh: C's Lose Game at Home


As Paul Pierce walked off the court last night at TD Banknorth Garden feeling different than he has been accustomed to at home in the playoffs, he said loudly, so his teammates could hear, "Don't worry about it. There's a lot more basketball to play."

To ensure that, the Celtics must win on the road now


Garnett, C's Throttle Pistons

Garnett, C's Throttle Pistons


No NBA team, the Celtics included, was stingier defensively in the regular season than the Pistons. Even so, Kevin Garnett found a recipe for success against Detroit that worked back then and has worked so far in the postseason, too





Only in Boston could they chant for a player who submitted a 1-for-5 shooting display from the field.

But everyone recognized the intangibles Eddie House brought to yesterday's game. The veteran guard provided the Celtics with a steady hand, one they leaned on down the stretch in a 97-92 win over the Cavaliers in the deciding game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.


PJ Brown, Baby!

PJ Brown, Baby!


In February, when the Celtics coaxed P.J. Brown out of domestic life in Louisiana, where he was being a dutiful dad, shuttling his kids to school and sporting events and helping them with homework, they knew he'd provide rebounding, defense, leadership, and veteran savvy. But hitting crucial crunch-time shots in the playoffs? That's wasn't part of the deal - until yesterday.


Pierce, Ghost of Red Prevail

Pierce, Ghost of Red Prevail


Coach Doc Rivers and his Celtics envisioned an Eastern Conference finals showdown against the longtime NBA power Pistons. What the Celtics couldn't have predicted is the long and tough road to make that happen


Cavs Force Game 7

Cavs Force Game 7


CLEVELAND - It's do-or-die deja vu for the Celtics. To a point. This situation is even more dire.

The Celtics will be playing another Game 7. And it will be on a Sunday again. But instead of facing the lowly Hawks, the Celtics will be confronted with LeBron James and the defending Eastern champion Cavaliers, with the winner going to the conference finals


Celtics lock down Cavs, Go Up 3-2

Celtics lock down Cavs, Go Up 3-2


Paul Pierce might have best described the Celtics' second-round playoff series against the Cavaliers by saying it was like a roller coaster.


Cavs even series

Cavs even series


CLEVELAND - The Celtics have talked time and time again about how valuable home-court advantage is to them. Considering how they haven't been able to win on the road in the postseason, it's easy to understand that now.


Cavaliers treat their fans to lopsided win

Cavaliers treat their fans to lopsided win


CLEVELAND - At some point between the end of the regular season and a trip to Atlanta, the Celtics went from being road warriors to road kill

The Celtics, who trailed by as many as 26 points, fell to 0-4 on the road in the postseason after being routed, 108-84, by the Cavaliers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series last night at Quicken Loans Arena. The 24-point loss was Boston's largest of the season


C's Suffocate James in Game 2

C's Suffocate James in Game 2


The stingy Celtics forced LeBron James and the Cavaliers into having a miserable four-day Boston trip. And if everything goes the Celtics' way on the road this time, the Cavaliers won't have any reason to come back to Beantown any time soon


C's Grind Out Game 1 W

C's Grind Out Game 1 W


It was more of a question than a statement

"Ray Allen had zero points?" said Celtics rookie forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis, talking to no one in particular, after the Celtics eked out a 76-72 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at TD Banknorth Garden last night. "Ray Allen had zero points and we win? I thought I'd never see that. That's weird."


C's Finally Close it Out

C's Finally Close it Out


Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins didn't sleep at all the night before the big game. Ray Allen sent text messages at midnight to several teammates, giving encouragement and mentioning the greatness of their season. And thanks to a pill, coach Doc Rivers was able to sleep like a baby instead of stress over his Celtics' upcoming Game 7.


Well, This is Getting Ridiculous

Well, This is Getting Ridiculous


ATLANTA - The Celtics worked hard to earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. But who would have thought that insurance policy would be needed in the first round?
Last night, the Atlanta Hawks forced a deciding seventh game by defeating the Celtics, 103-100, at Philips Arena. The winner of tomorrow's Game 7 back in Boston will face Cleveland in the second round. The Cavaliers advanced by eliminating Washington last night, 4-2.


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home


It's been said time and again that defense wins championships. Forget championships right now. The Celtics need their defense just to get out of the first round of the playoffs

While the Celtics are known for having Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, playing tough defense was a big reason they earned a league-high 66 wins during the regular season. After consecutive playoff losses in Atlanta, the Celtics relied on their defense to get back on track in a 110-85 Game 5 victory over the Hawks last night at TD Banknorth Garden

Pierce says he does not condone gang violence.


Houston, er, Atlanta, We Have Ourselves a Series


ATLANTA - The Celtics arrived in Atlanta a few days ago believing they would wrap things up here in this first-round series, one step taken toward their dreams of a 17th NBA title. In a stunning turn of events, however, they leave here itching for the comfortable confines of Beantown, in a situation where they could become part of nightmarish history


Hawks Win?


ATLANTA - You kept expecting the big surge, the push that reestablished which was the team that won 66 games in the regular season and which was the one that won 37. It never came.

Before this series started, you could conceive of the Hawks taking a game, particularly here, particularly if someone like Joe Johnson (23 points) or Josh Smith (27) went off, which both happened to do last night in the Hawks' 102-93 victory. (Mike Bibby also reemerged from witness protection and Al Horford was a certifiable beast.)


C's Crush Hawks Again


There wasn't much for Hawks guard Mike Bibby to say after this one.

The top-seeded Celtics routed the Atlanta Hawks, 96-77, in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series last night at a sold-out TD Banknorth Garden.


Garnett Adds to Trophy Collection

Garnett Adds to Trophy Collection


WALTHAM - From the time the Celtics were founded in 1946 until this season began, every major NBA award but one had been won, at one time or another, by a member of the organization.

Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, and Larry Bird all have been named MVP. There have been Coaches of the Year, Rookies of the Year, and Sixth Men of the Year.


C's Breeze to Game 1 W


C's Breeze to Game 1 W

While this series is far from over, the Celtics made a statement to the Hawks and the rest of the NBA in their playoff opener last night.


Hawks Talking a Good Game


Hawks Talking a Good Game

The Hawks began their first-round playoff series against the Celtics with their mouths.

The Celtics earned the NBA's best regular-season record at 66-16 and are the top seed in the Eastern Conference. No team in the postseason has a worse record than Atlanta (37-45) and it went winless in three contests against Boston. Despite those statistics, the Hawks plan to "shock the world" like eighth-seeded Golden State did by knocking off Dallas in the first round last season.


The 2007-08 Boston Celtics: From Hope to Expectation


The 2007-08 Boston Celtics: From Hope to Expectation

For each fan, it was an individual epiphany.


Heinsohn Weighs In


Heinsohn Weighs In

Tommy Heinsohn has seen the glory. And the gory.

A Celtic in one form or another since 1956, he is once again aglow as his team heads into the playoffs.

``This is a team,'' said Heinsohn, adding proper emphasis to that last word. ``The other teams in the league are a combination of players. This is a team.


Oh, What a Turnaround


Oh, What a Turnaround

They lost 56 games in the regular season, and when it was over, they just kept losing. They lost a chance at Greg Oden and lost out on Kevin Durant, and then they lost all hope. Remember it? The end of the 2006-07 season felt like the end of an era for the Boston Celtics, a team that literally could not win for losing.


It's a Wrap: C's Finish Season 66-16


It's a Wrap: C's Finish Season 66-16

Paul Pierce had something positive to talk about with the Celtics fans this time.

The Celtics won 24 games and had their eyes on the draft lottery last season. But with the addition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the offseason, among others, Boston went from laughingstock to the NBA's best record in one year.


Garnett Wins Auerbach Award


Garnett Wins Auerbach Award

Kevin Garnett met Red Auerbach early in his career, with Kevin McHale facilitating the introduction. ``I don't think (Auerbach) was too thrilled to be meeting an opposing player,'' Garnett said last night after becoming the third recipient of the award that bears the late Celtics patriarch's name. ``But it was like when I met Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell of course, and Mr. (Bob) Cousy. It was an honor. I will take those meetings to my grave with me. ``Red solidifies basketball history with all the prestige. It's huge. Obviously the award hasn't been out that long, but it solidifies the excellence of the team as a whole, the history of basketball in general.''


Rondo Goes for 16, 10, and 5 in 23 Minutes


How do you Spell Championship? R-O-N-D-O

Sam Cassell was asked what it would mean to the Celtics in the postseason if he and fellow point guard Rajon Rondo played consistently as well as they did in last night's 102-86 victory over Milwaukee. His reply? "Championship."


C's Bench Holds On for W


C's Bench Holds On for W

MILWAUKEE - With the playoffs in mind, Doc Rivers tested his bench players down the stretch last night.

It was tough, and they needed extra time, but they passed.


Garnett is League's MVD


Garnett is League's MVD

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The deadline for media voting on NBA awards is April 17, and those banking on a second MVP honor for the Celtics' Kevin Garnett will likely be disappointed.


Celtics Land DJ

June 28, 1983


Is Dennis Johnson the antidote to the 76ers' Boston Strangler? Is that why the Celtics reached out for him yesterday, obtaining the 6-3 guard from Phoenix for backup center Rick Robey?

And is it safe to invite Red Auerbach and John Sandquist to the same party? Or even the same press conference?


KC Jones Gets Nod Over Heinsohn to Succeed Fitch

June 1983


Boston assistant coach K. C. Jones, who played on eight Celtics championship teams, fulfilled a dream yesterday, when he was named head coach of the National Basketball Association team.

Jones succeeds Bill Fitch, who resigned May 27 after four years in the job. Fitch, whose Celtics teams had a 242-86 record, had cited team owner Harry Mangurian's plans to sell the club as a key reason for stepping down.


McHale may Sign with Knicks

June 27, 1983


The New York Knicks are on the verge of signing free-agent forward Kevin McHale to a five-year, $7 million offer sheet, it was reported yesterday.


Heinsohn to Replace Fitch?

May 31, 1983

Section: SPORTS


Former Boston Celtics coach Tommy Heinsohn said he is so interested in rejoining the team he will lower his salary demands, which were so high negotiations failed with another NBA franchise.

Heinsohn has said he has no hard feelings from his 1978 firing and sees no reason why the Celtics would not want him back.

''I'm willing to take less money to coach them than I would want for doing the same thing anywhere else,'' Heinsohn said. ''I don't think salary would be an issue or stumbling block the way it was in my negotiations with the (Houston) Rockets.''

Celtics coach Bill Fitch's resignation Friday capped a week of announcements that shook the team. Owner Harry Mangurian said he was selling the team because he could not resolve differences with Boston Garden management. Celtics president and general manager Red Auerbach said he was reconsidering retirement. Fitch cited his departure on the possibility of both Mangurian and Auerbach leaving Boston.


Bird may Bolt Boston

May 28, 1983

Bird May Leave Boston

Harry Mangurian is going, Bill Fitch is gone, and Larry Bird might not be too far behind.


Fitch Quits

May 27, 1983


Bill Fitch shocked the city's basketball community this afternoon by quitting as coach of the Celtics. The announcement by Fitch, who led the team to three divisional titles and a World Championship in his four years as coach, added to the upheaval in the Celtics' front office.


Heinsohn May Coach Rockets

May 19, 1983


Chuck Daly, John Bach and Tom Nissalke got NBA coaching contracts Tuesday. Can Tom Heinsohn be far behind?

Heinsohn, former coach of the Boston Celtics, is said to be the leading candidate to fill the Houston Rockets' coaching vacancy. Rockets' spokesman Jim Foley said that no announcement of a contract is imminent, but Heinsohn said he was optimistic about the prospects in Houston.


Celtics are a Mess


Only the most myopic Celtics follower could not see it coming.

The Celtics were fated to lose this season; the only question was when.


Rough Days Ahead for Men in Green

May 8, 1983

Rough Days Ahead for C's

The complexions of the Boston Celtics matched their famed kelly-green uniforms after they had been swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA playoffs. "Embarrassing" and "sickening," Larry Bird said of the disastrous end to a disappointing season by lofty Celtic standards.


Nellie Fined for Calling Ainge Cheap Shot Artist

May 5, 1983

The National Basketball Assn. has fined Milwaukee Bucks coach Don Nelson $1000 for comments he made about Danny Ainge of the Celtics.

Nelson was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal as referring to Ainge as a "cheap-shot artist" and expressing concern that Ainge's playing tactics could result in injury to his players.

The Bucks said yesterday that the NBA had called the comments about Ainge inappropriate and detrimental to the best interests of the game. Nelson will appeal the decision.


Where Did Celtics Go Wrong?

May 4, 1983


It is a city that's been weaned on disappointment.

It suffered Bucky Dent's shot over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in the memorable 1978 American League East playoff game with New York.


Celtics Drawn and Quartered

April 30, 1983


This one made you want to cry 96 tears. The Celtics weren't lacking nobility, just ability.

This time, the sad Celtics had no reasons to hang their heads. On a night when they led for 45 of 48 minutes and held a whopping 17-point second-half margin, they went into a freeze-frame fourth-quarter offense which produced nine (count em, nine) points and a 95-91 Game 2 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Garden.


Bucks Beat Boston Yet Again

April 30, 1983

Buck victory puts Celtics on the horns of dilemma

Boston MA

Boston MA -- BOSTON (UPI) - Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson and Junior Bridgeman combined for 56 points as Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the fourth quarter to overcome a 17-point disadvantage and defeat the Celtics 95-91 last night at Boston for a 2-0 lead in their National Basketball Association playoff series.

KC Jones: Bird is Best Celtic Ever

March 31, 1983

Larry Drops 53 in W

He is the keeper of the flame. He is continuity with the past, excellence of the present and hope for the future. He is the torch-carrying inspiration on this team loaded with talent and question marks.


Celtics a Sinking Ship?

March 30, 1983

Fitch Presiding Over Sinking Ship?

Bill Fitch is starting to sound like Ralph Houk. The worse the Celtics play, the calmer he gets.


Minus Moncrief, Bridgeman, & Cowens, Bucks Prevail

March 23, 1983


For those who forgot why winning the Atlantic Division was so important, we present the Milwaukee Bucks.

In each of the last three springs, the second-place Sixers have assumed the exhaustive task of beating the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. This year, it'll be Boston's turn (assuming the Celtics survive a mini-series), and last night's 116-108 loss to the Bucks was a scary reminder of the rough road to Philadelphia.


Celtics Stuck in Slide

March 18, 1983


Bill Fitch, the troubled Celtics coach, took the witness stand yesterday. He displayed patience while testifying about the recent woes of his stumbling team. A transcript of his remarks revealed the following:


Bird Takes Control



There are certain things a team can try to do to stop Larry Bird. Tonight, nothing the Nets tried worked. After sitting out the first six minutes of the final period, Bird scored 13 of Boston's next 19 points and finished with 30 as the Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets, 121-114, at the Civic Center.


C's Down Mighty Sixers

March 5, 1983


You don't need to be a genius to know that the 76ers need Bobby Jones and Julius Erving on the court when the team hits the Crunch in Boston Garden.


Bird Saves C's as Time Expires

February 27, 1983



Larry Bird's buzzer-beating 25-foot jumper gave the Celtics a stunning 103-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns last night.


Bill Walton (22 points, 5 blocks) Leads Clippers Over Celtics

February 25, 1983

Bill Walton (22 points, 5 blocks) Leads Clippers Over Celtics

By the time they get to Phoenix, the Celtics are going to wish they'd never invaded the territorial limits of the Pacific Division.


Bird (32, 17, 9) Leads Celts Past Lakers and Magic (20, 13, 10)

February 24, 1983


For 48 minutes they made everyone forget about strike threats, losing streaks, West Coast weariness and other assorted discord and disappointment. On this night, near the City of Angels, the Celtics sucked in their guts and reminded you why you care.

Playing like the hungry Celtics of yesteryear (circa 1979-82) the Celtics bounced the World Champion Lakers, 113-104, last night. Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Stephen Stills and other hardcore Laker fans came to see their world champs bury Boston, but filed out of the Fabulous Forum crying in their Perrier and mumbling about guys in green named Larry Bird, Cedric Maxwell (30 points) and Robert Parish.

You're going to be hearing a lot about the game Bird played. He scored 32 points, made 13 of 23 shots (including a couple of killer three-pointers in the third quarter), gathered a game-high 17 rebounds and served 9 assists for dessert.

"You can use any superlative you want," admitted Laker coach Pat Riley, "but I would have to say tonight he was pretty damn good."

Since the fabricated Magic Johnson vs. Bird duel is always paramount out here, Bird's performance will undoubtedly result in his sneakers being immediately cast in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. But let the record show that Maxwell played his best game of the year (30 points, 8 assists).

It was Maxwell who kept the Celts glued together (12 in the first quarter) before Bird took over, and again in the final moments. Meanwhile, Parish (16 points, 11 rebounds) chipped in with a couple of crucial baskets, blocked two of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's shots and held the big fella to a pitiful three rebounds.

It was fitting and typical that the Boston veterans would take over a game in which the Celtics were favored to lose their third straight for only the second time in four years.

The Celtics led by one after one, it was tied at intermission and after a third quarter which featured seven lead changes, Boston was ahead, 90-87.

The final period, like the rest of this game, was nothing less than magnificent. While rookie James Worthy (20 points, 11 rebounds) conjured memories of the job he did on Georgetown last spring, Magic Johnson (20 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) kept the Lakers running.

Meanwhile, the Celtics weren't shooting particularly well, but they were coming up with loose balls . . . just like in the good old days.

The Celtics led by three (99-96) with six minutes left, but with Parish and Bird, who played 46 minutes, resting on the pine, LA ripped off six in a row and took a 102-99 lead on Jabbar's follow-up slam with 4:10 left. Bill Fitch called time and put Bird and Parish back on the floor. Boston outscored LA, 14-2, the rest of the way.

Gerald Henderson started it, scoring off a drive to cut it to 102-101. A minute later, Maxwell fed Parish for a stuff which put the Celtics up, 103-102, with 2:22 left. After Parish rebounded a Michael Cooper miss, the Chief hit a foul-line jumper to make it 105-102 with 1:52 showing. LA called time.

Jamaal Wilkes scored underneath (LA's only points in the final 4:10), but Bird answered from the top of the key. Coming up with more key plays, Maxwell rebounded an errant lob pass by Magic Johnson, then scored underneath to put the Celtics ahead, 109-104 with 45 seconds left. LA called time again. When play resumed, Abdul-Jabbar was called for charging into M. L. Carr and everybody knew it was over.

It was also a big loss for the Lakers, who are now condemned to finish the regular season with an 0-4 record vs. Boston and Philadelphia.

Follow by Email