10.18.2019

Maxwell for Walton: An Exchange of Question Marks?

September 1, 1985

MAXWELL-FOR-WALTON WOULD BE AN EXCHANGE OF QUESTION MARKS

Bill Walton for Cedric Maxwell. If and when it happens, it's the trade of the NBA off-season and will be debated from coast to coast until both players are through playing basketball. It would be a rare swap of two name players (both in their 30s), each of whom has a plaque at home that reads "NBA Championship Series MVP."

10.17.2019

Red has had Enough with Cornbread

August 30, 1985

The writings for Cedric Maxwell were in sand, subject to either wind or water. There was nothing written in cement until this week, when some sayings passed from the lips of Ron Grinker to the rest of the free world.

10.16.2019

Celtics Breathe Life into Maxwell-for-Walton Rumors

August 29, 1985

The never-ending Cedric Maxwell-for-Bill Walton trade rumor got some new life yesterday.

When Celtic general manager Jan Volk was asked Tuesday if the deal was dead, he replied, "The heart monitor is still on, but we've got a straight line."

Yesterday Volk admitted having new conversations about Walton with the Clippers, and added, "We've got a small blip on the screen now."

Maxwell's agent, Ron Grinker, said, "I think (the Celtics) have made a decision that they would like to move Max and I think it's just a matter of time. I think the deal has to happen.

"Max wants to play professional basketball and he wants to be respected. If he can't get it in Boston, he will play wherever that may be. The whole thing has been distasteful and taken too long."

Meanwhile, officials in Cleveland and Los Angeles admitted that they've talked about a deal that would send Walton to the Cavaliers. Walton has told reporters that he doesn't want to play in Cleveland, and the Cavs are not interested unless Walton changes his mind.

Ray Williams' agent yesterday confirmed a report that the Celtics are not interested in the 30-year-old free agent guard.

"The Celtics have indicated to us that they've lost interest," agent Fred Slaughter said. "I think the Celtics lost interest in Ray about the third or fourth game of the Laker series. Thereafter, there was nothing he could do."

Boston won't release Williams. The Celts gave up two draft picks (second rounders to New York) to sign Williams in February and want compensation if Williams comes to terms with a new team.

Slaughter also represents free agent guard Dennis Johnson. "I've asked DJ to remain cordial with Jan and Red (Auerbach)," said Slaughter. "The Celtics seem interested in keeping Dennis. We've had some discussions, and there'll be more discussions."

Slaughter said that five teams have expressed interest in signing DJ, but added, "The consensus seems to be that anything he'd sign would be automatically matched by Boston. But if a handsome offer sheet is out there, we'll do an offer sheet."

Finally, it has been learned that Sam Vincent's three-year contract is worth $525,000, not $600,000 as reported by Vincent. Slaughter (also Vincent's agent) said, "Sam got a little confused talking to you guys. That figure ($600,000) represents the amount of disability insurance the Celtics took out on him."

So what are the terms, Fred?

"Can't tell you," said Slaughter. "Red will hurt me. He'll blow smoke in my face."

10.15.2019

Walton-for-Maxwell Talks Heating Up

July 31, 1985

WALTON-MAXWELL TALKS HEATING UP AGAIN

The Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have reached what might be called an agreement in principle to trade Cedric Maxwell plus Boston's first-round draft choice in 1986 for Bill Walton.

But before the deal can be made, the "interests" of the two players involved will have to be satisfied.

"The two teams have a purchase and sale agreement, but the sale is yet to be closed," said someone close to the negotiations. "Now we have to get the players to buy it."

10.14.2019

Walton Passes Physical

June 28, 1985

Walton Passes Physical

Bill Walton made a surprise visit to San Francisco yesterday and was given a physical by Celtics team physician Thomas Silva.

10.13.2019

Maxwell-for-Walton: Part 91

June 30, 1985

It's obvious that free agent Bill Walton wants to play for the Celtics and that the Celtics would happily send Cedric Maxwell to the Clippers as compensation.

It makes a lot of sense, right? The Celtics can use Max' salary to sign Walton and stay within the limits of the salary cap. The Clippers get Maxwell to team with rookie Benoit Benjamin and veterans Marques Johnson and James Donaldson.

10.12.2019

Maxwell for Walton No Slam Dunk

June 27, 2985

Plot Thickens in Bill Walton Saga

Bill Walton was at a basketball camp in San Diego yesterday while Cedric Maxwell was home in Charlotte, N.C., packing for a month of rehab work in Los Angeles. The principals in the big non-deal of the week aren't saying much about what might happen, but everybody else has an opinion on the matter.

10.11.2019

Bird Intrigued by Idea of Adding Mountain Man

June 26, 1985

He has heard all the reports of Boston's efforts to trade Cedric Maxwell and sign Bill Walton. Walton's name was mentioned when Bird huddled with Auerbach for five minutes yesterday.

"If the Celtics don't win the championship, there's always something wrong," Bird said. "I don't think there's got to be major changes. The talk is that we're going to get rid of Max, but I don't see how. When he's healthy, he gives us a lot. We're a stronger team with him in there. This year we were probably just one player short - and it was Max."

Bird's face lit up at the mention of Walton.

"If we get Bill Walton, we're gonna be three times the team we were this year," said Bird. "He clogs up the middle, he's a great shot blocker and intimidator. And he can shoot and pass. He won't need to score with us, but he could give Robert (Parish) some rest. Robert plays better when he has rest. We definitely need someone to give Robert a break.

"When he's feeling good, there's nobody better than Bill Walton."

If the Celtics have Walton instead of Maxwell, Bird would have to guard small forwards. Can he handle Dominique Wilkins, Bernard King and the other quick scorers?

"I can handle anything," Bird responded. "But none of those deals have been made yet."

10.10.2019

Porchlight Still on for Walton

June 29, 1985

Maxwell-for-Walton Still a Hot Topic

Rumors keep flying about the proposed Bill Walton-for- Cedric Maxwell trade, but all parties say there is still no deal.

10.09.2019

Maxwell for Walton? Not so Fast

June 25, 1985

MAXWELL-WALTON DEAL HITS A SNAG

The Celtics' attempt to trade Cedric Maxwell to the Los Angeles Clippers for Bill Walton ran into a roadblock yesterday that threatens the whole deal.

"We are still going to try to put it together," said president Red Auerbach after being informed that Maxwell failed a physical examination given by Dr. Tony Daley, the Clippers' team physican, in Los Angeles Tuesday.

10.08.2019

Clippers Interested in Cornbread, Dangling Walton

June 24, 1985

Section: SPORTS

CLIPPERS INTERESTED IN CORNBREAD (Dangling Bill Walton?)

SAN FRANCISCO

Los Angeles Clippers coach Don Chaney said his team is still interested in obtaining Cedric Maxwell and plans to supervise Maxwell's rehabilitation program.

"We agreed to that because we're still interested," said Chaney. "Nothing has been finalized or agreed upon . . . He's a competitive guy and he wants a fresh start. He wants to show everybody he can still play."

Meanwhile, Celtics president Red Auerbach and general manager Jan Volk said they had a productive meeting with Bill Walton last Friday and are still hopeful of working out a deal with the Clippers.

"We're working on it," said Auerbach. "It's something we want to do."

"It's a decision I'd like to be able to make," added Volk.

Are the Celtics worried about a front line with no legitimate small forward?

"Our coaching staff is not displeased with that type of lineup," said Volk. "But if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. We're not desperate about anything."

Celtics assistant coach Jimmy Rodgers said he hasn't talked with New Jersey officials, but he is still rumored to be high on the Nets' list of coaching candidates. They are also reportedly considering North Carolina State's Jim Valvano, Laker assistant Dave Wohl, Milwaukee scout Del Harris and former Pacer coach Jack McKinney. Lewis Schaffel, the Nets' executive vice president, would not discuss candidates and Volk said the Nets have not asked for permission to talk to Rodgers.

10.07.2019

C's may Cut Ties with Cornbread

June 13, 1985

MAXWELL ON BLOCK

The Celtics have put Cedric Maxwell on the available list. They have let it be known that they will entertain offers from other NBA teams for their veteran forward, hoping to make a move before next Tuesday's college draft.

10.06.2019

Lakers Look Unstoppable in '86

June 1985

Lakers Look Unstoppable in '86

Champagne dripped off Pat Riley's chin. His shirt was soaked. His immaculate hair was mussed. His spirits were soaring. His mind was racing.

It was no more than 15 minutes after the Los Angeles Lakers had won the 1985 NBA championship.

10.05.2019

Did Bird Injure Finger in Barroom Brawl?

June 1985

Did Bird Injure Finger in Barroom Brawl?

Did Larry Bird reinjure his damaged right index finger in a fight outside Chelsea's restaurant during the Celtic-Sixer series?

"No," snapped Bird when the question was posed. "And you can tell whoever made that up . . . "

10.04.2019

Celtics Get Kareemed

June 11, 1985

CELTICS KAREEMED

Touche.

Even as eulogies were being composed for the lordly Lakers in general - and for their elongated elder statesman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in particular - Los Angeles tossed them into the wastebasket, along with the Celtics. Shrugging off their 34-point opening-game slaughter, the Lakers showed that one good burn deserves another as they defused the Celtics, 109-102, in Game 2. Technically, the Lakers merely tied the title match, 1-1, but for all intents and purposes, they seized the advantage as they headed home to taco heaven for three games.

10.03.2019

Lakers Win Game 2

May 31, 1985

Lakers Win Game 2, Look Forward to Three Straight at Home

The euphoria of Boston's Memorial Day Massacre vanished early in the evening. Led by a proud, 7-foot-2-inch center who has been part of America's hoop scene since 1963, the Los Angeles Lakers took charge early last night, roared to an 18-point halftime lead, and held off a late Boston rally. By the time the Celtics delivered their midnight confessions, LA had a 109-102 Game 2 victory and a 1-1 Garden split.

10.02.2019

Wedman was Perfect

May 29, 1985

Wedman was Perfect

He is a basketball player in silhouette. The sun is setting at an angle behind the backboard, making you wonder how long he has been working and how much longer he is going to stay. There are ovations and excitement in his head, perhaps, but he is alone with the sound and the feel of the ball.

10.01.2019

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 5

May 28, 1985

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 5

When Pat Riley is alone in his hotel room, is his hair combed like that?

Oh, to deal with such unimportant questions. Instead, there was that dreadful 148-114 Lakers' Game 1 loss to the Celtics Monday afternoon, which led to this important question: Just what did Pat Riley do alone in his hotel room Monday night?

9.30.2019

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 4

May 28, 1985

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 4

In baseball, it's 27 up and 27 down, no baserunners. In bowling, it's 12 straight strikes and then Miller time. In college boards, it's 800 math, 800 verbal, hello Harvard.

9.29.2019

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 3

May 28, 1985

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 3

There was no indication that this was going to happen. No indication at all. The Boston Celtics arrived for work yesterday afternoon and began dropping things in the locker room.

"Who was dropping things?" Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell was asked.

9.28.2019

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 2

May 28, 1985

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 2

There had to have been a few panicky self-doubts through the first three quarters. Imagine yourself on the LA bench yesterday - or worse, on the court. "Are we overrated?" you might have been wondering. "Were our previous playoff series really too easy? Are we (gulp) just not good enough to beat the Celtics?"

9.27.2019

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 1

May 28, 1985

Memorial Day Massacre: Part 1

Didn't anybody out there learn anything last year?

True, what the Celtics accomplished offensively yesterday afternoon was so extreme in scope that all rational thinkers realize it cannot possibly happen again (to wit: Scott Wedman probably won't go 11 for 11 again before his next life), but do not assume the method of Celtic attack was accidental. The Celtics planted all the right offensive seeds. They just didn't know they would wind up with the Sequoia National Park in two hours.

9.26.2019

1984 all over Again?

May 26, 1985

CAN LAKERS FORGET 1984?

It's fascinating to speculate on what the Los Angeles Lakers are thinking and feeling as they sit in their Boston hotel, awaiting tomorrow's Game 1 rematch with the Celtics.

Does Magic Johnson think about the pain and embarrassment of his mistakes in last year's series? Does he remember his post-series depression when he locked himself in his apartment for three days? Does he think about how his name and reputation were abused from coast-to-coast even though he set a series record with 95 assists? Does it bother him when the Celtics call him Tragic Johnson?

9.25.2019

Lakers Heavy Favorites

May 26, 1985

The Lakers are heavy favorites in Las Vegas. On Friday, you had to pluck down $170 to win $100 on LA in the series, while a $100 bet would win $150 if you took the Celtics. The Celtics were only one-point favorites in Game 1, which is very rare for a game in Boston Garden . . . LA ticket agencies are getting up to $350 per ticket for games in the Forum next week . . . Kareem Abdul-Jabbar needs only 62 points to surpass Jerry West's career playoff scoring record of 4457 points . . . LA coach Pat Riley, who is in the finals for the fourth time in four years, is the first coach in league history to accomplish the feat . . . Another rap on the 2-3-2 format is that the teams are going to have to play in LA on Friday, June 7, fly all day Saturday, and play in Boston on Sunday afternoon (assuming the series goes at least six games). "That's one of the things the 2-3-2 was supposed to avoid, and now we're doing it again anyway," said Celtics GM Jan Volk. Blame CBS. Meanwhile, the network folks are thrilled with the time lag between the conference finals and the championship round. Four days of hype and anticipation should be good for the ratings . . . CBS analyst Tom Heinsohn is already getting heat from the West Coast for his alleged bias toward his old Boston team.

9.24.2019

Quinn Buckner Summoned

May 26, 1985

WILLIAMS LIMPING; BUCKNER GETS CALL

Ray Williams did not practice again yesterday, and Celtics coach K.C. Jones says he's planning on using Quinn Buckner as the first guard off the bench when the Celtics and Lakers tap off in Game 1 of the NBA championship finals tomorrow.

9.23.2019

LA Diggin' 2-3-2

May 25, 1985

2-3-2 GIVES LA AN EDGE

One X-factor in the 1985 NBA championship series will be the format. Instead of the established 2-2-1-1-1 method, which has been used in 30 of the previous 38 final series, the NBA will now emulate major league baseball and the NHL by going to a 2-3-2 arrangement.

The stated reason is financial. It costs money for everyone concerned to travel coast-to-coast-to-coast during a seven-game series. It would not cost so much money if the finals were between Atlanta and Houston, but the NBA, in its infinite wisdom, will cross that bridge when it comes to it.

Will the new format favor one side or the other? Consider this: In the 30 previous 2-2-1-1-1 series, the visiting team got a split on the home team's court 17 times. But after attaining that split, only six of those 17 went on to win the championship.

In the four previous 2-3-2 series, the visiting teams earned two splits. None won the championship.

But the most interesting aspect of a seven-game series is Game 5. Winning Game 5 is very important, and being at home is very helpful. There have been 14 2-2-1 series in which the series was tied at 2-2 with the fifth game on the home team's court. The home team won 10. The only one of those teams which won Game 5 but failed to win the series was - isn't this a yuk? - the 1969 Lakers. And the only visiting team which won Game 5 but failed to win the series was - you're going to love this - the 1962 Lakers. Overall, 12 of the 14 teams which won Game 5 of a 2-2-1 series tied at two apiece won the series.

The Celtics will not have Game 5 at home. The Lakers will. No wonder LA coach Pat Riley says, "If I were the Celtics, I'd be hollering, too."

9.22.2019

Lakers-Celtics Again

May 24, 1985

FINAL EXAMINATION CELTICS, LAKERS PUT TO THE TEST FOR NINTH TIME

New England awoke with a Celtic hangover yesterday. Wednesday's conquest of the Philadelphia 76ers was as fresh as morning coffee, and the anticipation of a Boston-Los Angeles rematch made some folks wish this weekend was already over.

9.21.2019

DJ Needs to Step Up

May 1, 1985

Section: SPORTS

DJ, Wherefore Art Thou?

Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Staff

Dennis Johnson was a conspicuous absentee in the latter stages of Boston's 121-114 playoff victory over the Pistons last night.

DJ took only three shots and scored two points in 30 minutes. He played only 10 minutes in the second half and was on the pine for the final 7 minutes, 41 seconds, when the game was on the line.

Johnson has a sore middle finger on his right hand. Asked if the finger kept him out of the game, DJ replied, "I feel fine. You'll have to ask K.C."

Coach K.C. Jones said, "Ray (Williams) and Danny (Ainge) were going well, so they stayed in there."

Ainge finished with 25 points, his biggest offensive output since Feb. 1, when he had 26 vs. Kansas City. Ray-Ray made only three of 11 shots and almost wiped out the Channel 4 sports crew with a wild pass over Kevin McHale's head, but handed out six assists with five rebounds in 24 minutes.

M.L. Carr, who played in Detroit before coming to Boston, says he thinks the Celtics would be better off if Games 3 and 4 were being played in the Pontiac Silverdome instead of Joe Louis Arena. "Joe Louis helps them," says Carr. "I talked to Isiah (Thomas) about it, and he agrees. It'll be wild down there in the inner city."

Despite Carr's fears, Piston officials are worried about attendance for tomorrow night's Game 3. They'd sold less than 10,000 tickets as of yesterday and put some of the blame on the league. CBS would not allow the league to announce Detroit's home dates until Sunday - even though the pairings were set last Thursday night.

9.20.2019

Laimbeer's a Flopper

May 4, 1985

CELTICS KNOCK LAIMBEER, CRY FOUL ON 'CHEAP SHOTS'

DETROIT

Bill Laimbeer is the Pistons' only answer. Once again the Celtics have brought their physical and verbal arsenal to a playoff series, and Laimbeer is the single rival who can play Boston's bully game.

The Celtics have fingered Laimbeer as the man they love to hate in this series that resumes tomorrow (1 p.m., Channel 7) in Joe Louis Arena (Boston leads, 2-1).

9.19.2019

Celtics Lose Again, as Bird held to Two Points in 4 out of Last 5 Quarters

May 6, 1985

BIRD'S ICY (1-6) FINISH MERITS SOME ELBOW ICE

DETROIT

Two bags of ice were wrapped around the right elbow. More wasted cubes melted at Larry Bird's feet, littering the locker room floor.

"How's the elbow?" he was asked.

"Good," Bird said. "Every day it gets better than the past."

He leaned to scratch his leg. Ice cubes fell out.

"I have no excuses," he said.

9.18.2019

Champs Vulnerable?

May 6, 1985

MOWED DOWN IN MOTOWN: PISTONS SQUARE IT, 102-99

DETROIT

The NBA staged its own version of VJ (as in Vinnie Johnson) Day at Joe Louis Arena yesterday.

Reserve Pistons guard Vinnie Johnson drained 22 points through the nets in the fourth quarter, leading Detroit to a 102-99 comeback victory over the Celtics, and squaring this best-of-seven conference semifinal at 2-2.

9.17.2019

Celts Batter Sixers, Go Up 3-0

May 19, 1985

CELTICS BATTER SIXERS IN GAME 3

PHILADELPHIA

It is every Sixer-hater's dream come true. The Celtics are playing their best basketball of the season at the precise moment when it matters most, while Philly flounders in a Steinbrenner-like seizure of panic and pity.

9.16.2019

Now It's Bird's Finger that Hurts

May 20, 1985

BIRD'S RIGHT FINGER SWELLS UP, HIS SCORING (14) GOES DOWN

PHILADELPHIA

It's an old softball injury. His brother once hit a line drive that Larry Bird caught straight-on, smashing his right index finger. He has had two operations on the finger, but it has been disfigured since he joined the Celtics in 1979. In Saturday's first half, Bird again jammed the finger while going one-on-one with Julius Erving. It swelled up overnight and was almost twice its normal size yesterday.

Bird's 14-point output was his lowest of the playoffs and his lowest overall since he scored 13 on March 20 against Milwaukee. He had fewer than four field goals only once this season. Yesterday's eight turnovers were a season high.

Bird would not use the injury as an excuse. With his finger and right elbow wrapped in ice, Bird said, "It's just part of the game. If it bothered me to the point where I couldn't play, I wouldn't be out there on the court, but it didn't hamper my game today any."

Bird isn't the only injured Celtic. Robert Parish sprained his left ankle and will be examined today . . . Parish has outrebounded Moses Malone, 54-52, in the series . . . Bobby Jones has only eight rebounds in four games but made seven of eight shots yesterday . . . Julius Erving has hit only 18 of 62 shots (29 percent) and five of 31 (16 percent) in his last two games . . . Maurice Cheeks responded from Saturday's 5-for-13, one-assist game with 22 points . . . After taking only six shots Saturday, Kevin McHale took 22 yesterday and scored a team-high 25 points . . . The Celtics are 2-10 in the Spectrum in regular-season and playoff games over the last three seasons . . . At home, Boston has won 10 straight playoff games and 19 of 20 over two seasons (Game 1 to LA is the only loss) . . . Game 5 is Wednesday night at the Garden at 8 o'clock.

9.15.2019

Charles Barkley: "Cornbread's a Cripple"

May 22, 1985

Section: SPORTS

IT'S 'CORNBREAD THE CRIPPLE,' ACCORDING TO BARKLEY

Ian Thomsen, Globe Staff
PHILADELPHIA

Charles Barkley paused while dressing yesterday to rename Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell.

"Cornbread the Cripple," Barkley said.

9.14.2019

Celtics, Sixers Series Getting Testy

May 21, 1985

Things that would be quickly forgotten during the regular season become magnified during a seven-game NBA playoff series. It's all a part of analysis paralysis and familiarity breeding contempt.

Elbows in the stomach, taunting towels from the sideline and dramatic dunks in your face are tougher to take when you've been looking at the same elbow, towel and dunker for more than a week.

All of which explains why the Celtics are talking trash again. They heaped praise and respect on the Philadelphia 76ers while winning three straight, but Sunday's 115-104 Philadelphia victory in the Spectrum cut Boston's series lead to 3-1 and left a sour taste in the Celtics' ever-moving mouths.

"They did some things in the end that fired us up," Cedric Maxwell said Sunday.

9.13.2019

Ray Williams has been a Trick or Treat Acquisition

April 30, 1985

On the morning of Feb. 12, 1985, a column appeared in these pages on the subject of Ray Williams. My name and my picture appeared at the top. How that happened is a mystery to me, because I have no recollection of writing the terrible things that were said in that piece about Ray Williams.

9.12.2019

Celts go up 2-0 Over Philly

May 16, 1985

GAME 3 IS 'PIVOTAL'

The Celtics may hold a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference finals, but they apparently don't hold a comfortable 2-0 lead. "You can't put these guys in the grave," Kevin McHale said yesterday after the Celtics completed an hour-long workout at Boston Garden.

9.11.2019

Another Chapter for Bird-Erving

May 16, 1985

It is waiting for him now. The eye cannot detect it yet, but it is right there waiting for him.

It is in his elbow, which has stayed sore too long. It is in his ankle, which now stays swollen too long. And it is in his fingers, which stay stiff too long. It is lurking there now . . . waiting, always waiting.

If you are outside Larry Bird's body you don't notice these little changes because you don't feel them. But if you are inside that body you know something is slipping away now with every shot you take.

9.10.2019

Red Knows Winning

April 17, 1985

RED AUERBACH: A BORN WINNER

Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach, the basketball impresario, is chomping on a cigar. Auerbach, president of the Boston Celtics, is a man of macho mystique who exudes impatient energy and sly charm. During his 17-year (1950-'66) reign as Celtics' coach, his teams won nine world championships. He was coach of All-Star eams for 11 years in a row. Under his leadership as coach, general manager or president, the Celtics have won 19 divisional championships and 15 National Basketball Assn. titles.

9.09.2019

DJ and Ainge aren't Garnering much Respect

April 24, 1985

SIMPLY NO RESPECT FOR THE BACKCOURT

RICHFIELD, Ohio

Going into last night's game, Boston's starting guards, Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge, had made only 19 of 49 shots in the series. Neither player was getting much respect from the Cavaliers or the Cleveland media.

World B. Free said he "owned DJ," even though World was shooting less than 40 percent.

"He must own me, because I can't find my birth certificate," laughed DJ.

Ainge was characterized as a crybaby and Boston's "least talented" starter by one Cleveland columnist, and Cavaliers coach George Karl said that Ray Williams was a better defender than Ainge.

NBA Comr. David Stern held a news conference yesterday afternoon. He said 14 or 15 of the NBA's 23 teams would show a profit this year and the league might expand in two years. Stern listed Minneapolis, Tampa, Miami, Toronto, Vancouver and St. Louis as potential sites . . . Rookie Rick Carlisle is with the team. He is on the injured list, but said, "I came along so these guys would remember what a healthy person looks like." . . . The league office said yesterday that if the Celtics and Pistons eliminate Cleveland and New Jersey before Friday, Boston might play host to Detroit as early as Saturday afternoon . . . Twenty-two years ago today, the Celtics won their fifth consecutive world championship in Los Angeles. It was Bob Cousy's last game with the green.

9.08.2019

Sixers Slam Celts

April 10, 1985

76ERS FLATTEN CELTICS

Playing as if the Polk County championship were at stake, the Celtics were beaten, 113-104, by the Philadelphia 76ers last night.

Two days after exhausting his frontcourt for a hollow victory against the hopeless Knicks, coach K.C. Jones finally decided it was garbage time. With everything virtually wrapped up and four games to play, Jones chose the Spectrum as the site of Boston's first stretch-drive snore.

It's a prudent tactic at this juncture, but one that goes against every fiber of Larry Bird's being.

9.07.2019

Bird's Elbow

April 23, 1985

DESPITE PAIN, BIRD 'PLAYABLE'

RICHFIELD, Ohio

John Havlicek bit the bullet and played lefthanded for the final three games of the 1973 Eastern Conference finals. Butch Hobson rearranged bone chips in his right arm before making throws to first base in the 1978 pennant race. Now you can add Larry Bird to the list of Boston athletes who played in pain when the games mattered most.

9.06.2019

Celtics Emitting Bad Vibes

April 22, 1985

The Disoriented Express, having lost its slapshot on Rue Ste. Catherine, pulls up on the break for the open jumper:

Call me an alarmist, you firemen, but the early playoff vibes just don't seem right with the bruised Celtics. Even if they are 2-up with just 24 to go.

Not with Cedric Maxwell not playing the way he's not playing.

The green bumper sticker on my bandwagon now reads, "Injured Pride."

If it bothered you that much to watch Mark Clear pitch yesterday, how do you think Roger Clemens feels?

9.05.2019

Cornbread Crucial but not Contributing

April 22, 1985

MAXWELL NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME

K.C. Jones, Cedric Maxwell and most of the Celtics insist that the Max factor is crucial to Boston's title defense, but the veteran forward has contributed nothing to Boston's 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in this best-of-five series.

9.04.2019

Celtics Enter Playoffs as Walking Wounded

April 21, 1985

Celtics Banged up for Playoffs

If they were Indians and a little papoose was born yesterday afternoon at the Garden, the only name that would fit would be Running Wounded. These are now the Celtics, all bundled up in green medical wraps, the Running Wounded, and 24 more possible playoff games await.

9.03.2019

It Was 20 Years Ago Today . . .

April 14, 1985

'HAVLICEK STOLE THE BALL!' AND JOHNNY MOST STOLE THE SHOW ON THAT MEMORABLE NIGHT, 20 YEARS AGO TOMORROW

All right, Greer's putting the ball into play . . . He gets it out deep and HAVLICEK STEALS IT! OVER TO SAM JONES! HAVLICEK STOLE THE BALL! IT'S ALL OVER! JOHNNY HAVLICEK IS BEING MOBBED BY THE FANS. IT'S ALL OVER! JOHNNY HAVLICEK STOLE THE BALL! OH, BOY, WHAT A PLAY BY HAVLICEK AT THE END OF THIS BALLGAME! JOHNNY HAVLICEK STOLE THE BALL ON THE PASS-IN. OH, MY, WHAT A PLAY BY HAVLICEK! A SPECTACULAR SERIES COMES TO AN END IN SPECTACULAR FASHION! JOHN HAVLICEK BEING HOISTED ALOFT . . . HE YELLS AND WAVES HIS HANDS. BILL RUSSELL WANTS TO GRAB HAVLICEK . . . HE HUGS HIM. HE SQUEEZES JOHN HAVLICEK. HAVLICEK SAVED THIS BALLGAME. BELIEVE THAT! JOHNNY HAVLICEK SAVED THIS BALLGAME. THE CELTICS WIN IT, 110 TO 109. WE'LL BE BACK WITH OUR WRAPUP IN JUST ONE MINUTE!"

- Johnny Most, describing the end of a basketball game played at Boston Garden on April 15, 1965.

9.02.2019

Back-to-Back?

April 14, 1985

A STRONG CASE FOR THE DEFENSE BUT FOR BACK-TO-BACK TITLES, CELTICS MUST BATTLE NBA TRADITION

It's been a long time. The NBA's last back-to-back champion turned the trick before man walked on the moon, before Watergate became a household word and before some kids gathered at Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York for a rockfest.

9.01.2019

The Playoffs Loom

April 14, 1985

Section: SPORTS

PLAYING OFF POSSIBILITIES CELTICS-LAKERS NOT FINALIZED; EXPECT SURPRISES TO SURFACE

The interminable NBA regular season groans to a close this afternoon, and now there are two months of playoffs ahead. The hoop world is waiting for another Celtics-Lakers matchup, but a lot of Cavaliers, Suns, Spurs and Bullets have to be dismissed before the showcase series is wheeled to center stage.

8.31.2019

In Search of a Bench

April 8, 1985

MANPOWER WOES FRUSTRATE K.C.

The record is 62 and every regular-season goal is effectively wrapped up (the magic number for best overall record is 1 with four games to play), but the Celtics are still nagged by manpower problems.

Against a team with no frontcourt, Larry Bird (46), Robert Parish (45) and Kevin McHale (43) played 134 of a possible 144 minutes yesterday. Meanwhile, Cedric Maxwell (knee) hasn't played in 10 days, Scott Wedman (knee) hasn't played since last Tuesday, M. L. Carr (ankle) was hurting again yesterday, and the Celtics announced that Maxwell and Danny Ainge (thigh injury) will not make the trip to Philadelphia for tomorrow night's game. K. C. Jones said he's hopeful Wedman will be able to play on Thursday in Cleveland. That means that if Carr is unavailable, the Celts will only have eight players for the Sixers.

8.30.2019

Parish Outshines Twin Towers, Bird Drops 48

March 18, 1985

BIRD DOES IT AGAIN HE GETS 48 POINTS - AND A LOT OF HELP - TO RIP ROCKETS

His game has crossed into that middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.

Larry Bird is at a point in his career where he can go out and score 48 points with 15 rebounds and 7 assists and not be The Big Story.

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