Winning Ugly Doesn't Win Fan Approval

1981-82 Boston Celtics

Are we too harsh on a 24-8 team that doesn't have the fans lighting their mental victory cigars every night by the 10-minute mark of the fourth period? Wouldn't folks in most cities be satisfied with such a record, no matter how it were achieved?

"It does get to the players sometimes," says Bill Fitch. "They wonder if they're expected to win, or win every night with great showmanship."

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