Celtics Will Try to End Bucks Dominance

1983-84 Boston Celtics
Record 31-9

January 22, 1984

The Milwaukee Bucks have beaten the Celtics in seven of the last nine playoff and regular-season meetings between the two teams. It is a curious dominance, one that the Celtics are tired of being asked about. Before last weekend, it was easy to dismiss the 1983 playoff sweep as ancient history, but then the Celtics staggered through another nationally televised (106-87) humiliation at the Mecca last Sunday.

Words won't do it anymore. Larry Bird knows it doesn't matter what he says, so when asked about Milwaukee he slumps into automatic pilot: "They're a better team than we are right now. That's what you have to say from the way we've played against them." "I don't think anybody here cares about what people say or what people think; it's what we think that matters. We know we can beat anybody in the league. We just had a bad game against them. But the next game is a different story."

Today's Super Sunday special (1 p.m., Channel 4) features two of the league's hottest teams. The Celtics own basketball's best record and have won eight of nine. The Bucks shrugged off a losing streak with five consecutive wins, including last Sunday's stomping of the Celtics and a 133-103 rout of the Bullets Friday night. "The Bucks seem to play well against the good teams," noted Quinn Buckner, who spent six years in Milwaukee. "When somebody gets hurt, they rally the wagons and pull together."

The Bucks are still playing without Tiny Archibald, but they have been getting a lot of bench production from Kevin Grevey . . . The Celtics are 31-9, and today marks the midpoint of their 1983-84 regular season. They were 31-10 after 41 games last season

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