11.18.2018

Auerbach Weighs in on the 1982-83 Celtics

January 29, 1983

Auerbach Weighs in on the 1982-83 Celtics

Celtic genius, soothsayer and general manager Red Auerbach doesn't understand some the criticism his club has been taking.

"You win 11 of 13 and guys are taking pot shots at you," said Auerbach. "I can't understand it. The fact that Philly is ahead of us is a compliment to what they're doing."

On Celtics depth: "My philosophy as a coach always was that you get the 12 best players you can get. The name of the game is to win. It's unfortunate that some guys are going to be unhappy and grumbling and mumbling, but you can't help that."

Weighing in 14 pounds lighter than last time we saw him, Rick Robey worked out at the Garden late yesterday afternoon. Back spasms have caused Robey to miss eight of the last nine games, but he plans to practice today and dress for tomorrow afternoon's Laker game (Ch. 7, 1 o'clock). He also plans to drop eight or nine more pounds and get down to 238.

"The Doctor said that the less I weigh, the better it is for my back," Robey said. "I haven't been eating and I feel better than I've felt in a long time."

Cedric Maxwell (flu) returned last night, scoring two points and grabbing six rebounds in 16 minutes . . . L. Carr tried waving Gerald Henderson off the court when Henderson was sent in for Carr with 29 seconds left. Fitch won out and Henderson replaced Carr.

11.17.2018

C's Burn Suns

January 29, 1983

CELTICS TURN ON HEAT, BURN SUNS, 111-104

This was no mere tuneup for tomorrow's Armegeddon match with the Lakers. It took 29 points from Robert Parish and the return to form of Tiny Archibald to push the Celtics to a 111-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns last night.

11.16.2018

Celts Dump Cavs, Despite 31 from World B. Free

January 24, 1983

IT WAS NO ROMP, BUT CELTICS WIN

The truth is, the Celtics were just happy to win when the final buzzer sounded yesterday at Boston Garden. The Cleveland Cavaliers made things surprisingly interesting, and March 20 is soon enough for a rematch as far as Boston is concerned.

11.15.2018

Bird Lead Furious Forth Quarter Comeback

January 19, 1983

BIRD LEADS COMEBACK; CELTICS WIN, 130-126

It was by far the largest home crowd of the season (11,889) at Market Square Arena, and they didn't show up because it was Shell Auto Care/Wrist Band Night. From all corners of the Hoosier State they came to see Larry Bird.

11.14.2018

Celts Aquire Wedman

January 15, 1983

CELTICS OBTAIN CAVS' WEDMAN FOR QUICK TILLIS

The Boston Celtics bolstered their already imposing frontcourt last night by acquiring Scott Wedman from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the team's No. 1 draft choice in 1983, rookie Darren Tillis and cash.

Wedman, 30, averaged 18.1 points and 5.9 rebounds a game for the Cavs and joins Cedric Maxwell, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale in the Boston forecourt. McHale is eligible for free agency after this season and has yet to come to an agreement with the team.

In his first eight seasons, all but one at Kansas City, Wedman averaged a solid 16 points a game, twice averaging an even 19 with the Kings.

Tillis, who played his college ball at Cleveland State and was a surprise No. 1 pick by Boston last June, played in only 15 games for the Celtics, averaging 2.9 minutes per game. Tillis made 7-of-23 field goal attempts and 2-of-6 free throws while grabbing nine rebounds.

11.13.2018

C's Versatility Draws Raves

January 10, 1983

CELTICS' VERSATILITY DRAWS RAVES

The last leg of the 13-day journey began with a wakeup call at 4:30 a.m. But few of the Celtics were complaining and some stayed up all night in anticipation of an early-morning flight.

11.12.2018

Celts Close Road 5-1 Road Trip with W (Parish 19 at half)

January 9, 1983

SOME LATE D IN BIG D SAVES CELTICS, 114-100

It somehow seemed that if it came down to a pressure finish, the Celtics knew they would win. The Dallas Mavericks may indeed be a future contender, but last night they crumbled down the stretch as if they had read a script and studied the parts.

11.11.2018

Ainge Shines Bright Back Home

January 3, 1983

HAPPY AINGE SHOWS HIS STUFF

A year ago, he made a token appearance before the fans who watched him as a college star at Brigham Young. Those days are behind Danny Ainge now, and he is enjoying his status as a starter for the Celtics.

11.09.2018

Ainge Larger than Life in Utah

January 1, 1983

THE OLD AINGE COMES BACK TO UTAH

Danny Ainge is big in Utah. His face is on billboards and you can't spin a television dial without seeing Ainge promoting milk. With Brigham Young's 1982-83 hoop team struggling through hard times, the memory of Ainge's fullcourt drive against Notre Dame still warms the hearts of fans from Salt Lake City to Provo.

11.08.2018

Celts Pummel Spurs (80-56 with 3:23 to go in first half)

December 31, 1982

CELTICS DOWN SPURS 145-132 VICTORY

Enough," they said. Losers in four of their last six games, subjected to an unusual amount of second-guessing and controversy, the Celtics came out roaring last night and blasted their way to a season-high point total and a 145-132 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

11.07.2018

Kings Down Slumping Celts

December 29, 1982

KINGS DOWN SLUMPING CELTICS, 129-124

On a night when officials Bob Rakel and Hugh Evans put on a performance that would have embarrassed Ray Charles and Jose Feliciano, the Celtics were beaten by the Kansas City Kings, 129-124.

11.06.2018

Rookie Ainge Making Impact

December 23, 1982

ROOKIE AINGE KEEPS HEAT ON

Danny Ainge continues to improve and impress. Last night, Boston's second- semester freshman scored 21 points (9 for 13 from the floor) in just 21 minutes.

In his last five games he has averaged 15.8 points and four assists, hit 61 percent of his shots (36-59), led the team in scoring for the first time in his career (with 17 Tuesday night in Philadelphia) and established his single- game career high (21 last night).

11.05.2018

Celts-Sixers Ready for Rematch

December 21, 1982

CELTICS IN TROUBLE - LET US COUNT THE WAYS

PHILADELPHIA

Take the Charles over the Schuylkill, Rocky Marciano over Rocky Balboa, James Michael Curley over Frank Rizzo and Fanueil Hall over Independence Hall. Just don't take the Celtics over the Sixers. Not tonight.

11.04.2018

C's Post W in Pontiac

December 16, 1982

CELTICS TIP PISTONS

Life without Chief isn't easy, especially when you go up against this team of greyhound guards and rocket-man forwards.

Playing their first full game of the year without Robert Parish, the Celtics clawed to a 108-104 victory over the talented and gutty Detroit Pistons in front of 12,147 in the suburban tundra of Pontiac Michigan least night.

11.03.2018

Bird (36, 19, 6, 3) Superb . . . Again

December 13, 1982

Bird Superb Again

Most of the centers were missing. Robert Parish was on the bench with a throbbing left ankle. Rick Robey was next to Parish with back spasms and foul trouble. Eric Fernsten was in Winchester reading the Wall Street Journel.

11.02.2018

Moses, Mo Lead Sixers Past Celtics

December 22, 1982

76ERS SMOKE OUT CELTICS, 122-105

This isn't exactly what everybody had in mind when the Celtics acquired Quinn Buckner in the offseason and dreamed up the slogan "Let's Get It Back."

It's been a tough six days for the Green team. First there was the Empire State Embarrassment (Knicks 113, Celtics 105), then came the Detroit Demolition (Pistons 131, Celtics 114), and last night we witnessed the Spectrum Smokeout (76ers 122, Celtics 105). That's three Boston losses in four games, accompanied by the usual elements of a slump - bad defense, poor rebounding and dubious shot selection.

11.01.2018

Celtics Outrebound Moses, Philly, 64-33, in W

December 11, 1982

Celtics Outrebound Moses, Philly, 64-33, in W

Rule No. 1 seems to be: Don't draw any conclusions, particularly in December.

The Philadelphia 76ers were skywalking when they got to Boston yesterday. They had the best record in pro basketball, plus a pair of impressive victories in the last week - they beat the Lakers in LA, 114-104, Sunday and thrashed the Atlanta Hawks by 47 Wednesday.

Last night, nothing worked. The Sixers were annihilated off the glass, and (64-33) and never got closer than 14 points in the second half. They had 27 offensive rebounds against the mighty Lakers last week, but could manage only eight to Boston's 26 last night. Moses Malone, who made his NBA bones on the offensive boards, had two.

Philadelphia's rookies were totally shut off. Marc Iavaroni (who thinks Virginia will win by four tonight) went scoreless in 15 minutes and Russ Schoene was blanked in 14 minutes.

Folks here will recall that it took the Sixers two overtimes and 56 minutes from Malone to beat Boston in the Spectrum last month, but Celtic fans should know by now that a landslide over Philly means nothing. In case you've forgotten, Boston beat the Sixers by 40 in the opening game of last year's Eastern final and everyone remembers how that series wound up.

This rivalry sure has nice balance, though. Since Larry Bird arrived here three years ago, the Sixers and Celtics have met 39 times in regular and postseason play. The Sixers lead the series, 20-19.

10.31.2018

Will Moses Make Larry Eat his Words?

December 10, 1982

Will Moses Make Larry Eat his Words?

The subject doesn't come up much anymore. But it might tonight with Moses Malone in town with the Philadelphia 76ers. Larry Bird may have to eat some words he said about the man who is now the NBA's premier center.

10.30.2018

Celtics Beat Wedman, Bagley, and the Cavs

December 9, 1982

CELTICS MAKE DO, 113-93

Don't ever accuse the Celtics of not giving a club such as the Cleveland Cavaliers a fair shake. Last night at the Garden, Boston went out and won what may have been the first handicap game in NBA history.

10.29.2018

Bird Drops 30 & 16 as C's Pound Pistons

December 5, 1982

CELTICS MOTOR PAST PISTONS BIRD HITS OVERDRIVE (30 POINTS, 16 REBOUNDS) IN 119-112 WIN

The implusive element of the Celtic bandwagon was undoubtedly getting ready to overreact. A loss in Detroit last night would have been Boston's third in four games, and we'd surely hear demands to replace Bill Fitch, send Quinn Buckner back to Milwaukee and trade Danny Ainge to the Toronto Blue Jays.

10.28.2018

Minus Cowens and Lanier, Bucks Beat Boston

December 4, 1982

BUCKS BOUNCE CELTICS

Somebody forgot to tell the Milwaukee Bucks that they didn't have a chance. Without input from the large, talented and injured duo of Robert Lanier and David Cowens, the Bucks beat their Boston cousins, 115-112, in an imitation playoff game at the Mecca last night.

10.27.2018

Bird Posts 31, 15, 5, and 2 in 31 Minutes

December 2, 1982

BIRD LIFTS CELTICS, 122-97

As the Celtics' season rolls along, you begin to understand the strong feelings they have about a loss, any loss. Right now, it seems almost unnatural to them.

10.26.2018

Pistons Throttle Celts

 December 1, 1982

PISTONS THROTTLE CELTICS

The best way to describe what happened to the Celtics' eight- game winning streak is to conduct a little multiple-choice exam. The Celtics were a) fatheaded, b) humiliated, c) pitiful, d) all of the above.

10.24.2018

McHale already Top-10 Player

11/30/82

McHale Already One of the NBA's Best

He looks as if he's always wearing a coat hanger inside his warmup jacket. He plays R.P. McMurphy to Bill Fitch's Nurse Ratched. He's not a member of the Celtics starting lineup, but gets more minutes than all but three of his teammates. And with the possible exception of a Charles Bradley two-handed tomahawk or a Larry Bird blindside pass, his shot blocking stirs the nightly 15,320 like nothing else.

10.23.2018

Player of the Week? Larry Bird

November 30, 1982

NBA PLAYER OF THE WEEK? THE NAME'S BIRD

On many nights, the skills of Larry Bird are taken for granted. But that was not the case yesterday when he was named Player of the Week.

10.22.2018

C's Batter Cowenless Bucks

November 29, 1982

BIRD, CELTICS BATTER BUCKS FOR 8TH STRAIGHT

It was impressive.

The Celtics closed out a holiday weekend and opened a five-games-in-seven- da ys set with a mighty 124-109 thrashing of the venerable Milwaukee Bucks last night.

10.21.2018

C's Run Amok, Win 137-103

November 27, 1982

CELTICS RUN AMOK, 137-103

All the bad things you've heard about the NBA came to the Garden last night. Individually, they are one-on-one play, sloppy defense, disparity, missing persons and mismanagement. Collectively, they are the Utah Jazz, a study in discord.

10.19.2018

Jack Ramsay Says '83 C's Better than Moses, Philly

November 25, 1982

Jack Ramsay Says '83 C's Better than Moses, Philly

Portland coach Jack Ramsay doesn't straddle the fence when asked to compare the superpowers in the NBA East. "I think the Celtics have the best team in the East, despite Moses Malone," says Ramsay. "Philly has a very good team, but I think the Celtics are a great team, maybe the best overall in the league. Boston just has more depth."

Ramsay said his Blazers were able to slow down Philadelphia's running game in Tuesday's 106-103 upset of the Sixers. Dave Twardzik, a member of Portland's 1977 championship team, now a commentator for the Blazers' radio network, said: "The Sixers looked like they were waiting to turn it on and never could."

The Blazers saw their four-game winning streak snapped last night, but have won seven of nine. They play in Detroit tomorrow night and in Washington Saturday. Portland's win over Philly is its only victory against a team with a winning record.

10.18.2018

C's Make it Six Straight

November 25, 1982

Bird, Cornbread and the Chief power Celtics to win over Blazers

(CP) Larry Bird scored 22 points, Cedric Maxwell had 21 and Robert Parish 17 last night to lead Boston Celtics to a 104-95 National Basketball League decision over Portland Trail Blazers at Boston.

10.17.2018

Big Three Drop 63 in W

November 21, 1982

CELTICS SET BACK KNICKS, 97-83

The Knicks held the Boston Celtics without a basket for 8 minutes 21 seconds in the final period last night at Madison Square Garden. But the best New York could do during that time was cut a 12-point deficit to 7, and the Knicks lost, 97-83.

10.16.2018

C's Stop Spurs

November 20, 1982

CELTICS STOP SPURS

They still tell the story around the Garden about Al McGuire. One night, while playing for the Knicks, McGuire came off the bench, held Bob Cousy to a single bucket and started screaming in the locker room afterward, "I own Cousy."

10.15.2018

Bird, Ainge Lead Way

11/18/82

Bird, Ainge Lead Way

The kindest thing the schedulemaker has done lately was to limit the Houston Rockets to one visit to Boston this season. One visit, one night of sheer embarrassment at the Garden, where as recently as 1981 they played the Celtics for the NBA title.

10.14.2018

Celtics Return Favor, Defeat Cowens and Bucks

November 15, 1982

Celtics Defeat Cowens, Bucks

It was a perfect time to cave in. Playing without Tiny Archibald, the Celtics had blown a 16-point lead and trailed by four with 7:25 remaining as 11,052 Brewtown loyalists roared with the kind of cheer that made Milwaukee famous.

10.13.2018

C's Fend Off Mavs

November 13, 1982

CELTICS FEND OFF MAVS, 118-110

If the Celtics haven't gotten the message by now, they'll never get it. There isn't any team in the NBA that is going to let them talk their way to a championship, and that includes the Dallas Mavericks.

Cowens Carries Bucks Past Celtics

11/11/82

Cowens Carries Bucks to Victory over Celtics

Rita Kissane was wearing two different shades of green. The green on the lucky shoelace around her neck was the familiar Kelly green, a line of little Boston Celtics shamrocks. The green sweater she wore, however, was a much darker green. A different green.

A Milwaukee Bucks green.

10.12.2018

Bird's 38 Leads Celtics

November 8, 1982

CELTICS, BIRD (38 POINTS) HOLD OFF NETS, 102-100

Celtic losing streaks are supposed to be stop at one, and as long as Boston has a blond-haired, lunchpail superstar who can play hard against everybody, it'll be tough for this Boston basketball entry to lose more than one in a row.

After facing Washington's Beef Brothers Friday night, then enduring an epic two-overtime loss in the Spectrum Saturday, the Celtics completed their three-day, 154-minute jamboree through the NBA's Atlantic Division with a 102-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets in the Meadowlands last night.

While everyone else was looking alternately tired and disinterested, Bird took charge with a 14-point second quarter and a 15-point third period en route to a whopping 38-point effort. Including a 3-point shot and a dazzling, running lefthanded banker from eight feet out, Mr. Work Ethic hit 15 of 20 from the floor, and seven of eight from the line.

"I was just shooting the ball well," summed Bird. "I just had a feeling it was going in every time I sot it. And when you get it going, you got to keep it going."

Bird's marksmenship almost went to waste when the Nets came back with a hail of 3-point baskets in the final minute. Believe it or not, it was 98-91 with 58 seconds left and some of the 15,550 were already counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike. The early exit brigade missed a fun finish.

Darwin Cook (20 points in 25 minutes) started things with a 3-pointer to make it 98-94 with 50 seconds showing. After Robert Parish and Quinn Buckner each hit a free throw (the Celtics aided Jersey's comeback by missing four of eight from the line in the final minute) heroic Albert King hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 100-97. Buckner was fouled, made one of two again and with 10 seconds left, Cook hit another 3-point shot to make it 101-100. Bird was fouled, hit one of two and with 4 seconds left, Net coach Larry Brown was designing a play for a game-tying basket.

Bill Fitch inserted Gerry (strained hip muscle) Henderson, keeping Henderson's ironman streak alive (193 games) and giving the Celtics a third guard. It turned out to be more than a sentimental gesture. Darryl Dawkins took the inbounds pass and tried to get the ball to rookie Sleepy Floyd. Henderson intervened, swatting the pass away as the clock struck 0:00.

"I had a quality four seconds," laughed Henderson. "I was determined not to let my guy get the ball. I was able to deny Sleepy Floyd the pass and deflect it away."

The Celtics were happy to get out with a victory on a night when they were outrebounded, 48-31. If not for Jersey's 29 turnovers or the Nets pitiful foul shooting (13-27, .481) Boston would have dropped two of three in the weekend wars.

"New Jersey has a talented team," said Fitch. "We have a lot of respect for them. I would like to have pulled away, but they wouldn't let us."

In the first half, the Nets outrebounded the Celtics, 29-15, and led the Celtics for all but 53 seconds. "We knew what was getting us beat in the fist half," said Bird, who also led the Celtics with 12 rebounds and dished off six assists for good measure.

Bird opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give Boston a 56-55 lead. The Celtics never trailed again. The lead got as high as 14 (87-73), but with Bird on the bench for most of the fourth period, King (career-high 29) Cook, and Buck Williams (17 rebounds) were able to bring the Nets back.

Taking two of three over the weekend, the Celtics are off to a 5-1 start and can go easy for a few days before entertaining the Bucks Wednesday night.

Sounding like a man with a brutal hangover, Fitch looked around his locker room and said: "It was a good experience to play three straight - once. It would have been more fun if we'd won three, of course, but do you know how physical this was? Friday we had Washington and (Jeff) Ruland and that bunch. Saturday it was Philadelphia and two overtimes and all the emotion. Then we come in here and get out socks knocked off by these young legs."

10.10.2018

Moses, Sixers Top Celtics in Double OT

November 7, 1982

Moses, Sixers Top Celtics in Double OT

There will be a steady diet of Spam - Cleveland in October, Indiana in November, Kansas City in December and Utah in January. But the prospect of five more Boston-Philly regular season matches and seven more in the Eastern Conference finals should be enough to satiate the competitive appetite of any pro basketball fan.

10.09.2018

C's Make it 4-0

November 6, 1982

C's Make it 4-0

Some nights the Celtics make it look so easy. Then there are the times when clubs like the Washington Bullets give them a strong reminder that nothing really does come that way in the NBA.

10.08.2018

Parish Drops 11 in First Quarter as C's Dump Pacers

November 4, 1982
SLOW GOING AS CELTICS TOP PACERS

At 7:35 p.m., the Celtics were projected as easy winners, based on entrance polling of the usual heavy turnout of 15,320 in Boston Garden last night.

Two hours and sixteen minutes later, with all precincts in, the Celtics had backed up the pollsters with a sloppy but predictable 111-104 home-opening victory over the what's left of the Indiana Pacers.

10.07.2018

Tiny Leads Way in 47-26 Closing Run

October 31, 1982

CELTICS WORK HARD FOR WIN OVER HAWKS

Make no mistake about it. They're going to have some fun down here before the season is through. Tree Rollins, George Johnson and Dan Roundfield are going to open a facial salon in the Omni mall, Dominique Wilkins is going to scrape his kneecaps on the backboards, and Ted Turner, as soon as he gets through trying to oust Bowie Kuhn, is going to be watching a lot of Atlanta Hawk blowout victories.

10.06.2018

C's Open Season #37 with a W

October 30, 1982

C's Open Season #37 with a W

The incentives had to come from within. There were no banners, no John Kiley on the organ, no 15,320 maniacal Celtic supporters.

10.05.2018

Fernsten Cut

10/29/82

October 29, 1982

Fernsten Cut

The last preseason practice was over and the last preseason shower had been taken. Eric Fernsten walked down the long corridor, and stopped outside the coach's office to get some extra schedules. A team publicist furnished the material and the Big E started back down the corridor. As Fernsten reached the exit, Bill Fitch poked his head into the hallway and said, "Eric, you got a minute?"

10.04.2018

Moses to Philly: Is the Season Over Already?

9/17/82

Moses to Philly: Is the Season Over Already?

Unbelievable. Moses Malone is a Philadelphia 76er. There is no hope for the hometown basketball team.

"No, wait a minute," I object. "There is a hope. There is a lot of hope. This isn't the greatest trade ever made. Wait a minute."

10.03.2018

Auerbach Considering Retirement

10/28/82

Auerbach Considering Retirement

The old master doesn't quite know how to put the finishing touch on his life's work, or even if this is the right time to step down.

10.02.2018

Cowens Dealt for Quinn Buckner

9/10/82

Cowens Dealt for Quinn Buckner

The long waited and much-discussed return to basketball of Dave Cowens, the 34-year-old former Celtics center, will become a reality as soon as the redhead and the Milwaukee Bucks agree on terms of a contract.

And when it becomes official, there's a bonus in it for the Celtics.

10.01.2018

C's Bench Impressive

November 1, 1982

C's Bench Impressive

Get used to it. Game night after game night we'll be listening to rival coaches talking about the Celtics' depth. Cleveland's Tom Nissalke moaned about it Friday, and Atlanta's Kevin Loughery drooled on Bill Fitch's lapels after Boston's monster mash comeback on Halloween Eve.

9.30.2018

Moses to Philly? No Biggie, Says Bob Ryan

9/5/82

Moses to Philly? No Biggie, Says Bob Ryan

Please don't panic. Moses Malone going to Philadelphia will not make the Sixers a 70-12 team. It will not make them a guaranteed playoff champion. It won't even insure that the Spectrum seats will be filled, because Malone is among the least artistically fulfilling of all front-rank basketball players, as Philadelphia owner Harold Katz will soon find out.

9.29.2018

Ainge Looks to Rebound from Rough Rookie Year

August 26, 1982

Remember when he showed up here to play for the Celtics, looking like a kid who had spent the winter locked in a closet with no one slipping him food under the door?

And remember the times when he got to play and never became what you were led to believe he was, or prayed he would suddenly become, because you felt so bad about the way he was struggling?

Danny Ainge remembers. Or, better still, make that remembered.

9.28.2018

Quick Tillis Needs to Beef Up

8/24/82

His face and grace remind you of Jamaal Wilkes, but his skeletal profile inspires thoughts of anorexia nervosa.

Meet Darren Tillis, the 6-foot-11, 209-pound first-round pick of the Boston Celtics.

9.27.2018

Cowens Wants Back In, But not in Boston

August 3, 1982

Cowens Coming Out of Retirement; Doesn't Want to Play in Boston

Dave Cowens could be a member of the Phoenix Suns a week from today if all the pieces fall together. Celtics general manager Red Auerbach said yesterday that he has given permission to Suns general manager Jerry Colangelo to talk with Cowens and run him through workouts in preparation for a possible trade.

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